|Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||NA November 1, 2011|
EU November 2, 2011
JP November 2, 2011
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, third-person shooter|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, online multiplayer, online splitscreen, offline splitscreen|
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an action-adventure third-person shooter game and the sequel to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The game is the third installment in the Uncharted series. It was released on November 1st for North America, November 2nd for Europe and Japan, and November 3rd for Australia. The game is the first in the series to support high-resolution Stereoscopic 3D. It also received the "Best PS3 Game" award at the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards. The main plot of the game involves Nathan "Nate" Drake and Victor "Sully" Sullivan trying to find the legendary Atlantis of the Sands.
The story begins with a phrase read by Nathan "Nate" Drake (Nolan North) by T.E Lawrence. The scene then changes to Nate and Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Richard McGonagle) entering a pub in London to meet with a man named Talbot, who is interested in purchasing Nate's ring. During the meeting, Nate and Sully accuse Talbot of offering them counterfeit banknotes, and a fight ensues. After fighting their way past Talbot's whores, Nate and Sully emerge in an alleyway, where they are surrounded and subdued by Charlie Cutter (Graham McTavish), Talbot's cohort. They are then approached by Talbot's client, Katherine Marlowe (Rosalind Ayres), who steals Drake's ring. Nate attempts to go after her, but Cutter guns him and Sully down, seemingly killing them.
The story flashes back to 20 years earlier. A teenage Nathan Drake (Billy Unger) explores a museum in Cartagena, Colombia, in search of Sir Francis' ring, but is thrown out after guards suspect him of being a thief. Intrigued by the actions of Victor Sullivan, who he does not know at this point, Nate follows Sully to a keymaker and pickpockets him. Nate anticipates that he has succeeded until he unintentionally comes across Sully. Sully states that Nate's moves were telegraphed the entire time and threatens Nate to give back his wallet or he'll call the police. Nate then threatens Sully that he'll do the same knowing that it would not look good if middle aged men were following young boys. Sully considers this but still asks for his wallet back. Nate returns it to him before leaving. The scene then changes to Nate on the roof holding the key saying 'Telegraphing my moves, huh,' before returning to the museum. He steals the ring, but before he can leave he is caught by Marlowe, her henchmen, and Sully, who was working for her. Sully tells Nate calmly to give them the ring but Nate refuses. Marlowe attempt to grab the ring by grabbing Nate's closed fist. Nate then opens his fist, with no ring, asking 'What ring?" Marlowe laughs with no humour then slaps him. She makes a second attempt in slapping him but Sully grabs her arm to stop her, appauled by her behaviour. Nate makes a run for it, jumping on roofs, on walls and even someone's apartment! The henchmen attempt to shoot him but Sully either tackles them or shoots them himself. Nate finally comes to a dead end and one henchmen is about to shoot him. Nate grabs a nearby gun but collapses to the ground and shivers violently. A gunshot is fired and it came from Sully's gun. Sully then takes him to a sort of cafe and, with Nate still unsure if he could trust him, says that it was just a job and he doesn't ask his clients questions as well claiming that he's pretty sure he's fired. Sully asks to examine the ring but Nate is still unsure then Sully convinces him that if he wanted to steal the ring he would have taken it from Nate by now. Nate gives him the ring explaining that Francis Drake's motto was 'Greatness from Small Beginnings'. Nate then explains Drake had sailed for six months but he was a professional sailor so it would have taken him a month. Nate says that Drake was hiding something and at that point Sully offers to mentor him. From there they become friends.
