Daniel gives us his take on Uncharted 3

Are you a fan of insane, over-the-top action? Do you enjoy games that reproduce and go beyond a level of quality seen in Hollywood blockbusters? Do you own a Playstation 3? If you answered “yes” to one or all of these questions then Uncharted 3 should be at the top of your “To Buy” list.

As a huge fan of the Uncharted series, I’ve been preparing for this game since its first announcement and it doesn’t disappoint. The game ups the ante from Uncharted 2, considered by many to be the benchmark for modern console gaming, by sending you an amazing journey from London to France to Syria and beyond. Every environment is wonderfully detailed and feels fresh, with beautiful visuals and great attention to detail.

You can expect the standard action/platformer/puzzle hybrid gameplay the series is known for, but where things really get interesting is the set pieces. This game is guaranteed to take your breath away with incredible set pieces that surpass previous Uncharted’s by light years. Uncharted 2’s opening sequence had you climb to the top of a train, that had fallen off a cliff of the Himalaya mountains. Uncharted 3 makes short work of something like that through mind-blowing sequences, like the scene where you’re having a fist fight in the cargo bay of a plane, while the loading ramp is open mind you, and everything comes loose, sending you flying out where you manage to grab hold of portions of cargo still attached to the inside, and have to climb your way back into the plane as it’s flying over the Rub Al Khali desert. Pretty intense stuff.

The game is also host to a pretty fun multiplayer component that captures all the great gunplay and platforming with ease. It’s not the next Call of Duty or Battlefield, but it’s a neat little addition to the superior single player story.

I have only two minor gripes with Uncharted 3. The first being its length, easily making it the shortest game in the series, about 9-10 hours on normal difficulty. The second (possible spoilers) is how downplayed some of the secondary characters are, Elena Fischer who plays the part of leading lady in all three games, shows up half way through the story, get’s sent away, then reappears at the end. while I was expecting her to play a larger part, I’m not the frustrated with her absence because, for all intents and purposes, the game is really about the relationship between Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan. You even flash back 20 years to play as a teenage Drake in one of the games best moments where you explore how Drake and Sully met. This really is a character driven tale, and the characters it focuses on are top-notch.

Overall, this a solid experience and if you own a PS3, you should definitely own Uncharted 3.

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