The latest gaming blockbuster from
Sony, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune arrives on the PlayStation 3
just in time for Christmas that is also a PS3 exclusive by
developers Naughty Dog. This action adventure game follows the
same vein as Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones where gamers are
transformed into the role of a treasure, more particular in this
adventure, wise guy and everyman Nathan Drake. Whether fact or
fiction (in the story), Nathan may also be related to explorer
Sir Frances Drake whose goal was to discover the ancient
treasure of El Dorado.
Nathan is joined by Elena Fisher, a
television report who believes that this intrepid treasure
hunter may actually know the whereabouts of the treasure and
also Sully, a man guided by greed.
Guided by the journal of the
legendary Frances Drake, a spanner is thrown into the works when
arch-nemesis Gabriel Roman and his hired muscle arrive on the
scene with unexpected consequences. Featuring action, humor and
even a touch of Romance, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is
definitely one of the best times I've had on the PlayStation 3
and was the first game that I successfully completed on the
console without cheating.
In its essence, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune could be considered
the 21st century Tomb Raider with realistic graphics, Hollywood
style action and a great storyline that is progressed through a
variety of cutscenes which meld with the in game graphics.
Needless to say, Naughty Dog have
really excelled at both the gameplay and story with relatable
characters and a control system that can be picked up by anyone.
Besides the graphics and the gameplay, the stars of the game are
Drake and Elena and the relationship between them as they get
involved in a variety of hi-jinx, action and comedy as they
search for this ancient treasure.
Although the majority of the game features action and puzzles
which is reminiscent of the Tomb Raider series, there are also
areas where your character must drive a jeep and even a
watercraft as they escape from a variety of nefarious enemies.
Probably more difficult than the
Tomb Raider Series, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune features some
extremely tricky and sometimes frustrating areas that require
some balancing techniques thanks to the sixaxis controller.
The puzzles are quite self
explanatory and a majority of clues can be deciphered from the
journal of Sir Frances Drake. Another interesting twist is that
when you become stuck on a puzzle, Nathan will glance at the
right direction in order to give the gamer a clue... and if you,
the internet is a wealth of knowledge.
The game features a health dose of
combat as Nathan rolls and dives for cover when the bullets
start flying. Nathan has access to a variety of different
weapons which are littered through the gaming environment and
some fights can be extremely intensive. The AI of the enemies
range from mediocre to good, depending on which level you
attempt to complete the game on and is a fun break from the
various puzzles and challenges that are offered to the gamer. By
finding treasure in the game, you unlock special movies and
character art, complete the game again on a higher difficulty
and you awarded even most bonuses.
Graphically the game is pure eye candy on the PlayStation 3,
provided you have a high definition TV as the game contains vast
colours, impressive backgrounds and realistically modeled
characters. The environments remind me of UbiSoft's Farcry with
their detailed realistic foliage that really draws you into this
world. The attention to detail is amazing and you can see a
variety of wild life in the gaming environments and when you
first start playing the game, you will be bedazzled by how much
is going on in the world of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
The characters apart from their
great texture detail move with a human-like grace and interact
well with the gaming environment. By watching one of the
"unlocked" movies of the game, the designers actually used real
actors to help them with the animation, hence the realistically
moving characters and cutscenes.
Musically, the title features a
true Hollywood style soundtrack that suits the various
entertaining plots in the story. Match that with a variety of
realistic sound effects and some extremely professional voice
acting which is easily the best I've heard in quite some time
and everything goes hand-in-hand with the graphics, gameplay and
In conclusion, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is probably one of the
most entertaining and sometimes frustratingly enjoyable games on
the PlayStation 3. The title distinguishes itself from the Tomb
Raider franchise and is its own contender with likeable
characters, amazing graphics and at the end of the day, Naughty
Dog have created an extremely playable title. Highly
Go Naughty Dog!