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More Cash Cow than Naughty Dog,
This review is from: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3) (Video Game)
Having finished the game - much too quickly, it seemed to me - I watched some of the "extras". One of these, the focus on the story-telling element, showed some bigwig in Naughty Dog talking very pretentiously about how much depth the central villain had and how pleased they were with themselves that they'd created a female baddie. What a load of self-congratulatory crap! She has very little depth to her character, you never really find out who she is or who she represents and when you finally discover what her devilish plan actually is it's risible! From the look of her, they wanted Helen Mirren but had to settle for someone who once appeared as "Middle-class housewife with issues" in Casualty.
Don't get me wrong - this IS an absorbing game with some fantastic, cinematic set-pieces but it's nowhere near as involving as the previous two. There ARE too many plot-fill clips and not anywhere enough problem/puzzle solving.
The worst thing is the whole final phase - you arrive there, do a few pretty basic things that aren't really that different to things you've done already and then it's all over. I'm sure that games, like films, aren't made in the order that they unfold but it's hard not to think that the original plan was for it to go on a bit longer but then they started to hear jingle-bells...
The fact that it all looks amazing IS some consolation but, compared to the previous adventure, this one seems pretty under-cooked. I think that, with this in mind, the Extras are pretty revealing - there seems to be a gap between what they thought was worthwhile (gratifying the needs of the three main, rather paunchy-looking voice-actors) and what gamers really care about - i.e. the game. In this respect, there's a similarity to La Noire - another game that rather disappears up its own aspiration to be cinematic. I think that lots of people are awaiting the release of the game that really IS like participating in a film - and it may well be that this is a step toward achieving that goal - but it seems to me that that day will only really come when the two ambitions don't get in the way of eachother.
So, all in all, my advice is buy it - but not now. Wait for the price to come down a bit.