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The best PS3 exclusive so far,
This review is from: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3) (Video Game)
Despite reading solid reviews, the concept of Uncharted looked very stale (treasure hunting, pirates etc). In addition, every Sony release since Motorstorm has been a huge waste of time. Therefore, I was convinced I'd be disappointed with this. However, Uncharted turned out quite the opposite and is without doubt the best PS3 exclusive to date. The characters are very likeable (in particular Drake, far from the clichés they first appear as). Graphics are another high point, each section is incredibly detailed. Character animation falls just short of Assassins Creed, but not by much. However, Uncharted is a far superior game overall. Naughty Dog has done very well to provide variety to a game set on just one island; a Nazi U Boat encountered early on being a typical example.
Gears of War has obviously been an influence on this game. Even the way enemies spill blood is reminiscent of Gears. By far the best element borrowed is the cover system, which works incredibly well. As do the platforming sections, familiar to anyone who has played Prince of Persia. Other games that came to mind when playing Uncharted were Resident Evil 4, Tomb Raider and Far Cry.
Where Uncharted succeeds with this cheeky plagiarism is that it takes the finer elements from these titles and combines them to create an extremely enjoyable game. Although nothing feels particularly new, its mechanics are refined to the point where it's almost perfect.
One final point that made me admire Uncharted was how it played out. The ending doesnt finish on a cliff-hanger and neither does it set up a sequel. Uncharted actually has a conclusion, which may seem like a small point, but can be infuriating. Assassins Creed, Ratchet & Clank and countless others take note.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2009 16:14:30 GMT
Balli Telly says:
Nice review :) I've actually read a few of yours ;) Just one point, you say "neither does it set up a sequel", yet the last line is "You owe me another story" and Drake says "I'm good for it". Which I thought was a very clever way of saying "If people like this game, we'll make another" :) People like the game ;)
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2009 19:36:26 GMT
Stevie G says:
Thanks a lot! And Drakes proved he's good for it! Among Thieves looks absolutely incredible. The shift from jungle to urban warfare sounds good too. At the least it will ensure things are kept fresh.
I dont think there was ever any doubt about a follow up, and it was always just a matter of time. I just meant the plot itself was self contained and actually had a conclusion.
Unlike, for example, Assassins Creed; which ended on a Lost style plot twist. For TV it works, but for games its a complete sellout.
I agree it was a nice way to end though, and set up the franchise masterfully.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2009 16:47:58 GMT
Balli Telly says:
You are dead right about Among Thieves. There looks to be loads more in terms of options, more climbing and different ways to attack the enemy. And there are supposed to be alot more animations. This game can't come quickly enough.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2009 23:01:05 BDT
Neil Keogh says:
J.Bantick, yes you're right about the last line of the plot as I have just finished playing the game the 2nd time round to collect treasures & trophies ect & I noticed that.
However I think Stevie G's point was more aimed at games like the 1st Gears Of War which actually leaves the story in the game unfinished so it can continue into the next game & leaves it so you have to purchase the next game to see the story through to the end.
I'm noticing quite a lot of games are doing this more & more these days, even Killzone 2 sort of left the ending this way... I mean the story can't end with no 2 can it?
It was nice to see that the 1st Uncharted game broke away from this tradition & both games are stand alone stories. You don't have to purchase this 1, but from the quality of the 1st game... who's not going to want to join Drake & crew for another adventure :)
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