Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the third game in the Uncharted series developed by Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog’s latest action adventure is a collective experience of interactive gameplay mixed with a combination of cinematic highlights. It’s a world of exploration that fuses the character Nathan Drake and the storyline so well together.
You’re instantly thrown into the action, when Drake and Sully find themselves in a bar which is set in the backstreets of London. It’s here that you first experience some underhand dealings that launch you into your first melee brawl, in which you’re required to do some random button tapping in order to gain the upperhand. Although I enjoy the meelee fights, I did find them a little drawn out at times, which I thought was uncessary. Even though the result of this brawl remains the same, you know it’s just the beginning of what is beyond any doubt an explosive and well balanced story that lies ahead.
The game flows fluidly and it’s storytelling is well tuned and informative as Nathan Drake visits various locations, explores ancient areas with a few selected puzzles thrown in and still keeps the story intense and fully interactive. Nathan Drake makes his way through some treacherous areas in which he must run quite rapidly over rooftops, make his way through an inferno of flames in a building or trying to survive upside down in a capsized cruise liner. Every moment forces Nathan to make some challenging decisions, as he leaps from one perilous area to the next.
The mechanics of the game remain solid, with a nice balance of shoot outs injected into the story, which allows the player to make full use of the huge number of weapons athat is has to offer. It’s the cinematics and dialogue that makes this game what it is and you can’t help but feel completely immersed in the storyline and the character. At times you feel the game pulling on your hearts strings.
Uncharted 3 submerges you into a past and present storyline with many sequences featuring Nathan Drake as an adolescent. A number of flashbacks reveal some interesting insight into Nathan and Sully’s relationship and how it was formed, which is vital to understanding why Nathan is the explorer that we have come to love.
Uncharted 3 has a number of action sequences in which Nathan finds himself too close to danger as he perilously tries to balance from the back of a cargo plane to having a speedy shoot-out on the back of a horse. I hadn’t anticipated the convoy of horses and trucks that I then had to pursue on horseback, which resulted in a mixture of jumping from truck to horse and back again. Nathan didn’t seem like the horse riding, but he managed to do it so effortlessly with some precision shooting thrown into the equation.
Some of the gameplay involves running from a difficult situation in which you find yourself running towards the camera and often repeating sections, because you are unaware of where to go. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed from having completed the previous Uncharted games, it is that Naughty Dog have tried to inject more action pieces, which results in a much more adrenalien-fueled journey.
The amount of detail in each cut scene and chapter is simply out of this world. The capsized cruise liner is a true indication of where the graphics and underwater elements have surprised me the most. Although you’re dangling upside down, moving sideways and trying to work your way from door frame to door frame, you’ve got this constant feeling of necessity and urgency as you try and work out the next move. Occasionally, gravity takes hold and throws you into the corner of a room, and some careful planning is required to make it out. The game dips in and out of quiet serene environments, exploring the characters feelings, before thrusting you back into the action again and this is implemented very well through the dialogue, that is packed with humor, sadness and often sarcasm. The storytelling is the best part of the game and almost forces the player to pay attention instantly.
Uncharted 3 takes you on a journey which weaves and twists through an interesting storyline, submerging you in an enthralling action packed adventure. Naughty Dog have taken the Uncharted series to a new level of gameplay, taking all the elements and emotions and placing them into a finely tuned and polished video game.
Once you have completed the main game, there is plenty left to do with an abundance of multiplayer modes, both co-op and competitive. The competitive modes remain as fun and frantic as they were in the last game, with players still able to level up their online persona to unlock new weapons, perks and skins. The co-operative modes include both missions from the game, with an abundance of enemies, and a mode in which the players have to survive wave after wave of enemies for as long as possible. Although the single player story is the true reason to buy Uncharted 3, the multiplayer is the thing that will keep you coming back long after the story is nothing but a fond memory.
With its incredibly cinematic story and a full featured multiplayer game, Uncharted 3 is certainly a game to be excited about. Uncharted 3 leaves a footprint and a reminder that although Nathan Drake’s adventure is over, you leave the game with a huge collection of memorable moments that will keep you warm until his next outing.