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Amy Henning

Cinematic action gunplay

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Screenshot

In a cinematic action game, the player needs to keep moving forward because the intent of the game is to both tell a story and excite the player. Viewed as a question of design alone, difficulty that forces several replays of any section is undesirable because it gates progress and converts the game into a movie that is merely very inconvenient to watch.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Third Opinion

Deceptively Good Despite its Flaws

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Screenshot

HIGH That stunning horse-riding sequence.

LOW Too many questions without answers, and a plot in search of a soul.

WTF Drake barely survives the desert, but is apparently hydrated enough to run and jump around like a monkey.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Second Opinion

You aren't There

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Screenshot

HIGH The hallucinatory sequences in Ubar and Yemen.

LOW Gunfights on the water and in a sandstorm magnify the significant deficiencies of the gunplay.

WTF These guys are really staying in a burning building to shoot at me?

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review

The iVideo Game Apple would've Made

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Screenshot

HIGH My son telling me to jump back onto my horse after I chased down a moving truck with it, jumped into the back, and took out a bad guy.

LOW You’d think Drake has Wolverine-like healing powers after crashing through the floor for the umpteenth time.

WTF A middle-aged Sully convincing a teenage Drake to stay with him. There has to be some international law against that.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 63: Scott Jones, Uncharted 3, Making Time for Games

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