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In 2007, a games studios called Naughty Dog created a masterpiece that both the critics and gamers a like agreed, it was simply a game you had to buy. As a console exclusive, the PS3, near the start of its journey, showed what wonderful things could be achieved. This game set a huge standard and still today, reigns tall in the history of video gaming.
Story: Off the coast of Panama, Nate Drake is searching for the coffin of his ancestor, Sir Francis Drake. Using the coordinates of a ring he believes to be Sir Francis, Nate, with the help of journalist Elena Fisher, finds his coffin in the sea and brings it up to the boat. When it is opened they are shocked to find it is empty, with only a diary in there. Sir Francis Drakes diary! In it they discover Sir Francis has located what he believed to be the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. Before there's a chance for reflection, pirates, who have been following Nate and his partner, Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, attack and destroy the boat. This is how the adventure begins. This is how the search for El Dorado turns into a battle between foes and a race to stop a nightmare being unleashed. There is only one path for Nate to reach his goal, but there's so many unexpected moments, so many unexpected guests! This story will keep you guessing and is so well written, you will want to keep replaying. I played it through 4 times in a month on varying difficulties and I never got bored. I still get that same feeling from when I first saw it on my brothers tv screen, complete shivers down my spine as I knew this game was going to be special, completely unique and incomparable.
Visuals: The crispness, the colours, the vibrancy. Just everything visually about this game is stunning. The water, whether sea, waterfall or fast flowing rivers, are so realistic. I mean if you go in the water, Nate's clothes get wet and glint in the sun. The rich greenery of the jungles and the beauty in which the plants and shrubs invade the ruins dotted around the jungle. It really is like you are watching a film and not a video game. One of my favourite parts is when rounding a corner of the jungle, you stumble upon a massive waterfall with a Nazi U-boat stuck underneath it. It really is breathtakingly beautiful the detail they go into to create it. Once you reach the U-boat, you can walk out to the bow of the sub and just stand there looking out at all the jungle in front of you with the sun setting. I would say, this is easily the best game graphics I have come across even though this game has been around since 2007. It's a testament to the great work of Naughty Dog studios, it showed what could be achieved back in 2007 and in affect, threw down the gauntlet to other studios. In my opinion, this really is the best game visually you can currently play. Naughty dog used a technological process which allowed for natural movement to be captured and relayed in the video game. The actors and actress who voiced the characters, acted out each scene so there movement was exactly the same for there characters. It added to the whole realistic feel and created one of the most lifelike games out there.
Audio: As with any blockbuster game, you need a soundtrack that works perfectly with the story and environment. This soundtrack is beautifully done, having that swashbuckling feel at the beginning without feeling cheesy. But also has that empowering feel at exactly the same time. The way the tempo and beats rise when the story livens up. It all adds to make a fantastic scene even better. You feel yourself becoming more and more like your in the jungle with Nate, ready for the action. Yet when the games hot the sad moments, the slower music has exactly the same powerful feel. It really is a beautiful composition.
Gameplay: The smoothness and ease of the way you control Nate is slick. The grappling and climbing add to the excitement of the situation as you battle with the enemies whilst trying to hold on. The platform style of Uncharted, adds to the adrenaline rush and allows for that exploration of the ruins to have that extra satisfying feel to it. The action in this game never stops, whether physically or mentally. You have to work out a way out of every situation. There are mental puzzles involved, which are solved with the help of Sir Francis's diary. There are weapons, but you are only allowed one rifle and one pistol at the same time which have limited ammo. Nate can take cover behind corners or walls and shoot blind or aim at the enemy. The aiming and whole gun gameplay, is done really well and allows for that mood of being in a real battle. Do you try and blow them away or play tactically and wait for the opportunity to hit them. You can mix it up with some melee or combo attacks at close quarters to save ammo or if you want to go for that stealth kill. There is use of multiple vehicles in the game, on water and land. You find yourself at one stage bombing through the jungle in a Jeep, whilst shooting at the enemy with a grenade launcher, mixing the beauty of the scenery with the death and destruction. The controls are really freeing for you to explore everything at your pleasure and make this game really user friendly. There are collectibles in this game in the form of artefacts dotted around the environments.
Conclusion: In 2007, I happened to be walking past my brothers room when I heard the main theme of Uncharted blaring from his speakers. I stuck my head in and asked what he was playing, to which he replied 'this demo of a new game'. I sat there and was blown away by the beauty of this game. I was instantly in love with what I saw and I knew that this game was going to be special. My brother let me play it and then I understood that this game was more than special, this game was going to be remembered as a great and also visionary.
