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Hey all! For my first review for the new site, I’m happy to be bringing you a review for the highly acclaimed Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series has been impressing gamers since the first installment was released back in 2007. Stunning graphics, impeccable gameplay, and compelling characters have become a staple for any game attached to the name Uncharted. With the third installment of the series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Naughty Dog continues to build upon everything that they have done right with the past two games while bringing in a new story experience to wow those who pick up this amazing title. This is not simply a game but an experience. From the beginning scene until the end credits roll, Uncharted 3 is without a doubt a game for anyone who loves gaming.
This game is graphically stunning. There is almost no better way to describe the immense amount of detail that Naughty Dog has managed to once again incorporate into the Uncharted series. The characters faces convey their every emotion; their faces have wrinkles when they are upset or in deep thought, their faces light up when they are excited, etc. In the same vein, the world that these characters find them in is as beautifully detailed as they are. Watching the water move around the characters as they trudge through the underground, the fire crackling and burning as Sully and Drake maneuver through it, and many other moments prove that the graphics just keep getting better and better. The story itself is one that would be expected from an Uncharted game. There is something lost that must be found before someone else finds it. The best thing about the story in this game is how it is never possible to fully know what will come next. Sully and Drake find themselves chasing after something that someone else happens to want and they have to find their way in and out of impossible situations. When Drake is stuck in the burning building with Sully and they are not sure if they are going to survive, it is impossible not to feel a sense of urgency for them. Instead of simply focusing on finding this city right now, Uncharted 3 focuses also on the relationship that Sully and Drake have built over the last twenty years. It takes a new turn for the games in that it does not take the same twists and turns that the other two games in the series did. This game leads the player in one direction and then pulls out the rug with something completely unexpected happening instead. The voice acting and sound effects keep the game compelling while the musical score draws a varied array of emotional responses from the player. Whether the characters are trapped with no escape or sharing a moment of triumph, the music follows suit. Likewise, the sound effects are spot on. When the characters tread through water or escape a burning building, the flowing water runs behind them and the fires cackle menacingly. As far as gunplay goes, if the player is using a pistol it makes far less of a sound than when an enemy shoots an RPG. Each weapon has its own unique sound and each melee attack sounds different depending on how the enemy is hit. Without a doubt, this game possesses some of the most impressive audio and visual presentations on the market today.
The gameplay in Uncharted 3 is very similar to the gameplay in the previous Uncharted games. The player is required to climb, jump, and shoot just like in the other games in the series, but these movements have a new finesse to them. No matter what action the player is required to do, it is seamlessly integrated. A new factor that was quite impressive for this title was the updated melee combat. In past Uncharted games, the melee aspect of the game was most players least favorite. It was not exactly bad, but it did not seem to flow as well as the rest of the movements did. This has changed for the newest installment. The melee combat has become much more fluid and the places where Drake is surprised and is forced into melee combat are some of the most interesting parts of the game. As in past games, the player will spend a good amount of their time shooting from cover. While it is true that this could become tedious for some, the way that the gameplay is so smoothly executed makes it so that it is easy to spend hours climbing and shooting. The gameplay is just shy of receiving a perfect score simply because it has been done before in the last Uncharted game, even if there are some really useful upgrades to the system this time around.
Similarly, multiplayer has been upgraded for this game as well. While multiplayer was not a huge selling point for Uncharted 2, it is definitely a good reason to keep playing Uncharted 3 long after the end of the game. The different modes such as Team Deathmatch, Free for All, Three Team Deathmatch, etc., provide a lot of variety to the co-op and multiplayer modes. Whether playing with a friend or with complete strangers, the different modes do not fail to impress. The level of customization that has been integrated into the multiplayer mode is another aspect that keeps players coming back. Players can customize the face, voice, and clothing of their characters and can open up more customization options as they play through the multiplayer experience. The weapons can be upgraded in much the same way except not only can one customize the appearance of weapons but other things about them as well, such as their clip size. The boosters are another thing that Uncharted has integrated into their multiplayer. They allow players to utilize streaks of wins and losses to make a player faster, shoot an RPG, and other such upgrades. The buddy system that multiplayer has introduced is also a fun thing to try. At the beginning of a level a player can be connected to either a friend or another player and whenever they are killed, they have the ability to spawn near their buddy. There is also the ability to taunt dead enemies with your partner. No matter which mode the player is involved in, the overall experience with the gameplay is fun and stays that way without ever feeling overdone.
Uncharted 3 is one of those rare games that crosses genres and allows players to truly experience something amazing. The story draws the player in and does not let go, the gameplay is fun and exciting for hours on end, and the characters make the player truly feel and care about what happens to them. This is a game that everyone should at least attempt to play if for no other reason than that it is an extremely fun and rewarding experience. It offers fans of the series more of what they love, and does it in many new and exciting ways. At the same time, players who have never experienced an Uncharted game before can jump in and enjoy it as well. Every aspect of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: the story, characters, graphics, sounds, etc., make this an experience that cannot be missed.