Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review for PS3

On: PS3

The story will focus on Drake's relationship with his mentor and friend, Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, and has him searching for a legendary lost city.

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9Out of 10
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Let it be publicly known that Nathan Drake is a card-carrying member of the rather exclusive club of video game characters I have a whopping big man crush for. Is it the dashing good looks, those irresistible rapscallion ways, or that seemingly inexhaustible string of pithy comments? I can't tell. Either way, or perhaps because of my worrying infatuation, Drake has become one of modern gaming's bona fide stars.

Uncharted 3 knows this (well, maybe not the specifics of my feelings) and it's decided to weave a more personal tale for our half-tucked friend. Now we're gently airing the lovable rogue's dirty laundry, matching the game's industry-leading animations and script delivery with a plot that looks to Drake's recent past alongside its usual forte of ancient history.

But the real star, perhaps, is the stylised world that effortlessly cracks, crumbles, and explodes underneath Drake's feet, and it's here Naughty Dog has created a string of larger-than-life environments that are works of art married with extraordinary technical proficiency.

Take a moment about two thirds of the way through the game, as Drake bounds through a canyon underneath the glare of a piercing sun, spinning truck wheels kicking up sandy plumes as they grind through previously undisturbed terrain, the scene framed with a glorious panorama of jagged cliffs and the soft sheets of shadow hanging over. The aesthetic variety is also staggering: 90 minutes earlier, Drake is pushing his way through a rusty ship graveyard, rocking slowly from side to side in the middle of an emerald ocean, as foaming jets of water penetrate open cracks and shear open the hulls of abandoned metal.

Naughty Dog also deserves credit by aiming for a different vibe than that of the simply phenomenal Uncharted 2. The last adventure opened with Drake regaining consciousness in a train carriage dangling precariously over a cliff; Uncharted 3 starts with him going to an English pub. The resulting punch-up finds our hero comfortably nestled within the series' signature mix of scripted sequences, gorgeous cinematography and pithy one-liners, but the overall tone is less bombastic and more muted than the second game.

Even when Drake is having his head cracked into a grimy toilet seat in a British boozer, it's rare to see a game that offers such a glorious escape from the dreary confines of humdrum reality, where players are thrust into a gorgeous, free-flowing world of rugged adventure and sparkling vivacity. The basic approach to Uncharted 3's design has been to cajole players through its rolling landscapes and ornate sunken tombs with an ever greater aplomb than before, shunting Drake from area to area with an insistence that not even a single footstep is spent lingering.

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lukaa's Avatar


9 out 0f 10 ?? bul*****t !! this game is like 5 /10 at BEST!!
Posted 14:32 on 20 November 2012
draytone's Avatar


I wonder with all these 9's we might see a 10 at some point.
Posted 16:52 on 25 October 2011
guyderman's Avatar


A 9!!! that's like the new 7! ;0) - lol!

Can't wait to play this next week. Like GD the Uncharted series has been my fave series this Gen - closely followed by Batman of course!
Not really fussed about the MP aspect so I'm not too bothered by it being slightly sub par, I actually find that with this series that the thing I look forward to the most is the story, characters and dialogue - almost like waiting to see a new movie - the fact that it also plays well is a massive bonus.
Posted 09:53 on 25 October 2011
TomPearson's Avatar


What a ***** review. Nice one Gaston.
Posted 09:01 on 25 October 2011
InvalidUser's Avatar


Drake look like a different guy to me in each one, he seems younger in this one too. It's weird character evolution to me or my eyes are goofed.
Posted 23:01 on 24 October 2011
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InvalidUser@ squidman

I nod in agreement Gaston, only yesterday I was tempted to pick up Modern Warfare for pittance. Problem is "Industry standards slipped a bit in the hosting dept." so no going back to the best SPFPS, bugs, glitches, sub HD whatever the industry throws at me I can deal with, hacks and mods no, I don't game to take ***** like that in.

I prefer benchmark that is all Gaston, the industry is too immature and trend driven to giving out kite marks and setting standards.
Posted 22:57 on 24 October 2011
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Ghost_Dog@ squidman

Out of interest Martin, what score would you have given Uncharted 2?

It's one of the few games that I would give a 10/10.
Posted 22:10 on 24 October 2011
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Has anyone seen that joke of a review on eurogamer? I have a promo copy of the game and think this review sums it up rather nicely. Good job.

**Edit: Link removed.**
Posted 22:10 on 24 October 2011
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squidman@ Neon-Soldier32

Thanks for the comments guys! Always appreciated. Even InvalidUser, though mate if you don't think Modern Warfare laid the foundations for almost every multiplayer game currently doing the rounds then I honestly don't know what to say.


1) No, I didn't mark it down because of the multiplayer.
2) The multiplayer is better than UC2, but I don't think the campaign is quite on the same level as the second game. Its highs are probably higher than Uncharted 2, but the overall journey doesn't have quite the same spark.
3) Loads of unlockables, yeah.
Posted 22:04 on 24 October 2011
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"Modern Warfare's industry standard"

Posted 21:45 on 24 October 2011
SexyJams's Avatar


Strong review is strong.
Really well written Martin.

Needed more aliens.
Posted 21:36 on 24 October 2011
Ghost_Dog's Avatar


ONLY A 9!!!???

Just messin'. The Uncharted series is my favourite of this gen. Can't wait to go on another adventure with Drake.
Posted 21:10 on 24 October 2011


Another one to add to my list for next year then. It's a case of completing the other story based games I have first though.
Posted 20:35 on 24 October 2011
Wido's Avatar


I need something else to sell to the devil as he already has my soul.

Nice read Martin! Uncharted 3 will be a January buy, as BF3 the end of this week (potentially), then there is November...
Posted 20:15 on 24 October 2011
Clockpunk's Avatar


Glad to see the honesty surfacing in some reviews. I can respect that, and just because a game has an exclusive pedigree does not mean that its automatically worthy of a perfect rating (see Gears 3, PGR, Forza, et al). A very good title, yes, but that is not the same as all-round excellence.

Good review, Martin.
Posted 19:47 on 24 October 2011

Game Stats

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Out of 10
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • Wonderful set-pieces.
  • Striking visuals.
  • Nathan Drake feels like an old friend.
  • Multiplayer doesn't bring much.
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Release Date: 01/11/2011
Platform: PS3
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: SCEE
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
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