Produced / Developed by Naughty Dog / SCEE
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.”
Sullivan: "Uh-huh. That's all real pretty but, what the hell's it mean in English?"
Nathan Drake: "It means, be careful what you wish for. It might just get you…"
Being careful isn’t something that comes naturally to Drake… As his previous two excellent adventures have shown – he’s a lovable chancer, a soldier of fortune, a wise cracking hero who lives for the thrill of treasure hunting.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception sees developer Naughty Dog on utterly stunning form. These guys know how to rock the PS3 and they sure do make a mean PlayStation-exclusive game.
Kicking off with an ace barroom brawl set in an authentic London boozer (think Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 2) – it demonstrates a brilliant knack for putting you straight into the heat of the action, whilst wrong footing those who expected a dusty desert setting from the off.
Nolan North who voices Drake is on top form spitting the quality dialogue with movie star style. Everything about Uncharted 3 actually feels like a massive blockbuster film – as Drake searches for the fabled ‘Atlantis of the Sands’ aided once again by the journal of Sir Francis Drake.
All that’s missing is Spielberg and Lucas directing the proceedings as the action goes massive as you try and escape from a sinking cruise liner – kind of Titanic with automatic weaponry thrown in for fun. Or when you take on hundreds of baddies in a frantic gunfight whilst the plane you’re on explodes for good measure, it’s adrenalin pumping, unforgettable action that has no equal on any game to date.
The graphics in Uncharted 3 are just unbelievable, at points it is hard to tell where the cut scenes end and the game play kicks in. I can’t put into words the grin inducing effect that battling through temples, deserts and ruins – sneaking around in stealthy metal gear style utilising a lovely selection of weaponry. The guns have a meaty feel to them which is very satisfying and I defy you not to smirk as you prime an enemy’s grenade whilst it’s still attached to his belt – kick him away and wait for the kabloom!!
The multiplayer options have been beefed up from Uncharted 2 and the added focus of perks / treasure collecting in the heat of battle is very cool. Deathmatch, capture the flag, co-op with a tasty split-screen option where you can log in on two different PSN accounts to play and bag their own XP.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the very definition of AAA gameplay – it’s one that will make you want to play and replay missions just because their so much damn fun. Be warned though that the multiplayer is fiendishly addictive and the hours fly by in a blur of wonderfully violent combat situations.
Players who enjoy Call of Duty / Battlefield / Halo / Killzone / Gears / Resistance etc should seriously give Uncharted a go – if you buy into the spirit of sheer adventure on offer here - it whips the ass of all those other shooters without breaking a sweat – and that is truly epic achievement…
Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
5 - A King amongst action games - PS3 has no equal in this genre)...
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