Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Any Playstation fanboys out there are gonna have to forgive me for this, but I’ve never played an Uncharted game before, so Uncharted 3 marked my entry into this often raved about Playstation exclusive. As such, I may miss out on some of the history of the franchise and I won’t be able to comment on how the game has improved and in what areas. What I will be able to do, is look at the game with fresh eyes.
Now I realise there’s probably a fair bit of back story I’m missing out on with this next statement – and some of the back story is explored in the second level of Uncharted 3, when we go back in time and play as the child Drake – but Uncharted is essentially a e-imaging of Tomb Raider with a guy in the lead role. You’re in a race against the bad guys to uncover some hidden treasure, having to discover clues along the way. It’s a third person shooter, action adventure, platformer game. And whilst that statement may be a bit o a mouthful, Uncharted 3 flows smoothly.
Nearly everything about the game is great. Graphically it could just be the best looking game out at the moment. Gameplay for the most part is flawless. The combat system is intuitive but forces you to be quick on your feet – or with your fingers – and the cover shooting system works well. Climbing, jumping and swinging your way through levels is challenging but always works.
The pacing keeps everything running at a decent pace, never leaving you bored or wanting for something to do.
But as with any game that attempts to do so much, Uncharted 3 does stumble occasionally. As with many third person games in the past, Drake will knock into and get stuck behind small objects – usually when he’s being chased by bad guys – causing no end of frustration, especially when Drake has shown us just how agile he is. The upside to this however, is that you never seem to be punished too much as the game seems to have a huge amount of mini saves going on.
The only other gripe – and seasons fans may laugh at me for saying this – but you don’t always know what you’re supposed to be doing and can find yourself stumbling around a room, unsure of what you’re looking for till you trigger a hint or cut scene.
These minor gripes aside, Uncharted 3 is an amazing game that will have you coming back for more, time and time again. It’ll stump you from time t time, frustrate you like nothing else, but it will also give you a sense of achievement when you get past whatever challenge you were stumped by.
It might not be the perfect game, but Uncharted 3 comes very close.