The story is a complete mess, Leaves you with an "Is that it?" feeling.
While I don't think the controls are broken like some people say they are, I do agree that the story isn't there. I found myself enjoying the gameplay and the set pieces, but they were not mind blowing. Think of the gameplay as more of an expansion pack of Uncharted 2 than a leap forward in game development. Where Uncharted 3 truelly suffers is the story. This is due to several reasons. The main reason is that Drake spends the majority of the game solo which prevents his interaction with other characters. These character interactions were what made the first two games so charming and in Uncharted 3 they come very few and far between. Elaina, for example, is only present for a total of two missions, and I found myself smiling and completely having a good time whenever her and Drake would interact, their sexual chemistry is amazing. Elaina and Drake light up the screen and Uncharted 3 was seriously lacking in this department. Chloe also provided a lot of fun in Uncharted 2, but she has even less screen time than Elaina. The next area where the story suffers is the treatment of the villain. Marlowe shows a lot of promise as being a worthy opponent when she starts psycho analyzing Drake's motivations, but this element is not followed up on. Marlowe is another interesting character with not enough screen time. Her past is not explored besides a single flashback between her, Sully, and a young Nathan Drake. SPOILER ALERT.
They do away with Marlowe at the end of the game leaving the player furious that such wonderful potential was destroyed. Hopefully they will bring her back, but who knows? Another problem is that Marlowe's side kick has the baffling motivation to take revenge on Drake for Marlowe's death. Why is it baffling you ask? The game never once points out the relationship between Marlowe and Talbot. Why does he care about Marlowe? Are they good friends? The game doesn't give us the necessary information to care about these characters.
The next problem with the story seems to be that it was actually designed around the set pieces. While these set pieces result in a lot of fun the story seems to be all about maneuvring the character from set piece to set piece at the expense of the story. One of Marlowe's henchmen actually kidnaps Drake in order to interogate him for information that Sully has. Logic is thrown out the window because this henchman should already know that Sully is the one with the information and not Drake. This is all done for the sole purpose of getting Drake onto an ocean cruise ship so that it can sink and you can escape from it.
The next problem is the repetitive nature of the story. The story is about another lost city that you have to find, wind up destroying, and escaping from, JUST like in Uncharted 2. At the end of the game you are very much left with an "Is that it?" feeling. Hopefully Naughty Dog learns from this experience and puts together a great game for Uncharted 4.
Everything you thought it would be, great writing and mocap acting that is palpable on screen, great lighting effects, sand, fire, ocean etc. (Naughty Dog sets the bar with their work here), characters that you care about and BLUF the best modern day Indy!
The Engine utilized for the faces and bodies in this game is starting to show its age but only because I know it can be better but I am sure it will be with new hardware in the future, 3D? not needed IMO but I know Sony is pushing that tech so as the flagship for the PS3 it has to be in there but the visuals are awesome without it. I might change my mind after I beat it on Crushing and then play through just for the 3D aspect........no other CONS......get this game if you have a PS3.
Wow, that is really all I can say about this game as far as intros go, with the amount of praise this game is drawing currently it has earned it and then some. I knew it would be good but Naughty Dog doesn't disappoint. I have played all of the Uncharted Games but this one is the best so far. From the beginning to the current point I am playing (level 12, just got it yesterday and am trying to beat it but work gets in the way....LOL!) I have been blown away with the graphics, story and just the overall fun this game is. I won't put any spoilers in this review but it does a lot to explain what happened prior to the first game and where Drake is heading going forward (so far during my playtime). There are lots of homage’s to The Last Crusade (Indiana Jones) in this one that I have seen and to be honest I think that is very cool to do because that movie was probably the best one in the series. Now, the thing that I have been most impressed with is the variety of game play. There is Campaign mode, Co-op Mode (yes, co-op during campaign mode.....via online or LAN) and Multiplayer (online or LAN). I mean it has everything that you would want if you be a single play experience or one with friends or perfect strangers for that matter. I tried the 3D mode as I have all the things to do it at home and it was pretty cool but I found it to be a little distracting with so much going on. The sound in the game is exceptional and I love being able to tailor it to what my home theater has. More games need to take a nod from Naughty Dog with this custom audio setup.
