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  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Review

    5 November 2011
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    The time has come for Naughty Dog’s third installment in the Drake saga. But is it a blockbuster hit or a box office flop? We’ll be taken a look here in my Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception review.

    Developer: Naughty Dog
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Series: Uncharted
    Engine: Naughty Dog Engine 3.0 Havok (game physics)
    Platform: PlayStation 3
    Release dates: EU October 28, 2011, NA November 1, 2011, EU November 2, 2011, UK November 2, 2011, JP November 3, 2011, AU November 3, 2011
    Genre: Action-adventure, Platform, Third-person shooter
    Modes: Single-player, Online multiplayer, Online co-op, Split-screen co-op
    Ratings: ACB: MA15+, BBFC: 15, ESRB: T, OFLC: R16, PEGI: 16, USK: 16

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  • In Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception a search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands” propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.

    So lets take a look at all this action in my video review.

    Key Game Features:

    • An interactive cinematic experience that blurs the lines between games and Hollywood films.
    • Nathan Drake’s journey will put you through new challenges and take you to stunning locations around the world.
    • Epic single player campaign with evolved signature Uncharted gameplay.
    • A new breed of Action Adventure Multiplayer that brings the exciting cinematic elements of the single-player campaign, into the multiplayer.
    • Experience the thrill of Uncharted in stereoscopic 3D.

    Now lets take a look at the scores.

    Gameplay: 9

    Years of practice does make perfect. Drake has remained Drake with only a few extra tweaks to his looks and animation, leaving you with the same fantastic gameplay intact. And why fix it if it ain’t broke? It works seamlessly, delivering a great gameplay experience.

    Online play also delivers a first class online shooter that will have you hooked with tons of customization options and rewards available. Who needs to be playing the same old war-based shooters, when Uncharted 3 delivers all that fun and more; together with the same cinematic action you’ve come to love from the single player.

    Graphics: 8

    Again, sticking to their guns Naughty Dog has only done a few things to make Drake better: Improved motion capture really gives player models a fantastic feel, and graphics-wise it’s the same as the second with just a little more shine.

    Sound: 8

    True to its style the sound is as Hollywood as a game could get and one soundtrack I’d be happy to have in my CD player anytime.

    3D: 10

    WOW, okay that wasn’t descriptive but it was my honest initial response to the 3D feature in Uncharted 3. There isn’t a hint of ghosting that’s plagued earlier 3D titles and the amount of depth is breathtaking. Playing through the 18th chapters desert level was simply jaw-dropping in 3D.

    Overall Fun-Factor: 9

    This is a must own for all PS3 users it has something for everyone, the story, the thrills, the music and the actors tie up what could only be described as an epic affair. So why are you still reading this? Go and get it NOW!!

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    • Taskerlynch

      Graphics same as u2. Wise up. Go and play u2 now and come back.

    • http://www.videogamesblogger.com Rob

      @2cab078a0b31892a3964313c4cd466b4:disqus Ok done I stuck U2 in and I still feel the same, it looks the same just a little more polish added similar to what was done with gears 3, but thats why I always ask for peoples opinions and thoughts as they dont always match my own, and then people can get a variety of thoughts on a certain topic.

    • Taskerlynch

      I played u2 through 2 days before u3 arrived. The train level in u2 was still impressive and is probably u2′s graphical peak. U3 is on a different level. Had I not played through u2 so recently rose tinted glasses probably would have effected my judgment when making a comparison.

    • Leado

      In my opinion, U3 seemed to emphasize more of the gun fights than in U2. The opening interactive cinematic in U2 was missed in U3, while this jaw-dropping type of scene does show up later. And again in U3, there are all those items to find, at least for the more OCD players who think they absolutely must find each and every item. The story in U3 is again compelling and the voice acting is also again spot on and believable. The weapon and ammo system follows what we had to deal with in U1 and U2, which was tedious and frustrating, forcing you to find the right enemy character to kill in order to pick up his weapon. The only weapon that gets you out of a messy, difficult fire-fight map alive. The enemy characters in U3 also seem to have a lot of life, especially when you shoot them 4-5 times and they still fire back at you. That’s a bummer. Overall, I’d say I remain more impressed with U2 than U3, although this one does entertain, as well as challenge players, especially on the higher difficulty level. I do not think U3 has the makings for GOTY, as did U2.


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