Now what my brother still doesn't know to this day is, when he was at uni back then, I used to play this one level that was the demo, over and over again. I lost count how many times I did play it but I did not care. If my brother found out I was using his PS3 without his permission, I would have been dead. But this game, well this demo was worth it. This is the first game that, to me, had it all. The story, the soundtrack, the fantastic voice acting, the action and most importantly, the breath taking enchantment of the world you are playing in. If you have never played this game, you will definitely regret it and don't think because it's just over 6 years old means its old. This is a classic and will never age.
OK. I first started playing this game after my friends had been begging me to do so for weeks. My initial thought were that it sound like Indiana Jones and would be a rubbish remake sort of thing.
I don't normally like shooter games, but this is one that I can really get on board with. The complex yet enjoyable puzzles. The mystery surrounding some great treasure. And of course the evil nutter trying to take it for himself. So far the game seemed alright.
Then came the parts when it started getting things like monsters into the story. Here was the kind of thing that I liked. Being this awesome fortune hunter type-guy who fights monsters and loves treasure was looking pretty cool. The action never seemed to be ending and then of course you would come across some mystical puzzle that you have to whip out your journal to solve.
I also liked the fact that you could climb. It seems a little strange to get excited over such a small thing but have you ever played a game when there's been climbing in it, and it hasn't been an enjoyable one? Hmm?
The graphics as well. They're fantastic. The attention to detail on every little thing and considering this game was made a good few years ago now. It's like HD!
Overall, I like the concept of this game, and thought that I could really get into the swing of it. Especially since I played 6 hours straight playing one day. I know right, I have no life!
Seriously though, definitely worth a shot for any gamer. Puzzle, Shooter, Fantasy. It's got them all. I have too say it's been one of the best games I've ever played. It's really hard to find games like this.
I could keep this review short, summing it up with one sentence;
If you own a PS3 and have never played this, buy it.
Ok, thats more of an order than a review. But this game is that good. I have never heard a bad word about it - its a truly brilliant game.
I acquired a PS3 just before Christmas 2011 and only had one game, Skyrim. When I mentioned to a workmate I didn't exactly have many games to play (although Skyrim has so far given me 70 hours of play) he told me he would lend me Uncharted. That was a few weeks ago, hopefully he's forgotten who he lent it to as I still have it and plan on playing it many more times - save me from buying it which I'll do in the next few weeks. Not that buying it will give me that much trouble, going for an absolute bargain price of about £10 on Amazon at the moment.
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Uncharted: Darkes Fortune is the first in a series of three Uncharted games - the most recent, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (that I recently bought with my dooyoo miles!) came out late last year. Its safe to say, Uncharted was released among a great deal of fuss. Expectation was high, and if Drakes Fortune is anything to go by, its understandable.
Drakes Fortune came out in 2007 - and is a PS3 only title. Being previously an Xbox user - I missed this game upon its release and for the subsequent few years. How I didn't notice this game is beyond me, I am actually ashamed.
The series follows Nathan Drake as he hunts for various artifact of high value in your typically action packed environments - from cities to deserts, ships - on planes and, where we the action set in the first game - on a mysterious island.
The second and third games would take Nathan globe trotting, but the first game is set in one place - an island. Nathan moves around the island, under and above it - so the setting never feels that restricted, but it does get a slight bit samey - just slightly.
The Uncharted series have often been described in a very simple way - like playing a movie. This is fair to say, but even as an ardent moved fan - even the greatest film would struggle to keep me glued to the screen for the 12 hours Uncharted: Drakes Fortune did.
They style of gameplay offered here are of two very distinct types: Its a linear game and its a 3rd person shooter.
Some games are linear, some are sandbox. Others are Fifa. Sandbox gaming is an open playing experience, with no set path being set out that strictly. Whilst most sandbox games can be 'finished' there is usually no real ending to the game. The player can freely move around environments and have a lot of choice (depending on what the game is) on what they get up to. They can play the game at their own pace, explore and how you experience this game can be very different to many people. GTA and Skyrim are both sandbox games, and this type of gaming really appeals to me. I do like games you can pick up and play, like multiplayer COD, but I really like sandbox games that are opened ended and not restricted. I like playing beyond the end and exploring it further, and I like spending hours leveling up characters.
Linear games are the opposite of this, and since the original Tomb Raider game, have never really appealed to me. A linear game has a clear path. You run, shoot and jump and generally do what the developers want you too. There isn't much choice and most players will have the same gaming experience as everyone else. Thats something that put me off, until I Uncharted smashed my misconceptions.
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Drakes Fortune is a very linear game. You have little choice as to how you play it, they only variation coming when you choose how to take on one of the many waves of enemies. Even this though is limited: hide behind this box, or that one. Don't be put off though - this works very well for this game. This game isn't about choice, its about being taken on a rollercoster of a gaming experience.
The game starts as it means to go on, with a bang. Your thrown into a manic situation and have to simultaneously learn the very straight forward control set up and figure out what to do.