Returning to the present day, it is revealed that the meeting was an elaborate set-up by Nate and Sully to get closer to Marlowe, with Cutter being an old friend of theirs. Avoiding the police, the threesome sneak back to the van where Chloe Frazer (Claudia Black) awaits. Chloe spyed on Marlowes car to see where they could get the thing that Nate has been wanting for twenty years. After discovering a sort of passage way mechanism, they travel underground to Marlowe's hidden library. They find Marlowe and Talbot discussing the ring then Marlowe enters the ring in the mechanism, only to discover that the ring was a fake. Talbot then realises that Cutter was a traitor. Marlowe sends mercenaries to find them, therefore leaving the library. As well as discovering T.E. Lawrence's notebook , Nate, Sully and Cutter discover the code on the mechanism, Lond Hidden, then Nate discovers that it's an anagram. The answer was Golden Hind where they find hung on the wall. Nate climbs to retrieve it just when the henchmen come in. Nate falls with the Golden Hind, breaking it, and finds a map showing Francis Drake's secret voyage where he was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I to search for the lost city of Ubar which is only mentioned in the Quran. The three quickly get out of the underground trainstation where Chloe saves them in time by arriving with the van. Using the items they retrieved, Nate works out that clues to the city's location lie in Crusader crypts in a French chateau and a Syrian citadel. Nate decides that he and Sully will go to the France chateau and Chloe and Cutter will go to the Syrian citadel. Nate and Sully head to eastern France and locate the long-abandoned chateau in a dense forest. The first clue of finding something weird, after being ambushed by Talbot's men, is finding one of Talbot's dead men dried out and green on the ground even though they only arrived moments earlier. After setting a mechanism, Nate and Sully enter a passage way where they find a lab. Pushing the table, they find another passage and set of another mechanism. They find one half of an amulet inside the crypt, but the two are ambushed by Talbot. Talbot sends 'Harriss' to get the half of the amulet. Nate attempts to grab the gun, only getting shot on the side of his shoulder for his reward. Suddenly, these scarabs suddenly ambush everyone, only fearing light which is the only thing protecting them, apart from Harriss who wasn't in the light. Talbot abandons them and Nate and Sully quickly get out. They then find Talbot's men setting the whole place on fire and Nate and Sully make a quick exit. Sully questions Nate about the situation but Nate just says he's not going to abandon it but then he suddenly realises that Chloe and Cutter are in trouble because they may have been followed aswell.
In Syria, Nate and Sully's suspicions are confirmed once they find that the chain is cut and once Nate discovers mercenaries, whom he kills. After fighting a few more henchmen in the old well, Nate and Sully meet up with Chloe and Cutter. After Nate claims that they were 'rescuing them' the old plan off sneaking in then out is abandoned once Cutter shares valuable information about Marlowe being in an order that dates back four centuries.The order seeks to gain power by exploiting the fears of their enemies. The group realise that they need to go on the highest vantage point to search for a particular symbol to locate the crypt. After fighting more mercenaries, getting thrown out of towers, they reach the vantage point. Nate and Cutter locate the symbol and the door but they are suddenly shot by several RPGs. Nate and Cutter are split up from Chloe and Sully but continue to reach the door. To their disappointment, it is only storage but then they locate the symbol on the ground again and find pillars to be their entrance. The group reunite and try to find an entrance to the pillars. Nate, Sully and Chloe go around a corner but the Cutter, being on the other side, is shot by a dart containing hallucinogens by Talbot. Under his influence, Cutter gives Talbot the journal and his gun and Talbot whispers in Cutter's ear to not trust Drake. The rest of the group return to find Talbot holding Cutter. Sully chases Talbot into a corner but Talbot had disappeared. The group find the dart inserted in Cutter's neck, with Cutter repeatedly saying 'Don't Touch Me'. With Cutter struggling, the rest try to figure out the entrance. Chloe then figures it out, it being the middle pillar, and they all enter. Drake volunteers to look after Cutter as they go through a tight space. When they are in the open, Cutter begins to fight Nate. At the end of the fight, Cutter is choking Nate and Sully and Chloe return just in time. Chloe tells Sully, as he was willing to shoot Cutter to save Nate, not to shoot and convinces Cutter that he is killing Nate. Cutter let's go leaving Nate spluttering and coughing on the ground. Cutter is back to his normal self also asking Sully if he really was going to shoot him with Sully replying "Like a Rabid Dog" After operating a mechanism, the group find the crypt where they find second half off the amulet. Nate then reveals that Talbot has the first half of the amulet. Suddenly, they hear Talbot's henchmen and they quickly get out of the place by pushing a loose wall, crushing one henchman in the process. They are ambushed by Talbot himself then suddenly Cutter seemingly reacts to the drug again, pointing it at Nate. Nate, Sully and Chloe are forced to drop there guns but Talbot still gives the command to shoot them. Cutter replies 'My Pleasure' and insteads shoot Talbot and his henchmen. The group flee but when the three of them, Nate, Sully and Chloe cross a bridge it collapses leaving Cutter trapped. He is then approached by Marlowe and amazingly Talbot who was supposedly shot down yet no wound and they set the place on fire as well as grabbing the amulet half. Cutter is forced to jump of but he breaks his leg in the process. Nate and Chloe shoot down the men while they make their way out as Sully supports Cutter. They exit the Citadel and hijack a bus. Chloe says to Nate that it was too close and it's not worth it, therefore backing out. Cutter is forced to back out but tells Nate not to let them win. Because of this Nate and Sully are to travel to Yemen on their own yet Sully knows where to get help.
