Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Common Sense Media says

Exciting Indiana Jones-like action with lots of violence.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with its predecessors, the game is about an adventurous treasure hunter who comes across various groups who want him dead. As a result, he must evade their attempts and fire back using various weapons. The game also has negative messages like greed, recklessness, and killing.

Positive role models

Nathan Drake isn't a bad guy, it seems, but we do see him as a scheming teenager in a playable flashback sequence early in the game (where he meets Sully for the first time) and he is a relentless treasure hunter as an adult. On one hand, he has a taste for adventure, which is good, but he also kills many people (but mostly in self defense).

 

Ease of play

This game isn't too difficult to control, especially for those who've played the first two games in the series. The beginning of the game walks the player through body movement, combat, and puzzle-solving.

Violence

Combat makes up a good portion of the game, as Nathan Drake encounters many enemies he needs to take down before they do the same to him. Along with an arsenal of weapons that includes machine guns, pistols, rocket launchers, and grenades, he engages in hand-to-hand combat with fist-fighting, chokeholds, and even neck-snapping (the game is perhaps more violent than previous Uncharted games because of a stronger focus on these melee attacks). Blood can be seen when people are shot.

Sex

There is some suggestive dialogue, including heavy flirting, but nothing too risque.

Language

The game has some occasional profanity spoken by the lead character and others. this includes words like "s--t," "a--hole," bitch," hell," and "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Sully smokes a cigar, which can be seen in dialogue sequences. And there are a few locations in a bar, where you see beer, wine and liquor bottles, and people consuming alcohol.

Privacy & safety

Creates Privacy Concerns. The game includes an online multiplayer option, therefore it's possible to chat with others via a headset microphone during which you might hear swearing and could be asked personal questions. A PlayStation Network (PSN) account is required to play over the Internet.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an action adventure game about a treasure hunter that contains a lot of violence. While there are some platforming and puzzle-solving elements, a lot of the game focuses on combat. Players use machine guns, pistols, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill enemies, who might spurt plumes of red blood and fall down realistically. Drake can also punch and choke enemies and snap necks. The violence in this game seems greater than the previous two games in the series. The game also has some profanity and images of smoking and drinking.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • following directions

Social Studies

  • historical figures
  • history
  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • solving puzzles
  • analyzing evidence

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • following directions

Social Studies

  • historical figures
  • history
  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • solving puzzles
  • analyzing evidence

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Kids can learn thinking and reasoning skills as they help direct fortune hunter Nathan Drake on his romp around the world to find priceless treasures. The fun multiplayer mode can help kids practice collaborating with others. Kids may pick up a bit of history and mythology, as this game straddles the line between the two. As with most action games, kids can work on hand-eye coordination, timing (in platforming sections), puzzle-solving, reading, and reading between the lines to figure out characters' intent. Amidst the combat and violence, kids can flex some puzzle-solving muscles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The action continues with Sony's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, as fortune hunter Nathan Drake once again seeks to uncover the world's priceless treasures -- including a daring mission to the heart of the Arabian Desert to find the mythological city of Atlantis of the Sands. Taking place in different locations around the world -- and jumping around to different times, as well -- Drake's adventures also touch on an epic historical conspiracy that includes his ancestor, Sir Francis Drake, and others. As with its predecessors, the story-heavy gameplay folds in multiple game mechanics, including combat, exploration, platforming, and puzzle-solving. Not unlike an Indiana Jones movie, this cinematic third-person adventure features an epic solo campaign -- even playable in 3D on supported televisions -- along with head-to-head and cooperative (co-op) multiplayer modes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception impresses for its intense action, big and beautiful set pieces, exceptional character interaction, and stellar production values (including entertaining cut-scenes, competent voice acting, and Hollywood-quality music). While this game doesn't veer away from what made its award-winning predecessors so popular, this third PS3 thriller in the series will have you on your seat while you experiment with weapons and hand-to-hand combat, solve environmental puzzles, and engage in well-timed leaps over chasms and other obstacles.

Once you play through the story campaign, you'll no doubt want to do it again with a friend beside you (split-screen) or online; plus there are other goodies to discover on the disc, too. There are a few very minor issues like some occasionally awkward camera angles that can obscure your view or questionable artificial intelligence (A.I.) niggles, but it feels like nitpicking when you step back and look at the interactive entertainment experience in its entirety. The game is simply one of the best in its genre.

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Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 1, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Parent Written byThe Honest Reviewer November 12, 2011
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13
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Honest Review

Wow, just wow. This game is amazing, just AMAZING. Lets start off by saying Sully and crew are back. With a couple new villians and enemies. Graphics: Amazing, beautiful landscapes even when your underground, for the first time ever (except for Uncharted 2) when characters go in the water there pants get wet, getting a little carried away, in fact there many little things that will please and then there are the huge epic moments like jumping out of planes or crawling through a desert to find water. Gameplay: Naughty Dog has never really been good with shooting mechanics, there not bad but there not great. And I found myself getting a little frustrated on some levels with cheap enemies or many of enemies that surround you, that being said there are many parts where you use Stealth, Strategic advancements, and the AI are very smart in this game there not dumb. They will throw grenades at you if you stay in cover for to long so watch out for that. Violence: Most of the time in this game the main character Drake, kills in self defense when he is in danger, but on the other hand he also wants his treasure back and wants to get to the main treasure first. This comes with many casualties. Swearing: in this game uses words like "s**t" and "son of a b***h", not something kids dont hear at school or possibly at home on T.V. etc. Role models: in this game are good guys, wanting to find treasures and dont want to kill anyone if they dont have to. The characters in this game use plenty of humor and its actually pretty funny, some sexual jokes "why do you make everything sound so dirty". Educational: because there are plenty of puzzles good ones to, some even I the great puzzle person could not do. But luckily it will ask you if you want to pass on the puzzle if it takes to long. All in all this game is a 9.5/10 for sure.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written bythepedens November 8, 2011
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15
QUALITY
 

Cinematic game play

Feels like you're really Drake and is the best fantasy game out there hands down. Yes there's violence and killing, but it's a fantasy game so you should be able to discuss this with kids fifteen and up and they should know the difference. Very well thought out story line and presentation with cliffhangers at every turn, so it will be hard to pry them away from this one...
Online play is more violent than the single player story line play. Online - not much story other than find treasure at all costs - violence and killing.

Teen, 16 years old Written byfreeze2270 November 23, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

Not your average FPS

Uncharted 3 is a fast paced adventure game that your kids will love! It involves a single player campaign where your goal is to steal back an ancient family relic from a women and her henchmen. To aid you in this task are your three friends, Victor Sullivan, or Sully, Chloe, and an undercover agent of yours who was working for the women stated earlier. Team work is needed to complete most tasks, which are never that hard to complete. Everything you ever need to know about a task is written in Drakes notebook or hinted to you if you spend to long trying to get somewhere. Uncharted 3 also comes with a multiplayer game mode where you use team work to earn enough points to win a game, whether its capturing a flag or killing people, It will never get too gory. You hardly ever see blood and it does not coat your environment like an average FSP these days. You can play alone, or split your screen with a friend. Language is never a problem because most of the time the main character, Nathan Drake, favors the saying "Oh crap!" over the usual things you hear in video games these days.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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