Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
The cover of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
Developer Naughty Dog
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform PlayStation 3
Release date NA November 1, 2011[1]
EU November 2, 2011[1]
JP November 2, 2011[2]
AUS November 3, 2011[1]
Preceded by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is the third game in the Uncharted series, and the sequel to the 2009 video game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

The game follows treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake as he and his companions set out to find Iram of the Pillars, a mythical lost city in the Rub' al Khali desert. In an adventure that takes them around the world, Nate battles against Katherine Marlowe, the head of a secret society dating back 400 years, who is intent on revealing a secret belonging to Nate's ancestor, the legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in November 2011. Upon its release, the game received universal acclaim.


[edit] Development

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was first announced in December 2010, and was developed by Naughty Dog, who developed the previous games in the Uncharted series.[3]

In Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, special attention is paid to the relationships between characters. It was initially speculated that female characters Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer would be making a return to the series as Naughty Dog considered them to be an important part of the genre. The inclusion of both characters was later confirmed when the game's official trailer was released at the E3 conference in June 2011.[4] Furthermore, it was confirmed prior to the game's release that Victor "Sully" Sullivan would be returning from the series' previous instalments and that he has a large part to the play in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception,[5] as Naughty Dog wish to explore the relationship between Sully and the main character of the series, Nathan "Nate" Drake.[3]

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was featured at the 2011 Gamescom conference. At the conference, a trailer was released showing gameplay and cutscene footage from the game.[6] At the conference, it was also announced that the game comprises of 50 gigabytes of data, which is more than a traditional Blu-Ray disc. This is a huge increase from the size of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which was 25 gigabytes.[7]

[edit] Gameplay

Like its predecessors, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a third-person action-adventure game, with special attention paid to the shooting and platforming aspects of the genre. At certain times during the game's campaign, the player must complete puzzles, with clues found in the journal carried around by lead character Nathan "Nate" Drake. Throughout the 22 chapters of the game are scattered Treasures, and collecting these Treasures is just one way the player can earn the Trophies that accompany the game. Building on the foundations of the previous games, developer Naughty Dog took innovative steps with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, introducing the ability to engage several enemies in melee combat at one time.[3]

[edit] Multiplayer

Main article: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer

The multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves proved to be very popular, and Naughty Dog have had to take steps in improving the multiplayer mode of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. New gameplay modes have been introduced, such as the introduction of Three Team Deathmatch, which pits three teams of two players against each other. Also included for the first time in the Uncharted series is an eight-player Free For All mode. The ability to play two player split-screen, with each player using their individual PlayStation Network ID, is also one that will be included in the game.[8][9]

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception introduces new customisable options, such as the options to create personalised emblems and for the player to personalise their character through the use of clothing and other items.[8][9] Boosters will be returning from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, with some returning from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and new Boosters being introduced. The ability to purchase one-time Paid Boosters for use during online matches is a new feature, and there are also other new ways to gain an advantage during games, such as Medal Kickbacks, which offer one-time perks.[9]

Furthermore, steps have been taken in making Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception a more social experience, as the game directly connects to social networking services such as Facebook and YouTube.[10]

The beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer took place during June and July. Early access to the multiplayer beta was given to PlayStation Plus members on June 28, while universal access to the beta began on July 5. The beta ran until July 14, after the beta was extended by one day. By the time the beta had ended, over 1.53 million players had participated; making it the largest beta ever conducted on the PlayStation 3 system.[11] A second pseudo-beta phase occurred during October 2011, as players were given early access to the multiplayer as part of a promotion held by restaurant franchise Subway.[12]

[edit] Plot

In London, treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake and antique dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan arrange a deal with Talbot for legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake's ring. However, the deal turns sour and Talbot orders thug Charlie Cutter and a gang of thugs to attack Nate and Sully. Nate and Sully are able to defeat all of the thugs, but as they escape they are attacked and defeated by Cutter, before Talbot arrives with his client: Katherine Marlowe, the head of a secret society dating back 400 years. After a brief conversation, Marlowe removes Drake's ring from around Nate's neck, and when Nate attempts to retrieve it, Cutter shoots both Nate and Sully.[13]

A flashback to 20 years earlier then occurs, showing a young Nate in Cartegena, Colombia, as he prepares to steal Drake's ring from a museum holding an exhibition on the explorer. However, as Nate looks around the exhibits, he sees Sully attempting to forge the key needed to get into the display case holding Drake's ring. Nate follows Sully through the Colombian streets and is able to steal his wallet, which contains the key. Sully soon catches up with Nate and reclaims his wallet, although Nate keeps the key. Nate later uses the key to steal Drake's ring, although Sully and Marlowe then appear. When Nate refuses to give Marlowe the key she slaps him, Marlowe orders her agents to hunt Nate. However, Sully saves Nate by subduing the guards, and Nate later agrees to let Sully teach him on his criminal ways.[13]