Drake reluctantly follows Sully's advice to meet with his wife Elena Fisher (Emily Rose), recently enstraged. Though the two argue over the fact that Elena is still wearing her wedding ring, and how Nate seems to be obsessed with his quest, Elena still helps Nate and Sully, giving them a tour of the city. They eventually locate the underground tomb where they discover the location of the lost city, as well as evidence that Sir Francis Drake had also found the tomb, and that what he learned there caused him to abandon his mission. Back above ground, Nate is shot with a dart containing hallucinogens. After stumbling away alone, Nate wakes up outside a café with Marlowe and Talbot. Here, Marlowe comments on his past and his relationship with Sully, and even threatens Elena if he does not cooperate. When Talbot gets news of Sully's location, Nate breaks free and gives chase to Talbot throughout the city; however, Nate is then knocked out by Rameses, a pirate working with Marlowe. Rameses interrogates Nate for information about Iram of the Pillars. When Nate refuses to cooperate, Rameses claims to have captured Sully. Nate manages to escape captivity and eventually reach the cruise ship where Sully is captured.
Nate discover Sullivan sitting on a chair in the cargo hold with a fabric bag on his head, but discovers it is a dummy. Rameses and his men appear, and reveal that Rameses never had Sullivan. Rameses stumbles to safety after being shot by Nate. Nate then throws a grenade in the ensuing battle, which results in a large explosion rupturing the ships hull. Eventually the excess water causes the whole vessel to roll 90 degrees and begin sinking. After navigating through the capsized ship, Nate finds himself in the over-turned ballroom. A mortally wounded Rameses re-appears and shoots the glass roof, resulting in water rapidly flooding in, killing himself in the process. Nate escapes the overturned ship and washes back onto the shore.
He is reunited with Elena, but she informs him that Sully was captured by Marlowe's men and was taken on a convoy into the Rub 'al Khali desert; but they may be able to rescue him if they stow away on a cargo plane due to deliver supplies to Marlowe's convoy. At dawn, the two of them infiltrate the airstrip, where they eventually reach a high wall. Nate gets to the other side but refuses to help Elena up, and claims he doesn't want to risk losing Elena again. She understands and accepts this, and eventually leaves using a nearby jeep. Nate tries to reach the plane as it begins its take-off run, but ultimately fails. Elena re-appears in the jeep and picks him up, allowing him to enter the plane through one of the landing-gear bay doors just as the plane lifts off. Nate is soon discovered by Marlowe's men on board, and a shoot-out ensues, resulting in a massive decompression, which tears the plane apart and sucks Nate out. Falling through the sky, Nate collides with a falling supply crate and deploys the crate's unused parachute; he is able to land safely on the desert floor. Nate finds a weapon in the wreckage and starts to journey through the desert.
After wandering the desert, suffering from heat exhaustion, severe thirst and experiencing hallucinations and mirages, Nate arrives at a ghost town in the desert where he is attacked by Marlowe's men. A troop of men on horseback, led by Salim (TJ Ramini), appear and ride to Nate's rescue. At the horsemen's encampment, Salim tells Nate that the city of Ubar was doomed thousands of years ago by King Solomon when he imprisoned evil Djinn within a brass vessel and cast it into the heart of the city. He agrees to help Nate and leads him to the convoy spotted by his scouts. Nate and Salim destroy the convoy and rescue Sully. Salim then instructs Nate and Sully to follow him into a nearby sandstorm, but the pair lose him amidst the dust and they realise that they have arrived at the gates of Ubar.
