Review: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

ONE ORDINARY MAN – ONE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE

Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Release Date: November 16, 2007
Compatability: 2560KB Mininum Space | SIXAXIS Motion Sensitive | HD 720p
Rating: 9.0

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was one of the first good games on the PlayStation 3 console. Even though some people criticize this game in some of its aspects, I still think that Uncharted is underestimated. Here we are talking about “Tomb Raider meets Indiana Jones” style of gameplay, only with more detail and accuracy.

The game takes place on an exotic island where our hero, Nathan Drake (who is a descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake), is searching for the long lost treasure of El Dorado. The first thing that you realize when you start playing this game is the visual details. Most of the time you’re in the forest or a lost ruin and the textures of both environments are remarkable.

Remarkable textures.

The level of detail while you’re exploring in the jungle or a ruin is amazing and some of the details that will catch your eye are the water effects and the way plants sway when you move through them. Even when you’re in a ruin, the darkness that surrounds you feels mysterious and abandoned. Another important aspect of Uncharted is the facial expressions of Nathan during cutscenes. This can also be noted a few times during gameplay.

The sound factor of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is also as impressive as the graphical factor. The way grenades explode and weapons fire simply complement the visual characteristics of the game. Apart from shooting mercenaries who are on the trail of the same treasure, Nathan also has to hang from a few ledges in order to arrive to the destination. Puzzles are also frequent.

Nathan vs mercenaries.

One of the most frequent things you’ll do in Uncharted is fighting against the mercenaries. Maybe this aspect is a bit repetitive in the game because sometimes it seems that these enemies come from everywhere. Shooting sequences can sometimes be frustrating by their difficulty and its useless to stay in the same position because enemies will flank you. On a positive note, loading times are very quick.

On the whole Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is an interesting game which has a couple of details that make the game pleasant. This will be completed in around 8 hours unless you spend time looking for other treasure. If all PlayStation 3 gamers are looking for a very decent action adventure game, Uncharted is the one. A fantastic effort by Naughty Dog.

Reviewed by Barber – September 11, 2009

Graphics
Impressive textures and there is no doubt that the game looks great. A must see for all action adventure fans.
 
Sound
Sound is one of the best features of this game and apart from sound effects this also includes the musical themes, both in-game and during cutscenes.
 
Fun
The game is fun to play unless shooting enemies becomes repetitive and sometimes even frustrating.
 
Final Score

 

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Responses

  1. Good review m8. Uncharted is the best game i’ve played on the ps3 so far! What’s really mind boggling,is that naughty dog only used 30% of the ps3’s power,while Uncharted 2 will use the ps3’s power to it’s full potential. It’s scary to think of how good it’s actually going to be. I’m so psyched for it to release already!


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