A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Social Studies: exploration, historical figures, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, solving puzzles
Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
- 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
For kids who love fast-paced fun
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