Upon entering Ubar, Nate and Sully come across a sophisticated water fountain that Nate drinks from. Suddenly Talbot appears and shoots Sully, apparently killing him. Overcome by rage over Sully's death, Nate gives chase and has to fight more of Marlowe's men, who seem to have been possessed by the Djinn, engulfing themselves in flames as well as showing the ability to teleport. Nate eventually comes to his senses and finds Sully alive. The true mystery of what happened to the people of Ubar thousands of years ago becomes apparent: when King Solomon cast the brass vessel into the depths of the city, it fell into the water and began to taint the water with a powerful hallucinogenic agent. The people were subsequently driven mad, and civilization within the city collapsed. Nate realises that the vessel is what Queen Elizabeth had sent Francis Drake to find, but after learning the consequences of his quest, Drake abandons his mission and returns to England. Nate and Sully search the city and locate Marlowe, who is using a winch to pull the brass talisman from the water. Nate and Sully destroy the winch and the explosion sets off a chain reaction throughout the entire city, causing it to collapse. Nate and Sully attempt to escape the crumbling city, and encounter Marlowe and Talbot shortly before the floor collapses, throwing Marlowe into a pit of quicksand. Nate tries to save her but is unable to pull her out, and Marlowe is submerged in the sand, taking Drake's ring with her.
After desperately trying to reach the edge of the giant sinkhole that the city has now become, Nate and Sully are intercepted by Talbot, close to the exit. An enraged Talbot attempts to kill Nate and Sully, but after a brutal fight, he is shot by Nate and falls out of sight. At the city gates, Salim rides in on his horse and leads Nate and Sully to safety as the city is engulfed by the desert sands. Nate and Sully return to the airport in Yemen, where Sully explains why he took such an interest in the young Nate. He then gives back Nate's wedding ring, which he secretly kept safe when Drake and Elena separated. Nate turns to see Elena joining them. The two embrace each other, and the three fly back home on Sully's new sea plane.
Voice Actors/Characters Edit
Main article: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception characters.
- Nolan North - Nathan Drake
- Richard McGonagle - Victor Sullivan
- Emily Rose - Elena Fisher
- Claudia Black - Chloe Frazer
- Graham McTavish - Cutter
- Rosalind Ayres - Katherine Marlowe
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception upgraded the features from previous installments, but included new elements, such as an advanced melee combat system that allows Drake to face multiple opponents at once. Players are able to make use of Drake's surroundings to take down foes, such as smashing a bottle into an opponent's face, pulling the pin on a grenade attached to an enemy's waist. The aim reticule seems to have increased its size, there is also a hit marker when Drake shoots an enemy. Naughty Dog has added automatic pick up for any weapon the player is holding.
Uncharted 3's multiplayer will expand on Uncharted 2 in both cooperative and competitive play. New weapons and gametypes have been revealed, as well as both weapon and character customization. Naughty Dog confirmed the maps will be more dynamic and interesting. Co-op has again been split into three modes, Hunter, Adventure and Arena. Medal kickbacks and power plays are both new features for the Uncharted franchise.
Sony ran a competition to find a new character for the multiplayer game. Combining 6 finalists from America with 10 finalists from Europe, Amy Hennig, Justin Richmond, Emily Rose and Nolan North mad up the judging panel that auditioned the finalists at Sony Studios on 28th March 2012.
The special editions of the game were revealed on June 2, 2011.
Collectors Edition Edit
The collectors edition will cost $99.99 and will contain:
- A Sideshow Collectibles Nate statue
- A replica of Nate's belt buckle
- A replica of Francis Drake's ring and necklace strap
- A "Steelbook" game case
- A "travelling case" for storage
Special Edition Edit
The game box is designed like Nate's diary and will contain illustrated pages and artworks. Inside is a PSN voucher which gives access to the following:
- Multiplayer skin and weapon - "Suited Drake and Pirate AK-47"
- Multiplayer Upper Cut Taunt
- Cash Multiplier
- Special Edition Decals Pack
Explorer Edition Edit
A hybrid of the "Collectors" and "Special" editions, featuring the "Special Edition" as described above, and the "Collectors Edition" as described above, excluding the "Travelling Case." A case is being designed for this edition, although it is unknown if it is the same case that will be used for the "Collectors Edition."
Collector's Pack Edit
According to EB Games Australia if you pre-order the special editions in Australia you will have an exclusive "Collector's Pack" that includes the following:
- PS3 Console Decal
- The "Creepy Crawler Kickback" Multiplayer DLC
- "Callout Mod" for the AK-47
- A Nathan Drake Replica Ring with Necklace Strap
Limited Edition DualShock 3 EditOn November 2, the same release date for the game releasing in Japan, a limited edition DualShock 3 was also released, but the controller is only available in Japan.
