This past weekend I cleared another couple of games off my backlog â€“ Metal Gear Solid 3 and Uncharted: Drakeâ€™s Fortune.
First off, hereâ€™s what I thought of MGS3 as a whole.
The removal of the passive radar system from all previous games makes the game somewhat harder since youâ€™ll have to lurk unseen to figure out what the guardsâ€™ patrol routes are. On the other hand, though, I thought the food and camouflage systems were pretty useless â€“ the former is basically there to annoy the hell out of you by forcing you to hunt for food every few minutes and the latter is redundant since the camouflage types come equipped with a handy percentage value to tell you exactly what you should be wearing when. The cure system seems similarly ultimately pointless since the game pretty much tells you exactly what you need to use to cure your wound â€“ and I never ran out of supplies (at least on Normal difficulty).
That said, it did have some great moments â€“ the boss battles are way better than MGS2â€™s for sure (with the exception of one), and I found the lack of backtracking through the same areas (for the most part) to be an improvement over the first two gamesâ€™ almost excessive use of it. The action sequences are generally less awkward than those in the first two games, although the first part of the game (when silencers are in short supply) is somewhat harder than the rest of the game.
So yeah, I thought it was a decent game, with some odd trappings that didnâ€™t really make sense.
As for Uncharted, I thought it was generally a well-polished third-person shooter. Itâ€™s not quite like Resident Evil 4 where you have an inventory and can stock up on items, guns and other such stuff, nor can you really buy items. Healing and weapons are handled similarly to the Halo series, in that you can only have 2 weapons at any given time (one single-handed weapon and one double-handed weapon), and that you recover health gradually after avoiding damage for a certain period of time. In addition, unlike RE4 you can move while in â€˜aiming modeâ€™, and can also â€˜fire from the hipâ€™ while running. The game also features a Gears of War-like cover mechanic, which is pretty much the main way you avoid taking damage during combat.
Overall, as Yahtzee mentioned in his review, itâ€™s a game that borrows extensively from games that came before it, and ends up being somewhat greater than the sum of its parts. I actually think it isnâ€™t quite as challenging as RE4, partly because the enemy AI is somewhat retarded and partly because of all the additional abilities Nathan Drake has over Leon Kennedy. Still, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s definitely worth checking out if you have a PS3.
So Iâ€™ve beaten the only PS3 game that I haveâ€¦I suppose I could get Metal Gear Solid 4 if I wanted to.