Returning to the present, it is revealed that Cutter is actually working with Nate and Sully, and that their shooting was actually a setup intended to deceive Marlowe into taking a forged version of Drake's ring. Nate, Sully and Cutter then meet up with their driver, the Australian explorer Chloe Frazer, before making their way into Marlowe's underground hideout. At this point Chloe turns back, but Nate, Sully and Cutter able to sneak into Marlowe's secret library and retrieve a map previous belonging to Drake. After fighting their way out of Marlowe's hideout, they regroup at the hideout, discovering that Drake was once sent on a quest by Queen Elizabeth to find Iram of the Pillars, a lost city said to be in the Rub' al Khali desert on the Arabian Peninsula. Furthermore, the map and notes recovered from Marlowe's hideout reveals that the next clues to the location of Iram are in Eastern France and Syria.[13]

Nate and Sully make their way to a chateau in Eastern France, while Chloe and Cutter head to Syria. Nate and Sully are followed to France by Talbot, who brings with him a small army of agents and thugs. Although Nate and Sully are able to battle their way through Talbot's forces find one-half of the amulet that reveals the location of the next clue to the location of Iram, Talbot steals the amulet, before leaving and ordering the thugs to set the chateau. After escaping the burning chateau, Nate and Sully realise that it is likely that Chloe and Cutter were also followed. Nate and Sully rush to regroup with Chloe and Cutter at the Syrian fortress, discovering that they have also been followed. Talbot is at one point able to drug Cutter with a hallucinogenic agent, and this leads to Cutter surrendering his notes to Talbot, before attempting to kill Nate. Despite this, Cutter is brought back to reality, and they are able to continue on and find the second half of the amulet, which reveals that the next clue to the location of Iram is in Yemen. As they make their exit, Cutter is trapped on a roof by Marlowe and Talbot and forced to jump off, breaking his leg in the process. This marks the end of the adventure for him and Chloe.[13]

Nate and Sully continue on to Yemen, where they meet up with journalist Elena Fisher, who is now a foreign correspondent working in the country. Nate, Sully and Elena use the clue from the amulet to locate an elaborate puzzle system that, when solved, reveals the location of Iram in the desert. However, shortly after this Nate is drugged with a hallucinogenic agent and passes out, waking up in the company of Marlowe, Talbot and pirate Rameses. However, the subsequent conversation doesn't last long as Marlowe's forces locate Sully, making Nate redundant. As Rameses approaches, Nate jumps up and chases after Talbot through the streets of Yemen. Nate catches up to Talbot and engages him in a fistfight, but as Nate begins to take advantage, Rameses knocks Nate unconscious.[13]

Marlowe orders Rameses and his Indian Ocean pirates to kill Nate, but instead Rameses takes him back to the Yemen shipyards and attempts to interrogate him for the location of Iram. However, Nate is unable to answer and Rameses leaves after saying he will interrogate Sully instead. Nate then breaks free from his bonds and defeats a number of pirates as he makes his way through the shipyard to catch up to Rameses' cruise ship before it sets sail. On the cruise ship, Nate makes his way to the hold, where he finds that Sully isn't actually onboard. This is a trap, as Rameses and his pirates surround Nate. Nate is able to escape by throwing a grenade that causes a large explosion, although this causes the ship to begin sinking. Nate is able to escape from the ship before it sinks, and floats to shore on a piece of driftwood.[13]

Back in Yemen, Nate regroups with Elena, who has devised a plan to save Sully, who is currently heading to Iram as part of Marlowe's caravan. Nate and Elena sneak into an airfield, before Nate sneaks onto a cargo plane that is set to deliver supplies to Marlowe's caravan. However, Nate is discovered and the ensuing firefight between Nate and Marlowe's agents causes the plane to crash into the Rub' al Khali desert. Nate then spends some time crossing the desert, before coming to an abandoned village. However, a number of Marlowe's agents are in the village, and Nate must engage them in battle until a tribe of Bedouin riders arrive and kill Marlowe's men, while sparing Nate. That night, the Sheikh of the Bedouin agrees to help Nate stop Marlowe, as he believes that the horrors within Iram cannot be unleashed. The next day, Nate, Salim and the Bedouin attack Marlowe's caravan, and Nate is able to save Sully.[13]

However, a sandstorm separates Nate and Sully from the Bedouin, and they must make their way into Iram alone. In Iram, Nate consumes water containing an hallucinogenic, which causes him to imagine that Talbot has killed Sully. Nate spends some time under the influence of the hallucinogenic, before he is brought back to reality and regroups with Sully. Together, Nate and Sully make their way to the centre of Iram, where they realise that Marlowe is attempting to remove the evil spirits from the city. Nate is able to stop Marlowe using a flare gun, but this causes an explosion that begins to destroy the city. As Nate and Sully escape, they come across Marlowe and Talbot, and Marlowe is then dragged into a batch of quicksand. After much deliberation, Nate attempts to help Marlowe, but is unsuccessful. Nate and Talbot then engage in a fistfight, and just as Talbot looks to be taking advantage, Sully shoots Talbot, and Nate then uses this gun to kill him. Nate and Sully then face a desperate charge to the exit of the city, and Salim charges in on horseback to save them.[13]

