Uncharted 3: Naughty Dog’s Masterpiece

Naughty Dog had big shoes to fill after Uncharted 2 and they did a pretty good job at filling them. Uncharted 3 my most anticipated game of 2012. I was counting down the days till it’s released. When I finally got my hands on it, I beat the campaign rather quickly and I was not disappointed.

In the third installment in the Uncharted series, we follow Nathan, Sully, Chloe and Cutter as they try to stop Katherine Marlowe (probably one of the best bad guys in recent games) and Talbot from discovering the lost city of Ubar discovering a weapon that will gain them control over the world. The plot, as good as it is, is the most forgettable aspect of the game (just like in the previous games). The game stands out with its characters. I was more wrapped up in the relationship between Nathan and Sully. The game focus’ on their relationship, how they met (there is a whole level devoted to that) and how far they would go for each other. The scenes with Nathan and Sully are just heart warming and at the end heart breaking especially when (**SPOILER**) Sully gets shot. My heart sank at that moment and I wanted to join Nate as he hunted down Katherine and Talbot to get revenge. We also get more story between Nathan and Elena which was really good. Reminded me a little bit of National Treasure 2 (with the whole married but separated thing) but better because we actually like Nathan and Elena.

The graphics in Uncharted 3 are breathtaking. The character models and facial expressions  are so realistic that its not funny. There were times where I sat watching the game when I actually should of been playing the game. The environments are beautiful. We are taken to many different locations in the game. From deserts to ancient cities to ship yards, they all look beautiful. If its water dripping from Nathans hairs or sand blowing off of his shirt and out of his hair, it all looks amazing  no matter what. The lighting effects are gorgeous too especially in the shipyard level. The voice acting is also fantastic. Nolan North, Richard McGonagle, Emily Rose, Claudia Black and Graham McTavish do a great job as our four favorite main characters. Rosalind Ayres does an amazing job as Katherine. They give excellent and believable performances.

Just like the previous Uncharted games, Uncharted 3 is full of well done set pieces. You’ll find yourself escaping from a burning chateau, escaping from a sinking ship, taking part in a horseback firefight and getting sucked out of an airplane. No matter which one you are in, you are on the edge of your seat, trying to survive and having a blast. The level design is also really good. The way the game is set up, you can either play the levels like their stealth levels (like Uncharted 2 but better) or shoot your way through them. The best way to play would be taking out as many enemies as you can with stealth then go through the levels shooting them up. The one level I felt Naughty Dog kinda just threw in just to add another level was the shipyard level. It’s not a bad level, its still fun but it was just difficult to play through it the way the game was designed. You couldn’t really use stealth very well and the shooter aspects were a pain in it.

I can’t really say anything about the multiplayer. I played the beta but never got around to playing the finished product.

My final thoughts:

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a masterpiece. It may have a few flaws but they can easily be overlooked. Naughty Dog created an amazing game and many game companies need to follow what Naughty Dog did with Uncharted, create a great cast of believable characters and go from game to game building on their relationships. This is truly a great experience that all gamers should experience. I wish I still had my PS3 so I can play next installment in the series or Naughty Dog should release the games for the xbox 360. That would be nice. And one final thing, Uncharted 3 should of won Game of the Year on Spike’s Video Game  Awards tonight.

What did you think of Uncharted 3? Is it game of the year material or not? Tell me what you think by commenting below.