The Uncharted countdown continues with the third game in the series with Uncharted: Drake’s Deception. Much like the first two games in the series, this is the first time that I have played the game. Just like with the second game, I am just reviewing the campaign (main) part of the game and letting you guys decide for yourselves about the multiplayer aspect of the game. With Uncharted: Drake’s Deception, you find yourself playing as Nathan (Nate) Drake again. In Drake’s Deception, you are teamed up with Victor (Sully) Sullivan, Chloe Frazer, and Elena Fisher again. Also, you have a new teammate in Charles Cutter. In the first half of the game, it’s going to be Nate, Sully, Chloe, and Cutter while the second half of the game is more of Nate, Sully, and Elena. The bad guys in this game are Katherine Marlowe and her employee Talbot.
Drake’s Deception begins with Nate and Sully meeting with Talbot in a bar to exchange Francis Drake’s ring that Nate wears around his neck for a large sum of money. The plan goes away when Talbot tries to give Nate and Sully fake money. A bar fight ensues only to end up in the alley where you met Katherine Marlowe. Here she takes the ring and Cutter shoots both Nate and Sully. Marlowe and Talbot leave the scene. Now we get to see a cutscene and it shows a 14-year-old Nate and how he had found the ring and how he got to met Sully for the first time. Nate is in Colombia where a museum is having a collection of Francis Drake items. So this is the time where you get to see Sully at the museum as well and Marlowe outside of the museum. Sully was hired by Marlowe to get the ring and the Astrolabe that went with the ring but Nate had got to the ring first. Marlowe gets the Astrolabe and Nate escapes Marlowe and her men only to be saved by Sully. Now you’re back to the present in the alley. Nate, Sully, and Cutter join up with Chloe to follow Marlowe and her men. They figured out they went underground. So Nate and the gang manage to get to where Marlowe is hanging out at. It’s here where Marlowe figures out that the ring she took from Nate is a fake though the ring Talbot had examined at the bar was the real thing. It is here where Nate and the gang figure out that the ring had lead to the lost city of Ubar while Drake was on a secret mission from Queen Elizabeth I to Arabia.
Here is when Cutter and Chloe go to Syria and Nate and Sully go to France. It’s here where Nate and Sully found half of an amulet in a crypt inside of a chateau. Talbot and his men ambushed Nate and Sully, leaving the chateau to burn. It’s during this when you get attack by flesh eating spiders which you will encounter a couple of more times in the game. Nate and Sully escape and go to Syria to find Cutter and Chloe. Once there, they find out that Marlowe is in the same secret order as Francis Drake and that is why she is looking for the ring because the order seeks power by exploiting the fears of their enemies. Then they find the other half of the amulet to be ambushed again by Talbot’s men. It’s during this escape from Talbot and his men that Cutter breaks his leg and it’s when Cutter and Chloe leave Nate and Sully to go to Yemen where they get help from Elena.
It’s here in Yemen that Nate, Sully, and Elena find the location of the lost city and you are attacked by the spiders again. Once they get above ground, Nate is shot with a dart that makes him see things and when he comes to, he finds himself surrounded by Marlowe, Talbot and a couple of men in a cafe. It’s here where Marlowe asks about where the location to the lost city is but Nate refuses to tell her because Sully is the only one who knows where it is since he was the one who memorized the stars and Nate didn’t write it down even though Sully had asked him if he wanted to write where the location is. Then Talbot tells Marlowe where Sully is and then Nate chases Talbot around the town only to be captured by Ramses who is a pirate that works for Marlowe. Ramses then takes Nate to his boat where he makes Nate think that he is holding Sully there at a different part of the boat only to have Nate then find out that Ramses lied. Ramses then flooded the boat and Nate just barely escapes when it then explodes as well. Then Nate manages to get back to the Yemen shore where he meets up with Elena again. It’s here that they get on a plane to go find Sully. Nate gets on the plane only to have it crash in the desert. After traveling in the desert for what it could be days, Nate comes across this ghost town where he comes across Marlowe’s men. Nate is then rescued by Salim and his men. They go to save Sully and once they rescued Sully, they go to stop Marlowe from getting to Ubar.
Nate and Sully get separated from Salim and his men during a sandstorm. However, they manage to find the gate to Ubar. Once inside, they find this water fountain and Nate drinks from it and hallucinates again. Now, this part tends to get a little weird because, with the hallucinations, Nate was seeing this fire demons. I suggest either getting the RPGs or the M32-Hammers to defeat these guys. Also during the hallucinations, you come across the spiders. Once you get out of the hallucinations, Nate and Sully figured out that Marlowe is after the thing that made the water so hallucinate and they go to stop her from getting it. Once they reach her, she is with Talbot and some of her men. Sully and Nate were going to split up and try to take out the men on their side. Sully and Talbot fight and Sully is thrown into the water and Nate goes after him and even shoots the thing Marlowe is after which causes the city to be destroyed. Once Nate and Sully get out of the city, they arrive at the airstrip. Sully has some fatherly advice for Nate and even convince him to get back together with Elena. The game ends with Nate, Elena, and Sully leaving in a similar plane that they had used in the first game.
My Thoughts — As always, the graphics seemed to have evolved and get better from each passing game. Like the previous two games, I had enjoyed the story. I really enjoyed the flashback and showed how the 14-year-old Nate had met the younger Sully and even the story’s bad gal of the game, Marlowe. With Sully taking Nate under his wing at this early age, it does pull together of why Sully did what he did and the chemistry between Nate and Sully. Also, Marlowe does give some insight into Sully as well which enhances the backstory between Nate and Sully. In a way this makes me love the Nate and Sully characters more. I also found it neat that you got to play as a younger Nate.
Even though you are playing Nate, just by playing a younger version of him almost feels like you are playing a different character in the game and sometimes I find that it’s cool to have that ability to play a different character in a game even if it is for a little while. Though again, I did find somewhat to be an issue, much like I had with Among Thieves, is that they didn’t really fully come out and say what happened between the games like story wise. In Drake’s Deception, though they don’t say, it appears that Nate and Elena got married but they never said what happened to have caused them to be separated.
To me, it is like they half way say what happens between whatever characters and they expect you to fill in the blanks and that sort of makes me have more questions than what needs to be. Another example is Cutter. From what I got from Drake’s Deception was Cutter, Nate, and Sully had worked together before but they don’t mention how they met and what did they work on together and did Cutter actually get better after he and Chloe left Nate and Sully and what happened between Cutter and Chloe? I know we are supposed to be worried about Marlowe and her men in black but sometimes, it’s good to get sidetrack once and a while. Anyways, I still love how the actors bring out the awesomeness of the characters and the humor that they have. I do enjoy how even though the game can be serious at the moment, someone makes a clever remark and makes it even more memorable.
I do have to say that the spiders are the only cursed things that you come across unlike in the first two games where you come across either demon monsters or monsters that use crossbows and shoots at you. Let’s just say that I am relieved that the Naughty Dog team decided to take out these monsters from the first two games. Though the fire demons can be somewhat of a pest I don’t count them as monsters since Nate was hallucinating. However, I did notice that they did not have as many puzzles as the second game. Much like the first game, you fight lots and lots of the bad guys. Though a cool part that was added to the game was the ability to throw back the grenades at the bad guys. Overall, I would definitely recommend Uncharted: Drake’s Deception.
I would give Uncharted: Drake’s Deception a 9.8 out of 10
This game was reviewed on PS4. Uncharted: Drake’s Deception is part of the bundle Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection in which you can get it from PlayStation here