Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Naughty Dog
Pub: Sony
Release: November 1, 2011
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Language, Violence

These capabilities shine probably brightest in the graphics department. While the first entry was impressive and astounding when it first released—hell, it still blows several other games out of the water—the second title was capable of raising that bar and making a game that would rival most Hollywood features. With Uncharted 3, the bar is raised to a level I personally have only seen in big 100-million-dollar-budget films. Naughty Dog has brought a new layer of refinement to the series with the sheer level of detail in Drake's Deception. While I was impressed with the visuals of the trailers and had incredible hopes of graphical prowess, the full game managed to actually shock me to a near standstill.

I know a lot of people keep saying they want a live-action Uncharted movie, but after looking at this game, I say let's have an all-CGI movie and keep the original voice actors in the same roles we know them for. In fact, why do we have to have a movie at all? Why not just another game? Especially when the current cast is so phenomenal.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Screenshot

And speaking of voice acting, the performances in Drake's Deception are top-notch and some of the best in the industry. Even the new additions and the smaller roles are all delivered perfectly.

Uncharted 3's multiplayer is fairly similar to Uncharted 2's though with some tweaks and additions. Personally, I find myself enjoying Uncharted 3's multiplayer more than I ever did with Uncharted 2. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there feels like an easier entry point for people that are only casual online gamers. This small thing definitely opens Uncharted up to more people. The other thing is that the chaos is constant, and yet not as rage-inducing as other online gameplay experiences. This is not to say you won't have a few. After all, at the time of this writing there is a balance issue with matchmaking: players who are level 1 will potentially be placed with level 35 combatants. While this is not an extreme issue, it can turn some newer players off. Other than this one thing, adding new maps, new characters, and an even higher level of fun, the multiplayer aspect of Uncharted 3 also exceeds expectations. It even has local splitscreen co-op, a true lost treasure.

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Sometimes it's hard to wrap up a review for a blockbuster title. At other times, it is so easy that it flows right off the fingertips. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is something of a special case. It doesn't fall into either of those categories and it doesn't fit in the middle. Instead, it creates its own flow. Too often the series has been compared to Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, but I think it's time to stop comparing this wondrous edge-of-your-seat adventure to icons of a different caliber. The pacing, storytelling, drama, and comedy roll together to give one of the most remarkably cinematic experience in gaming today. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception simply raises a bar that didn't even need to be raised. But now that it has, we will never want to go back.

By Matt Walker
CCC Editor-In-Chief

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
There are moments when the graphics upstage everything else in the game.
4.8
Control
The controls have once again been refined, though there are still occasional frustrations.
4.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
These types of voice acting performances and musical scores are one of the many reasons I love gaming.
4.8
Play Value
Solid campaign and a refined online gameplay experience prove once more why so many have become fans of Nathan Drake and his adventures.
4.9
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • An interactive cinematic experience that blurs the lines between games and Hollywood films.
  • Nathan Drake's journey will put you through new challenges and take you to stunning locations around the world, from a derelict chateau in France to the merciless Arabian Desert.
  • Epic single-player campaign with evolved signature Uncharted gameplay.
  • A new breed of Action Adventure Multiplayer that brings the exciting cinematic elements of the single-player campaign into the multiplayer.
  • Experience the thrill of Uncharted in stereoscopic 3D.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Debut Trailer - click to enlarge
    Debut Trailer
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Extended Chateau Gameplay Part 1 - click to enlarge
    Extended Chateau Gameplay Part 1
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Extended Chateau Gameplay Part 2 - click to enlarge
    Extended Chateau Gameplay Part 2
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Katherine Marlowe Cutscene  - click to enlarge
    Katherine Marlowe Cutscene
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer  - click to enlarge
    Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

    Screenshots / Images
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