Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the upcoming third game in the Uncharted series for the PlayStation 3, and due for release on November 2, 2011. It is the sequel to the most critically acclaimed game of 2009, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Uncharted 3 will see protagonist Nathan Drake and mentor Victor Sullivan travelling around the world to such places as the Rub’ al Khali desert, in search of the legendary lost city, the Iram of the Pillars. He ends up being pulled in to an even bigger mystery filled with deceit, pitting him against a shadowy clandestine organization and the occult treachery of its cunning and ruthless leader. Marlowe is always trying to undermine Drake and getting him to do things he doesn’t want to do.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is an action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective, with the player in control of Nathan Drake. Drake will have a large number of different animation sets, enabling him to react according to his surroundings. Drake is physically adept and is able to jump, sprint, climb, swim, scale narrow ledges, wall-faces to get between points, and perform other acrobatic actions. Drake can now take on opponents in more ways than before: hand-to-hand combat with multiple opponents, contextual melee attacks, and new stealth options. Drake can be equipped with up to two and a limited supply of grenades. Drake can pick up weapons, automatically replacing the existing weapon he was using, and additional ammunition from killed enemies.
The player can direct Drake to take cover behind corners or low walls using either aimed or blind-fire to kill his enemies. The player can also have Drake fire while moving. If Drake is undetected by his enemies, the player can attempt to use stealth to take them out, such as by sneaking up behind them to knock them out with one hit, or by pulling an unsuspecting foe over a ledge from which Drake is hanging. The stealth mechanic has been simplified and improved. Some areas of the game will require the player to solve puzzles with the use of Drake’s journal, which provides clues towards the puzzles’ solutions. When enabled, a hint system provides gameplay clues, such as the direction of the next objective.
Like its predecessors, throughout the game there will be special treasures that may be hidden or in difficult-to-reach places that the player can collect. Collecting these treasures, along with completing certain feats within the game, is tracked by the awarding of medals, which gives the player in-game money to use to unlock special options; these include in-game bonuses such as alternate costumes, unlimited ammunition, buy new weapons, as well as upgrades for online gameplay. Also non-game extras, including concept art and making-of movie. All the money that players earn in the game’s story mode will be available for transfer to multiplayer, and vice versa. The statistics tracked for a large portion of the in-game medals are used to award trophies.
Numerous gaming websites have called Uncharted 3 one of the most anticipated games of 2011 with 1UP and IGN ranking it number one in their “Top 10 PS3 Games of 2011”. We can only just wait and see when this game is released and if it manages to impress the audience and keep its high rankings.