Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Review Round Up

Posted By | On 24th, Oct. 2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the highly anticipated sequel to 2009’s awesome Uncharted 2, is almost here, with just a week left for its release. But the reviews have already started coming in, and boy, are they awesome. It’s been getting some great scores, along with some highly unexpected 10/10s. But rather than you having to go through the entire internet to read those reviews, here’s a list of the ones that have been published till now:

IGN- 10/10
“IGN defines a 10.0 — a masterpiece — as “the pinnacle of gaming, a masterpiece may not be flawless, but it is so exceptional that it is hard to imagine a game being better.” That’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. From start to finish, single player to multiplayer, this game sings. The characters, the graphics, the sound, the story – they’re all top notch. If you’re willing to skip Uncharted 3, be prepared to miss one of gaming’s finest moments.”

Eurogamer Italy- 10/10
“An absolute masterpiece that deserves attention from any gamer out there. If you own a PS3 you can’t miss it and if you don’t… well, you should consider buying one just for Naughty Dog’s latest product.” 

Gamereactor Sweden- 10/10
“Uncharted 2 was good. Really good. But Uncharted 3 is significantly better.” (ROUGH TRANSLATION)

Official PlayStation Magazine- 10/10
“For the second time in succession, Naughty Dog has created a game that can claim to not only be the best on PS3, but also one of the best in gaming history… A visual, technical and narrative tour de force that takes the sky-high expectations of an entire community and blows them out the back of a jumbo jet, replacing them with more show-stopping moments than you could hope to find in a dozen other games combined.” [Dec 2011]

The Sixth Axis- 10/10
“There’s no question here: this isn’t just the best Uncharted game Naughty Dog have made, it’s probably the best PlayStation 3 game anyone has made – and I’m not sure what other praise I can offer.”

Gameblog.fr- 10/10
“Uncharted 3 has but one shortcoming: it’s where we wanted it to be. To an exhilarating solo adventure, even though it’s less surprising and a tiny bit less well-paced than the second episode, add in a gorgeous multiplayer offer that’s well-crafted and well thought-out. Drake and his friends take us on a marvelous journey once more, but the formula may have found its own limits with this third episode, at least on this generation of machines.”

IncGamers- 10/10
“A stunningly constructed action game that puts the competition to shame. The quality comes not only from its individual elements, but from the seamless manner in which they’re connected. Essential.” 

1UP- 10/10
“In some ways, it helps to think of Toy Story 3 or The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King when explaining Uncharted 3. Similar to this third game, both films are satisfying final acts that deliver entertaining and unique stories with respect to their previous installments.” 

Game Pro- 10/10
“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.” 

Giant Bomb- 10/10
“The only thing that might surprise you about Uncharted 3’s relentless roller coaster ride is that it doesn’t advance the standards for video game action like its groundbreaking, mind-blowing, superlative-generating predecessor did. But it certainly does match them. There’s a slight sense of “been there, done that” in the way this game hews so closely to Uncharted 2’s masterful blend of puzzle-solving, parkour, and dizzying action scenes.” 

PlayStation Lifestyle- 10/10
“The entire Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception experience comes together and delivers an unforgettable adventure rich with cinematic eye-candy, intense action sequences, and a multiplayer component that convincingly entertains.” 

Cheat Code Central- 9.8/10
“The pacing, storytelling, drama, and comedy roll together to give one of the most remarkably cinematic experience in gaming today. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception simply raises a bar that didn’t even need to be raised. But now that it has, we will never want to go back.” 

Multiplayer.it- 9.7/10
“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the perfect end to a trilogy that has been able to reach higher and higher peaks in every episode.” (ROUGH TRANSLATION)

3DJuegos- 9.7/10
“The single player campaign is one of the most memorable off-line gameplays that can be experienced now, and its multiplayer modes are very interesting too. Uncharted 3 is definitely the best reason to own a PlayStation 3.”

Vandal Online- 9.6/10
“The most solid game in the series and also a materpiece of storytelling, which raises again the bar of visual quality in consoles. It adds new elements to its gameplay to avoid aging, and provides a great multiplayer mode offering tons of options. A must-have for PS3 owners and one of the best games of the year.” 

Machinima- 9.5/10
“If Uncharted 3 proves anything, it’s that Naughty Dog may be the most versatile studio in videogames. Their ability to craft tightly paced cinematic action, lighthearted narratives, endearing characters, and paint it with technical wizardry is unparalleled. Every single aspect of Uncharted 3, including its surprisingly robust multiplayer, is staggeringly well-executed.” 

Game Informer- 9.5/10
“Around the edges of Uncharted 3, there’s the vague sense that things are a bit too pat, that it’s all beginning to feel a little formulaic. You could draw comparisons to Call of Duty, another series that relies heavily on high production values and popcorn-movie bombast. However, Uncharted 3 still affects me, not only because it’s such sublime fun, but because it’s telling the tale of characters I have a real affection for.”

