Video Game Review – UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION (ps3)

Uncharted 2 was an outstanding achievement for PS3 gaming, offering up an exciting and fluid action-adventure game unlike anything experienced before. So with exceedingly high expectations, would Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception able to go even better?

The games does a lot to try to expand upon the back-story of lead character Nathan Drake and his long-time friendship with his mentor Sully, as indeed the opening game is a flashback mission chronicling their initial meeting when Drake was just a young boy.

The set pieces and locations are a key feature to all the Uncharted games, and this game does not disappoint here. Unique locales, beautiful scenery and overall interesting environments all build a great atmosphere. The trademark epic Uncharted moments are definitely there, too.

Gameplay though is quite mundane and predictable. Most of the action has been experienced before and the shooting is still kind of terrible. Not sure why it takes 3 or 4 headshots to put down the one enemy? The puzzles in the game offer a good respite, but they also seem to be rather dumbed down from previous games in the series.

The story and game really picks up in the last third, when things almost get existential and wacky. However, the finale itself did not provide anything terribly innovative and I felt like much of the ending of the game was very similar to what I had experienced before in Uncharted 2.

Uncharted 3 is a great game, but it is not the greatest game, and I would probably go back to replay Uncharted 2 before attempting another experience of this game.

score: 8 out of 10.

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