Uncharted 3 Review
*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is due to release this Tuesday Nov 1. For those who were fortunate enough to go to the AMC Play it in 3D event had the opportunity to get the game early. I was one of those people. As soon as the game arrived I was quick to start playing it. After a few chapters I knew right away that this was going to fun a joy ride through and through. If you thought Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves were amazing games then you are in for a treat. From start to finish this game never disappoints.
The gameplay in Uncharted 3, compared to its counter parts, is quite a bit different. While the shooting mechanics are pretty similar there are new additions to the gameplay that give you more freedom of choice on how to play. By that I mean specifically the addition of full on melee combat. This game feels like an Arkham City at times because of the heavy emphasis on melee. The new melee system is truly dynamic and allows you to use the environment to help take out the enemy. For the shooting the basic gameplay is pretty much the same other then having new weapons and such. As far as a fun factor, having the freedom of being able to shoot someone, run up to them and melee, and even toss back a grenade before it blows up. On top of all this Naughty Dog added some vertical gameplay in some segments. By this I mean that you are hanging on something and looking straight up to shoot enemies. The fun part about this is 9 out 10 times when you kill the enemy you get to see them fall and you hear them scream as they fall past you. There is satisfaction to seeing this happen. Overall the gameplay has been upgraded from UC2 and in a good way.
The original Uncharted in 2007 boasted some pretty impressive graphics to show off what the PS3 is truly capable of with a developer who really learns how to utilize the power of the PS3. Naughty Dog is that developer that has time and time again proven that when they take the time they can really create some impressive stuff. Uncharted 3 is no different. From beginning to end it is quite a thing to look at it. Occasionally there was some texture pop-in but it wasn’t very often and it wasn’t a large deal. Considering how good looking the game was you forgave it for a few minor details. The environments have the largest variety of any Uncharted game. You travel from outside at night, to the jungle, to underground, and of course to the desert which I just have to say really was truly amazing what was accomplished. Not to mention that the fire in this game is truly groundbreaking for a console game. In my opinion the best fire I have seen in any game is Far Cry 2 but I won’t compare PC to console as it’s not a fair battle. That’s neither here nor there though, just know that graphically Uncharted 3 really is an art masterpiece.
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception has a lot of story telling going on. Even more so then the previous installments. Without spoiling too much let’s just say we learn a lot more about how our characters “came to be” who they are. Truthfully I would love to tell you exactly what goes on besides knowing that Drake is looking for the Atlantis of the Sands and that his ring plays a significant role in doing so. We learn all of this from the launch trailer which you can see below. Other then that saying anything more about the story would play a factor in spoiling it. So I just want to say that the story did not disappoint and was not completely predictable. I will say some questions still have not been answered and that just leaves more room open for Drake to go on yet another adventure.
Nathan Drake has been voiced by Nolan North since the first installment in the series. His voice has become an iconic voice for that of Nathan Drake and any game he is in moving forward people will be reminded of Nathan Drake. However, the real factor is that each of the main characters have full blown personalities and emotion that make you really get involved with their stories. On top of some great voice over work, the sounds of the ambient jungles, airport runways, and of course the silence of the never ending dessert make this game a joy to listen to. Don’t forget, Nathan is known for having some crazy one-liners and this game is no different in using some of the old ones and adding some new ones to the mix.
Unfortunately while I was able to receive an early copy of Uncharted 3 the multiplayer is not online sadly. However, I played the beta extensively and reached level 35 max shortly after getting it. The multiplayer is quite fun and post patches it is much more balanced. I still personally feel the summer beta was more balanced but we just have to wait and see for the final version of multiplayer to open up. I was able to log in and see my character and noticed that my level 35 was still there with all the unlocks and money including all the additional unlocks that are in the final version compared to the beta. So when you first open up multiplayer you will see that famous “explanation point” symbol next to probably everything depending on how high level you are from the Subway beta. Keep in mind at the AMC event we gamers got the chance to play the full version of UC3 multiplayer with the likes of the creepy crawler kickback and the famous cluster bomb. The creepy crawler kickback costs 17 medals just fyi so yes it is amazing and powerful but it will be a challenge to use it just once. Overall I look forward to trying out the full multiplayer aspect and don’t think I will be that disappointed. I did have fun with the Subway beta for the most part afterall.