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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Nathan Drake and company are back in one of the PS3's flagship franchises in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Does it live up to the hype and it's predecessor Uncharted 2? Let's find out.

First off if you haven't played Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves do yourself a favor and pick them up. While it's not necessary to have played them to play 3, it helps so you know who some of the characters are.

For a quick reference the Uncharted series is like a cross between Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones.

Plot:
The main plot this time revolves around Sir Francis Drakes ring, that Nathan Drake wears around his neck. Two mysterious people named Marlowe and Talbot want the ring because it is the key to finding "The Atlantis of the Sands"

Unlike the previous 2 games, this time Drake is not out to find the city and just happens to run across bad guys looking for it as well. Drake is curious why they want the ring so badly after a deal goes south and events in the game make him want to ensure he keeps them from reaching their ultimate goal.

After the first 2 introductory chapters the game flashes back 20 years and you are in control of a young Drake. Here you learn how Drake came to possess the ring of Sir Francis Drake and how he came to know Victor Sullivan, his best friend.

The rest of the plot I will not spoil but it involves beautiful settings such as a desert and ship graveyard.

Controls

No complaints here. Controls exactly the same as 2 with no real changes. Some people say the aiming is slightly slower when enemies are close, but I did not find it problematic.

Hand to hand combat has changed. Now it has become sort of a mini game with button prompts to tell you what to do. Kills some of the realism but on Crushing mode it is disabled and you must react and counter based on animation instead of prompts.

Drake can now use his surroundings to fight enemies hand to hand smashing them with things he'll pick up or hitting their heads on tables or walls.

Replay Value
The story is good, but unless you want to play it on Crushing or look for the treasures you missed/go for trophies you'll probably play the story once or twice then move on the the multiplayer.

After you beat the game you can replay any chapter you want on any difficulty at or below what you have cleared that chapter on.(If you beat the game on Hard you can play any chapter on very easy, easy, normal, or hard)

Multiplayer:
Here is where the game will get a lot more time if you are interested in MP. It is broken down into basically 2 modes: Co-op and Competitive.

Co-op allows you to work with a team of 2-3 more players to work your way through scripted levels in Adventure or against waves of enemies or other groups of people in Arena.

Competitive is modes like death match, Plunder(ctf), and free for all.

Each mode allows you to earn money and XP to buy upgrades for guns, character skins, etc.

Final Thoughts:
This is a great game that you should play if you own a PS3. Is it worth $60? That's up to you. If you are going to invest the time into the MP I'd say yes. If you just want to play through the single player I'd say wait until the price drops.

It is probably the easiest of the 3 games. It could be I'm so used to the game after playing the first 2, but I don't think it was as brutally hard in areas as the other 2 could be.

Pros:
-Beautiful and varied locations
-Good plot(though it's not very original)
-Stealth can be used to keep more enemies from spawning
-Firefights are not as massive as before

Cons:
-Puzzles are lacking
-Enemies can take too much damage to kill
-Single player is short
-Some plot devices are used way too much
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