Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception at its core is just Uncharted 2 with a new story. With Uncharted 2 being one of my favorite games in 2009, I’m completely fine with this choice. Subtle changes to the Uncharted formula refine the experience to be one of the best the PS3 has to offer.
The driving force behind an Uncharted game are the characters and the story so I won’t go into any detail besides a vague summary. Nathan Drake is once again in over his head as he attempts to solve the historic mystery of the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’. The four main characters in Uncharted 2 (Drake, Sully, Elena, and Chloe) return for another adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.
The new characters are great additions to the story and the villains are my personal favorites of the series. I do wish we could have gotten more scenes including the villains instead of the hundreds of skirmishes with their endless amount of henchmen. However, I did really enjoy the opening few scenes. They gave greater insight into the relationships between Nathan and Sully than we’ve ever seen before, which makes their interactions in the rest of the game all the more emotionally touching.
I did have a few issues with the combat being ridiculously difficult at times for no reason. The combat wasn’t the problem, it was the unrelenting force of the AI flooding towards you constantly, making combat scenarios take 3-20 times to complete. The bonuses are sparse compared to Uncharted 2’s amount of behind the scenes videos and gameplay changes to spice up the second playthrough.
I’ve never been a big fan of the Uncharted multiplayer, but for what it is, the multiplayer is pretty fun. Hopefully I can get a couple of friends together and play more in the future. Some parts of the story feel like they could have more to them so I hope in inevitable future DLC they try out some single-player content, as well as multiplayer.
The story moves along at a fantastic pace, each chapter seamlessly leading to the next making it impossible to put Uncharted 3 down. Witty writing, brilliant acting, fantastic set pieces, and clever puzzles fill this 8-12 hour adventure. If you want more Uncharted, this is a fabulous sequel worthy of the Uncharted name.
The Good: It’s more Uncharted. Writing, acting, set pieces, it is fantastic. Naughty Dog is pushing the limits of the PS3 hardware to make one of the best looking games on the platform.
The Bad: Not as many scenes with the villains as I would have liked. Those frustrating combat scenarios.
The Ugly: Most of the large-scale combat scenes are ridiculously difficult.