Be careful what you wish for. Dreams are never equal, and sometimes they can turn out for better or worse. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception revives the fortune hunter experience that we have all been craving. Explosions, double-agendas, criminals, conspiracy, action, and adventure come as part of the third transmigration by Naughty Dog. All of these are normal to Nathan Drake, but to everyday non-adventurism people, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception gives us a chance to live the life of an adventurer who shows us discovery is never easy. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception creates a gem of an action adventure thriller that fans of anything enthusing and over the top will find solace in, whether it is through pulling a grenade clip from an enemy’s belt buckle, or smashing a bottle in an enemy’s face at a lowly-lit bar scene. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has certain modes that lack excitement when it comes to the multiplayer cooperative gameplay, but these modes hardly hinder the experience that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception combines to make in an indelible package of extraordinary depth. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception takes anyone and makes them live and breathe the life of an adventurer, filled with dangers, explosions, and pitfalls for good measure. Regardless of whom you are, you can walk away feeling like an explorer of the times.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception gives players the idea that their heroic Nathan “Nate” Drake would be canvassing up a steep mountain, or being a problem for thugs on the Eastern border of an exotic country like Brazil. Nathan even might be taking a vacation at Hawaii whilst climbing the volcanoes. Instead, in a storyline direction that is uniquely adept at starting the narrative point at an anachronistic stage, Nathan is found in a bar drinking himself over. Something has clearly gone awry for our explorer, but nothing that can dampen his spirits for a new adventure. He soon finds himself back with Elena Fisher and Victor “Sully” Sullivan in the peregrination that leads to the benevolence of the Arabian Desert for the Atlantis of Sands. This naturally comes with its territory of danger, secret enemies, and moreover the struggle to stay alive without discovery alone. Locations such as London, Borneo, Monastery, Syria, Iram, and more send off our protagonists on a worldwide adventure of most importance and also serve as potential graves for other explorers. Discovery is clearly never easy, and the daring death-life game that Nathan Drake plays is one that is highlighted on every mission.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s gameplay is complementary to the other titles of the franchise with a few notable changes. Combat is more fluid, and animations aside, has its own surprises that we rather not ruin. In one case, the interaction between enemy types and Nathan has increased to where a grenade can be pulled from the waist of an enemy. Ammunition counts have increased and even the various weapon types have increased in terms up sheer number and variety. Guns aside, combat encounters allow for a multiple enemy takedown than the fight sequences from Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. This was undoubtedly one of the most requested features, while still keeping the unique camera angle of the fighting to an all-time close quarter’s sequence. Naughty Dog has effectively created an enticing combat system that is more than the point-and –shoot adventure that the Uncharted series makes a central aspect of gameplay. Climbing has returned and comes with the uniquely scripted animations that have been so memorable in the Uncharted series from the jungle regions or the plane sequence of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception clearly brings back everything anyone has ever loved in the Uncharted series while adding more storyline, gameplay hours, and finally an adventure that is so perfectly balanced through gameplay mechanics. After shooting and punching your way through a mission, players encounter unique puzzles that are central to archaic myth and secret areas that house a rare artifact. Like the Great Pyramids, every location has its share of puzzles and dangers. Most puzzles are equally as complex as previous titles, but do lack in terms of being anything memorable aside from having a small part to add to the game’s storyline itself. Naughty Dog needs to focus on making these puzzles as part of the levels and storyline rather than exclusively either for one or the other. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s gameplay is amazing at best and while there are problems with actual puzzling elements as being consequential, the adventure is none the greater.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception without a multiplayer would be fine for a singleplayer third-person action adventure as the storyline is not only longer than any previous title, but more exciting in the plateau of plot point vertebra. Multiplayer is split between cooperative and competitive modes. Cooperative only has two extremely amazing modes in Hunter and Adventure. Hunter forces four players to determine who is the pair of better fortune hunters or willing to put themselves in danger for treasure. Two players are hunters and the other two are enemy types along with A.I. that are meant to stop these hunters from getting all the treasure. This mode is fun as much as it is exciting creating a role reversal that allows players to play as the enemies one finds Nathan Drake punching into a wall. Adventure has the same underlying structure of Hunter mode but with a cooperative team that all work together against enemy A.I. This is definitely a fully cooperative mode than a competitive cooperative mix of Hunter. Arena is the last mode of the multiplayer cooperative series and is the same mode as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves with the same types of rounds (Gold, Rush, etc). For those that like to foil the plans of other players, there are four competitive modes that make a return from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: ‘Deathmatch’, ‘Three Team Deathmatch’, ‘Plunder’, ‘Harcore’, and ‘Free For All’. Player customization and weapon selection occurs through a XP money level ranking system, where the amount of money attributes to a players level and hence the in-game shopping amount he/she will have. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception multiplayer provides a mix of new and mostly traditional which is a bit disappointing creatively, but the adventure is there with the newer cooperative modes.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception provides a storyline that is just as memorable as the previous titles in the Uncharted series along with a multiplayer that focuses on the same core formula as its predecessor for a fun experience, even if that formula lacks newer creativity that one expects from a trilogy title. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception does what it sets out to do in its adventure to make sure everyone lives through the eyes of an adventurer and thinks with the quick reflexes of Nathan Drake in any and all dangers at beautiful locations, whether through the sands or the city of London. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception unlocks a visually enticing journey which is as long as it is interesting in the singleplayer adventure that is sure to be a classic given the amount of surprises that are composed ingeniously. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception hands the legacy of Sir Francis Drake to you for a brief time and leaves you with just that – the need for danger and adventure.