5 Reasons to Get Excited for Uncharted 3

Posted: July 1, 2011 in Video Games
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Uncharted is one of the best game series in recent history. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune introduced us to treasure hunter Nathan Drake with an epic adventure through jungles and ruins. The game was fun, graphically brilliant, and feature great platforming and shooting sections. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves blew it away, winning an insane amount of awards, including several game of the yearhonors. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is due this Novemeber one of the most anticipated games this year. If you’re not excited, here are five reasons why you should be.

Amazing Graphics

The first Uncharted was beautiful. The jungles were vibrant and detailed, the caves dark and perfectly crafted.

Uncharted 2 was even better, as the polished graphics now brought to life more than just jungles and ruins. We saw cities, mountains, trains and village under attack. Every environment was full of lush, colorful details, the lighting was great, and the water and snow effects were awesome.

Uncharted 3 looks to be just as beautiful, offering new, gorgeous environments to explore. The desert featured in the trailer is huge, bright and visually impressive. The burning chateau combines lush vegetation with aged architecture. The London alleys are dark, dirty, and gritty, where every brick in the walls seems to be perfectly rendered.

There’s no doubt it’ll be one of the prettiest games of the year once released.

Multiplayer Will Be Even Better

Uncharted 2’s multiplayer was fast paced, action-packed third person shooting at its finest. The emphasis on constant movement through the large, multi-leveled maps made you feel like the hero of an action movie, jumping, climbing and shooting from one kill to the next.

Uncharted 3’s multiplayer will be even better.

The beta’s out, go see for yourself! While it still needs some polish, additions like better boosters and power plays make the multiplayer experience even more fun and addictive than the last. Weapon mods will also be added, as well as new game modes like Free for All. If you have a PSN account, treat yourself to the free beta.

The Story

There was no reason to make an Uncharted movie. The games are cinematic, well-written and well-acted epics. We didn’t just play a movie, we played a great movie.

All the characters are interesting and likable, especially Drake and his buddy Victor “God Damn” Sullivan. Drake’s love interest, Elena, isn’t a damsel in distress but a witty, likable and pretty badass character. The Uncharted villains are pretty one-dimensional but the writing and acting makes them memorable and entertaining. And Uncharted 3’s villain looks to be the most interesting of the bunch, if only because she’s an older woman and not the war criminal or treasure hunting pirate of previous games.

The Gameplay

The Uncharted games feature some of the best platforming since Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Jumping from ledge to ledge, swinging from a vine, jumping from foothold that just gave way – it’s all enhanced by the beautiful environments you’re exploring.

The puzzles also got an upgrade. They were bigger, required more clues from your journal to solve, and were difficult enough to be fun and rewarding but not too frustrating or tedious.

Then there’s the gunplay.

Uncharted has a great third-person shooting engine that includes cover, blind-fire and some fun weapons. The second game is full of epic firefights, taking place on a series of trucks, on a train (while a helicopter hunts you), hanging from a signpost in the middle of the city, in a village while a tank hunts you down – and that’s just the short list.

Naughty Dog’s Always Improving

The first Uncharted game was great, but it wasn’t perfect. It was short and got a bit repetitive towards the end. Naughty Dog saw what worked and didn’t work in the first game and used that knowledge when making the sequel.

Uncharted 2 was bigger and better in every way.

The environments were bigger and more diverse, from jungles to mountain caves to a war-torn city. Chase scenes weren’t rail shooters but had Drake jumping from truck to truck like a scene from an action movie. Stealth was improved and actually pretty fun.

They also lost most of the weak stuff. There are no awkward jet ski levels and the game doesn’t become a gauntlet of enemy-filled rooms towards the end.

Naughty Dog strives for perfection. Uncharted was great, the second was amazing and there’s a good chance the third will be the best.

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