Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the newest game in the popular Uncharted series from Naughty Dog. It has won some Game of the Year awards this year. Let’s see if it deserved them.
The Two Sides of the Coin
Like I said Uncharted is a series that has enjoyed a lot of love from gamers. However some critics found the games lacking. Uncharted is not a genre defining series, it does not stand out through gameplay or originality. What Uncharted is praised for by fans is the cinematic experience, the beautiful graphics and the very adventurous feel it has to it.
And the critics are right about not being original, Uncharted 3 features the same wall climbing mechanic you would see in Assassin’s Creed or the Prince of Persia games, just not as advanced. The platforming segments are much more linear than in said game. The camera angles will help you out when you are hanging from ledges or draining pipes. The shooting segments feature cover based combat, as seen in Gears of War, but again in a less advanced form. Basically in terms of gameplay it is not afraid to burrow. The hand to hand combat system is pretty good however, it has a very dynamic and visceral feel to it.
Drake is reminiscent of Indiana Jones, but he is not a university professor, he is an unapologetic thief. The storyline is another thing that has been burrowed, but it would not be fair to compare the two. I think it is suffice to say that it works, just as well for Drake as it did for Indy. Going around the world, looking for treasure and stealing it from people who would misuse it, is always fun, and since there are no good recent Indiana Jones games out there, this theme is free for the taking and I’m glad someone picked up the slack.
So who is in the right here? Well, both parties make a good point. Drake’s Deception, and the entire Uncharted series for that matter, brings nothing new to the table. It is not innovative, and it somewhat lacks depth. But at the same time it is a fun series of games that offers a cinematic experience and takes players on an adventure. And there is nothing wrong with that. Not every game has to have an Oscar winning storyline, characters that undergo deep emotional changes, or genre defining gameplay. Sometime you just want to sit down and enjoy an eye-melting adventure that is both exciting and fun.
And this is what Uncharted 3 is. A fun experience. It is the equivalent of a good blockbuster summer movie. Yeah, you’re probably not going to learn anything new while playing it, but damn are you going to have fun. It is a good game, it is well-made, but it’s not exactly Game of the Year material, in my opinion.
Not much of it here, the story is taken from Indiana Jones, and the various gameplay elements are taken from games that have done them better.
The story and the cinematic style can get you hooked and have you finish the game in a couple of days.
The Uncharted series is a very popular PS3 franchise well known or at least heard of by other platform owners.
Great graphics, cinematic experience and an Indiana Jones style story.
GOTY awards won: 15