‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’ Review: An Excellent Game and Story

I was having a bit of trouble deciding on how to start this review. I’ve loved the Uncharted series ever since I bought the first one on a random whim on a trip to the store. It is a fantastic series.

Let me tell you about how I got my family (who are non-gamers) into experiencing the adventures of Uncharted 3. One day my dad asked if I bought Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception after seeing an ad for it on TV. After telling him I did, he asked me to play it. After two and a half hours, I stopped playing and looked around. My entire family was huddled around the TV watching me play. They asked me questions about the story, the characters, and the settings. That’s when I realized that Uncharted 3 is as much an experience with a top notch story as it is a game.

The gameplay is still the same. Drake hops around and climbs buildings, takes cover and shoots bad guys, and plunders ruins to discover a lost treasure. Some might complain that not enough has changed, but honestly, if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it. Uncharted 3’s gameplay is exceptional the way it is, as aiming is intuitive and easy, reloading and switching weapons natural, and the platforming very satisfying. If anything, they fine tuned the melee combat in this game, as fist fights weren’t something I avoided like the plague, but used as a way to effectively deal with close enemies. Add in some extra sneak attack moves for dropping in on an enemy, and the gameplay is intact and strengthened.

The graphics and presentation are fantastic. Sand clinging to Drake’s hair, him running his hand along a wall as he got close to it, him trying to balance and keep himself up while climbing, ducking for cover as bullets whizz by him all provide an experience that is easy to get sucked into. Every environment was a treat, and this game takes you places. I would stop and marvel at the water effects, or watch the sand get blown by the wind and watch his footprints in the sand dunes follow behind him. It takes a lot for me to ignore what’s happening around me to just stop and look. The care that developer Naughty Dog put into this game is phenomenal, and if this level of love and care will always be put into these games, I’ll continue to buy them without a moment’s hesitation.

Sound is superb as the music, bullets and sound effects all come perfectly together to help envelop me even further in the experience. Real props also go out to the voice acting. Once again the characters are brought to life with believable interactions and feelings. When Drake is in a tense situation, his voice gets panicky, and all the supporting cast responds to the situations correctly. I love the characters in this game, and what makes them feel so real is the quality of the voice acting. I doubt Drake would be as extremely likable as he is if he sounded like a cliché action movie hero. With the amazing writing that the voice actors have to work with, everything you hear is a treat.

What makes these games so special is their stories. This time around Drake is fighting with a villain from his past in an effort to reach the “Atlantis of the Sands” or Iram of the Pillars. Along the way Drake is forced into situations that very near kill him, and force himself to question whether or not it is all worth it. Some say the story never quite reached the heights of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but honestly, when the stories are this fantastic it’s pretty much just going to be personal preference. You can’t go wrong either way.

In closing, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a must own game for a must own series. Developer Naughty Dog has something special on their hands, and if they keep it up, I see no reason why I wouldn’t want to spend some time with Drake for years to come. I’m sure he’s got many stories left to tell. I would wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone that asks, and urge anyone that is not sure to give this game a try. It’ll be worth your time, I promise.

Grade: A+

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