Having played the other two through to the end, I was really looking forward to this one and with the added bonus of 3D on the PS3. So anybody who has played one of the previous games will be familiar with the mix of puzzles, climbing to find your way round obstacles - like Prince of Persia - and sections of shooting bad guys, using various weapons that have their own strengths/weaknesses. Rifles,grenades, long range etc.
However what really makes these games is the fantastic attention to detail and the incredible backdrops provided - so you start off in London and as you move about - you can see the skyline of the Eye,Gherkin etc. rendered perfectly. You move on to more exotic locations and each is a more spectacular sight than the previous one. Of course you can run round as quickly as possible, completing tasks and moving on - but the real pleasure in playing these games is in taking in the stunning worlds that have been created for the game. I played this on my Panasonic Plasma 3D TV and once you have the 3D glasses on, you are totally immersed in another world and at times it was difficult to take them off and get back to the real world - it is so realistic and well- rendered.
The story is the usual mix of treasure hunting that gets more and more complex, ending up with philosophical and spiritual elements taking over - why does Drake keep doing this - it's almost like a compulsion and it's not really about the treasure and more about the life he wants to lead. Overall this is one of the classiest franchises on the PS3 and you have to try it, to see what can be done. The game play is mixed up, so you are never doing the same thing all the time - although it will all be very familiar stuff to most people. It is great fun though, to immerse yourself in Drake's world of adventure, mystery, magic and beating up bad guys - while staring in awe at the amazing places created by the graphics teams - 3D does really improve this as well. If you have a PS3 and a 3D TV - you have to try this - the best 3D gaming experience around at the moment!