Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Good
  • Solid combat mechanics with a healthy number of mod friendly weapons
  • Environment variety with a fantastic treasure hunt across the diverse locations
Bad
  • Series is overdue for some broader innovation with this addition lacking something fresh
8.5

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception continues the Uncharted series with action, adventure and third person shooting that the series is known for. Just like previous games the title is a PlayStation 3 exclusive (and later PlayStation 4) developed by Naughty Dog with a familiar air of mystery to your action adventure.

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This time around players will join Nathan Drake as he adventures through the desert in search of the lost location known as the Iram of the Pillars. The story takes players back in time to establish some of its setting with your primary adventure revolving around Nate and Sully in the present day as they piece together important clues to find the mythical location. All the while players will battle against a secret society that is led by Katherine Marlowe who have overlapping objectives with your own. Fans of the series will recognise many of the characters that make an appearance throughout the game although there are plenty of new ones as well.

Like Uncharted adventures before it Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has a large variety of environments that players have the opportunity to explore with jungle sequences, a sinking ship and plenty of realistic towns in between. Plenty of these settings as expected are also completely over the top which is part of what the Uncharted series is all about. Building on the game setting further the game features over 100 treasures for players to uncover across chapters which are primarily antique vases, rings, figurines, relics, coins and other items that serve as exploration rewards.

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Along with the diversity of locations and treasure focus gameplay is similar to the other games in the Uncharted series with an emphasis on puzzles, exploration, platforming with the physically fit Drake able to seamlessly move around as necessary. When in combat you’ll fall back on the cover based combat system with blind and aimed fire modes where you will often face a larger number of attacks. This is particularly the case in the second half of Uncharted 3 where the odds are seriously stacked against the player character.

In terms of weapons players will be able to accumulate two firearms and a small handful of grenades with the ability to swap your weapon with a dropped one from your enemy while accumulating ammunition from them as well. In total there are nearly two dozen options that are familiar weapons that can be modified to your tastes.

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Alternatively melee combat is available which enables stealth to play an important role in Uncharted 3 although is mostly used during stealth based approaches when the player doesn’t want to alert everyone to their presence. Uncharted 3 has also given plenty of focus on building the multiplayer experience offering the same competitive and co-operative options as Uncharted 2 did. The most notable improvements to the multiplayer environment is the inclusion of unlockable equipment which lets players have greater customisation over their character load out.

Summary:

  • The third game in the Uncharted series that extends the adventures of Nathan Drake.
  • Large number of environments to explore from jungles to cities and everything in between.
  • Familiar puzzle and platforming blended with action sequences.
  • Equip and modify one of 22 different weapons while utilising the cover system to survive outnumbered battles.
  • Improvements to melee combat that provide a stealth alternative for players.

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Review Platform: PS3

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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