Conclusion: Uncharted 3 may have its problems, but it's still an enticing roller-coaster ride throughout. The title never lives up to the verve of its middle brother, often clouding the boundary between engaging cinematic visuals and frustrating gameplay a little too far. It seems the comparison to Lara Croft isn't a weightless one, as her series also eventually suffered after some poor design choices.
Excerpt: Uncharted 3 is everything people expect of the series: it's big, it's funny and it's still a true showcase for narrative focused action games. However, it is not the same leap forward that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was, compared to Drake's Fortune. Expectations are at an all time high for Drake and company, following a game that many considered to be 2009's Game of the Year. Does Uncharted 3 need to significantly improve on its predecessor to be a great sequel?
Conclusion: Were Uncharted 3 any other game, if it didn't hit with dizzying highs to offset the abysmal lows, it would be infinitely skippable. Instead, compelling (but difficult) multiplayer and enough "wow" moments mean it's worth seeing, but not owning.
Summary: Adventurer Nathan Drake is back for another adventure in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. With less than two years between Uncharted 2 and now, has Naughty Dog had the time to craft another classic?
Pros: Seamless flow between gameplay and cinematics, Gorgeous set pieces and a beautiful world to explore, Improved melee system
Cons: Many of the plot points never go anywhere, Multiplayer seems tacked on, Lives in the shadow of Uncharted 2
Excerpt: Lara Croft is so passé. The undisputed queen of raiding has been replaced by Nathan Drake, an everyday man with a penchant for danger and an amicable shoot first or rather jump first, ask questions later mentality. Two games in and the Uncharted series has already established itself as the definitive blockbuster experience on the PlayStation 3.
Conclusion: With a gripping storyline and entertaining multiplayer modes, Uncharted 3 admirably fulfils its duty in completing the series’ meteoric rise from plucky IP upstart to bona fide videogame icon. The attention to detail and polish that has been lavished on every aspect of the game is hugely impressive and you will genuinely struggle to find a better looking game on this generation of hardware – Naughty Dog really do know how to make the PlayStation 3 sing.