December 4, 2011
Uncharted 3: The Review
As many of you already know I’m an avid PC gamer and there are very few games outside of the PC system that I enjoy. Uncharted is one of those franchises, one that I thoroughly enjoy and when I heard that Uncharted 3 was coming to the PS3 I was very excited. As with all sequels today I’m always wary of a sellout, underdeveloped or otherwise incomplete release. I’m happy to say that the Uncharted franchise hasn’t and still does not suffer from any of these calamities.
Out of all three I’d have to say this one is my favorite. Generally games don’t hold my interest for more then a few hours before I set them down and pick up something but Uncharted 3 as with it’s predecessors held my interest from start to finish and I even found myself wanting to go through another play through.
Graphically Uncharted 3 is the best looking game on the PS3 if not the best looking game on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. I know I will get flack from many Crysis 2 diehards but there simply isn’t a prettier game on either console system. It’s also rivals many modern PC titles which is saying a lot coming from me, someone who generally doesn’t think consoles games hold a light to modern PC titles. Uncharted 3 takes you across the globe to many varied environments all of which have an incredible amount of detail put into them. The only other game I can think of in recent history that paid this much attention to details is Deus Ex: Human Revolution. One thing that I really noticed that really stood out to me is the character animations. Drake has some incredibly life like reactions not only in the way he moves but in the way he reacts to whats going on around him. For example if you run by something and you are very close he will react with his hands and body like he is avoiding the impact. Or if things are exploding around him he duck and cover his head and slightly stumble as he is running away. Drake also has some swagger in his walk instead of the generic walk and run. It’s little details like this that help add to an amazing overall experience.
The story, like it’s predacessors, is fantastic, it’s gripping, exciting and captivating. If you are a sucker for a good story like me Uncharted 3 will not disappoint. It picks up shortly after the events of the second but it also covers and explains alot about Drakes childhood and what made him what he was. The chapters that cover Drakes childhood are suprisignly interesting. I didn’t think I would like them at first but I actually enjoyed them. I won’t spoil anything for you but it’s my favorite of the series thus far and it had my favorite ending.
In addition to being one of if not the best looking game out on any console system it also sounds amazing. I have an Onkyo 7.1 1000 watt surround system and there are plenty of bass booms, explosions, chattering of machine gun fire to anger even the most tolerant of neighbors. The voice acting is also top notch and that is actually one of the things I most appreciate about the Uncharted franchise. They don’t and haven’t skimped on getting quality actors to do their voice overs. There are plenty of cheesy and witty lines throughout and good vocal responses to whatever is going on around you.
Uncharted 3 does have some minor annoyances but nothing major. There are some times here drake will get stuck in the ground, on a wall or in a rock… I had it happen a couple of times and I had to reload to a previous check point. I also had times when I could not change weapons, reload or fire the weapon (no I wasn’t in a cutscene) and I would quickly get killed. The other complaint I had, and this could be because I suck with controllers, is that the difficultly seemed to vary a lot. It would go from crazy easy to oh my god what does it take to kill this guy.
One other thing that I really enjoyed about Uncharted 3 is it’s fist fights. I’ve not seen a game with good hand to hand combat since the Matrix and I don’t think any game in recent history has done fist fights well. They took me down nostalgia game to the old Clint Eastwood and John Wayne movies. I’d have to say they were one of my favorite aspecst of Uncharted 3.
Is Uncharted 3 a perfect game? Almost, it had a couple of issues that kept me from giving a other perfect game a perfect score. Uncharted is a MUST have title for PS3 owners and for any gamer for that matter. Uncharted 3 is my favorite game on the PS3 and one of my top 5 to ever come out on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. The more experienced console, who doesn’t suck with the controls like I do should get around 8 — 10 hours on the first play through. I took about 12 hours on my first playthrough but I attribute that to my terrible handling. Overall Uncharted 3 is the premiere experience on the PS3. Do yourself, your friends and family a favor and get this game for yourself and for them.