GKick Review: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception | Available Now
PS3 | Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment | Developer: Naughty Dog

In 2007, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune introduced us to Nathan Drake, Sully, and Elena as it took us sprawling through the jungles and ruins of the Amazon searching for the secret of El Dorado. Two years later, developer Naughty Dog stepped up their game with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and they brought us even more beautifully realistic environments, like Borneo and the Himalayas as Nathan Drake and company sought the fabled city Shangri-La. Both games were critically acclaimed for their breathtaking environments, challenging puzzles, and clever dialogue and plot. The Uncharted series has become a benchmark for Western game development, showcasing the power of the PlayStation 3.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception seeks take everything that was great about the first two titles and make it better, and Naughty Dog has struck gold once again. The environments are breathtaking, the graphics crisper than ever, and the puzzles, dialogue, and plot all deliver the story masterfully. I found myself lost in the latest story of Nathan Drake, like each game before it, anxious to discover what lay around the next corner. While I did encounter a few frustrations with gameplay elements, but they were extremely minor compared to the overall quality of the game.

The game begins with a brutal barroom brawl that ends up in the streets before taking Drake across the world in a mad chase after secrets left behind by Sir Francis Drake. The story sweeps through a lost chateau in France, a stronghold in Syria, and many more environments. The story also explores the origins of the relationship between Nathan and Sully, allowing the player to discover the source of their bond, while at the same time introducing the main villains of the current story. Once again, Drake and his companions are thrown headlong in pursuit of the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.”

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