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A great addition to the franchise
on 25 September 2012
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception see us taking on the adventurous fortune hunter Nathan Drake once again in one of his most daring and dangerous hunts to date as he and his colleagues go through a maddening race against a secret society and their cold-hearted leader Marlowe to uncover the Atlantas of the Sands. The story this time focuses a little more on Nate Drake's origins; in a brief early chapter, you will get the chance to play as a teenaged Nate as he comes face to face with Victor Sullivan for the first time. While the Uncharted stories don't usually play too heavily on emotion, Nate's demeanor here is slightly less glib and happy go lucky than his usual self as he is faced with some of the elements from his past.
Like the previous Uncharted games, expect this to be gun heavy - from one handed revolvers and machine pistols to two handed machine guns and RPGs, you'll see Nate going through some pretty daring and long-winded gunfights. But unlike the previous two installments of the series, this time you have the option to engage in some extensive bare-fisted brawling which proves to be a nice break from blind-firing from behind walls and other cover. The brawling itself, is a great feature as at close range you can quickly disarm an enemy (or they can disarm you) proving quite a challenge if you're surrounded by ten or so opponents all taking a swing at you. Nate can counter, grapple, and even sometimes use nearby objects to add a blow to his enemy.
The gameplay is pretty standard of Naughty Dog's previous fare. A blockbusteresque palpable journey with a solid story that captures you from start to finish. If you've played the first two, you're going to sail through this one in probably about six hours, as not only will you already know exactly what you're doing, but you'll be so sucked into Nate's next adventure that you won't be able to put the controller down. A few nice chase scenes lift the monotony from the general leaping from ledge to ledge or the strafe and shooting that you normally find yourself doing. As always, there are puzzles, puzzles that require some thought and patience to master (but are not exceptionally hard, so you don't need to worry about being a MENSA member to be able to cope). Although the campaign is pretty straight forward, there's always replaying in harder levels to take away the monotony, as well as tirelessly searching for ALL the hidden artifacts for that elusive trophy.
This edition adds numerous skins and maps to the game for the multiplayer option, although, do be warned, alot of them you can't unlock unless you're willing to work for the ranks (just as with the previous game). I also noted (although this could differ from future releases) this game came with a coupon for a free download of Terminator Salvation which was a nice bonus considering the game was so quick to complete. There is a co-op mode available on this disc too which brings the play to a whole new level.
Multiplayer mode is more or less as straightforward as playing the game in campaign mode. Personally I do find it very disheartening that the multiplayer mode doesn't seperate ranked players into groups of similar levels. Instead, imagine being a new player at level 1 and being thrown into a deathmatch against level 50 opponents who have all the best advantages in the game (best guns, more grenades, faster running abilities). The set up really only awards very skilled players and high ranked players and offers nothing to the "newbie" in ways of advantage to learn anything useful. Hope to see this change in the future. It is good to note that the multiplayer mode is still heavily played by many PS3 users online, so you'll always find someone to oppose.
On to the visual style; it's as ever, truly stunning. Not particularly photo realistic, but the colours are vibrant and deep, and the shadows are very dynamic and play beautifully on the map. There's always something interesting to see to make you feel very immersed in the environment.
All in all a great addition to the series, and although quick to play, it was still a very enjoyable experience. Can't wait to see what Naughty Dog have in store next.