Uncharted – Drake’s Fortune Review
Sony has had a somewhat rough year with the PlayStation 3 in 2007. Much of this is due in part to exclusives like Halo 3, Mass Effect, and BioShock going to Xbox 360. This is compounded by the fact that Sony is losing exclusive rights. to games like Devil May Cry 4, Resident Evil 5, and Grand Theft Auto IV. Also, Metal Gear Solid 4 was delayed until 2008. Many gamers thought Sony was over and should bow to Microsoft; However, the PlayStation 3 has recently injected new life into Sony.
After the price reduction of the PlayStation 3 to $ 400, the sales of the PlayStation 3 have increased. Plus, there are PlayStation 3 exclusives, like Heavenly Sword and Ratchet & Clank: Future Tools of Destruction, that are worth playing. Fortunately, things are finally looking bright for Sony. Sony seems to be on the right track and in the right direction. This is clearly seen in his biggest PlayStation 3 game this Christmas season 2007 in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
The story of this game revolves around Nathan Drake and his allies. They are in search of a treasure; consequently, they are lost on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Now Nathan and his acquaintances have every intention of escaping this vomited island because they are being hunted by deadly mercenaries. Naughty Dog definitely delivers the goods when it comes to the story. The plot is compelling and not as predictable as some games might be. The game has aspects of a typical third person shooter with a twist. This twist is that you will do more than shoot your opponents.
Players will also have to play through some pretty unique platform jumping items. There’s a one-peek technique around the corner that’s eerily similar to Gears of War. Mr. Drake can use the cover by placing his back against the wall and squatting. Shooting blind is also another game mechanic that was heavily influenced by a game like Gears of War. This is, of course, when you hide behind cover and shoot without exposing yourself. Platform jumping is analogous to a game like Prince of Persia. Drake doesn’t look athletic, but looks can be deceiving. It can perform the most acrobatic maneuvers when in the air.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune boasts stunning visuals across the board. The textures are clean and the flora is great. The lighting and architecture are just a few of the many amazing things about this game. In addition to shooting, there are some moments in the game where Nathan can use his arms and legs in combat. The advantage of correctly executing a combo attack is more ammo, but the disadvantage is that missing will not pay you anything in return and a loss of health. There is nothing too fancy about the weapons in the game. They range from rudimentary pistols to explosive grenades. Drake can also traverse the environment with his mobility. Knows how to scale large obstacles, swing across a gap with a rope, and jump from one ledge to another with ease. The controls are responsive and never deter players from enjoying the game. Replenishing health is done simply by standing still and waiting (in Gears of War).
Fortunately, all of Drake’s actions are easily accomplished. The only two flaws in the game are the animations and the duration. There were occasional sequences where enemies weren’t exactly acting accordingly after being hit. This resulted in awkward and unrealistic physics. Opponents won’t be electrifying, but it was weird to see an enemy fly eccentrically. Another complaint with the game is the duration of nine hours. A game that is concise needs more playability. Although the game is concise, the game itself is fascinating. The in-game audio really brought the plot together. The voice acting is excellent and not over the top. The sound of Drake reloading his weapon has a tactile feel. Water falling to the ground has a different sound fluctuation.
Overall, there’s no question that Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is the best PlayStation 3 exclusive that PlayStation 3 owners will greatly admire. The intriguing story nullifies the few minor glitches in the game.
Final Verdict: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is a very good game.
9.4 out of 10