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Uncharted Drake’s Fortune

09/29/2011
Uncharted Drake's Fortune

Uncharted Drake's Fortune

So guess which month is ending? September. When I should have watched and blogged about every single season two episode of Stargate SG-1. And I thought I was doing pretty good. Nope! Still got at least 10 episodes to watch. Epic fail.

Anyways, since I’ve been house sitting and dog sitting for my friend, who has a PS3, I decided to pick up a copy of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and play through it. My friend actually owns a copy, but it’s in his storage unit somewhere, so I just went ahead and bought a new one for dirt cheap. Uncharted was made by Naughty Dog, the developers behind the great Jak and Dexter games from the PS2 era, and while I miss those characters and that world, this is definitely a hit and exciting new universe to explore.

Uncharted takes place in the same vein of reality that movies like Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone take place in. An archaeologist is on a hunt for a treasure that Francis Drake was transporting. He finds the treasure on a tropical island, has to fight off henchmen employed by a rival, and discovers that the gold statue he’s looking for is cursed, basically turning the ancient Spaniards into zombie like creatures.

Cliche? Sure. But the game is amazing. Every actor is voiced professionally, and the character models are expressive and frankly look pretty real. The gameplay is spot on; I love platforming games, and while Nathan Drake doesn’t control as well as Ezio or Desmond from the Assassin’s Creed games, he still is smooth and responsive and makes the climbing look impressive. The gunplay for the most part is a good copy of Gears of War type “cover pop shoot” gameplay. The driving sequences…ok, the waverider parts were a little annoying, but the turret on the back of the jeep was amazingly well done. One of the best sequences of that type I have ever experienced.

Overall, the game was amazing. Great story, great characters, decent length at around 9-10 hours, and utterly beautiful. So glad I got to experience it on an HD TV. Makes me want to buy a new TV and a PS3.

One day, perhaps.

Here’s the Game Trailers review of Uncharted.

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