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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
Member Name: kingsraconteur
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
Advantages: Great graphics, superb gameplay, fine plot, just good old fashioned fun
Disadvantages: Too dark in places, still not sure about long term play, can be frustrating in parts
Every now and then I find a game that surprises me. Sometimes for being overhyped and err rather poor and just occasionally a little bit of gold dust comes floating onto my telly.
I got this game through my rewards from MBNA and wasn't expecting a great deal. It looked like Tomb Raider and will also remind you of Indiana Jones. I plumped for this as it had good reviews on the whole and well, it didn't cost me too many reward points.
So, on a lazy Sunday morning I deposited the disc into the slot on my PS3 and expected to play it for an hour or so before sending the game to the back of the games cupboard.
Almost 12 hours later and I was still playing! Tsk, not good I'm sure you'll agree but this little bugger is damn addictive and has some excellent visuals. It's not the visuals so much that draw you in though but a good storyline and more importantly excellent gameplay.
The difficulty level can be adjusted from Easy to Hard with a crushing mode that can be unlocked. Alas my slow reflexes stick me on the easy level but for me that's more than enough of a challenge.
This game certainly does have elements of Tomb Raider but it also reminds me of an old gem called Syphon Filter with the shoot outs. At first I found the gun fighting tricky to master but once I discovered the art of covering and then firing I pretty much held my own.
The game itself begins in South America with the protagonist on the trail of the gold of El Dorado. It isn't long before you're thrown into action against some pirates who set about wrecking the boat which Drake is upon.
This is actually a chance for you to get used to the controls and find your feet before getting into the game proper. You also get introduced to a feisty reporter and an old friend of Drake's. Both these characters help bring the plot to life and actually do contribute to the game itself.
It also transpire's that Drake is chasing after Drake's treasure. Confused...well it seems that our hero is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Hmm, a bit corny I know but hell, it's a videogame and after a while you couldn't care less who his great, great, great (err don't know how many great's I should use!) grandfather is.
The enemies you'll come up against are pretty clever. Unlike some games where they're nothing more than cannon fodder these blighters will put themselves in some very awkward positions to make zeroing in on them as hard as possible. Add into the mix that they never seem to miss you and it can be hard work.
The puzzles I found aren't too taxing and are set at just the right difficulty level. The answers are found in the locale and not too intricate. There's nothing worse than a game riddled with perplexing problems which soon lead to frustration and a discarded controller. In my view this one is spot on.
I have completed around 17 chapters and I'm getting to the end I fancy. Now the question is does it have the replayability factor? Well, I think it will for a while. You see there are treasures to find and I've barely scraped the surface in that regard. I've found about 30 odd I think and I believe there's a whole lot more to be uncovered and these release little bonuses to be played with. I haven't looked into this as yet but will do so upon completition.
Price. This is certainly a plus point as you ought to be able to get this for around £15 as it's on Platinum. You can probably get it cheaper if you look around but I can't complain as it only cost me reward points. It's certainly worth a few of those hard earned dooyoo miles if you've got a PS3.
Is it perfect then? Almost. There's always a gripe or two and my main one is the levels set in the dark. I realise that it adds to the tension at times but it can be maddening when battling hordes of enemies and being told to jump onto a rope which you can't see because it's too damn dark! There's also a couple of times where the amount of enemies can be a bit too much. The worst example is where you had to run like crazy avoiding bullets coming from all directions in a sewer scene and I died many a time before finally getting lucky.
A couple of minor gripes but hopefully things will be much better for the sequel. I've glimpsed the sequel to this game and all I can say is I'd best get reviewing to earn enough points to go and grab hold of it. On top of this gem I've heard rumours that there might even be a feature film about this game. Hmm, mixed feelings about this but hell why not?
To sum up then. A game that's got a rollicking good dose of action and adventure. Oh, and it goes without saying that it has the Raconteur's seal of approval.
Enjoy and I bid you adieu.
Summary: Go get a a fortune :D
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