Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3) Review

Uncharted 3 is Naughty Dog’s third installment in the Uncharted series, and I dare say, it’s by far THE best visual gaming experience you can currently have on the PlayStation 3.

Uncharted 3, like both its predecessors, constitute a very good reason to buy a PlayStation 3, it showcases the hardware’s full graphical capabilities and has an epic story line to it, which mixes both comedy, and action.

The game tells the story this time of how Nathan Drake wants to pursue Francis Drake’s footsteps in finding the hidden city of Iram of the pillars, along with a few twists and turns here and there (or maybe a little too exhilarating twists!), and it mixes a lot of shooting, platforming, and puzzles to make the game as addictive as it is! Platforming in Uncharted 3 is as great as ever, you never really get the feeling that you’re lost, which is a good thing, and exploring has its benefits, you find collectible treasures, sometimes in really weird places, but that’s the point of hiding stuff, right? Difficulty wise, on “Hard” the game seemed to be REALLY easy (Or is it because I had just beaten Dark Souls before playing Uncharted?) it seemed easier than Uncharted 2, even in the end game area where all the weird stuff always seems to strike Drake, it was still way easier, which is the only down side to this Uncharted, but then again, you unlock the Crushing difficulty after you’re done with the Hard difficulty, so it’s more or less fair.

Graphics wise, Uncharted 3 is beyond outstanding! The details in every corner of the world are amazing, the lighting, the scenery, especially the desert part, man! The desert was definitely my favorite part of the game, I could just stare at the wreckage of the plane for minutes without realizing that I’m supposed to move the guy! What’s even more outstanding about the game’s visuals, is that the frame rate never dropped, even in the most explosive/watery places in the game, it kept a nice steady frame rate. The only place that felt a little rushed was the market, other than that, everything was outstanding.

Audio in the game was very nice, and it was really epic that they had Arabic in it, since I’m a native Arabic speaker, it felt childishly nice! And the score present in the game is outstanding! The flamenco that plays when you’re navigating little Drake, to the oriental percussion that plays during the fight in Yemen and in the desert, it all helps you really relate to that specific area!

Uncharted 3 definitely deserves a perfect 10 from me, and I personally can’t wait to purchase a PlayStation Vita to play Uncharted: Golden Abyss! Let me know what you thought of the game in the comments below! Cheers!

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