Way Back When
Naughty Dog’s first PlayStation 3 title Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune set the tone for the studio during that generation by introducing gamers to the idea of Hollywood style action adventures. Meanwhile, its follow-up Uncharted 2: Among Thieves shook the world even further by ramping up those expectations to 11 and further increasing the world’s love of Drake and friends. With a game as popular as the titular character’s second outing, though, how could they possibly go even bigger?
Asking that question made a lot of us feel pretty stupid in 2011, as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception did what seemed almost impossible – it was even bigger, louder, and more action-packed than the second game. It went above and beyond with mind-blowing set pieces, such as a sequence that saw Drake falling from a flying plane and having to climb up the cargo that had partially fallen out with him. The non-stop action kept players’ sweating, but the game also succeeded because of a well-told story filled with meaningful character developments and heart-warming moments.
Despite being even more explosive than ever, many fans still considered Drake’s Deception a minor downgrade from Among Thieves, largely due to its somewhat less memorable locations and strangely imprecise gunplay. Nevertheless, the game was a massive hit, selling well over 6 million copies and landing itself a host of Game of the Year awards. It closed out the PS3 era of Uncharted games, and Naughty Dog moved on to work on their final game of the generation The Last of Us. though they would later return to wrap up Drake’s story in 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for PlayStation 4.
Where You Can Play It Now
The only modern way to access Drake’s Deception is to pick up PlayStation 4’s Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. This release includes remasters of the full PS3 trilogy, providing updated visuals alongside a new photo mode. Notably, however, the collection doesn’t include any of the multiplayer components from the older releases.
Here are the modern platforms on which you can access Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception:
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
Again, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection also includes our titular character’s other two PS3 adventures, so if that’s the route you take, you can knock out all three before you move on to the PS4 releases.