Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Developed in the United States by Naughty Dog
Published by Sony
Released in 2011 for the Sony PlayStation 3

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception marches straight ahead with the template as established in Drake’s Fortune and the mechanics as refined for use in Among Thieves.  Some of the slight alterations are for the better (the ability to toss back grenades) and some are for the worse (a new-found emphasis on hand-to-hand combat that somehow dumbs down the Batman: Arkham Asylum combat model).  The Uncharted franchise relies heavily on cinematic design elements to provide its illusion, and these elements as used in Drake’s Deception seem to confirm that Among Thieves was a flash in the pan development achievement.  It’s a solid effort that is outright superior to Drake’s Fortune, but lacks the intensity, pacing, and use of narrative that turned the second game into a classic.

★★★

Note: This is a review of the single-player game mode.  If there is any reputable suggestion that the multiplayer mode provides an experience greater than a three-star rating, I will be willing to re-evaluate.