Playing as Nathan, you're right in the middle of a shootout on a boat - under heavy fire. Run, duck and dive behind cover whilst trying to shoot at the hoard of bad guys trying to take you down. This opening scene is really fun, and its really fast paced. This sets the tone for the game - from here on it will rarely let up. If nothing the pace gets more and more.
Control wise, its a mixed bag. In a timely fashion, instructions on what buttons to press pop up when they need too. The first time you need to duck for cover the game will pause as it tell you how to do it. This makes the learning curve barely exist but you feel a little out of control of the game - at first it feels a little like 'press this' and 'press that' and the game is somewhat playing itself. An hour or so into the game you forgive this as you understand just how fluid the game play is. Drake does exactly what you wan't, goes where you want and shoots who you want and this is important due to the pace of the game.
As I mentioned, the pace rarely stops. Its very fast and the adrenaline soon starts pumping. Its a gaming buzz I'd not had for years, and thankfully I didn't have to think about the controls too much - it always seemed to do what I wanted.
As the story progresses Nathans enemies and allies are made apparent, as is a little back story and the plot races on. Its a great story - and whilst a little predictable if you've seen any blockbuster action films in that past forever, the last few hours of the game will come as a surprise in both story and pacing as it really revs up.
There are lots of great things about this game you could talk about forever. Voices and acting are great - the characters affable and fun, you can't help but get behind them. This game has a script and that helps you just love Nathan and his team, you really feel for them and get totally engrossed in the plot. The script is worth shouting about, yes - but its the graphics that are worth screaming about. Considering this game was released in 2007 - its stunning, even up against 2012 games. Your action takes place on a lush island, crammed with detail - making it ever absorbing. The graphics really come to life when your involved in one Nathans high-flying climbing exercises. A particular section will find you traversing over a huge waterfall with the ocean expanding behind you and a sheer drop below you. Times like this, and many more, I just sat in awe and took it in. Something I've rarely had happen in a video game.
Some gamers might find the prospect of Uncharted frustrating. Its plays in a very straight forward way, and you having very few choices - but this is easily forgiven, given just how rapidly it will have your heart racing at.
There are lots of shoot outs in this game, but for me it never got boring. You enter a room - its clear you're about to get into a gun fight; ammo is around the room as well as lot of things for cover - its only a matter of time before the room fills with henchmen. After the 20-30th time this happens you might worry its a bit repetitive, but instead I found each one super fun. The shoot outs get much harder during the game, and despite having to restart some 10-20 times in a row, the feeling of finally beating a room is brilliant.
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This game is advertised as having about 8 hours of game play to finish the main campaign. I'm an average gamer, I had it set to 'normal' and it took me 12 hours - about an hour of play for a couple of weeks, give of take. Considering this game is quite short - its worth the £40 price tag it no doubt came with in 2007.
As soon as I finished the game I didn't want to pick it up right away - I was drained after a crazy final chapter. A few days later I was more than happy to get back on it, specifically to try and find many of the hidden treasures in the game. Literally, little treasures are hidden around the game and Nathan can collect them. This aspect of the game is secondary to the main game and serves as a way as extending the game beyond playing through mains story. Some are hard to find, some easy - do date I've found about half and the other half are seemingly impossible to find. As much as I would not like admit it, I think help off the internet might be order to help figure out where they are.
I'd happily play this game though a few more times - however luckily for me I have the second and third game to play though yet.
This goes for about £10 these days if you don't mind a used copy, or retails at £14.99 new on Amazon at the time of writing.
Its an essential game that is an incredible amount of fun to play - I can even see the most picky gamer having a hoot playing this. This is one of those games that affirms just how much fun gaming is and how nice it feels to just get sucked into a thoroughly engrossing game.
The team at Naughty Dog had a lot to live up to with the release of Uncharted with similar games like the Tomb Raider franchise already dominating the market. Uncharted brings tomb robbery bang up to date with witty dialouge, motion captured gameplay and a quality line up of actors including the likes of Andy Serkis. The story follows Nathan Drake, a fortune hunter out for lost treasures with some twists and turns thrown in along the way.
For someone who has never really been into action games I found Uncharted had a pick up and play value that also made it hard to put down. The pace is unrelenting and its difficult to find fault with a game that is one of the best loved exclusive titles on the PS3. I suppose if I had to find fault it would be with the enemy AI where in some cases in can be impossible to be stealth, no matter how sneaky you are. The gun fights make it more than worth it with a variety of weapons at Nate's disposal.
Drake in his stylish Topman attire leaves Lara Croft looking more than a little tired and outdated. If you are looking for a top quality action game that you'll play again and again, buy Uncharted!
