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Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception has been released on PS3 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Videogames aren't famous for telling stories. They prefer to engage heart and mind with agency and interaction. Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception folds this premise back on itself in an effort to combine storytelling and action. What results is a game that is about more than shooting, clambering and saving the world..."
- Faithful Gamer (Tue, 06 Nov 2012)
"While I enjoy Drake's adventures I do feel a great loss at the untold story of his relationships. Uncharted 3 cements these frustrations and provides a rollicking adventure that's as shallow as it is gorgeous. .."
- Juvenile Gamer (Tue, 08 May 2012)
"Bob and Fred review Uncharted 3. Bob makes eyes at Rebecca Mayes and ends up singing his unauthorized Uncharted review song. Fred comes along begrudgingly for the ride. Oh, and helps with the "dums"..."
- Scripted Gamer (Wed, 02 May 2012)
"Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is most spectacular, tightly-directed, addictive and totally escapist adventure ever to grace a games system..."
- Novel Gamer (Thu, 24 Nov 2011)
"those who read this column regularly will have heard me express significant reservations about the perceived need to make video games that look and feel like movies. i'm not going to rehearse here the reasons behind my doubts as to whether this should be a prominent focus within game development, but what i will say is that if the cause needed a genuinely superb example to which it could point, then its wait is over..."
- Tired Gamer (Tue, 22 Nov 2011)
"Uncharted 3 sacrifices too much to Hollywood, but such is Naughty Dog's skill and care that I'm happy to forgive what is lost for all that is gained..."
- Family Gamer (Tue, 01 Nov 2011)
"Loz and I talk about Uncharted 3, FIFA 12 and the recent 3DS price drop as well as release of Pac-Man and Galaga on the 3DS. The show is also broadcast on Kerrang Radio..."
- Family Gamer Podcast (Thu, 18 Aug 2011)
Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception underlines the series' commanding position in storytelling and action gameplay. A new location, fresh enemies and all sorts of technical enhancements are mouth watering prospects, but they already had us at "Uncharted 3".
After the success of Uncharted Drakes Fortune and Uncharted 2 Among Thieves a third game was inevitable, but this makes it no less exciting. The series is the most watchable videogame I've played. Its pixel perfect shooting, dramatic action sequences and believable character chemistry make it almost unique among its peers.
Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception takes the action to the desert and dials in on Drake's relationship with Sully. Drake again persuades Sully (and again on the bases of shaky old manuscripts) to hunt for the fabled Atlantis of the Sands. The pair are propelled into the heart of the Arabian Desert where they face the, now series standard, supernatural threats as well as thugs with guns.
When the secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake's quest descends into a bid for survival that forces him to confront his deepest fears (ed: clowns then).
Gameplay enhancements include better climbing, more multiplayer and co-operative modes, bigger set pieces, enhanced visuals and support for 3D. Drake can also fight opponents in more ways - hand-to-hand combat, contextual melee attacks and new stealth options, along with expanded gun-play.
Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception will be released on 1st November 2011.
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