on November 29, 2011
I have completed Uncharted 3 yesterday. It's a hyped up game which unfortunately fails to live up to its amazing predecessors (uncharted 1 and 2). Overall it's a mediocre game; rent it, don't buy it. Here's why:
The things it does right: incredible visuals, no lagging, no video/image tearing, good controls, great music and the fact that we learn more about the relationship between Nate and Sully.
The game deserves no more than 2 starts because:
1. In comparison to the previous installments, the story of U3 has no twists, turns or anything that made U1 and especially U2 so good. It's as simple as Nathan Drake and friends racing against Katherine Marlowe and her gang to discover the secret that Sir Francis Drake attempted to hide. Without revealing anything, the "secret" is a dud. That's basically it.
1.b. On the story plot, hints that maybe the writers didn't know in which direction to take U3 can be seen throughout the game, as various characters (Elena, Sully, etc.) keep asking Drake what he wants to prove or achieve by doing the latest adventure. His reply: I must find out more about Sir Francis Drake's deception. Really?
2. Most of the +21 levels can be broken down as follows: cut scene followed by Drake moving into an area, defeating a whole bunch of enemies (UK thugs, agents, pirates, etc.) and ending with another cut scene. Wash, rinse, repeat. This set up occurs over and over again with the exception of maybe 2 or 3 levels.
3. The puzzles: again, in U1 and U2, they had a purpose and a reason. In U3, they feel forced, as if they had to be there. There's no rationale for the puzzles being there. On top of it, there's no logic behind them. So much in fact that if you can't solve them in two or three minutes, the game gives you the solution.
4. No level bosses or worthy end-game final boss save for some large/heavy thugs throughout the levels even on the more challenging settings. Remember the last boss fight in U2 (against Lazarevic) and how challenging it was? Well the final Talbot fight in U3 doesn't even compare ... by a long shot.
Uncharted 2 was a tough act to follow. Unfortunately, Uncharted 3 didn't measure up for the above reasons. 2/5 stars.