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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

On 06/17/2013 at 05:47 PM by Raised_on_Nintendo

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Great early PS3 game that holds up well.

After much urging from my PS3-owning buddies, I finally checked out the Uncharted series.  I was told to go straight to Uncharted 2, that I could play that and enjoy it without playing 1, but I wanted to keep it real.  Plus, my buddy owns a copy, so I was able to borrow and play for free.

What I enjoyed the most was the quality voice acting.  Some of the enemies' generic statements -- "He's over here!", "Get him!", "Keep your head down." -- do get old after a while, but the dialogue of the main characters is professional and believable.  I also like the simplicity of the overall inventory and mechanics.  There's no sub-screen to deal with, save a few moments when you're prompted to read your treasure book for puzzle clues.  

I was surprised by the amount of shooting involved in the game.  I'd say that led to the only belief-breaker for me: when Nathan would kill dozens of enemies, then seem completely unaffected by the traumatic reality of it by zinging one-liners immediately afterward.  Maybe his sense of humor is his way of dealing with PTSD.

After playing a while, I noticed a distinct formula for ammo acquisition.  When a wave of enemies appear, the first few fire off weaker weapons, then after that 1 or 2 would have stronger weapons.  After they're all dead, collect the ammo and continue.  While on hard difficulty, there is no way to run and gun, you will die.  Every shootout boiled down to covering and sniping around the corner.  It's somewhat of a shame, because this approach renders the shotgun useless for most of the game.  For the most part, I stuck with a handgun and a machine gun.  Perhaps a larger weapon-carrying inventory would have added value to weapons that hold less ammo, but as it stood, having the option to carry only 2 guns at a time -- 1 small, 1 large -- limited what could be a well rounded arsenal.

Overall, I like Uncharted.  It's pretty straightforward, allowing the player to enjoy the adventure without getting lost in submenus, subquests, with a story that's interesting and well delivered.  Plus, it looks great, very colorful.  I already picked up a used copy of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.  Let the adventure continue!




06/17/2013 at 05:50 PM

ps plus has the third one for free right now. I am going check it out this weekend.

Captain N

06/17/2013 at 06:16 PM

I still like 2, it's the best one in the series but the first on was a good start. Didn't like 3 s much as 2 but still better than 1 imo.


06/17/2013 at 06:17 PM

My biggest complaint had to do with the jetski sections.


06/17/2013 at 11:56 PM

I agree. Not a strong segment of the game. It didn't ruin it for me in the least though.

Super Step Contributing Writer

06/17/2013 at 06:51 PM

If a big complaint is that a game has "jetski sections," I'm sold on it!

Wait, I don't own a PS3. Well, poop.


06/17/2013 at 11:55 PM

I played it on rental and really liked it. I'm desperate to play the other 2 if only there was more time and new interesting games would stop coming out every month.


06/18/2013 at 08:49 AM

I've played the first two Uncharted games and the second one especially is a great game, though I liked the story of the first a little better, I think. (I wrote a blog comparing U2 to Lords of Shadow. Kind of random, I know.) Looking forward to trying the third one at some point Smile

Chris Yarger Community Manager

06/19/2013 at 07:30 AM

I just bought the entire Uncharted Sage.

I'm waiting until I hit my 100,000th Achievement point on 360 though before I start them. So far I only need 980 more points Smile

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