Game of the Year Edition Edit
On April 24th, 2012, Sony announced the Game of the Year edition of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, but no release date. When released, the Game of the Year edition include the full game as well as all downloadable content released for it as a free add-on. A full list of the 14 DLC packs can be found at the link above.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception received universal critical acclaim, receiving numerous "Game of the Year" and "Best Visuals" awards. The game holds 91.76% on GameRankings, based on 70 reviews, and 92/100 from MetaCritic, based on over 90 reviews.
The first review of Uncharted 3 came from the Spanish magazine Playmania, who awarded it 9.9/10, the highest review score they have ever awarded to a game. Greg Miller from IGN awarded the game a perfect 10/10 in all aspects, earning the title: "Masterpiece".  Official PlayStation Magazine UK gave Uncharted 3 10/10 and a gold award , stating "Welcome to the new platinum standard".  The Guardian magazine gave the game a perfect score of 5/5, stating "Uncharted 3, perhaps for the first time, represents what we all hoped games would eventually evolve into. Its production values are sky-high, and it puts you at the centre of a gloriously rich and irresistible world, controlling a character who is heroic, but also convincingly human. It's also mildly didactic, and feels less dumbed-down than any mainstream movie we've come across in years."  Destructoid gave the game 10/10, stating "Uncharted 3 jumps from one extraordinary set piece to the next, pushing the way a videogame narrative can be presented. Equal parts exhilarating and emotional, I can't say I have ever played a more perfectly paced game."  GamePro gave a 10/10 too, stating "Overall, the combination of a robust multiplayer, a surprisingly compelling co-op adventure, and a thrilling ten-hour single-player campaign add up to a title that is, quite simply, a must-own." 
Edge magazine gave the game a 9/10, stating "The present console cycle is expected to last nearly a decade, and there will inevitably be developers advocating the need for more sophisticated tools. But just like Machu Picchu, the Pyramids and every other engineering marvel of antiquity, Uncharted 3 will stand as a reminder to future generations of gamers that enough problem-solving imagination can turn any old trowel into a magic wand."  Eurogamer gave the game a much lower score of 8/10, stating "As a slice of one-view entertainment, Uncharted 3 is peerless... As an expression of all that a video game could be, however, Uncharted 3 is narrow, focused and ultimately shallow." 
- Eliza Dushku announced Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at the Spike VGA's in their respective years.
- In an interview on August 17th 2011, Arne Meyer of Naughty Dog revealed that Uncharted 3 was currently over 50Gb in size, above the maximum capacity of a blu-ray disc and more than twice the size of Uncharted 2.
- The teaser premiered on the Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch exclusive reveal of Uncharted 3, however that version is ten seconds longer than the Spike VGA trailer with an updated Naughty Dog logo introduction.
- In an October entry to the PlayStation Blog, it was revealed that all retail copies of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will include a voucher code to access the Starhawk multiplayer beta early. The Starhawk beta will be released sometime in early 2012.
- This is the first and so far only game in the series not to feature extra singleplayer bonuses such as an in-game store, or medal tracker. (Although they could possibly be added later.) It does, however, still retain the treasure list and bonus features. (The movie cutscene viewer, however, was added as part of Update ver. 1.02 on November 28)
- Everyone in the game has a more movie-like appearance than in any other game.
- Many old weapons have a shorter role, such the AK-47 and the Wes-44, it also occur to some new weapons, such as the new M9.
- Some weapons from the previous games have been replaced with different weapons such the M4 replaced with the M9 or the Desert-5 replaced with the Mag-5.
- Unlike the first two games, this is the only Uncharted game where it cannot change the single-player character appearance.
Released Content Edit
- A dynamic theme, a static theme and two avatars have been released. The Dynamic Theme and Drake Avatar are available on the PSN store, while the static theme and Uncharted 3 avatar are available through a code which is received when you sign up for updates at the game's official site.
- In December, shortly after the announcement of Uncharted 3, Naughty Dog released part one of a behind the scenes video. Part two has not yet been released.
- On March 8th 2011 Naughty Dog released a cutscene which introduced Uncharted 3's Villain, Katherine Marlowe.
- On April 18th,a multiplayer trailer was released as well as an interview showing off some of the new features that will be available in the Uncharted 3 multiplayer.
- During E3 a new trailer was released, showing us Elena and Chloe's return.
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