The Duck Tries Something New With Uncharted 3

When I bought my PS3, the least expensive one they had was a bundle with “Uncharted 3”.  Considering none of the bundles had games I wanted, and this one was the least expensive, and at least it was a game I had heard of, made by Naughty Dog, a company I liked, I got that one.  Cary knows what game I’m talking about, as she wrote a post on it.

            Well, having never played the first two “Uncharted” games (based on the title, it’s a logical assumption there were two prior, right?), I’ll attempt to say what it’s about, but I’m sure I won’t be very good at it.  Well, the main character is Nathan Drake, and he has this ring that some bad people want because it is the key to decoding some message that has to do with some great treasure in a place called the “Atlantis of the Sands”, an ancient city somewhere in the middle of the Rubal Khali desert.  The game consists of his adventures as he tries to find the way to this city and deal with lots of bad people with guns.  Lots and lots of bad people with guns.

            Anyway, when I first started playing the game, it felt a bit odd.  Nothing against the game really, but this was one of the first times I played a game I didn’t specifically choose, and it is certainly not the usual kind of game I would normally play.  It’s a bit too realistic for this duck’s tastes.  A bit too much like the real world and a bit too violent.  (I’m used to playing as fuzzy Lombaxes and stubby plumbers.)  But, at the same time, that somewhat worked in its favor, as it was fun playing something so different from what I’m used to.  While I was unsure about the game at first, I did finally start to get into it.  It was actually nice playing a more realistic game that took place in the real world.  And I really liked how some things in the game related to people in the real world, such as Sir Francis Drake and Lawrence of Arabia.  (Before this game, I had no idea the latter was a real person.  I thought he was just the main character of a ridiculously long movie.)

            Anyway, the game is broken down into 22 chapters, and throughout it, you visit various countries like France, Syria, and Yemen on your quest to reach the “Atlantis of the Sands”.  And the gameplay consists of a few main things.  You spend a good amount of time walking around and exploring, where Drake often makes use of his superhuman climbing abilities (I’m serious, he has this Donkey Kong-like ability to climb up nearly anything).  There are also puzzles and gun fighting, which I’ll discuss further.

            I absolutely love the puzzles in this game.  It’s my favorite part of the game.  They have some really great ones that really get me thinking.  They’re actually some of the best puzzles I’ve ever seen in any game.  Drake’s journal has clues to a lot of these puzzles, and you have to figure out how the clues in his journal will help you to answer the puzzle.  Good times.

            I don’t like the gun fighting so much at times, though.  It can be fun, but it can also get really tedious.  I like that there is a good variety of guns and also grenades (it’s kind of like “Halo” in a way, but you’re not shooting aliens or playing as the Chief, of course).  I don’t like that sometimes it goes on for too long, and often times you’re stuck running back and forth between a few hiding places and not making any progress.  I can’t tell you how much time I got stuck in a single location, hiding behind a wall, peeking out and shooting, and then running to a new spot and shooting at more people.  Then, I think it’s over and more people start shooting me from who knows where, and I’m running for cover again.  It just won’t end.  And then they keep sneaking up behind me and punching me when I’m in the middle of shooting someone else, and then I punch them back, and we’re punching each other back and forth for a while (how many times must I smack a guy in the face before he’ll just leave me the heck alone?).  And then someone starts shooting at me, and I can’t shoot back because the other guy keeps pushing me around, and I die.  Or I make a run for it to find a better spot, and a sniper shoots me out of nowhere, and I die.  And then the whole process starts over.  I died so many times.  So many, many times.  So very frustrating.

            But, it’s quite a good game.  It is mostly a lot of fun.  I love that the graphics are wonderful, and the locations are so detailed that I feel like I’m really there.  (That last area at the end of the game is one of the most beautiful places ever.)  Drake even moves more realistically than other characters I’ve seen (Naughty Dog seems good at that sort of thing), and he moves differently depending on what’s going on, like he might move slower, and then start running when people start shooting at him, or collapse when he’s exhausted.  Extra details like that make me feel more a part of the game.  I also love the puzzles.  And I love that they have some really great action, which I won’t get into because I don’t want to spoil things.  (But, the ship level was pretty awesome, among other things.)  The game usually has a good amount of action and other things so that it stays pretty exciting much of the time.

            So anyway, this game was often out of my comfort zone, but in the end, I did really enjoy it.  (I even considered selling it at first, but once I got farther into it, I realized I couldn’t do it.)  It is very well made, with great graphics, interesting locations, and awesome puzzles.  I’m still unsure if I’ll get “Uncharted 2” or not.  I heard good things about it.  We’ll see.  Must catch up on the “Ratchet and Clank” games first, then I’ll see if I want to pay Drake another visit.

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4 thoughts on “The Duck Tries Something New With Uncharted 3

  1. This is such a nice review! (And thanks for the link!) I feel like I should go back and give Uncharted 3 another chance…maybe. It really is a good game, a solid entry in (or end of) the series. Since you liked Uncharted 3, Uncharted 2 would be totally worth your while. Though it might be like reading a book backwards, which isn’t so fun. But it does have some great puzzles and exploration opportunities. The combat is much the same, but I don’t remember the battles being quite as drawn out as they are in Uncharted 3. And yeah, what was with those guys that attacked you from behind while you were shooting?! Totally not fair.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment. I’m still considering “Uncharted 2”, along with “Portal 2”. I’ve been taking forever to get that one. That’s good to hear that you don’t think the battles in “Uncharted 2” went on as long. They were ridiculous in this game. Long periods of time spent with jerks shooting at me, and sneaky jerks coming up and punching me. Can’t we solve our problems with a calm discussion for once?

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  2. I have never heard a bad review of the ‘Uncharted’ series. I am like you in both books and games, preferring a ‘degree of separation’ from the real world such as Mario, Zelda and Metroid.

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    1. It’s nice to use video games to escape from the real world sometimes. The world can be rather disturbing, so it’s nice to explore a world that is not so upsetting. Sure, there are monsters and aliens and stuff, but that’s not the same. It’s funny how unrealistically nice video game characters can be sometimes. In some games, even the villains say nothing worse than “gosh”. And I like it that way. While “Uncharted 3” was good, and I can’t sell it now that I’ve played it, it is far different from my usual kind of game.

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