All and all this is the GOY for me. Don't get me wrong, I am still looking forward to Assassins Creed (love that series too) and Zelda looks like it will be good but I don't have a Wii. GOW3 was good and I love Dark Souls but Uncharted 3 is the best overall game out right now and what I am not taking out of my PS3 until I own every aspect of it. Period. If you don't have this game or are on the fence, stop and go get it. You won't regret it. Job well done Naughty Dog, I will give my money to this product any day of the week.
The cinematography and the way the game tells its story blew me away. It's touching and entertaining. Amazingly beautiful -- just watch sand cascade from Drake's footsteps, water slosh across the screen, and the wrinkles crinkle on characters faces. Naughty Dog outdid itself. Spectacular voice acting, fantastic sound effects and an emotional score. Single player deserves multiple playthroughs, just like your favorite film. Multiplayer is deep as well as rewarding and will keep you coming back.
might be the last uncharted? besides the golden abyess on the VITA
a masterpiece -- as "the pinnacle of gaming, a masterpiece may not be flawless, but it is so exceptional that it is hard to imagine a game being better." That's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. From start to finish, single player to multiplayer, this game sings. The characters, the graphics, the sound, the story – they’re all top notch. If you’re willing to skip Uncharted 3, be prepared to miss one of gaming’s finest moments
Basically everything in Uncharted 2 has traveled over to Uncharted 3. The menus, options, trophies, statistics are all basically the same.
Story is lacking interest and depth. I lost track of what the mission even was due to just being bored. Some of the bonuses are now downloadable content instead of being included in the game like usual. They just wanted more money out of it
The Uncharted games are by far my favorite game series and I have played them many times through, because of this I was very much anticipating the release of Uncharted 3. Sadly, after a play through and a half, Uncharted 3 has not lived up to my expectations or the Uncharted series. Below are my reasons why I feel this. They are my personal opinions and I am not saying that all will hate this game, I am simply stating the facts as I see them. I also purchased the hard-copy walkthrough book. It is an amazing guide for this game and truly helped. One quick note is that the game gets much better as you play on. The first half is very slow, dull and boring. The second half is much more interesting and the levels and their design are great. Seems like they spent more time on the later levels than the beginning.
Over-all Uncharted 3, as well as the other Uncharted games are much better than any other game out there. The Uncharted series has perfectly combined action and adventure with breathtaking graphics and pristine control while still focusing on a story which keeps the player motivated. Most games lack most, if not all of these qualities which the Uncharted games have raised the bar in. The story, game play, control, combat, and exploration simply do not impress after such amazing titles like Uncharted 1 & 2. It is a great game, and I will probably play it again on crushing, however I will not come near to enjoying it as much as the other Uncharted games. Hopefully they take their time on Uncharted 4, which will be the first big title for the Playstation 4.
None - I could not come up with anything negative to say about this game.
So I am about half way through the game and its as fun as the previous games. But this game looks stunning in 3D. I have never been as impressed with a game as I am with this one. The Uncharted games are known for great stories, fun action, and challenging puzzles.
Uncharted 3 takes it up a notch with 3D technology. I was walking through the jungle in France and a leave floated out of my screen. Incredible! The game sounds great as well. 3D enthusiasts are going to love this game.
Amazing visuals, stunning level designs, impressive set-pieces (particularly the ocean liner level--that sets a new standard) and score. A great story and characters we have come to care about (even if it is just a "video game").
Doesn't break the kind of ground that was the leap from Uncharted 1 to Uncharted 2. This is basically Uncharted 2 again with a few tweaks in the combat system and extended multiplayer/online options (though this is cool). The first third of the game is slow/uninspired somewhat when compared to #2 (unfortunately X-Play got it right this time around). However, the second two-thirds of the game is a masterpiece in comparison. The game could have been longer.
