Uncharted 3: Drakes’ Deception – Expectations certainly nailed!

After Uncharted 2 swept the awards table last year for outstanding gaming, expectations from Uncharted 3 were certainly very high. The challenge for Uncharted 3 was to live up to the repertoire of its predecessor, if not out do it. The result: a definite success. Uncharted 3 comes as a refreshing addition to the Uncharted series and it stays true to the elemental characteristic of “adventurous pursuit” the series has donned so far.

The main protagonist of Uncharted 3 is of course Nathan ‘Nate’ Drake, supported by Victor ‘Scully’ Sullivan. This time around the plot revolves around a 16th century artifact that belonged to Sir Francis Drake, Nate’s ancestor. The game takes Drake and Scully on a globetrotting journey, from running across chateaus in France to chasing clues in a Syrian Citadel, as they try to pursue this artifact, only to realize a deeper connotation to the plot which leads to unfolding of a larger quest. The story unfolds excitingly to reveal many hidden secrets that involve clandestine organizations, a cursed city and even Queen Elizabeth. A certain Katherine Marlowe is introduced in this series – an English vileness and Drake’s main enemy in the story. Drake’s relationship with Elena Fisher has been mellowed, but this works for a story that parallel’s an Indian Jones-like plot and demands for more action-packed sequences.

Uncharted 3 takes the point on three main counts: graphics, cinematography, and plotline. In terms of graphic designing, Naughty Dog has outdone itself in designing a top-of-the-line gaming experience. The game features new innovations in smoke, fire, sand and water effects, which further adds to the movement of the characters. There is a more realistic element to animation, which is greatly complimented by superb inputs from voice actors and energetic back ground score. As compared to previous Uncharted counterparts, this one comes with improved action-sequences. For one, there is an option for equipping Drake with multiple fire arms. Drake can now take on opponents in more ways than before, from hand-to-hand combat with multiple opponents to relative melee attacks. Stealth options have been improved remarkably, allowing Drake to undertake deeper gunplay. For instance, if Drake is undetected by his enemies, there is an option to use stealth to take them out by sneaking up behind them and killing them with one hit.

Naughty Dog had been talking about introducing advanced multiplayer option, and it has done precisely so in Uncharted 3. Kickbacks and Power play has been introduced to improve multiplayer gaming and although the options for customising additional characters are few, the improvement is rather balanced and welcomed.

Overall, the game works tremendously well because of its strong pull-factor. Once you start playing this game, it is almost impossible to put your console down. And because everybody likes a good adventure, it does not get more adventurous than Uncharted 3. Naughty Dog has exploited the plot rather well and the fine line between realities and virtual almost seems blurred when moving through the game.

Take from the fact that Uncharted 3 has been acknowledged as the Best PS3 game and the best action game by several media outlets, you can be assured that the game does not disappoint.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is now featured at Reliance Digital, one of India’s largest multi-brand electronic retail chains. Reliance Digital, a hub for things related to electronics and gaming, is one of leading retailers of gaming software and gaming consoles, including PlayStation series.

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