Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception follows on from the first two instalments in the revolutionary series made by Naughty Dog, but does it match the standard set so high by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves?
Uncharted 3 sees the return of Nathan 'Nate' Drake and his best friend Victor "Sully' Sullivan as well as Chloe Frazer and Elena Fisher as they search to find the Iram of the Pillars before the villains Talbot and Katherine Marlow. Story is one of the major draw cards of the Uncharted series and Drake's Deception is no different with breath-taking scenes that will take Nate and co. from London to France to the Rub' al Khali desert! Its extraordinary set pieces and gripping plot twists are enough to rival any major blockbuster film.
Graphics are just as gorgeous as Uncharted 2 from the sand swirling around Drake in the desert, the vivid features on his face as he struggles for air in a sinking cruise ship and even his simple movements like bumping of walls when being chased by a hail of gunfire adds tension. No doubt Drake's Deception is one of the most beautiful games I have seen. The audio is top notch with a great music score that really backs up the cinematic experience and the actors deliver their lines perfectly further engrossing you into the game.
Gameplay combat retains the mix of shooting, melee and stealth and is much unchanged from the brilliance of Uncharted 2. Notable changes are now the ability to throw back grenades which is often useful especially when playing on hard or crushing. Scaling walls will also consume bits of your time including some puzzles although they are pretty simplistic and don't require too much brain juice. Replay value is there also in finding its 101 hidden treasures and reliveing its most iconic moments
Multiplayer is back and it's quite robust with plenty of maps to play through and heaps of content to unlock through ranking up. There are also plenty of multiplayer modes to choose from the traditional Team Deathmatch and Plunder (capture the flag) to The Lab which is changed weekly. Co-op modes are also available notably Adventure which you and friends play through missions as though it was from the campaign. A gripe with online however is that fairly balancing teams at the start of a match is generally poor sometimes placing you with bunch of beginners against a team filled with level caps (rank 75).
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception meets and arguably passes the bar set by Among Thieves and what the fans have come to expect with its superb storyline and characters with the same gameplay that sets the Uncharted series apart. Its strong multiplayer will keep you going well after you have finished and leaving questions that will keep you undoubtedly hungry for more.