Uncharted 3 is one of the most stunning console achievements ever created... Yes, as you might have guessed it is not a perfect game, but hell if it doesn't come close.
The Uncharted games have always had this super fast paced, Hollywood style energy to them (sometimes even exceeding Hollywood). And the third game really raises the bar in that department. Everything about the game's design is magnificent in terms of plot development; voice acting and game play scenarios (even if the controls are a bit clunky at times).
The one minor problem I had with Uncharted 3 is that it seems to rely (a bit too much) on the idea of bringing in new fans to the franchise, rather than extending what was already set by the second game. Rather than a run-for-your-life, non-stop exhilaration that the second game perfected, in Uncharted 3 we get a lot of introductory cut scenes and melee combat (which relies heavily on button commands/instructions and wrestling--Not only is this tedious and annoying at times but it often gets very old rather quickly (even for Uncharted territory).
The game is not as streamlined and perfectly paced/integrated as the second game. For example, the level destinations and tasks aren't as clear cut and precise as they were in Uncharted 2. Even though it was basically a standard platformer, Uncharted 2 was revolutionary and masterful because the levels didn't really feel like levels but rather like environments that changed seamlessly and rapidly as you progressed. This gave the game a very easy-to-get-into/kinetic drive (in essence you always knew where you were going and how to do it).
In Uncharted 3 it feels more labored, the puzzles are less exciting (even though they are more magnificently crafted and imagined than in the 2nd game) and the enemy AI is maddening to a certain extent. You'll often find yourself trying to hide for cover or (at worst) falling victim to the game's minor bugs (which were largely absent from the 2nd game). These are small problems, but they add up to large annoyances. Also, the actual gameplay hasn't been tweaked as much as hoped (as far as weapons carry, item management, etc.) in this sense, Uncharted could take some lessons from Resident Evil 4. But it may run the risk of becoming a different game entirely. If it ain't broke, don't fix it would be a fitting statement here.
If there's one thing that Uncharted 3 excels in it’s the wow factor, in terms of character development, emotional content and unique storylines. The entire middle act of the game is a giant mind f^ck, as the game's creators have had a lot of fun with the character's back stories, gameplay scenarios and "gotcha" moments that while few and far between are worth the net asking price of the game's experience.
In one particular sequence, something happens to Drake that causes him to “freak out a bit” so to speak (you'll know the moment when you see it). Such things are so blazingly original and exciting that it makes you wonder what video games are capable of in the near future. Some sections are quite funny and catch you off guard such as the now infamous desert walking sequence in which Drake finds himself lost without water. It is one of the most original sections of a game you’ll ever see, and makes one re-think the artistic merits of a video game.
Uncharted 3 leaves on more of a high note than a low one (though it is a bit anti-climatic). I wanted something exciting and huge like a giant tease for Uncharted 4. Instead, what we end up with is (SPOILERS AHEAD) is a kind of re-hash of the ending of the last game. Basically, everything blows up and we are left with a slightly tender, beit corny end note. There is nothing wrong with this, but perfection demands more. For me, the most impressive sequence in the game is not one you might expect--a tender little interchange between Elena and Drake that really shows us how far video games have come in terms of storytelling. The voice acting and animation are so brilliantly executed that we completely buy it. We understand what Drake and Elena are going through emotionally and it encapsulates their entire relationship (in essence, we see where the games have come up to this point and the spirit of Uncharted is captured in the span of minute). It is a very touching scene that almost makes one sink in their seat. I've been waiting for the day when video games could exceed what I get in a movie theater in terms of emotion and looks like that day has come.
Let's hope Uncharted 4 uses the connect-style motion control sensors to allow the player to fight with their body in their living rooms to control the characters. I believe this is the next step. Way to go Naughty Dog for bringing forth another great game!
Gorgeous graphics; letter perfect voice acting; Terrific audio,
Wandering plot; inconsistent targeting and controller mechanics; unfortunate character development
This review contains spoilers.
