Uncharted 3 review roundup
Uncharted 3 reviews pop from cover as the highly anticipated game swings onto television screens this week. So how does the latest installment in the Uncharted franchise stack up?
This week, Sony released Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, the latest installment in the popular Uncharted franchise. Like the titles that came before it, Uncharted 3 was designed by a studio called Naughty Dog, which is best known for crafting distinctly cinematic experiences – heroes leap, ancient treasures are snatched by nefarious evil-doers with thick accents. Does Drake's Deception measure up? Let's go to the scorecards.Skip to next paragraph
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"The third chapter of Nathan Drake's story takes him on a quest to find a lost city on the Arabian Peninsula," writes Brett Molina of USA Today. "It appears Sir Francis Drake had embarked on this expedition, too, leading Nathan to pick up where his ancestor left off. Along with Nathan is close friend Victor Sullivan, an older gentleman who serves as a father figure in some respects. Developers at Naughty Dog explore their relationship a bit deeper in Drake's Deception. Both appear very protective of the other and share a common thirst for perilous treasure hunts. Also seeking out the 'Atlantis of the Sands' is a mysterious villain called Marlowe, who seems to have some history with Nathan and Sully."
"The story is rich in intrigue, helping Uncharted 3 pull off the rare feat of making cutscenes as engaging as the action sequences," writes Nunzio Ingrassia of CBS. "Naughty Dog has once again weaved a captivating story that incentivizes the player to uncover the mysteries behind this latest tale. The voice acting and camera work – a few of the staples for the franchise – continue to be the best video games have to offer. The actors breathe life into these characters, compelling the player to care about each throughout the 10-to-12-hour campaign."
"It is an impressive achievement for Naughty Dog to have created a story and a universe that can support itself based partly on character development," notes Ryan Fleming of tech site Digital Trends. "There is one level early on that delves into Nathan’s past, and it is hard not to smile as you play through it. The whole section could probably have been told in a quick flashback, but the exceptional writing makes it interesting enough to draw you into it. You care about the characters, and you like them. The voice acting is as good as any voice acting anywhere, and Nolan North deserves special recognition as the voice of Nathan. The main dialogue shines, but it really transcends when you hear him muttering to himself, or expressing an actual sense of fatigue, humor or other, more subtle emotions."
The storytelling, part 2