Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Uncharted - Awesomesauce

I've recently managed to play and finish Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and I wasn't disappointed, I thoroughly enjoyed the first two games and had been looking forward to the 3rd instalment for sometime. The Uncharted games are arguably one of my favourite gaming series of all time and are true masterpieces.

The original Drake's Fortune had stunning visuals and set the bar for third-person adventure games. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves greatly improved on that, added multiplayer and got a Game of the Year award in 2009. Uncharted 3 however has gone even further and improved on an already winning formula and manages to seamlessly merge game play and story telling.

Uncharted 2's clumsy stealth parts no longer exist. Running through levels and taking cover doesn't get old because Naughty Dog has done so much to merge the game play with the story, perfecting the pacing and making everything look fantastic in the process thanks to cutting edge graphics and excellent cinematography. The way Drake moves and acts impacts you and you can feel him more as a person than a character in a game. You struggle with him and push him up when he falls to the ground in complete exhaustion.

The characters in the game are compelling, funny, interesting and most importantly they sound and feel real. They are believable and that's so important in making a game feel enjoyable to me. The cut scenes blend with game play and you can't help but love each character, their back story and the way they banter with each other. It all makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience that matches, if not betters that of a cinema.

Naughty Dog have nailed this game in my opinion, and looking at reviews its highly thought of by most.
"IGN defines a 10.0 -- a masterpiece -- as "the pinnacle of gaming, a masterpiece may not be flawless, but it is so exceptional that it is hard to imagine a game being better." That's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. From start to finish, single player to multiplayer, this game sings. The characters, the graphics, the sound, the story – they’re all top notch. If you’re willing to skip Uncharted 3, be prepared to miss one of gaming’s finest moments."
IGN Review

If you love games, you'll love Uncharted, its simply stunning.

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