Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is an action-adventure platform video game developed by Naughty Dog, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3. The game was originally released on November 16, 2007 and garnered positive reviews, selling over a million copies. This has become one of my favorite games, because at the time it was released, I was unemployed and could not afford a PS3. Now, let's review this game.
Plot. Nathan "Nate" Drake, is a treasure hunter who has recovered the coffin of Elizabethan explorer, Sir Francis Drake. This expedition is funded and documented by journalist, Elena Fisher, who is there to film these events. When they open the coffin, they discover there is a diary belonging to Sir Francis, showing that the former had faked his own death as Nate expected. Soon, they are attacked by pirates and destroy Nate's boat, but they escape with the help of his friend Sully. Nate and Sully then head to the Amazon to find the location of El Dorado, as Francis Drake's diary shows. But then a treasure hunter named Gabriel Roman, who hired mercenaries led by Atoq Navarro, Roman's right hand man and archeologist, is also there to find El Dorado. Nate must get there before Roman does, but dangers and unimaginable mysteries lie ahead.
When facing enemies, players can melee them with punches and brutal combo attacks that could cause the enemy to drop ammo. However, brutal combo makes the enemy drop more ammo than just melee attacks. Players can carry only two weapons, but they can equip various types of guns. Facing enemies in this game is similar to that of Gears of War since Nate can hide behind walls, crates, and so on. The game also includes vehicle sections in which Nate mounts a turret while Elena drives the jeep, and you can play as both Elena and Nate in the jet ski, where he does the driving and the reporter does the shooting. This game also features reward points depending on various actions, which also includes obtaining treasure.
Concept. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune combines action adventure and 3D platforming with a third person perspective gameplay. This game charts the adventures of Nathan "Nate" Drake, supposed descendant of Elizabethan explorer Sir Francis Drake, accompanied by journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan.
Design. Uncharted uses the Cell microprocessor for the graphics of the game to generate dozens of layered character animations to portray realistic expressions and fluid movements, which allows for responsive player control. The graphics processing unit of the PS3 has employed several functions to provide graphical details that helped immerse the player into the game's world: lighting models, pixel shaders, dynamic real-time shadowing, and advanced water simulation.
Development. The game was shown at E3 2006 before it's release at the end of 2007. Most fans compare Uncharted to the successful Tomb Raider franchise, but since the main character is male, most have called it "Dude Raider". Developers originally were going to have this for the PlayStation 2, but they made a wise decision by putting it in the PS3 because. A demo was released on November 8, 2007 on the PlayStation Network before it's final release on November 16, 2007.
Tips and Strategies. Sometimes you will be cornered and the wisest choice to do is switch weapons when running out of bullets. Hiding and shooting enemies helps, as well as throwing grenades in case of running out of ammo. Also, stealth kills can also help, but still you need to be careful as your enemies are everywhere. Also, you can shoot while hanging from ledges, as well as throwing grenades. Unfortunately, you cannot shoot while hanging with an AK, M16, or carbine shotgun, because they're too heavy. Also, when riding on the jet-ski, make sure to shoot exploding barrels from a farther distance, if you don't want to blow yourself up.
Voice Acting. Nolan North known for his voice as Raphael in the 2003 TMNT cartoon, and also for his role as Desmond Miles in Assassin's Creed, provides the voice of Nathan Drake, however his likeness is modeled after Johnny Knoxville (Jackass MTV). Amy Hennig, writer of the series depicts Drake as a gritty, charming mixture of Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford. Other voices include Emily Fisher, Robin Atkin Downes, James Sie, Simon Templemen, and Richard McGonagle.
Sound and Music. The game's music was composed by Greg Edmonson, and it fitted the setting of treasure hunting in an uninhabited island that could be lost for centuries. Also, sound effects were very well made as well.
Rantings. There will be times where you are highly outnumbered, and also I hated the laser sight enemies because they could kill you with just one shot. My most hated part is when you fight the mutants in the library and Elena takes longer than expected, and it becomes sinisterly tedious.
Good Aspects. This game has so many great qualities and the replay value is very high. You'll enjoy entering the world of Uncharted, and it's a great game. This game has so much of Tomb Raider that it kicks ass, as well as reminding me of other games like Assassin's Creed, in terms of climbing and stealth kills. Also, fighting against the mutants in the game was like a combination of both Tomb Raider and Dead Space.
Overall. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a great game, and I love playing this game over and over again. This game gets a 10 out of 10.
God Bless and Play Hard Gamers!