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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PlayStation 3, 8 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3) (Video Game)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
PlayStation 3
Rated 15

Stats:
HD 720p
1 Player (offline)
Supports Sixaxis motion control
Requires 2560KB minimum of free hard drive space.

Developed by Naughty Dog
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment

Story:
Sir Francis Drake's long-lost diary sends fabled fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a treasure quest to find El-Dorado's golden statue. But stranded on a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Nathan's search turns deadly. Hunted by mercenaries, outnumbered and outgunned, Nathan and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the terrible secrets of the mysterious island.

Story Review:
The story has you griped from the start due to the amazing chemistry of the lead character's. Drake is your average guy; constantly throwing himself in harms way, without a clue of what lies ahead of him, which may seem like a mistake at first, but quickly adds to Drake's favor; leaving him to always have the upper-hand, than his enemies. The story is full of banter and quirks which are basically uncommon in video games; this provides a more natural response to situations and heighten emotion; I just wish other games can adopt the same level of characterisation as seen in this one.

Gameplay:
Funnily enough the first part is more harder than the last part of the game, due to the player being bombarded by ruthless intelligent enemies that come out of every entrance. With that being said, the first parts appear to be more random and not staged like they are in the latter parts of the game; making them look like set pieces rather than AI. The enemies will try to flank you by one approaching from the front, whilst the other from behind, whilst at the same time using an high-end arsenal of weaponry like grenade launcher's or Revolver's. If the players character is close to death, the screen would grey-out gradually, ending with a musical note signifying the characters death. A way to stop this from happening; is for Drake to seek safety; away from the enemies line of sight. You can select weapons using the d-pad (arrows) on the control pad. Only one weapon can be carried of each type. The downside however is Drake's flimsiness when combatting heights; cos' he would stumble or roll of the edge of the platform and he doesn't jump far enough.

Visuals:
The visuals are great, definitely a game to showcase high definition. It contains a great use of colour for the forest elements, rust and water. Screen tear is noticeable on this game when moving the camera around, however it won't impede on gameplay too much for you to panic.

Conclusion:
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is the first game in the Uncharted series which also comprises of Among Thieves and Drake's Deception as it's follow-up sequels exclusively on the PlayStation 3. This game pretty much came bundled with my PS3; so it wasn't as though I was keen on playing it, but now I'm glad I did cos' I thoroughly enjoyed this game and it's one I'll always go back to. If you like exploration and Third Person Shooting, this game is for you. I would of liked a very easy mode which comes as standard in the follow-up sequels, cos' at times the enemies feel a little overwhelming. This along with the screen tearing issues and Drake's flimsiness is the reason for 4 stars overall.
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