Uncharted 3 : Drake’s Deception

Date Completed: May 25th, 2012

Everyone’s favorite mass murderer is back on another treasure hunt and he’s brought whole crew is back with him.  This time Nathan Drake and Sully are on the trail of a creepy old woman from Nate and Sully’s past.  She’s in search of a lost city containing and untold riches and Nathan and Sully want to get there first.

Gameplay is pretty much identical to previous Uncharted titles with some incremental improvements, but what has always set the Uncharted series apart is the storytelling. This is easily the most complex story yet attempted by the series. It spans multiple continents and weaves historical fact and fictional narrative into a rich and vibrant tapestry that makes me a little concerned for the history students of tomorrow (You know, the ones who thought ‘The Da Vinci code was accurate’).

All of the characters from previous Uncharted games (except the ones ruthlessly murdered by Drake) make cameo appearances.  The relationships between the characters have continued on in a believable way and the characters are realistic and easy to relate to.  It’s not perfect but I don’t know of any other video game series that has managed such a good job with creating realistic people and relationships, with the possible exception of Super Mario Bros.

A lot of quality work by talented people went in to creating the locales for this game.  After watching some of the opening panoramic shots I often wondered ‘How on earth are they ever going to be able to top this in Uncharted 4?’. I hope they are up to the challenge but I am afraid they are running out of places for Nathan Drake to look for treasure. Maybe the next game will follow Captain Cook’s brief voyage to the moon.  IS ANYONE FROM NAUGHTY DOG READING THIS?

The abandoned shipyard location is very cool

I recently purchased the Sony 3D display for use with my Playstation 3 and this was the first game I played on it that was 3D enabled. I found that if the 3D depth was cranked up too high there was quite a bit of ghosting so I kept it on the lowest setting. This was enough 3D to add depth to the scenes but not enough to give me a headache. Overall the 3D added to the game but it still played fine without it. To enable 3D you need to go into the display menu each time you start the game, turn on stereoscopic 3D and set the depth slider. Sometimes if I was only going to have a few minutes to play I’d skip 3D in the interest of saving time.

Now try and imagine the creepy old lady in 3D!!!

Multiplayer modes are available but I haven’t tried them yet.  Multiplayer requires a single use key to be activated on your Playstation Network account.  This means that Multiplayer will not work for individuals who bought their game used.  I didn’t buy used and I don’t plan on selling my copy so this doesn’t really bother me, but if you’re the kind who gets upset about other people making money you might want to boycott this game.

Overall I really enjoyed the game and I plan on playing through it again just to experience the story one more time, and to pick up the rest of those trophies of course.

Pros

  • Great characters, storytelling and locale design.
  • First Uncharted with 3D support.

Cons

  • Multiplayer requires an activation key for your PSN account.
Is it fun: Yes
Score: 9/10
Length:  ~10 hours
System: Playstation 3
Genre: Action
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