Quick-Thoughts: Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception (2011)

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception sees our beloved Nathan Drake back in action with his most personal journey yet. A game that spans twenty-years of character development, it’s safe to say this sequel to the highly-rated Among Thieves, lives up to the franchise’s “silver-plated quality.” Yet, that’s not to say that the game doesn’t fall into some of its previous faults that have the series not quite at a rather “golden-plated quality.” 

It’s a smidge disappointing that the only major gameplay additions to this sequel are that there’s a lot more hand-to-hand combat, you can dive underwater, and there’s horseback riding. Other than that, Among Thieves undoubtedly had the upper hand when it came to how captivating its gameplay was due to its superior set-pieces and scenarios. That’s not to say though that Drake’s Deception doesn’t have some commendable ones, as well. I mean, pirates on a cruise ship? Now that’s next level. 

Also, I hate to burst the bubbles of these Uncharted fans, but these games are beginning to feel awfully repetitive in formula. With vague spoilers: bad guys steal Drake’s work a couple times —> they all go to find a lost city —> the lost city has an item that secretly will destroy the world —> Drake and his team decide that this ancient entity can’t fall into the wrong hands so they end up destroying the city to prevent this. It’s not hard to chart out these adventurer plot beats, and I can only cross my fingers that Uncharted 4 alters this tiresome recipe. 

I think the worthwhile development in Drake and Sully’s relationship and the obviously superior gameplay keep Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception at the very least above the standards of Drake’s Fortune. It is, however, a noticeable downgrade from Among Thieves. Nevertheless, it is a highly exhilarating time. 

Verdict: B

“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” is now available to play on Playstation 3 & 4.

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