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Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception takes place two years after the events of Drake's last adventure and gets into Nathan Drake’s lineage to the English explorer, Sir Francis Drake, in particular, the ring from his relative that has hung around Drake’s neck throughout the series. This ring is one of many clues that may lead to a lost city swallowed in Arabian Desert, commonly referred to as “The Atlantis of the Sands.”

Once again Drake and Sully get caught up in another global adventure, this time, hounded by a mysterious woman and her son, who are part of some secret organization with endless resources and determination. They all wish to find the Atlantis of the Sands but for very different reasons. Drake out of curiosity and the spirit of adventure while the woman and her son are searching purely because of greed.

Because I don't want to spoil the amazing plot for you I'll go onto the game play experience. And what great experience it is! Situational animations make playing Uncharted 3 a deeper experience, and add cinematic flair. An example of this can be seen during the ugly bathroom brawl in the first chapter. There is a point where Nathan leans against a wall to take a break from the fight. This action looks believable in context, and won't transition forward until the player prompts it to do so. Once you decide to continue your fight you inch the analog stick forward, and Nathan begins to shuffle towards his over-sized opponent - eventually raising his fists to continue the brawl. Subtle details such as this are things that few other game developers make time and budget for, but that is what makes this game stand out and adds an extra layer of credibility to the experience.

Multiplayer has been greatly advanced in Uncharted 3 .New tweaks and features have been introduced and now, players are no longer defenseless while climbing surfaces, and can set custom weapon loadouts between matches. Uncharted 3's multiplayer also supports weapon mods, so players can purchase mods that adjust factors such as clip size or accuracy. All upgrades and mods are gated through an XP and medal progression system that feels similar to Call of Duty, but with abilities and perks that fit within Uncharted's world.

With all that said Uncharted 3 is definitely one of the best, if not the best game out on the market today.

Sand ..... lots and lots of sand!