Uncharted is a PS3 exclusive game made by Naughty Dog. Drake's Fortune is the first in the Uncharted series. Usually I find that graphics and gameplay are greatly improved as a game series goes on, but having played Uncharted 2 first I have to say that I'm rather impressed with how good Drake's Fortune is as it didn't really feel like I was playing a game released 2 years before Uncharted 2.
"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory"
Sir Francis Drake, 1587
The story starts on a boat where Nathan is opening up the coffin of the explorer Sir Francis Drake and Elena, a journalist, is there to film it for a documentary. Instead of a body the pair find a diary by Sir Francis Drake and it's at this point things take a turn for the worst when they see pirates heading their way.
Luckily they are saved by Sully who is Nate's friend. The two then leave Elena behind and head off to find treasure, but once again, it's not long before they end up in trouble. Nathan is attempting to find El Dorado, but his quest becomes rather dangerous and he has to fight for survival. Gabriel Roman is a treasure hunter who will do anything to get what he wants, including sending mercenaries after Nathan. It's not as simple as just going and getting the treasure though as Nathan has to work out what happened all those years ago with Sir Francis Drake. The story follows him on his dangerous journey to find the treasure.
The game is a mixture of genres; action, adventure, platform and a shooter. It combines them all really well. In some ways Uncharted is similar to Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia as you have a lot of free-running, puzzle solving and fighting. While I like all these games, Uncharted stands out because I couldn't state one thing that feels like it was focused on more.
For example, in Tomb Raider her movements aren't always totally smooth and this affects both shooting and running and jumping around. However, generally the puzzles seem quite well thought out. In the Prince of Persia you do a lot of free-running and generally the Prince moves smoothly and you can have a lot of fun running up walls and dodging traps, but sometimes the fighting wasn't quite as well thought out. With Uncharted everything feels well thought out and it all works and runs smoothly.
I'll play any game, but I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of shooting games. What has always drawn me to games such as Uncharted and Prince of Persia is the ability to free-run, complete puzzles and explore. I suppose I just like being able to do a variety of things and I've never minded some fighting or shooting in between other things. Uncharted is the opposite way round with lots of shooting and the other things in between, which usually would involve me playing the game so far then getting bored or annoyed. However, I like the shooting element in Uncharted as you get a range of weapons and you can usually find ammo by the people you've killed so you're not struggling to find ammo and it's not stupidly easy to get it either.
Nathan can carry two guns (a handgun and a rifle) and grenades. He can also do hand to hand combat, although often you'll find someone else is shooting at you as you're hitting a guy and by the time you've killed him the other guy has shot you to death. Still, it's nice to have the option to just go up and hit someone sometimes rather than taking a gun and shooting them.
You can get various different weapons such as the 9mm semi automatic pistol, Desert 5 semi automatic pistol and Wes 44 Revolver for handguns. For rifles you get guns such as the AK47 Assault rifle, M4 Assault rifle and MP40 Submachine gun. Chances are you'll find two which you prefer to use most, but at times you may pick up another to use for a short time.
There is no health bar, but it's easy to tell when you are seriously injured as the all colour in the game starts draining away, giving the impression you're about to pass out. To get the colour back again you just have to avoid being hit for a certain length of time, which is sometimes easier said than done when you have people shooting at you from various angles, throwing grenades or shooting down the wall you're behind (though luckily not all walls will break down). Health bars can be very useful as they give a more exact idea of how much health you have, but if you keep glancing at it it can distract you where as this way you don't have to focus your attention anywhere else.
The puzzles are logical and, in my opinion, don't require much thinking about, but it's still a nice change to do a puzzle rather than fighting or jumping around. Even if you work it out you still have to make a bit of an effort to complete it, which usually means more free-running and jumping so if you make a mistake or accidentally jump the wrong way it can take more time than it really should.
The free-running elements are done really well and you can see Nathan scrambling up onto ledges after only just making a jump which makes a nice change as characters often make jumps and pull themselves with ease, which would never happen in real life. It's really easy to control him and usually pretty obvious where you are expected to go, although you can explore a bit and this may lead to finding a treasure, which is a cool feature.
So long as you are facing the right way you'll make the jump most of the time, but I have noticed a few parts where the camera won't move and it just doesn't feel in quite the right place to see where you're jumping to. Sometimes you can move the camera all around and other times you can't. The other thing is a couple of times I've jumped and for some reason he just keeps missing. Luckily it's never been a massive drop or I've died and started back in the near enough the same place, but it's still meant repeating odd parts and trying again. If you've dropped down it can sometimes be quite a trek back to the start of where you need to climb up then you have to make your way back to where you were.
