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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

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Naughty Dog

Release Date:

11/19/2007

Genre(s):

Adventure
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Uncharted: Drake?s Fortune has gamers playing as the fallible Nathan Drake, a possible descendent of Sir Francis Drake and an explorer out to uncover the secrets of his family legacy while uncovering El Dorado. Equipped with a 400-year-old clue found in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake, players join Nathan Drake on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado. The adventure leads to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and quickly turns deadly when Drake becomes stranded and hunted by mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, Drake and his trusted companions, Elena Fisher and Victor Sullivan, must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the suspicious secrets hidden on the Island.

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Naughty Dog's first entry into the action/adventure genre has begun with a hit. Nathan Drake is like a combo of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones, blending each of their unique adventuring traits. The game play mechanics are solid, although a bit rough being out only a year after the PS3 launched. The controls, etc. are smoothed out in the sequels. There is a solid ground work laid here though that makes this a worthy treasure hunting adventure.
90

Uncharted is one of the PS3s first really strong titles. With it’s stunning graphical presentation and Indiana-Jones-ish-1930s-serial storyline, players will be compelled to complete the entire experience. Traverse an ancient ruin and dig up a priceless treasure to earn the $60 some-odd dollars you will need to purchase this game, as it is bound to go down in this generation’s history as one of the first crown jewels of the PS3.
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Due to the absent head-scratching complexity and the title's overall design, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a fairly short game, although certainly long enough by today's standard for single-player campaigns. Still, in games, value seems often associated with hours of gameplay, but few judge the merits of a film by the cost of the ticket compared with the movie's total running time — I will not so indulge here, either. Uncharted is worth its price in a pleasurable, exciting game experience, one that harks back to classics yet does impress with current generation production values. In fact, it's easily one of the best single-player games on PlayStation 3, or any platform, this year, and is therefore highly recommended for anyone who will but momentarily consider playing a game absent of any multiplayer features.
90

If you’re a PS3 owner, you’ve probably had to defend your console purchase quite a bit over the past year. You’ve stifled sobs while your friends all shared their Bioshock experiences with you. You were stuck looking for new, more creative ways of playing through Resistance while everyone else you knew was taking on the Flood. The seemingly endless supply of lackluster ports for the PS3 made you feel like the youngest child in a family of ten who was supposed to be grateful for the oldest child’s hand-me-downs. Wipe those tears, folks, because those days are over.
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This is a great gem and one that is definitely worth the search - go out and buy it now and be proud of your discovery.
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It took us about eight hours to get through Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and it was an action-packed eight hours, without much in the ways of load times or informational status screens to break it up. The imbalance between the gunplay and the platforming is jarring but forgivable--but the platforming itself works pretty well and looks fantastic thanks to the game's excellent motion-captured animation. If nothing else, Uncharted is a graphical showcase for the PlayStation 3, and it dazzles the senses at nearly every opportunity.
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If we had to change anything about Uncharted, we'd ask for another thrill ride in that Jeep--who says on-rails gaming isn't fun? We also might tweak the SIXAXIS implementation a bit. We loved adjusting our grenade trajectory, but the log balancing left a bit to be desired; a tiny gripe in an otherwise exceptional game. From the adventure-filled gameplay to the pristine presentation, each of Uncharted's twenty chapters are polished to perfection and will leave you counting the days to the inevitable sequel. Despite packing a lengthy campaign, you'll hate to see it come to an end. Thankfully, collecting Xbox 360-like "Achievements" to unlock goodies--including Elena as a playable character--make a second play-through a no-brainer. Like a lost city of gold, Uncharted is well worth seeking out.
90

Ultimately, there's little to dislike about Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Even if you're not a platforming fan, there's plenty of action here to balance out the near-death leaps of faith. It might not have the running time of other titles on the market, but the leanness of the experience and time invested are fulfilling, plus the replay value is strong. It's also worth noting that you might also be surprised by how much it pushes the envelope on its T rating. The violence isn't graphic, but a bloody headshot is a bloody headshot, and the amount of blue language is surprising. It's also utilizes the system's technology wonderfully for both the visuals and load-free gaming. The PS3 has received a good share of solid games this year, but any gamers who own the console owe it to themselves to check out Uncharted. It stands out from the current sea of first-person shooters, and you won't find a better action/adventure game this year.
90

By focusing on keeping things fun at all times, it might not be considered the most expansive or ambitious game out there. It doesn't have a free-form openworld, but this is proof - if it were needed - that making a linear action game is nothing to be sneered at. By starting with a great control and camera system, building on that with excellent combat and a wonderful spin on Ico's platform adventuring, and then topping it off with a decent storyline, Naughty Dog has cooked up one of the most relentlessly entertaining, fat-free games to emerge in ages. Topped off with the most stunning use of the PS3's underused technical prowess yet, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is, for my money, the first must-have PlayStation 3 title.
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Here's the thing about Uncharted, the final sum is far greater than the individual parts. Maybe you don't dig the combat or maybe the pop-in gets you down, but the overall package of an endearing story, outstanding score, great performances and fun gameplay should put this title on the top of your holiday wishlist. Say what you will about the PS3, but Uncharted isn't just a standout for Sony -- it's a standout for gaming as a whole.
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