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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

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{tab=Info} Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is the third game in the Uncharted series, created by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 3, and was released in North America on November 1, 2011, Europe on November 2, 2011 and Australia on November 3, 2011. It is the sequel to 2009's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It was first revealed on December 9, 2010. Officially it was announced at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards on December 11, 2010.

Uncharted 3 sees protagonist Nathan Drake and mentor Victor Sullivan traveling around the world to such places as the Rub' al Khali desert, in search of the legendary lost city, the Iram of the Pillars. Chloe Frazer and Elena Fisher also return in Uncharted 3. The plot draws from the archaeology days of T. E. Lawrence. Arne Meyer, Naughty Dog's community strategist stated that the "main theme of Uncharted 3 is 'finding the way'". Uncharted 3 has received universal critical acclaim from critics, making it one of the highest rated video games released in 2011. {tab=Review} The most famous treasure hunter of the generation is back, bringing a new adventure, a new bounty to look for and the same dose of emotions which we loved in previous installments. Being almost a flawless gem, Uncharted 2 released for the PS3 some years ago, and that being said, how can Uncharted 3 prove its' worth?

Naughty Dog has its' ways of making a thrilling experience. This time is no exception, bringing us majestic moments through historical events, and rewriting history like no one ever has. The story begins with a hopeless Nathan, crossing th Rub' al Khali. It's here where you notice that even in the beginning of the game, Naughty Dog manages to manipulate our emotions. It's that very moment, that will keep you seated til the end. Uncharted 3, like its' prequels, will have big set-pieces. Mansions will collapse, you will chase people across the desert riding a horse, overall, the game will introduce a pace that never slips.

Gameplay mechanics in Uncharted 3 are almost untouched. Having set the bar as high as possible in Uncharted 2, this was meant to happen. There have been some changes to the game though. Gunplay changed, and to be honest, this was one thing I disliked a bit from the game. If anyone recalls Uncharted 2, you actually had to aim to get your way through your enemies. For some reason though, Naughty Dog thought this was boring, and decided to make the game a lot simpler. Shooting from the hip will get you through most of the times, kind of like an arcade shooter.

Some other changes worth mentioning are Melee combat and stealth. Melee combat hasn't changed a lot from previous installments, but this time, enemies will counter-attack more effectively, and some fights will be almost epic. Melee will be almost useless for the most part of the time, specially in higher difficulties, since this large encounters will make enemies sneak behind you and shotgun your sorry ass to an unfortunate death. One thing I have been complaining in recent reviews is AI; this time, I won't. Uncharted 3's allies are unusually helpful, and when they're around, you will actually feel they are not an extra weight for you to carry.

Visuals continue to evolve in Uncharted 3, taking us from forests in France, to darkened crusader castles and even London's underground. The amount of environments in the game is stunning, and some of them will lift your eyebrows. Animations never fall from excellent. Our hero will really make you feel the emotions Naughty Dog wanted us to feel, showing us a very human like Drake.

As much as I loved the visuals in Uncharted 3, I'd love to stand out that it's not the striking detail in the environments which will capture your attention, but how Naughty Dog used the environments to stage every set-piece. Naughty Dog realized that for a treasure hunter, there is nothing more dangerous than the places he will visit, not random enemies which you will take down in a minute.

As Naughty Dog has proven time and time again, the audio in the game is excellent. There is nothing in the game that doesn't sound right. Massive explosions and falling buildings are few of the things you will experience in the game. Character voices are impeccable. Uncharted 3 proves that Naughty Dog placed a lot of effort in this department. Nolan North makes another superb piece of art.

This time around, Naughty Dog made Multiplayer quite bigger than in Uncharted 2. I was one of those who actually enjoyed and played Uncharted 2 Multiplayer a lot. For some reason though, Uncharted 3's Multiplayer doesn't feel quite right. As I mentioned above in my review, aiming is no longer necessary in the game and doing so in the multiplayer will most likely get you killed. Running and gunning is what works nowadays in Uncharted 3, even with power weapons, such as the Rocket Launcher, using the L1 button will be most likely useless and time consuming.

This aside, Multiplayer went a long way from what it was in Uncharted 2. You can now customize your character to make it look just the way you want. You can choose which weapon you want to use and its' attachment, plus perks and paid boosters will help you put an end to your enemies life's. I do feel like some of the perks and weapon attachments are quite expensive. You will have to play a lot to actually get everything. Co-op mode has evolved as well. Just like in Uncharted 2 you will be able to play with your friends to take on enemies, but this time around, the game will offer larger scale combats and the overall experience improved a lot.

Overall, Uncharted 3 is one big thrilling experience. I loved how well Naughty Dog managed to keep me interested in the game playing with every single environment in the game, showing us a really vulnerable Drake. Multiplayer can be quite frustrating for starters, but once you get the hang of it, you'll feel home. Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception is one of the video games you will not want to skip this end of the year.

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