Uncharted 3 is an awesome interactive experience. The graphics are superb, the gameplay is fun, and the cutscenes amazing.
The game is a fine piece of storytelling, at times feeling like an interactive movie – and that’s a good thing. You’ll escape the crumbling roof of a burning cathedral, scale abandoned ships during shootouts with pirates and crawl through a sprawling desert, each moment trying to be more epic than the last.
At only about 10 hours, the game is much shorter than it’s predecessor, but that’s not a bad thing. It never feels like it’s dragging on too long and it’s truly some of the most enthralling ten hours in gaming.
The story is great and the voice acting is top-notch. Drake undergoes a bit more character development in this story, including an awesome flashback to his early teen years and some tension between him and Sully. There’s even a few trippy moments towards the end, something different and very welcome in the series.
Multiplayer is also back and as fun as ever, with more customization and bigger maps. It’s no Halo or Gears of War, but it’s not trying to be; it’s pure, simple fun. Customizing your character and guns, leveling up, the constant rewards and a few different game modes will keep you hooked for hours at a time. (Yes, needing a online pass blows, but that’s a much bigger discussion.)
Unfortunately, the game is held back a bit by it’s shooting mechanics. I still don’t understand why headshots don’t count with most guns, something that should have been corrected at this point in the series. And while the stealth missions aren’t as annoying, they still feel unnecessarily difficult and somewhat clumsy.
That the said, the best gun fights in the game don’t take place in the closed rooms you’re forced into, but the active, moving battles that have you running and climbing while baddies try to take you out. There’s even an epic battle on horseback, worthy of any summer blockbuster and the final boss fight this time around is much better than the last game’s.
After you’ve beaten the game and some time has passed, you may feel Uncharted 2 is still the (slightly) better game. But once you’re sucked into Uncharted 3, you’ll never notice.