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Uncharted 2 is one of the best games this console generation. So good, I think everyone's expectations for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception may have been too high. First off it's Uncharted. The formula you know is here, and it's great. Shooting, platforming, and simple puzzles. Well, it's a little different. In good and bad ways. First the good: the game looks unbelievable. Seriously. It's arguably the best looking game out there and it doesn't even use a super powerful engine. Naughty Dog but a great level of care and detail in to this crap, and it shows. There is also an updated melee system and it's much deeper than Uncharted 2's. A new movement engine makes walking look super realistic.
There's also bad though: That same engine also interferes with gunplay. While aiming, the movement of the reticle feels stiff. I really want to make a dirty joke right now, but I'm above that. Anyway, it's difficult to make the hit at all, in the beginning. Eventually you'll get the hang of it, but even then it's a challenge to make headshots. There is also a larger scale issue afoot. Afoot. Heh. I have afoot. And another.
Okay, now that that's over let's talk about the pacing. Sometimes there is too much action. In Uncharted 2 you would build up to a huge gunfight, like in Chapter 4. There was this big shootout in Borneo and it was awesome. There was tension in the dialogue and Sully was sniping bitches. It was great. In Uncharted 3 that is every 2 seconds. There's no break from it and stealth never felt like an option. I'm pretty good at it, if I do say so myself, but it wasn't happening. There was so much action that Nathan's story felt strung out. He is still human(despite his Spider-man wall crawling) and it's not very realistic when he mows down four rooms of RPG wielding thugs and then does it some more. Plus, especially near the end, the combat's just plain boring.
The story of Uncharted 3 is arguably the best yet, with an awesome villain in Marlowe. You also delve in to the backstory of Sully and Nate's relationship and it's just great. I don't have a very extensive vocabulary, do I. There are all sorts of little moments that most video games miss, especially in Nate and Elena's complicated relationship. The story really plays with your expectations of what will happen next. Uncharted 2 was kind of predictable, but Uncharted 3 always stays fresh.
The action wasn't so overused that I couldn't enjoy the story and cinematic flair. In fact Uncharted 3 boasts the best action/cinema moments yet. Screw the train scene from the beginning of Uncharted 2. There is some crazy stuff and one especially powerful moment involving the desert. I'm trying not to spoil here, people!!! It's hard!!!! In the end I enjoyed the hell out of Uncharted 3's campaign, but there were some flaws. Unfortunately the campaign has virtually no replay value. There is no single-player store and that's that.
I'm not in to multiplayer. Ever. I'm just not. I suck at it and I get my ass kicked all over. That said, Uncharted 3 has the best multiplayer I've played. For those few minutes. However there is lots of leveling up, customization, maps and rewards to gain. I can bear(bare?) Uncharted's multiplayer for an hour longer than Call of Duty's, because you can climb the diverse environments and switch between assault and snipe based weapons on the fly. It creates diversity and strategy. I still die though, so yeah. In short Uncharted 3 has tons of replay value if you like multiplayer. If you don't care about that, then rent this for it's story and then return it.
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