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great fun but...?,
This review is from: Uncharted: Drakes Fortune - Platinum Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
When the next gen consoles were released i ended up with an xbox 360 since the PS3 was taking so long and was looking so pricey, so I have only just got a PS3 now. I have been looking forward to this game for quite a while though so once i got the console i bought this, LBP and Resistance. I played resistance and was really disappointed so my hopes for this game started fading, but luckily i was pleasantly surprised.
The graphics are brilliant, which is really impressive for a title which was released so early in the consoles life- i didnt think the graphics in resistance were anywhere near as impressive. When Drake walks, it looks realistic and any scene involving water is visually brilliant. The story is interesting and seems more like a movie than a game (i thought at the start that the cut scenes might be too numerous but i think they were just right). The voice acting is great, i liked the small touches like the wee comments drake makes to himself whilst he's fighting.
now for the bad points.
I know that for adventure games such as this, you have to suspend belief a little bit- i mean, i dont really believe that tombraider is true to life- but when you spend 15 minutes running around, jumping on ledges and swinging on vines to get into ruins no one has been in for 3000 years, only to find 20 commandos with laser sighted rifles, its a bit annoying. How did they get there? I though i had found the only map, and i definatly remember being the first to open the door...? This happens A LOT. the first few times, i didnt really mind but when it happens constantly with no explanation it just seems lazy on the developers part.
This leads me to my next gripe. At the start of the game, i loved the fact that this was like tombraider with more fighting, but all the bad guys are based on 3 or 4 different models and it begins to get really repetitive. you can figure out who has what gun just by looking at their clothes- someone shooting rockets at you? dont bother waiting for the smoke trail, just look for the dude in a red t shirt. It seems like someone figured out more bad guys=longer game and so thats what they did.
My final and biggest complaint is about the scenery. When you have to start climbing ledges etc a la Lara Croft, the path you need to take is really quite obvious. However, there is treasure dotted about the game for you to collect so i was trying to take alternative routes in an attempt to fins it. But, when you try to jump on a ledge or cliff edge which looks IDENTICAL to the one you can climb, drake jumps about 1 foot in the air and cant reach it. This is really really annoying, since when he is going the way the game wants you to go, he is capable of leaps that would rival Altair from Assassins Creed. This makes it all a bit too easy. At one stage, while i was running jumping and climbing i didnt even need to bother looking around since after each jump, or after shimmying along a ledge, the camera swung round so i didnt even need to move the left stick to point at the next jump-i literally just had to keep pointing left and pressing x when i reached the edge, even if each move was in a different direction.
Now, i know that after those complaints it might seem like i hated the game, but surprisingly i still really enjoyed it. Despite the flaws, the game is fun, the characters are likeable and the story is interesting.
So would i buy it? Put it this way- if a sequel were released and the only change was a new story and new location, with the same flaws, I'd still buy it and im sure i'd like it. And if some of these flaws were addressed for the sequel, then it should be a five star game.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2009 16:30:14 GMT
Mr. K. G. Willis says:
This isn't a review for resistance
Posted on 12 Feb 2009 18:43:44 GMT
Captain Incognito says:
Posted on 24 Feb 2009 17:15:15 GMT
"I know that for adventure games such as this, you have to suspend belief a little bit- i mean, i dont really believe that tombraider is true to life- but when you spend 15 minutes running around, jumping on ledges and swinging on vines to get into ruins no one has been in for 3000 years, only to find 20 commandos with laser sighted rifles, its a bit annoying. How did they get there? I though i had found the only map, and i definatly remember being the first to open the door...? This happens A LOT. the first few times, i didnt really mind but when it happens constantly with no explanation it just seems lazy on the developers part"
The whole point of the story is that someone has got there before you! And yes, you were the only person to open that door, and then you got followed (which happens alot in the game, being chased). Drake is working from clues and maps that change hands (many times) during the game. And also comes up against someone who clearly knows more than him. Just because Drake has set of clues and a map, it doesn't mean they are the ONLY maps and clues.
And I had read very little on this game, but I still knew it wasn't a open world game, and I knew you couldn't explore the whole place.
Posted on 9 Sep 2009 13:46:34 BDT
I love this game but can't really disagree with any of your criticisms - but despite the little problems and the suspension of disbelief required, Uncharted is one of (if not my most) favourite game of the generation so far. Can't wait for the sequel, although I too would like to see the issues you highlight addressed. In particular the selective platforming was my biggest irk with the game, which would often result in unfair deaths.
Posted on 24 Oct 2009 22:19:39 BDT
yeah i just played tomb raider and played this and was like wow at the first mission. Then loads of men came out and i was like damn but then you realise its not like tomb raider, tomb raider is working out puzzles and little shooting in while uncharted is a shooting game and little ammounts of working out puzzles, if you like shooter games, its great but if you don't you wont like it, probabley like you.
they should make an expansion pack (or a DLC the consoles call it) that is just for puzzles and little shooting, it would work.
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