Product Type: Sony PS3 games
Newest Review: ... the second installment in the Uncharted series, but from my experience with the first game and this one it's apparent that Naughty Dog hav... more
Drake Is Back And Ready For Adventure
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Member Name: Andy.mack
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Advantages: Excellent graphics, great story, another good game
Disadvantages: Character control lets it down slightly
What's Drake Up To This Time?
The game starts with a flashback to Drake's younger days, before he heads of on the first two adventures to discover some of his ancestor, Sir Frances Drakes, buried treasures. We learn some of the back story and how he came to be paired up with Sully before embarking on his latest adventure, to find a buried city in the sands, where Drake is convinced that Sir Frances had discovered and left a number of clues on how to find it. Of course Drake and Sully aren't the only ones looking for the lost city, as Katherine Marlow a face from both Drake and Sully's past appears to be hell bent on finding the City before them and enlist the help of a large number of goons to halt Drake's progression.
How Does It Compare?
Well having set quite a high precedent with the first two games, the developers Naughty Dog left themselves with a very tough job of improving the adventure of Nathan Drake. It's fair to say that they have managed to almost achieve the same high standards of the first two games; it's just that there is also a major element of the game which isn't quite as good as the previous outings. Of course in developing one side of the game I guess there were always going to be elements that were sacrificed, but first I'll look at the good aspects of the game.
Like the previous two games the developers have done wonders in creating an original and captivating storyline that keeps players hooked. It's fair to say that the plot for this game is just as god as the previous two and once again I wasn't allowed to play it unless Jen was in the room to see how the game unfolds. Of course it's fair to say that Drake gets himself into some impossible situations and with the number of bad guys running around it does make it quite challenging but the story really works and the games varying levels of difficult make it possible for all level of players to control and enjoy the adventures of Nathan Drake.
The biggest improvement from the first two games has to be in the graphics and general look of the games. The first two games had really made me realise what the PS3 was capable of but the third instalment pushes it even further. The graphics look like a movie whether you be in cut scenes or the actual in game play. This latest instalment also supports 3D play and this adds a whole new look to the style of the game. The 3D works really well and makes the game even more enjoyable to look at and play.
I did of course mention however that there was a downside and unfortunately that downside is quite a major one, at least to begin with anyway. The control side of the game really lets it down as you don't appear to have as much freedom to explore each environment with Drake and when you're on the run from the bad guys he has a tendency to jump in the wrong direction or run in a slightly different direction to how you're telling him to on your controller. The glitch itself is quite minor but it seems to happen at quite key moments of game play, which make it more annoying than anything else.
The other slight problem I had was with killing the enemies. As usual there are swarms and swarms of them, I'm sure there has to be a goon for hire shop somewhere in these games, but occasionally even when you hit them with a direct shot to the head they keep coming at you as if they hadn't even been touched. This has been a problem on all three Uncharted games, but with the added control issues mentioned above it makes it stand out a lot more. One element they have improved from the control point of view is hand to hand combat and the new system for this works really well and encourages you to take on more bad guys in fist fights, which are far more fun than hiding behind something shooting at them.
Just like the plot and graphics, I thought that the developers have done an excellent job with the sounds and music used throughout the story. The voices are all in synch with the story and the characters on screen, which really works well with the stunning graphics. The music too is well thought out and works really well with each individual scene.
Still Worth Buying?
Despite the negatives that come with this game, I think it is still one I'd highly recommend. The flaws in the controls are few and far between and whilst they are annoying when they happen, they don't detract too much from a very well put together game. The graphics are still outstanding and the story is really addictive immersing the player right back into Drake's world of adventure. The controls when they work are really simple and follow a very easy to manage method. All in all its an excellent game, although not quite up to the standard of game play as the previous two. All in all I got about 16 hours of gameplay from Drake's deception, which for the current price of £37.25 is quite good value.
If you do buy one action adventure game this year then I'd seriously recommend that you buy Uncharted 3, however if you are yet to experience the Uncharted series then you'd also be advised to stretch to the first and second instalment as well.
Other Platforms: PS3 exclusive
Age - 15 plus
It's important to note that the game does have online enabled content, however I'm not big on Online gameplay and instead am writing this review based on the game itself, not the online aspects.
Summary: another good addition to the Uncharted series