There was one point where I thought I must be going the wrong way even though it seemed there was no other option. Nathan just refused to jump to a ledge a short distance away and annoyingly it was one of the times when the camera wouldn't really move. I lost count of how many times I dropped to the floor below and had to run back through an archway, climb up some rocks and jump back to the place I was at before. I tried a couple of different ways before deciding it had to be the way I was originally trying. I've no idea what was wrong, but eventually he did jump properly and made it and I hadn't done anything different.
As frustrating as little things like that are, every game has its odd flaws or glitches. I haven't had any major problems that have made me regret buying the game or made me think it's not as great as I first thought.
Nathan "Nate" Drake is voiced by Nolan North. Drake is the main character in the game and the one you control. Drake believes he is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. He has a habit of finding himself in trouble and even though he realises how serious it is he tends to make jokes about the situation.
Elena Fisher is voiced by Emily Rose. Elena is a journalist who is filming Drake's quest for a documentary. She's tougher than she looks and doesn't give up easily.
Victor "Sully" Sullivan is voiced by Richard McGonagle. He is Drake's friend, although he causes problems for Drake as he gets in debt and mentions about the treasure Drake is after to the wrong people.
There is great interaction between the characters and they are very believable.
The game has great voice acting that suit the characters, making them seem even more believable.
Sound effects like the guns or even just the water also sound really good and add to the game.
The graphics on this game are pretty impressive, although I actually thought the graphics during the game looked better than the cut scenes as there were sometimes parts where you could see the graphics flickering slightly in areas. The cut scenes do give you a chance to sit back and admire just how good the graphics do look though.
There's also a large amount of water in the game and, unlike many other games, it looks very realistic and whether you are swimming through it or just standing nearby it's easy to forget that it's not real.
There's lot of small details that have been added to the game which make it stand out from other games.
This is a pretty amazing game and worth buying even if you have played the second game already. It has everything you want in a good game; fantastic storyline, great gameplay and amazing graphics. There are games that have been released much later that don't have the graphics or gameplay of Uncharted. Recommended.
Plot: You play as Drake who is on the hunt for the lost treasure of El Dorado. This leads him to a forgotten island where he becomes stranded. Along with Elena and Sulley (who I won't say anything about in case of spoilers), you then have to fight for your survival as you uncover the secrets hidden within the island.
This game made me feel like I was actually playing a Hollywood movie rather than a PS3 game. The characters that were in it get you to react in all the right ways from such a great script. You really care what happens with your characters which I can't say happens with many games. Another thing that made this game great was the constant twists and turns throughout making you constantly keep guessing what's waiting around the corner.
Graphics: Some of the little things like your shadow moving depending on who's holding the torch, the gradual drying of your clothes after getting out of the water and the water splashing depending on where a bullet hits it. Nothing I can fault. Like I mentioned before, it's more like a movie then a game.
Sound: There's parts of the game where Drake speaks to himself trying to work out a puzzle or when Drake and Sulley chatter to each other as you play. Little touches like that really add to the game making it feel much more realistic.
Controls: As a third person shooter, obviously the shooting matters a great deal. One of the best cover shooters I've had the chance play. Easy for people who aren't used to shooting games or if playing on a higher difficulty, can be complex enough to give someone a challenge. As soon as you load up the game, it's easy to pick up and there's nothing new or hard to learn along the way.
Lifespan: In my opinion I would of liked it to of gone on for a bit longer but nothing was missed out and nothing useless was put in so can't really fault this either. Just I didn't want it to end seeing it was such a great game.
There is the option to go back and collect certain items throughout the game for the keen players but other then that, I wouldn't say there was much replayability factor once you've done it once.
Overall: Only one thing I could find that's wrong with the game (and I had to really look for something to comment on) is that sometimes if your with another character they can get behind a wall that you want making you have to wait until they move while shooting awkwardly at the enemies or you have to run and find somewhere else to shoot from making you open to fire. However, this wasn't a common problem and probably only happened a maximum of four times throughout the game.
Now that bad bit is out of the way, I would really recommend this game for anyone considering it can cover such a huge audience. For how cheap you can get it nowadays is a real bargain. Even though it's getting to be a bit of an old game now (this generation wise), it is still one of the best on the PS3 and I reckon it will continue to be so for quite a while longer.
Its official, in terms of quality at the moment, Nathan Drake easily beats Lara Croft in terms of quality with adventure games. While the new Lara is in development, Nathan Drakes adventures take him all over the world!
Story: Nathan is on the hunt for treasure on diary handed down to him from Sir Francis Drake. You and your friend Sully accompanied by an annoying photographer have to go round the world looking for treasure in different places.
Gameplay: while the game is pretty linear, you have to make some well timed jumps between platforms, however the majority of the gameplay is a cover shooter with a multitude of weapons to choose from! It is really accomplished as a cover based shooter however!
Graphics: Simply beautiful. The game provides you with large vistas and well detailed character models. The environments really do look beautiful! This ranges from the aerial heights to the German submarine that you find early on!
