developer: Bluepoint Games
publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for PS3 and PS4 is the third installment of the series of action-adventure games in which the player travels through various areas of the world as the young adventurer Nathan Drake, seeking for treasures and uncovering mysteries of the past. The game was developed by Naughty Dog, the creators of previous entries in the series. The developer is also well known for its series of platform games Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.
This time, the main objective of the protagonist is to find the city of Ubar which is also called the Atlantis of the Desert. The metropolis hides secrets which, in wrong hands, can pose a great threat to the world. Sir Francis Drake, Nathan’s ancestor, knew about it and for unknown reasons stopped looking for the place centuries ago. However, the protagonist finds a trail discovered before by someone called Lawrence of Arabia and he quickly decides to continue the search dropped by Sir Francis. Because of that, Nathan will visit many countries across the world in search for clues. A group of thugs led by Katherine Marlowe will try to stop him.
Gameplay mechanics haven’t changed significantly in comparison to previous installments of the series. It is a mix of action and adventure games. During some sequences, the player will focus on climbing, exploring and solving riddles, while during other times he will face large groups of opponents which he will have to defeat. The shootouts became more interesting thanks to an improved melee fighting system. Now Nathan can parry attacks, capture adversaries and use the elements of the environment.
Multiplayer mode was improved in comparison to the second entry in the series. The already known modes were enriched with greater character development system. As one progresses through the game, he gains experience and unlocks various new abilities which can be bought for virtual currency obtained while playing. The maps are quite large and they fully utilize climbing abilities of the protagonists. All this was enriched by three new cooperation modes among which there are separate story missions, Arena (facing waves of opponents) and Hunter Arena where two two-person teams fight to obtain three treasures – the defenders are backed up by artificial intelligence.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a perfect example of the technical capabilities offered by PlayStation 3. The graphics of the game are exceptional and they well utilize all the power of Sony’s console. During calm moments one can observe beautiful surroundings. The game has an atmospheric soundtrack and very good voice acting.