Shortly after their escape from Iram, Nate and Sully are preparing to leave Yemen when Sully stops Nate and hands him Drake's ring, before revealing that Elena will be flying home with them. Nate slips the ring onto his ring finger and holds Elena's hand as they make their way to a plane similar to the one that was destroyed four years ago.[13]

[edit] Characters

Main article: List of characters in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

  • Nathan "Nate" Drake serves as the game's main protagonist. Voiced by Nolan North,[14] the treasure-hunter returns from the previous instalments of the Uncharted series. In Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Nate is searching for Iram of the Pillars, a mythical lost city said to be in the Rub' al Khali desert.
  • Victor "Sully" Sullivan makes his third appearance in the Uncharted series. Voiced by Richard McGonagle,[14] Sully is an antique-dealer that serves as Nate's main companion during the game, aiding his protégé on his search for Iram.
  • Elena Fisher, voiced by Emily Rose,[14] returns to the Uncharted series. Elena is a journalist that aids Nate and Sully as they venture through Yemen in search of Iram.
  • Katherine Marlowe, voiced by Rosalind Ayres,[14] makes her debut in the Uncharted series. Marlowe serves as the game's main antagonist; she is the head of secret society that dates back 400 years, and wishes to find Iram in order to reveal a secret belonging to legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake.
  • Talbot, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes,[14] makes his first appearance in the Uncharted series. Talbot is Marlowe's right-hand man; he aids Marlowe in her search for Iram, while serving as the commander of Marlowe's agents.

[edit] Release and reception

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was released in North America on November 1, 2011. The game was released in Europe and Japan on November 2,[1][2] while the Australian release of the game followed on November 3.[1] The game was originally scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on November 4, but this was later brought forward to November 2.[15] The game's release was marred by several early releases and leaks. French stores released the game several days early on October 28,[16] while the entire game was leaked online a day later on October 29.[17] These unlicensed early releases and leaks came after events hosted by Sony Computer Entertainment at AMC theatres around America from October 18 to October 20. Those who purchased tickets to the event were able to play Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, with higher-priced tickets entitling the buyer to an early copy of the game.[18] In the first week following its release, the game sold more than 1.1 million copies.[19]

Upon the game's release, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception receieved almost universal acclaim from critics. Gaming website IGN gave the game 10/10, which rates it as a "Masterpiece". The review said that the game "sings", while praising the game's characters, graphics, sound and story as being all "top notch." The review concluded by saying that saying anyone who missed the game should "be prepared to miss one of gaming’s finest moments."[20] Gaming website GameSpot gave a similarly positive review, rating it 9/10 and saying that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is "a beautiful, cohesive, and, most importantly, fun adventure", specifically praising the game's pacing and presentation, and the plethora of online gameplay modes available in the multiplayer component of the game.[21] British newspaper The Guardian gave the game 5/5 in its review, specifically praising the graphics of the game as being "beyond impeccable".[22] Eurogamer gave Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 8/10 in its review, largely praising the game, but also noting how the player is given little control over events, and how the player "[f]rustratingly, [...] must always move at the script's pace."[23] Metacritic lists Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception as having an aggregate score of 93/100, which suggests "Universal acclaim".[24]

[edit] Awards

With the game's positive reception came several awards for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. At the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards (VGAs), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was awarded "Best PS3 Game" and "Best Graphics".[25]

[edit] Sequel

A sequel to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has yet to be announced. However, Justin Richmond, the game director at developer Naughty Dog, has stated in interviews that there are more stories to tell in the Uncharted canon, and as long as fans want new games, Naughty Dog will continue producing them.[26]

[edit] References

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "First look at 2011's must-play videogame Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" on Entertainment Weekly Online
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  10. "Uncharted 3 will put your Facebook friends in the game" on USA Today online
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  12. "Eat Subway, Get Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Early" on IGN
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  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Tech Info" on GameSpot
  15. "UK Will Get Uncharted 3 Two Days Sooner" on PlayStation LifeStyle
  16. "Early release for Uncharted 3 in France, maybe entire world ?" on NG4
  17. "Uncharted 3 Leaked by Team Duplex and playable on CFW 3.55" on PSX-Scene
  18. "Play Uncharted 3 at an AMC theatre, get an early copy" on Joystiq
  19. "Uncharted 3 Sells More Than 1m Copies in First Week" on VGChartz
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  22. "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception – review" on The Guardian Games Blog
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  24. "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" on Metacritic
  25. "Spike VGAs: The complete list of winners" on USA Today
  26. "Bright Future for Uncharted" on IGN

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Another RoundGreatness from Small BeginningsSecond-Story WorkRun to Ground
London UndergroundThe ChateauStay in the LightThe CitadelThe Middle Way
Historical ResearchAs Above, So BelowAbductedRough SeasCruisin' for a Bruisin'
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