Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3) Review *Spoiler-Free*

Fresh off the success of the amazing Jak trilogy on the PS2, Naughty Dog decided to go a different route with the PS2’s successor, the PS3. Rather than return to the cartoony vistas of the Jak series, they tried their hand in realism, though, as you will see playing this game, their cartoonish ways hadn’t exactly retreated from them, as this is, true to heart, something of a succssor to Indiana Jones, and his wild escapades.

Nathan Drake is just as wise-cracking as Indy, but also murders FAR more people (they’re enemies, so don’t worry about it)He is, after all, a descendant of the great, late Sir Francais Drake, who was onto something years ago, something that Nate, along with his best frend, Sully, are out to claim. They use a reporter, by the name of Elena Fisher, and her show, to fund their little adventure, when they are attacked by pirates (not the arrgh kind). This is where you learn the basic of Uncharted’s cover-based shooting system, and melee mechanic.

The shooting, while fun, is a tad bit awkward, as the hairpoint is off to the side of you and your gun, making it feel really akward aiming; the only time this would come in handy is when playing on Crushing (the game’s hardest difficulty, which can only be played after beating the game once on any difficulty), and using it to cheat, as Crushing is a bitch. The aiming is also bogged down by impercisiveness and overall clunkiness, compared to the smooth control of this game’s counter-console rival, Gears of War. There is a trophy for getting a number of headshots, which won’ be much of a problem, as you will probably accidentally get a lot of them by the end of the game, but it’s not very easy to get a headshot in this game if you’re trying. This is, thankfully, fixed for the sequels. There are also times where the cover system will get ya, as it won’t clip to where you wanna go, and side of it instead, allowing enemies to have their way with you. Then, there’s the melee, which is basically running up on someone and beating them silly; or, you can sneak up on someone, and stealth kill them(or just be behind them, and attack them, and it’ll work, even if they’re currently fighting with you).

The next section introduces you to the game’s platforming mechannic, which is a normal, everyday way of getting around for Nate, as he can scale long walls, and cliffs, without getting tired, and lift himself up, and jump from ledge to ledge, like it’s nothing. You got to be pretty damn healthy to do what Nate does. This, and the shooting, make up most of the gameplay, though there will be times where something totally different, such as a couple of set-pieces (which I won’t spoil), and a gameplay change that occurs 3/4 into the game, and basically lasts till the end. This gameplay change is Naughty Dog’s way of taking everything you know about the game, and throwing it out the window, putting you on your toes, for better (not for worse); it’s actually probably the best part of the whole game.

For it’s time, Uncharted had some pretty nice graphics, but they do look kinda bland nowadays, as the textures are rather bland. It’s still nice looking, the facial animation for example is good, though not on par with it’s sequels, which look very good to this day, and are the best looking titles on the PS3 (next to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots). The frame-rate is solid; one thing that isn’t solid is the screen-tearing, which is one of the game’s biggest problems. It’s almost as bad as Assassin’s Creed games on PS3. That’s right, it’s that level of bad.

The score is great, too. I find myself humming the theme from time to time.

Uncharted was one of the first games to utilize the then-new trophy system (which was already standard on Microsoft’s machine, and wasn’t standard for PS3 until 2009), most of which come from collecting little treasures throughout the game (they’re also good for unlocking cool little bonuses); there are 60 in total, and one hidden one)My advice to you if you’re looking to platinum this game is that you sahould start ut on Hard, as this game isn’t very hard, as you will collect every trophy for difficulty (besides Crushing), and then you can tackle Crushing.

Uncharted is a solid shooter, with a great story, fun gameplay, and really showed off what the PS3 was capable of at the time. A love letter to Indina Jones fans everywhere, and the beginning of one of the best trilogies in gaming.

(Note: Be sure to play this before Uncharted 2, as it really pays off, and you would be able to catch subtle references.Plus, you will care slightly more for Nate. If you didn’t like this game, by all means don’t let that stop you from playing 2.)

 

8.9/10

 

James Flaherty

Video Game Reviewer/Critic at Leet Gamers Asia
Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia.

My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

James Flaherty

Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia. My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

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