Review by EpicKingdom_

Reviewed: 05/24/10

Uncharted treasure!

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is an original game brought to us exclusively on the PS3 by developers, Naughty Dog, the brains behind some PlayStation gems such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune follows a young treasure hunter, Nathan Drake, on his voyage for lost treasure. It features an amazing story, lovable and very humorous characters and some of the nicest PS3 graphics out there back in its day of release. Although Uncharted: Drake's Fortune came out of nowhere early on in the life of the PS3, it was immediately met by a large fan-base of gamers, quickly making it one of the PS3's best sellers and most popular games. The Uncharted legacy is one that has already earned classic status in the eyes of all PS3 players.

Single player 9 out of 10.

The story of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune revolves around the treasure hunter and explorer, Nathan Drake, and his search for the lost city of El Dorado. Nathans distant relative, Sir Francis Drake (Yes, this guy was real) was also an explorer searching for the same treasure in the 16th century, so Nathan was hoping to finish what Sir Francis did not complete. Joining Nathan on his journey is his best friend and partner, Victor Sully, and a journalist, Elena Fisher, hoping to catch Nathans adventure on camera and sell the story. Without letting on too much about the story-line, players will be entranced by the way the game plays out. There are plenty of shocking surprises along the way and the story will always keep you wanting more. Players will grow to love Nathan very quickly, laughing at his witty comments and feeling terribly sorry for him when he stumbles upon enemy ambushes! He is a very cool guy who you will enjoy watching for the entire game. The supporting cast compliment Nathan perfectly also, with the humorous best friend, the love interest, the sub-bad guy who isn't much of a threat and then the full blown bad guy who will prove a challenge on the harder difficulties. The story in Uncharted is like mentioned already, interesting and definitely one of the games strong points. Fans of Indiana Jones will feel quite nostalgic playing Uncharted as the story is definitely inspired by Indies' adventures, with almost the same plot-line and the cliche Nazis. Uncharted also has players traversing through castles and old military bases, so variety in locations is no issue. The story offers a great movie-like experience and fans of adventure games/ movies will love it.

Game play 7 out of 10.

The game play in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is exciting, offering the player a unique mix of treasure hunting, platform jumping, puzzle solving and shooting. Gun battles are a large part of Uncharted, and probably the most fun and challenging elements of the game. As Nathan is quite unlucky, players will find themselves taking on numerous foes at a time with no help whatsoever, in heated, quick-paced gun fights. Thankfully though, Nathan is quite talented with an array of weapons and is a very nimble chap. Using whatever cover players can find, players will need to strategically take out anyone in their way, using guns dropped by other enemies, grenades and well timed combat punches and rolls. All elements of the fighting system in Uncharted work decently, allowing very fast and effective methods of tackling some of the games hardest enemies. BUT, here is the catch, at first it seems like everything is to be praised and although, the downside is the combat gets real repetitive.As Nathan Drake is a treasure hunter, exploring is a large part of the game play in Uncharted. Searching for treasures means taking Nathans amazing talent for climbing to the max. Some treasures may be hidden high up a cliff, or down a flimsy looking rope, but thankfully, Nathan is a very capable climber. Although obtaining the treasures that are scattered through the levels are not necessary, they offer the player unique rewards such as bonus game play options (costumes, infinite ammo etc.) and also unlock trophies, which is a very important part! OK, at least to some of us out there. What goes hand in hand with searching for treasures? That's right, solving puzzles. Along the way through the story, paths may be blocked for poor old Nate by some old ancient mechanism. With the help of Sir Francis's journal, these puzzles will always be very conquerable, but still will make you think for a while, adding a nice portion to the game where players will have to actually think instead of just shoot. The trophies of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune encourage players to maximize each element of the game play, such as trophies for collecting treasures and trophies for a certain amount of kills with each weapon. To obtain the platinum trophy, players will be required to play the entire game through at least twice (Once on hard and once on crushing difficulty) but playing through Uncharted: Drake's Fortune twice is a pleasure more than a task.

Graphics 8 out of 10.

The visuals are consistently breath-taking, even amongst all the danger! For how old the game is to date, these visuals were amongst the top best looking games list out there. I'm sure you can agree from seeing trailers etc.

Sound 8 out of 10.

The soundtrack of Uncharted is one point of the game that is quite overlooked a large majority of the time. The beautiful music playing in the background of each level makes Uncharted all the more enjoyable, with the music playing a large part of creating a certain mood for each chapter. Voice acting is also done to a very high standard on all characters, making all the characters a lot more realistic and enjoyable to watch. Each character's voice fits there image and personality perfectly, showing us that Naughty Dog put a lot of work into the technical elements of Uncharted.

Overall 8 out of 10.

There are very few games that will be remembered as classics in the years to come but Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is most certainly one of them. Gamers of all types can appreciate what this game has to offer, from the intense action to the hilarious dialogue. If you own a PlayStation or have ever enjoyed playing games in general, get this game and you will not be disappointed. I myself never understood the hype for this game, always thought it would be lame, but the game itself proved me wrong once I played it.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

Product Release: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (US, 11/16/07)

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