I have never really many offline PS3 games, however, I am glad I bought this. It really pulls you in from the beginning, getting right into the story.
I had bought the second game of this but upon doing some research I noticed that most people suggsted playing the first one before the second. The reason being that the Uncharted games have a story and therefore you will understand the characters, their personalities, and their co-existent relationships much better, keeping you in the loop. Plus, this game isn't too expensive now so well worth it!
I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but I am really enjoying the story and the character building. The characters begin to grow on you almost as if in a movie. And you will never be short of guns in this game. It takes a while to get things rolling in this game, but once you do, it's really quite good. There's also a bit of romance in this game, although not made too obvious, you can sense some attraction between Elena and Drake.
You get a selection of guns, an AK47, a Moss shotgun, grendaes, and an M9 pistol and also a rapidfire secondary weapon. You get to keep a primary weapon such as an AK47 or shotgun, and also a secondary weapon such as a pistol, then you can have up to five grenades. The way you keep your ammo levels up is by pressing triangle when it appears on the screen. This way, you can swap your guns, or take ammo. Obviously, this being a game, it isn't exactly realistic as it does take quite a few bullets to kill someone, but headshots are pretty achieveable and result in instant death.
For those of you, like me, who want a little more than to go around shooting the bad guys, you get to drive a car, use turret guns, drive a water-jet, and then of course there's the story and mini-clips of movie throughout.
I'd highly recommend this! This game is definitely under-rated. Now that the third one is available for pre-order at the end of 2011, I'd definitely recommend starting off now!
This game is what Tomb Raider should have been on the PS3, but with a guy. It is very old-school tomb raider but nowhere near as confusing which is a bonus if you're anything like me!
The story line hooks you in straight away and it turns into one of those games you just can't turn off until you've completed the whole thing. Great stuff! The graphics aren't the best I've seen on the PS3 but good all the same. The main thing I loved about this was the environment they've created. So many new games are very dark, both literally and in general feel. This however is the complete opposite, lush green forests, bright colours - no turning up the brightness on your tv so you can make out where you're going.....just really, really colourful and nice to look at. The controls are easy to get to grips with and movement of your character is accurate and responsive. Lots of cut scenes which can get a little annoying when you're just desperate to play but they add to the overall feel and storyline which can only be a positive. Thumbs up from me!!
I barely know where to start with this game, the fact that there is so much to do and the story-line is so detailed and in depth, is amazing.
The length of the game, was really a shock to me, because i didn't think they could have such good graphics on a game and still make it so it lasts for about 12+ hours.
And that 12 hours is just for the main story, if you were wanting to get every achievement and find every hidden item your looking at well over 20 hours of gameplay.
another thing i like about uncharted, is the rewards system you get for completing tasks. a lot of people prefer the xbox 360 to the ps3 for the achievements on it, however, although uncharted is a ps3 exclusive, there are a number of in-game achievements that gain you points when you complete them. these points can then be used to buy a number of abilities or weapons and even costumes. i just think it is a really good way to make a game.
Now, the story-line of this game, can be confusing at times, especially near the end, however it is none the less amazing.
Not many things i can fault this game on to be honest, but it is very hard at some parts, but extremely addictive.
This game will need no introduction to PS3 owners up and down the land. It was a land mark game that earned rave reviews from all the critics. As I got my PS3 a while after Uncharted had been released I had missed the kafuffle first time round. Uncharted first came to my attention in the build up to the sequel being released and I was fortunate enough that a friend of mine lent me his copy to play. I was fortunate because without this intervention I would have missed out on one of the most stunningly beautiful games I have ever played.
The game is an adventure game played in the third person and is set in jungle ruins. You play the charismatic Nathan Drake who is a skilled treasure hunter who can certainly handle himself in a fight. Whether this be hand to hand combat or a high pressure shoot out Drake is the man. Drake is not alone on this adventure however and is joined by his trusty sidekick Sully and a female News reporter Elana. The story starts out as a simple hunt for treasure but as in all good stories this soon develops into a battle for survival. There are other treasure hunters after this treasure and they are prepared to do anything to get there first. The island is also not all that it seems!
The plot for the game is like a good film and this is probably why there are rumours abound that there will be a film released. The characters manage to suck you in so that you actually care what happens to them which adds to the games playability. Embarrassingly I was so absorbed in the characters that when a pivotal moment in the game occurred I found myself screaming NOOOOOOO!!!!! at my screen. This only happens in the middle of dramatic 24 episodes so when it happened here I knew I was onto a winner. As with 24 there are twists and turns aplenty and these certainly keep you on your toes. Another great thing with the plot is the comedy. Even in times of strife you will often hear your character mutter something that makes you chuckle and anybody that does not think Sully is a legend needs their head testing.
