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PS3's Best Game Yet? This Is Finallly It!,
This review is from: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3) (Video Game)
PS3's had a tough year, but has come out strong thanks to Insomniac Games who made Ratchet and Resistance, but many also looked forward to Naughty Dog's latest offering, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune? So how does it measure up?
You play Nathan Drake, a charismatic archaeologist and adventurer in search of the fabled El Dorado, and are joined by con man Victor Sullivan and reporter Eleana Fisher as they race to the treasure, oh, and Nathan believes he is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. The plot is light and fun, providing you the motivation for the characters and background, but is not too heavy like some games. Sure, it falls into the cliche at times, but when it's done this well you can't really complain!
The gameplay is a mix of action, adventure and puzzle, with action segments dominating most of the game whilst puzzles only take up a small portion (But are still well designed). Action is handled by a duck and cover system, similar to games such as The Getaway, or for a more recent example, Gears Of War, taking cover and firing shots at the appropriate time whilst trying to avoid being flanked by numerous pirates...the modern kind. There is also a hand-to-hand segment that can be handled extemely well, but failing to take your opponents by surpise is likely to give you a knuckle-duster.
Platforming is done in a fun-manner too, ledges may be obvious at times but quick thinking is critical in some cases, but common sense more so. You can even hang from ledges and shoot at enemies. Puzzles are few and far between, but are done with a degree of credibility as the only hints are provided by Francis Drake's diary.
Now onto the graphics, if you don't go "Wow!" then you may not have a soul, the presentation and sound is top-notch, whilst the jungle is liniar, every step, rock, tree, and stream is rendered in an-almost cinematic quality, going hand in hand with the game's cutscenes.
Uncharted is not the longest of games, if you don't take the time to gather the extras and pursue through the harder modes. But when it is, it will last you ages and provide many hours of fun, there is no online or cooperative, but there are an overabundance of those sort of games nowadays, so embrace this great single player game!
Uncharted is the starting point of a new franchise by Naughty Dog, with a sequel already confirmed, and represents the pulp action experience represented in films such as Indiana Jones and National Treasure, as well as the cereal box matinees of the 1930s, all in a game!
Pick this up, you will enjoy it!