Uncharted 3 is this year’s new installment of the ever so popular Uncharted franchise. The new sequel to the series is an action packed, fun filled, adventure through every step of the way. Fans of the series as well as newcomers will enjoy the new adventure both online and offline. Unlike the previous installment where the game was mainly in the snow, this time around the sand is a massive part of the game. Nathan Drake this time travels to the desert sands of Arabia, and finds himself in the Rub’ al Khali desert, in the legendary Lost City of Iram of Pillars, exploring the dark, mysterious London Undergrounds, as well as the Arabian peninsula.
The game starts off in the present day where Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan are in English pub. The minute the game begins you encounter action commands of sequenced of events and feel as if you were beating down the opponents yourselves. The game flashbacks to Nathan’s past and introduces how he met Victor and how he found Sir Francis’s ring which connects all of what happened in both in Uncharted 1 and Uncharted 2. It also introduces new story plots and explains a lot of the back history of the Uncharted storyline. The game itself had a lot of interesting and unique chapters. The game itself is known for its significant historical references such as quoting from T.E Lawrence, a British archaeologist as well as words, maps, symbols giving reference to different historical landmarks and events. The campaign’s chapters all varied and had each its own unique individual experience. One chapter involved Nathan grasping for his life as he is stuck upon plane flying thousands of meters in the air, beating down the bad guys. Another chapter takes place in ship where the objective is to escape before you succumb to a watery grave.
Playing through the game there was these “goose bumps moments” where I felt as if I were wrapped up in the moments where Nathan Drake is grasping for his life. I’m an avid fan of the series and the ending was amazing part of the game. The ending gave you wanting more and was adrenaline pumping till the end. The storyline as well as newly introduced characters were the key to the plot. Drake and Victor being pitted against Katherine Marlowe and her lackey Talbot was intense with the backdrop of Drake’s quest of his childhood transition into adulthood and survival to his limits and his conquering of his deepest fears.
The game took me about 6-8 hours over the course of two days to beat (Yep, non-stop), I managed to collect several trophies and collected all of the hidden unique treasures scattered throughout the world. Naughty Dog decided to remove all unlockable cheats and skins for the story mode which was a great idea. Once I beat Uncharted Drakes Fortune , I didn’t even bother using the unlockables of the story mode having played Hard Mode and the cheats themselves voiding any trophies or progression and merely added for a “fun factor”.
The game mechanics as well as graphics have improved since the previous installment. The physics visuals and environmental effects are very vivid and breathtaking. The environments are realistic with animations such as fire from burning buildings, smoke, as well as water effect of the ocean. The game has expanded its acrobatic actions as well as gunplay. The player can take cover and utilize blind-fire as well as use stealth attacks to take out their opponents. The game also has its usual Uncharted feel where you have to solve puzzles provided clues in order to progress throughout the game. The game also did a great job of providing the rush feel of having to do parker across buildings chasing down enemies, escaping to save your life, and even moments where you had to ride a horse and shoot down the enemies, which was a fun chapter might I add.
If the campaign wasn’t enough to fulfill the Uncharted fans with their needs. The multiplayer was also fun and addictive, with both co-op and multiplayer modes. The game features multiple player modes such Team Deathmatch, Free for All, Co-Op Arena, Co-Op Hunter Arena, as well as Co-Op Adventure. The modes all vary in the types of guns, kickbacks (which are known as the kill streaks), as well as the difficulty. I spent hours on the co-op arena as well as the co-op adventure, which is sweet when you have some buddies behind you taking out the baddies ahead of you. The competitive modes are fun as well with its unique system of medal kickbacks, power plays (where a losing team is provided an opportunity to catch up), and the buddy system (a system where you are placed with another player so that spawning is faster).
On a final note I give Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception a 4 out of 5 for its adrenaline filled adventure full of breathtaking visuals and unique gameplay. Uncharted has done it again and deserves the top treasure (no pun intended). What are you waiting for? Go out and explore you pirate! Arrghhh! (Excuse my bad pirate impersonation).