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    dkirschner's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

    [May 23, 2014 07:42:22 PM]
    Phenomenal again. The urban landscapes are a bit different, but there are still plenty of ruins to traverse. I like this Uncharted a lot because they did more backstory. In particular the villain has history with Drake and Sully, and we learn more about Drake’s past, including how he and Sully met. It’s really nice to learn more about these amazing characters.

    There’s really not a lot to say about this. It’s as good as Uncharted 2. There is more exploration and platforming than 2, but plenty of excellent combat as the game gets going. Weapons are all the same, no surprises there. They fleshed out the melee combat even more, and it is a lot of fun to punch the lights out of enemies. There are new “heavy” enemies that require longer segments of melee fighting. You can now counter, grapple and do takedowns from above. They added a sweet throwback aspect to grenades. There’s a little meter that is randomized for each grenade that is thrown near you. If you hit triangle when the meter is in the white, you can toss the grenade away. Fun and totally useful!

    The game looks incredible again. The lighting through the trees and chateau ruins is beautiful. The technical aspects of the chapters on the ocean are mind-blowing. This game had a lot of whole chapters that played out while Drake & Co. had to escape from things that are falling apart (chateau, cruise ship, airplane, final secret city, etc.) and each one is more impressive than the next. I think the cruise ship might have been my favorite, although I didn’t like the “ship graveyard” level before it very much.

    The last area was less of a big deal than previous games. You spend less than an hour there, and there are no special enemies to speak of, besides about 10 that you fight while you’re hallucinating one time. I thought this was odd considering how the difficulty in previous games ramped up and threw a new challenge at the end with the zombies in Uncharted 1 and the yetis / ancient city dwellers in 2. I thought they would have more of the fire demons in this, but nah. Also the ancient evil djinn never happens. I thought there might be some supernatural boss fight at the end or something, but the djinn jar just gets swallowed in quicksand like the rest of the city. And then the boss fight in this was just a fist fight. The whole ending is great, and very impressive, but I was expecting more pizzazz.

    Also, the end does not feel like the end of a trilogy, or the end of Drake’s story. Hopefully there will be more sometime. Nothing is wrapped up for the characters, so it’s totally open. I dunno if this was ever meant to be a trilogy anyway. But. So glad I played these games. Uncharted 1 = good game, nice to see where they started with the series. Uncharted 2 = blows 1 out of the water, one of the best games I’ve ever played. Uncharted 3 = also amazing, maybe not quite as great as 2, but a must play.
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    dkirschner's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 8 May, 2014

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 10 May, 2014

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Also amazing.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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