Review: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is one of the most anticipated games of 2011. So does the release live up to its name, or will the hype that preceded Uncharted 3 be a deception itself?
This is where Uncharted 3 shines. There were moments during gameplay where I was completely sideswiped by the depth of the story and the development of all the characters. This installment of Uncharted dives into Nathan Drake’s character–who he is, where he came from, and how other people view his determination. Although the character development was incredible, I felt cheated in the overall plot because it felt exactly like Uncharted 2.
When I began reading articles about Uncharted 3 last year, I remember quotes about how incredible the programming was, and that the visuals would be unlike anything seen before. Not true. Don’t get me wrong, the game is beautiful, but I was expecting a lot more, and there are other games that look just as good. On the other hand, there were times that I was overloaded with the amount of detail and stood in place for a few minutes, just to take everything in. The vistas are vast and dynamic. I particularly loved the ship graveyard, and the camera work that was done to capture all the detail in that chapter, and the game as a whole, was superb.
Again, Uncharted 3 feels much like Uncharted 2 when it comes to gameplay. Many of the guns are exactly the same as they were in 2 and many of the action sequences are similar. At the same time, the formula works. The tweaks they added to grenades, such as throwbacks, really add a new feel to combat, and increase your odds of beating tough sequences. Quick action events will keep players on their toes. These events really immerse you into the experience. I often find myself rapidly clicking a button for Drake to climb, even after it has been recognized and he is safe.
The element that really gives Uncharted 3 playback value is the multiplayer. Characters are fully customizable. Weapons can be tweaked in many variations. Kickbacks are awarded during gameplay for acquiring multiple medals. These offer awards like RPGs, added speed, or teleportation. If the game is bought used, a 10 dollar pass must be purchased in order to play online, which may or not be worth it.
Don’t expect to hear a new opening score at the start screen of Uncharted 3 because it is EXACTLY THE SAME AS UNCHARTED 1 AND 2! It is catchy and gives me a mad case of the nerd giggles, but I was hoping to hear some variation on the score.
That being said, the voice acting in Uncharted 3 is the best I’ve seen. Elena’s scenes are particularly captivating and emotional. The other characters are believable and far from cheesy. The in-game music for Uncharted 3 is original. The music follows the setting and creates an ambiance that complements the environment Drake is in to make you feel like you are there.
Even though Uncharted 3 didn’t feel like a new experience, it is certainly a worthwhile game. The formula works, but if NaughtyDog keeps it up, they will start losing fans. With rumors of Uncharted 4 being under development, I hope the developers will focus on creating a new experience for Nathan Drake and his buddies.
Final Score: 9.5