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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PlayStation 3)

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Drake's Deception is the third main game in the Uncharted series. A couple of years have passed for Nathan Drake, an Indiana Jones-like adventurer with a knack to find himself in all kinds of trouble. As usual, he always pulls his loyal friend and companion Sully along with him. The story takes the player back to Nathan's youth and how he met Sully when they were both after a ring, and then returns to modern times. The game immediately introduces a whole new gameplay element that focuses on melee combat that consists of kicking and evading enemy hits, and a combination of both which may result in certain special moves during which Nate can also interact with surrounding objects for finishers. Quick time events are also used in melee combat to break free or to evade incoming attacks.

The story eventually builds up to a search for the legendary lost city Iram which takes the player through various different locations and environments, from the dark streets of England, to a hidden castle in France, a monastery in Syria, and Rub' al Khali, one of the largest deserts in the world. Basic gameplay is very similar to previous two games, with many contextual moves and newly added melee art of fighting while not carrying weapon. A large part is still spent climbing, using acrobatic movement, and shooting opponents with two types of weapons that can be exchanged with those of dead enemies. The cinematics are much more seamless with the actual gameplay. There is also a slight focus on stealth now, encouraging the player to use cover and stealth skills to avoid large battles. True to the series, there are many optional artifacts lying around to collect during the adventure, which results in trophy awards. At certain moments larger puzzles need to be solved by manipulating items in the environment and consulting clues in Drake's notebook. When the player gets stuck for too long, hints are shown gradually and automatically.

Aside from the story campaign which is split in 22 chapters, the game comes with cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

Screenshots

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PlayStation 3 Riding after the convoy.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PlayStation 3 New melee gameplay consists of timed swings and quick-time events.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PlayStation 3 Opening showing Nate and Sully on a way to yet unrevealed new adventure.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PlayStation 3 Guards don't like you touching the museum exhibits.

Alternate Titles

  • "アンチャーテッド: 砂漠に眠るアトランティス" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Uncharted: Sabaku ni Nemuru Atlantis" -- Japanese title
  • "Uncharted 3 : L'Illusion de Drake" -- French title
  • "Uncharted 3: La Traición de Drake" -- Spanish title

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The Press Says

IGN Oct 24, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Alternative Magazine Online Nov 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
GamesCollection Nov 02, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
GamingEvolution Dec 26, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct 28, 2011 91 out of 100 91
GameAspect.com Feb 21, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Splitkick Nov 08, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Lens of Truth Feb 22, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Strategy Informer Nov 08, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
The A.V. Club Oct 30, 2011 C 50

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2011 – Best PlayStation 3 Game of the Year
    • 2011 – Best Action Game of the Year
    • 2011 – Best Localisation of the Year
  • GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - #3 Action-Adventure of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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MAT (73407) added Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PlayStation 3) on Nov 18, 2011