Game Trailers- 9.5/10
“Its near-perfect sequence of peaks and valleys demonstrates how restraint can imbue some moments with increased impact. It’s a short campaign, but the multiplayer makes it worth the asking price.. Drake’s Deception is one of those games that has something for just about everyone, and if you own a PlayStation 3 it shouldn’t be missed.”

CVG- 9.5/10
“Confident storytelling, astonishing visuals and obscenely ambitious set pieces make Uncharted 3 the best of the series. An absolute must-have.” 

Everyeye.it- 9.5/10
“Uncharted 3 is one of the most incredible adventures you can ever live in a videogame. Storytelling, digital acting, tireless pace, and brilliant solutions to hide the linearity are there, as well as a dense multiplayer, to entertain any kind of gamer.” 

XGN- 9.4/10
“Uncharted 3 brings a unique adventure that you’ll never forget. We love the Hollywood cinematics, we love the gameplay, we love the graphics. The game can be linear but the fantastic storyline and the spectacular cut scenes will keep you going until the credits appear.”

Joystiq- 9/10
“t’s just an inch further from perfection than Among Thieves — but that’s still closer than most game franchises get within their lifetimes. Moment to moment, it outshines just about every other game on the market, and while it doesn’t exactly break the action-adventure mold, it fills it with such practiced substance that you don’t really mind the familiarity of its shape.” 

Gamer.no- 9/10
“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s visuals are absolutely stunning, from beautiful and life-like surroundings to characters that look like they could walk into your livingroom any moment. And when Drake returns this time, developer Naughty Dog has perfected the balance between storytelling and gameplay. They’ve practically ticked all the boxes this time, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception may very well be one of the best games this year.” 

GameOver.gr- 9/10
“Naughty Dog once again delivers a unique cinematic experience that has no equal. With superb graphics, unbelievable set-pieces, superb story telling and great characters, Uncharted 3 is a genre-defining game. Next time though, we’d like to see better shooting mechanics.” 

Edge Magazine- 9/10
“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.”

Metro GameCentral- 9/10
“No longer just an imitation of cinematic blockbusters but an interactive roller-coaster of outstanding ambition, technical ability, and genuine heart.” 

NZGamer- 9/10
“I may have come down hard on the story, but that’s because I hate to see potential unfulfilled. Uncharted 2 remains my favourite, simply because I value well-realised characters above anything else. But if you’re less of a fussy bastard than me, and if you want a game that will wow you with sheer spectacle and keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, then get this game.” 

Telegraph- 9/10
“Naughty Dog have rediscovered an art that seemed lost with those Hollywood adventures. Conjuring a Spielberg-esque bounce and flow, sweeping you along for the ride and, in Nathan Drake, offering a hero that’s neither emo, arrogant or Shia LeBeouf. Just cocky, vulnerable and a bit handy at climbing around and kicking people in the head.”

Games Radar- 9/10
“While it never quite reaches the highs of Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3’s slick, relentless action, beautiful visuals and beefed-up multiplayer ensure that it stands well enough on its own.” 

VideoGamer- 9/10
“At its best when being guided by Naughty Dog’s meticulous hand. It’s a genuine adventure; strap yourself into the single-player campaign and it’s a white-knuckle ride with some of gaming’s most engaging characters. Uncharted 3’s trivial flaws are buried beneath a tidal wave of big-budget spectacle, and a genuine narrative warmth far beyond most blockbuster titles.” 

games(TM)- 9/10
“The puzzles are refreshingly taut, the design and scope bewildering and its conclusion a triumphant crescendo of storytelling. It’s completely iterative, derivative and formulaic, holding few surprises during its eight-hour campaign, yet Naughty Dog twists these familiar tropes into an invigorating rush of agile gameplay and seamless cinematic spectacle, proving once again that Nathan Drake is without equal.” 

Eurogamer- 8/10
“Back in the main campaign and, as a slice of one-view entertainment, Uncharted 3 is peerless. The execution exhibits a kind of workmanship and polish way beyond the ambition of most other developers, let alone their abilities or budgets. As an expression of all that a video game could be, however, Uncharted 3 is narrow, focused and ultimately shallow. It is a majestic tribute to cinema, a movie game in the literal sense, and your enjoyment will be in precise step with your appreciation of that objective – and whether or not you believe it to be Drake’s great deception, or Drake’s great delight.” 

Gamereactor Denmark- 8/10
“The production values are incredible. This is truly an amazing game to look at. This time around the story feels a bit more like something you could get away with if it was a tv-series – too many loose ends and not something that fits a game release schedule. Drake is still great to look at, and the multiplayer is a blast. And you know more than anyone if that is enough for you.” 

Gamekult- 8/10
“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception did not usurp its blockbuster status for this season.” (ROUGH TRANSLATION)

METACRITIC- 94 (based on 34 review)

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