The gameplay is absolutely out of this world and from the minute you pick up your controller it is difficult to put down. The controls are intuitive and pretty soon the gun fights become second nature to you. I completed the game in around 10 hours so seasoned gamers could probably do it in about 7 -8, I imagine. This is plenty and I think is the perfect length for a game of this type. You could spend even longer on this if you choose to find all of the hidden treasure scattered around and unlock all of the trophies. There is no online mode on this game but I don't think this hinders it too much as the single player is such a joy to play.
The icing on the cake for this fantastic game is the graphics. I can honestly say I have never seen graphics like this. The PS3 must be being stretched to its limits as I can't see it being able to release anything as stunning. You start of on a boat that comes under attack and you are thinking the graphics are good. You then move into the jungle and this is where Uncharted really steps up to the plate. I'm not ashamed to admit that on numerous occasions I actually stopped mid game to admire the view. Classic examples are that when you reach the top of some ruins you get a view over the jungle and out to sea. If you can imagine the best view you have seen on a postcard or one of them travel programmes that is trying to sell you a holiday then you get an idea of what these views are like. That being said with the bad guys that knock about in this particular jungle I think I would rather take my chances visiting somewhere that Judith Chalmers recommends.
The only downside to this game and believe me they are barely noticeable is the screen tears that you get throughout the game. To those that are unaware what a screen tear is it is when the screen flickers for a brief second. There is a technical explanation behind this but as a bit of a Luddite I will not even try to explain it here. If you are desperate for answers though just type in screen tear to Google and there will be a lot of answers there. I had to research this as I got paranoid my PS3 or TV were on the blink. Once I knew it was nothing to worry about I got back to enjoying the game. To put the screen tears into perspective they are barely noticeable and only really happen when there is a lot of action on the screen and last literally a second. Also a few of my friends who played the game through did not even notice the screen tears.
Overall an exceptional game that in my eyes deserves a place among the all time greats. It can now be picked up for a bargain price so there really is no excuse not to get lost in the jungle with Drake.
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Just to warn you, this review contains spoilers, not ones that'll ruin it but it's a warning nonetheless. Okay, this game has been hailed as a 'must play' and I'd agree, for the most part. The game is beautiful, it really is, the scenery is lovely and it's one of those games that's a joy to play and makes wonder in awe at the designers ability to write a code that produces that array of beauty. The characters are likable and again well designed, when Nathan swims his clothes are noticeably wet, a nice touch that other games ignore. The gameplay is original and innovative. The lock on system with guns is good, and Nathan is a beast with any weapon, head shots become second nature, and he's not half bad an run and gunning either. The enemies are tough and plentiful, you have to think and use the scenery, which is destructible, to help you. The story is great all the way through until those (spoiler) crazy spanish demons turn up which, while the toughest, are totally unrealistic, which breaks away from the rest of the game. It seems weird to me that they show up and just stop the game short of mastery across all elements. Overall though, its worth buying, playing, and loving.
A new series for the ps3 Uncharted follows Nathan Drake on his quest to uncover the forune Drake left behind years before. The series takes elements from the Tomb Raider series as you explore dungeons and climb obstacles to progress, with plenty of puzzles mixed in to keep the experience engaging. The experience is breathtaking and you will find it hard to stop playing as the game is perfectly paced never leaving you with a dull moment.
Gameplay is a mix of climbing, exploring and gunplay utilising a cover system during firefights. This is simple to use and fits the game perfectly with the 3rd person perspective. The characters will also make you laugh and are endearing meaning you care about them to the end. A lthough the game is only 8-10 hours in length there are more difficulty levels and with trophy support now added plently to keep you comin back.
This is one of my favourite games for the system and should not be overlooked by anyone, plus you can pick up the sequel once you are done and will have two fantastic games as that is even better.
Since buying my Playstation 3 there have been very few games that I've seen or heard about and decided I really need to play that game but recently I stumbled across such a title in Naughty Dog's Uncharted. This is the first game in their latest Playstation franchise having created games for both previous Playstation editions. I was shown this game on a recent visit to family and having played a few minutes of it decided to invest £14.99 in buying it from Amazon.
The game is set in the present day and you take control of Nathan Drake an adventurer and treasure hunter who claim's to be a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Determined to prove his claims Drake sets about trying to find his Great Grandfathers coffin hidden at the bottom of the ocean and find his journal, which he believes will lead him to one of the world's greatest hidden treasure's El Dorado. To finance his mission Drake has sold his story to a journalist who proves a lot more determined to find the answers and get the full story than Drake had imagined. Also along for the ride is Drake's oldest friend and smuggler Victor Sullivan. Between the three of them they set off to find out the truth about Drake's treasure, whilst trying to stay alive as thy face large numbers of hostile individuals intent on getting to the loot before them.
