Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of my all time favorite games. It is the reason why I bought a PlayStation 3. I was going to get one eventually, but Uncharted 2 gave me the kick in the ass I needed to get one sooner rather than later. I had so much fun with that game, from those movie-like set piece moments to Nathan Drake constantly being a smart ass. Midway through the game I had already decided this game is one the greatest I have ever played. So I was understandably excited when Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was announced. The trailers for this game alongside the gameplay shown during E3 made it seem like it would be even greater than part 2. And besides, more Drake is always a good thing, right?

WRONG! This game started rubbing me the wrong way right at the beginning starting with the sloppy fighting controls. Maybe it was just me, but countering with triangle did not always work for me. I started disliking this game during the Syria section, after the French Chateau. It just got unnecessarily frustrating. It was during the shipyard section where all hell broke loose. This part of the game had seemingly endless enemies coming at you from all sides, complete with snipers and rocket launchers. It didn't help the aiming was pretty inaccurate (something they fixed with a patch). It seemed to me Naughty Dog had confused challenging the player with just downright frustrating them. The story also felt like a bunch of nonsense that was hard to follow. Eventually I just wanted to finish this game and put it away forever. Months later, a friend of mine asked me if Uncharted 3 was worth playing, and I just told him to stay away.

Fast forward to today. I finished Assassin's Creed IV and was left with nothing to play. Titanfall isn't due for another month. So I decided I should pick a game out from the library and replay it. Uncharted 3 caught my eye and I thought, "eh...why not?" After a couple of hours, I was quite enjoying it. I did not remember how fun the burning chateau was. Syria was not as difficult as I had initially thought it was. In fact, it was a breeze. When I reached the shipyard, I thought, "Alright, this is where I start to hate this game." Again, not as difficult as I thought. It was after the fun and intense sinking cruise ship section that I started to love this game.  The story even made sense this time around and was actually pretty great. It put a great spotlight on the father-son-like relationship between Drake and Sully. 

The game was getting better and better for me. The cargo plane mission was so great, as was the section where you ride on horseback chasing after a convoy. In my opinion, these set-piece moments were better than what part 2 offered. Even the multiplayer, which I also hated (but loved in Uncharted 2) was fun. I remember skilled players would just jump around and fire from the hip, which got very frustrating. But that doesn't happen as much anymore. This multiplayer really is unlike anything out there, combining shooting and platforming. Its become something that I keep coming back to. 

After all is said and done, I think Uncharted 3 is the best the series has to offer. Although Uncharted 2 is still my favorite, part 3 is such an amazing experience.

I guess there's a message here about second chances and whatnot, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on this game. Its crazy how a game I initially hated became one of the best games I've played. I should probably give my friend a call...