Greg Edmonson
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (74 Reviews)
July 6th, 2014 | 55 replies | 795 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Greg Edmonson's music is one of the key aspects that really makes this touching tale hit home.

From the beginning, one of the biggest aspects of the entire Uncharted franchise is how it really makes use of its implausible situations. Whether it be the undeniably tiny grips Nathan Drake constantly climbs with ease or the amount of bullets the man dodges, everything about this video game just reeks of “impossible situations” on the surface. However, if examined on a deeper level, the other force that really drives this franchise home is the interactions between all of its lovable characters and its breathtaking music. Their sympathetic personalities really makes the player care about their ridiculous fight the save the world from predictable evil. The thing that separates Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception from the other two games however is how Nathan’s obsession with the hunt for Francis Drake’s lost treasures is revealed and how touching his relationship with the only father figure he has ever known becomes. Beneath Drake’s cocky and confident exterior is a broken man with a troubled past filled with death and abandonment, but the only person that was ever there for Nate has always been Sully. He’s stuck by him ever since he meant him at the age of 14 and even when Nate’s ludicrous hunts for lost treasure becomes deadly, he never left his side despite the danger and his older age. The type of story this cinematic game tells needs the proper soundtrack to reveal the gravity of the situation at head and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t provide the solid foundation for this compelling character driven story. Driven by swelling strings, Middle Eastern instrumentation and subtle yet touching ambience, the third Uncharted’s music really sells the tale exceptionally well.

Right from the start of the game’s epic introduction, the soaring strings and brass instruments provide the foundation for carrying the story. Every fist fight and every shoot out is accompanied by epic bursts of compelling string arrangements and spectacular use of brass. While the intense moments of the game showcase engaging explosions of arranged orchestras, the quieter moment such as Drake’s sorrowful struggle to survive in the desert is accompanied by gentle pieces filled with subtle Middle Eastern style play and quiet moments of ambiance to create a touching atmosphere. The flashback where Drake meets Sully for the first time is touching and powerful alone, but when the gentle music is added in, it only enhances to effect of their blossoming father/son relationship. To top it all off, the chilling vocalizing coupled with exceptional use of an ethnic atmosphere really sells the struggle going on in Drake’s mind as he desperately tries to save Sully from impending doom and escape the past that was forcefully brought up again.

Greg Edmonson essentially managed to craft one of the key reasons to actually care about what’s going on in Uncharted 3. The impossible story being told has been done time and time again, but his breathtaking music along with Drake and Sully’s touching relationship really makes the tale hit home. In Uncharted 2 his soundtrack was fantastic, but it sometimes managed to sound extremely over the top, but in this masterful game his music actually is one of the key elements that carries the story and it's for this reason that the player simply will not want the game to end. Hopefully Greg will be returning for Uncharted 4 to bring this epic story and father/son relationship to a close.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry if this read like I'm analyzing the game more, but I'm playing this again and really wanted to
write this :D fucking love this game.

ExplosiveOranges
July 6th 2014



1347 Comments


This is one of those times where I really wish that I bought a Playstation.

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insanedrexl1
July 6th 2014



314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic game and soundtrack.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea man, I love the other two but this one was different man. It's like darker and has a lot more substance to it. Naughty Dog really knows how to put great composers and treat it's characters.

insanedrexl1
July 6th 2014



314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wonder if Uncharted 4 will top this.

KILL
July 6th 2014



70543 Comments


2 was obv better cmon

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I LOVE 2 definitely, but I just think this one tells a better character driven story. I mean, Lazarivitch was a pretty bad villain haha

KILL
July 6th 2014



70543 Comments


pacing in 2 was so much better, i'm not even a fan of these types of games but it was kinda masterful, 3 was kinda all over the place, prob cos most of the talent went to work on the last of us lol

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh The Last Of Us was easily a masterpiece. I will admit the gameplay wasn't as great in this, but I'm a sucker from great character's like Drake and Sully. My problem with 2 was how Sully like wasn't in it at all. Not only did they change that for this game, they expanded on their relationship. That's why I like this one better. They also made Drake more...human.

insanedrexl1
July 6th 2014



314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ agreed

KILL
July 6th 2014



70543 Comments


yea i spose, i never really got into the characters too much, 2 was just so fun from start to finish i got a soft spot for it

still isnt grim fandango lvl tho

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm more a story game guy so I get ya. I understand why you'd say the pacing was better in 2 cause that game had a lot more gameplay. This game was a lot more linear and had more of an emphasis on cut scenes. Which I love but I understand why people don't like that.

BMDrummer
July 6th 2014



3945 Comments


My brother really likes this game

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Chapter 7 of this game is stunning

insanedrexl1
July 6th 2014



314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The plane fight reminds me of The Living Daylights.

theacademy
July 6th 2014



28232 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great looking game with very disappointing story. pacing was a disaster.

significantly worse than the first two games.

3.5/6

Tunaboy45
July 6th 2014



1788 Comments


Nice!

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tempest--
July 6th 2014



12581 Comments


best vg soundtrack ever and one of my favourite games Sully is the fucking king goat video game character

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014



9029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol yea sullys great. I can understand why people would hate some chapters here. There's long stretches of no action at all but they ad lots of depth to the game for me.

theacademy
July 6th 2014



28232 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no that's not depth and those aren't the problems with the game.

the story is idiotic. they should have just shortened it, made it a DLC prequel and bundled it with some jak mods



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