My first question about Uncharted was answered straight away and almost instantly I knew it was going to be a game I would enjoy. From the opening scene with crystal clear graphics and very well produced cut scenes the game looks impressive and that really drew me in. The realistic look to the cut scenes and some rather impressive opening levels make the graphics on this game look a lot better than a lot of the previous games I've played since getting my PS3. In truth the graphic capabilities of the system are now at such a point that the developers are making the best use of them for games such as this.
Of course there could have been slight improvements within the game play itself, but Naughty Dog have really got the graphics and feel of this game spot on. There is a fluidity to the game that I felt seemed to be missing from the likes of "Assassin's Creed", there were no points when the screen froze or skipped because the graphics were trying to do too much for the processor to keep up and for that I think Uncharted has shown where the future of games on the PS3 should be looking graphically. Ok there are a few slight niggles such as the enemy all looking like 7 or 8 different people even though there are hundreds, nay thousands of them but I felt that didn't detract in any way from the overall graphical effects of the game.
The story to the game is also very good and is told very well. As you progress further into the game and solve certain puzzles you learn a little more about the lead character Drake and the story of the treasure. This is good in two ways in that it informs those that don't know about the legacy of El Dorado on what it is they are looking for and at the same time doesn't reveal too much detail about the plot all in one sitting, getting the player more involved in uncovering the story.
Whilst a good story and graphics are always a bonus the real factor that makes a good game is always the game play and Uncharted really doesn't disappoint. There is a good mixture of puzzle solving, platform jumping and armed combat mixed into the game offering a little something for fans of all types of action adventure games. It's not that Uncharted offers you anything new or particularly original, it just does what its meant to do in a well-constructed way.
The Platform element sees Drake making the use of everything around him. It's not just a simple jump from here to there, the developers have made use of cliff edges, hanging vines and Window Cills to make the Platform elements a lot more interesting. Even better is the fact the correct route isn't always highlighted and you control your character to find the correct way through each level. The controls for this part are by and large quite simple but the range of actions Drake can perform makes the getting from puzzle to puzzle and gun fight to gun fight all the more interesting.
Likewise the puzzle element of the game is excellent and really get you involved in the story and game play. As you would expect the puzzles get harder the further into the game you get and some of them really get you thinking about what you are doing. As well as the straightforward puzzles the developers have also hidden 60 pieces of treasure at various points throughout the game giving you something to hunt for along the way. This side game provides a nice distraction from shooting at people and really makes you focus on each scene even if nothing appears to be going on. Even if you miss them all the first time the game keeps track of which ones you've picked up so once the games completed you can go back and try to find the rest.
It is perhaps the biggest aspect of the game, but unfortunately it is also the most flawed aspect of the game. I am of course talking about the fight sequences both armed and unarmed combat. The biggest problem is perhaps the lack of an aiming button. This means that as soon as you pop your head out to shoot you can be dead by the time you've found your target. It would obviously help if you could aim behind cover but that doesn't seem to happen leading you to be shot at whilst trying to find your target. Whilst it isn't something that ruins the game it does detract from all of the other elements that have been done well and in one particular level near the end it makes it a little too hard to tackle certain opposing forces.
Once you get the hang of the aiming function against wave after wave of bad guys it does get easier but it doesn't make it any less irritating. That said it is a minor annoyance in comparison to how good the game actually is and one that can be lived with and adjusted to. There are certain aspects of the fight scenes I also really like such as the limit on the number of weapons and ammunition your character can carry. It means you can't have an endless supply of bullets and this adds something more realistic by making you look for weapons and ammunition to kill the next hoard of bad guys.
Overall I have to say that Naughty Dog have excelled themselves here. It is a game that really suits the graphic capabilities of the PS3 and with some rather clever game play they have created a game that will become one of the classics for this platform and genre. As with every successful game there is already a sequel to Uncharted and it looks even better than this one. I think it's fair to say my expectations for PS3 games has been raised by my experience with this game and I am thoroughly looking forward to trying the next one. If like me though you enjoy a good platform game, with a few puzzles and gun fights along the way then you will love Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
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A really addictive game! To be honest my expectations werent all that great, however, within minutes of playing I found myself absolutely hooked. I have always been a fan of the Tomb Raider style action games but rarely have I come across one where I am literally physically unable to remove the controller from my hand as I am glued to the TV whilst playing.
Every scene was varied and challenging, there is nothing worse than buying a game and completing it within a day, this game was challenging enough to provide longevity of play whilst not being so ridiculously difficult that after a week or so on the same level you give up never to return to the game again!
Would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wants hours of thoroughly enjoyable game play. If you are a fan of Tomb Raider and Call of Duty you will love this game!