Next, consider the voice acting on show. Never has a game managed to bring its cast to life like Uncharted 3 does – we're talking Hollywood production values. There's no delay or drag in spoken lines – that occurs in so many games when the player does something unexpected.
Indeed, the character banter never misses a beat, while the acting during those incredible scripted sequences are simply perfection. Likewise sound content and visuals are top drawer and all too easy to take for granted.
Despite being egotistical and driven to the point of obsession, Drake is also possessed of a disarming boyish charm and a depth of character that few other gaming protagonists can claim. There's no gruff-voiced marine-type character here. Instead, there are humanised characters that are in it for each other and – after so many clichéd and soulless characters in our 'blockbuster' videogames – it makes for quite a refreshing change.
A scene aboard a stricken vessel is a particular standout, but really there are so many amazingly realised scenes to savour that to highlight one above the others is almost an injustice to them all. The sense of scale too is magnificent, the camera pulling back to reveal an entire vista in which you’re still controlling Drake, before quickly zipping back in for a close-up.
The actual gameplay is easily broken down into four repeating types: puzzles, gun play, close-quarters fighting and running for Drake's life. On the puzzle front there's once more a mix of logic problems and leaping for switches.
They aren't quite to the level of cognitive craziness that was Valve's Portal 2, and personally I'd have liked to see a few more brain teasers towards the game's last few frantic stages. Yet all prove satisfying enough and demand more than merely shifting a block over to a pressure pad.
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Good review - it kind'a makes me want to think about possibly getting the PS3 (and I do still need a Blue Ray player)... hmm... Xmas
My favourite series
I have got next Wednesday off work just for this game.
(Hums Nates Theme 2.0)
It looks beautiful but controls like a pig and is seriously "on rails"
Still a great game, but nowhere near 95%+
Second play through
Raking in those trophies now.
Better on replay as well - you notice more.
Beautiful artwork for the desert places.
Keep a look put for Sackboy as well.
Really like the new cast, Cutter is great, Salim is likeable, Ramases is pretty good.
Marlowe is underused, Talbot (same actor as Tenzin and Navarro - also Joe Capelli) is suitably nasty.
End cut scene _I_ liked with a nod to Uncharted Drakes Fortune.
Further on game is a _LOT_ better
Just met Ramases, will so no more, but from there to the cruise liner the game is brilliant.
I saved and finished there.