Having been a big fan of both Uncharted 1 and 2, I was looking forward to playing Uncharted 3. I bought it at launch (which I rarely do) and put it in to play it almost immediately. I found the early parts of the game to be quite a lot of fun. I enjoyed the early chapters and the flashback level to Drake's adolescent years. Around the time that I stopped having fun was during the escape the fire level. The level seemed to go on and on, which I would not have had a problem with, had the controls been a little bit tighter. I noticed following that level that I could only play for an hour or two before getting either bored or irritated with the game.
Uncharted 3 deserves a great amount of credit. The story-telling, for the most part, is spot on. I enjoyed the overall story as it was told and appreciated that there was no need for a "big supernatural twist." The graphics are beautifully realistic compared to practically any game currently on the market. The voice acting and sound effects are practically perfect across the board.
I said that the story-telling is mostly spot on. This is true, except where the plot wanders. A couple of times throughout the game, I felt that I was playing a level just because the level was well put together, not because it was important to the story. Over the course of the game, Drake suffered many unfortunate deaths at what I would consider unfortunate control mechanics. Trying to jump to certain ledges or climb certain things became tedious because the entire wall will look climbable, but only certain ledges can be grabbed. The last criticism that I truly have for this game is the unfortunate character development or the lack thereof. Marlowe had the capacity to be a great villain. She was cold and superior during her opening scenes and was quite chilling in her later scene with Drake. But we never get to know much about her. The game is about Sully and Drake, I understand that, but without a bit more characterization to the villain, we needed more back-story to show how Drake and Sully really became as close as they are. This, however, takes a back-seat to what I think is the real mis-step in terms of character development. We have now gotten to know Drake over the course of 3 games. His humor, his determination, his strengths and his weaknesses. It seems odd that such a character can go from joking to killing hundreds of people and back to joking so easily. During childhood we see Drake unable to shoot the man that is going to kill him and this boy becomes a crack-shot that kills everyone in his way.
This isn't a bad game, quite a bit is done correctly. If you enjoyed the first 2 games, then this one is worth picking up. However, don't expect perfection in disc form.
Best graphics on the PS3, We retrieve the fun that we have with Uncharted 1 and 2, The sound departement did a really great job with the actor's voice, the multiplayer is vast and great, the story give a great background on Nathan Drake character.
The end of the story is a letdown if you compared with Uncharted 1 and 2
The Uncharted series has been the one that sell PS3. Those games are very great. The stories are strong and compelling. The shooting system is really well-made since Uncharted 2 and the graphics always push the limits of what already have been done. This third game is as great as the first and second game was but with better graphics and the best multiplayer experience on PS3 beside Battlefield 3.
The only problem of that new game is the end of the storie. I not gonna give any spoiler on this one, but let just say that the feeling off the end is not as exiting as the second game.
Great Graphics. Some of the best graphics I have seen in a game. The best story line I have ever played. I have been playing games for over 25 years and this was a fantastic story. Love it! I would recommend this game to everyone.
I have not yet gotten all the way through the game but so far absolutely nothing.
Like I said in the Pro section I have been playing games for over 25 years and this game is my favorite game I have played, EVER. The story was fantastic I have spent many nights playing until 5 or 6 am because I want to see what happens next. The puzzles are just interesting enough to keep me involved but not hard enough to frustrate me. It really is like watching a good Spielberg movie but much better because you are involved much more. I had never played 1 or 2 but I am going out to buy them now.
Get this game 5 stars!
Almost everything about the game. It is fantastic!
Story's ending is a mess and the 3D is problematic.
The 3rd game in the ever so famous Uncharted series is nothing short of fantastic. The graphics are amazing, the gameplay is great, and the game has some great set-pieces.
However, I must point out that the ending of the story will leave you saying, "Is that it?" Also, the 3D is problematic. There isn't any ghosting, but the 3D transfer lacks any depth/popping out or moments that make you say, "Wow! I like 3D!"
While it has it's flaws, it is still a fantastic game, and it is definitely one of 2011's best games.