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- An interactive cinematic experience that blurs the lines between games and Hollywood films
- Nathan Drake's journey will put you through new challenges and take you to stunning locations around the world, from a derelict chateau in France, to the merciless Arabian Dessert
- Epic single player campaign with evolved signature Uncharted game play
- A new breed of Action Adventure Multiplayer that brings the exciting cinematic elements of the single-player campaign, into the multiplayer
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Download the UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Game of The Year Digital Edition. The Game of The Year Digital Edition includes all of the original UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception™ components as well as Flashback Map Pack #1, Flashback Map Pack #2, Drake’s Deception Map Pack, Fort Co-Op Adventure, Co-Op Shade Survival Mode, and over 40 additional Multiplayer Skins.
A search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands” propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance, forcing him to confront his deepest fears.
UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Game of The Year Digital Edition does not support LAN mode.
- Supported Platforms: PlayStation 3
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So, if you just want the single-player, the original release is a much better value. If you want everything - specifically the map packs which are required for most multi-player trophies and bonus skins, but also multiplayer access in general - the GotY edition is clearly the way to go, but ONLY when buying brand new (except when you already have a valid code from the previous edition) or if the reseller has confirmed that the online access code hasn't been redeemed.
So I contacted Sony via Live Help. They asked some question, gave me an email to contact. Basically, I have to send them pictures of my receipt and the front/back of the Activation Code, because they checked and mine came back as having been redeemed in January. Amazon hasn't sent me paper receipts in a long time so I hope a screen cap of the invoice will do.
Anyway I just wanted to let people know what may happen if you buy this game without any previous activation codes from Uncharted 3. You're going to have to jump through some hoops. I've even read that people have had to contact Sony numerous times because they get no response after the initial email. So I guess I have that to look forward to (hopefully not).
(The game itself may be great. I wish there was a way to rate things besides the game.)
*** Update July 14th, 2013***
Sony actually sent me a replacement code. It only took one (two really) email, which I was surprised at after reading other people's experiences with the same issue. I've adjusted the rating accordingly.
Regardless of the title, this game really stands out and makes a really good effort in trying to live up to the action-packed masterpiece that was U3's predecessor. Though it doesn't improve on as many aspects as U2 did to Drake's Fortune, it still does manage to do a better job on a few of it's aspects, from gameplay to graphics.
Starting off this review, let's touch base on the gameplay, which of course should be the most important aspect in any video game. By god does it do the job. Absolutely every single thing that could be done in U2 is improved upon in this game. The jumping and platforming feels smoother and more refined and the gunplay feels more natural and has more weight to it. Melee deserves a special mention since, though everything was worked upon, and effort seems to have been especially made to make the melee feel more involving then it did in the previous games. The fist combat includes many more animations and interestingly now has you using the environment and tools around you (for example you can pick up a bottle if near you and smash it on an enemies head). This gives the melee much more variety, meaning that I didn't mind as much when I was thrown into it, noticeably more often then previous Uncharted titles. Overall, in terms of all you could do in gameplay, everything feels much sharper and a end result of several things that Uncharted 2 was very close to reaching.
How's the story? This would probably have to be the game's weakest point, though by no means of the word is it bad. More so it's really just confusing. After playing it for a second time and reading more about the game online, I found that there were just many plotholes that demanded attention, though I won't spoil them here. They do raise a couple of questions, not only in the story, but also about the characters and Drake himself, reminding us that he really isn't as great of a guy we always think he is. Writing this, it actually feels darker than it really is, though it's probably just me. Overall, the story nonetheless provides great writing, acting, and characters that feel, if possible, more fleshed out this time around. We also have a few newcomers such as the comedic Cutter, and the enigmatic Marlowe. When ignoring the few missteps that occur in the story, it's hard not to get sucked into the globe-trotting adventure that you have the luck to be a part of, and it is very fun.
The only other aspect before I get to another issue are the puzzles; there are more than U2, but they are actually of a greater variety resulting in me not just being tired of them.
Now, it would seem that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception should be as good as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, having improved gameplay, graphics, set pieces, and a story almost reaching it's heights. So why isn't it as good?
For one, it feels like i've seen it before. That's not to say it's a rehash, which it certainly isn't. Instead, I felt that I wanted something other than a city we had to find in a perilous setting with natives to help me, a mystical element thrown in and ultimately a fight amidst a crumbling city. It feels exactly like Uncharted 2 in that way, only prettier. That feels like i'm putting Uncharted 3 in a very negative light, which I certainly don't mean to. Every story element that they touch upon is well executed, and I fully enjoyed my experiences.
Not to mention that these set pieces, though incredibly well-done and the most memorable of the set pieces, felt put into the game simply because there had to be exciting set pieces, rather than allowing for it to be more going with the flow. I still thought they were marvelous, but I did notice it, particularly a scene with a ship that everyone mentions shouldn't have been there, at least not in such a drastic manner; it takes place over several chapters.
So, in conclusion, is Uncharted 3 a good game? Yes. Is it a wonder to behold? Yes. If you want to push your Playstation to the limit, and you want to see all the refinement of an explosive and awe-inspiring action game, then you have to pick this up. It's not an improvement over it's predecessor, but it does a bang up job of representing Naughty Dog and the Uncharted name.