The good parts (5 out of 5)
A new breed of PS3 action/adventure titles with movie-like presentation that drops you right into the action and then takes you on an adrenalin-filled adventure that looks so real, you'll think you can reach out and touch it.
The character animations are first rate; you can see the emotion in Nathan's face in moments of stress and calm. His humorous moments really make for entertaining moments and give this character a human aspect and feeling I haven't felt in many games. The character movements are perfectly smooth and wonderfully presented with all sorts of amazing visual effects that are possibly the best I have ever witnessed. The realism of Nathan's movements makes him seem fallible, almost human when a bullet strikes nearby and he winces, and this is important in creating a sense of danger and possible fatality in the game.
Nathan Drake is very human, actually about as resistant to gun fire and damage as the enemy he faces, which makes the game very challenging when you have to draw your gun.
Parts that could be better (5 out of 5)
The platforming in the game is almost too easy, I let my six year old nephew try and he had no trouble swinging around the environments, easily and intuitively learning the mechanics. Still, an Uncharted Drakes Fortune walkthrough will surely come in handy when you play the game.
The AI is really tough in the fire fights, and the enemies on screen can be very difficult to deal with, so for some people they may find the gun play in the game to be too difficult, since the AI is not the forgiving kind.
The game graphics (5 out of 5)
Lush, beautifully presented jungle environments with stunning realism that can fool your senses at times and make the heart skip a beat. Turn the lights down in the room; put your head piece on, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune can take you to a virtual reality few games can match. The swaying plants, shadows, light falling on trickling water, vibrant colors, and all the visual effects are so detailed and smooth in their movements and presentation that you'll think you entered another world.
Playability (3 out of 5)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was a fun game that took me about 12 hours to finish, but then I stopped to take in the scenery a lot, especially at first. It includes 4 difficulty levels that each added to the entertainment of the game. There is also a performance-based reward system similar to Xbox 360 achievements, with 60 hidden treasures for you to find, and another 47 medals to unlock various things.
The gun play in Uncharted is very challenging, a fast-paced and thrilling ride that never lets up and rides your nerves right to the end, and that's why an Uncharted Drakes Fortune walkthrough is always welcome.
Sounds of the game (5 out of 5)
The dialogue of the characters is very well written and provides information, adding another level of entertainment value to an already fun and enjoyable experience.
The music score is absolutely top-shelf, dynamic, big and sweeping on the soul at the right moments, and adding to the immersive ability of an action/adventure game that already had the ability to make me believe.
The little touches in audible effects is amazing and so well thought out, right down to Nathan mumbling to himself at moments of doubt and the realistic effects of nearby explosions on Nathan's senses.
The story line (4 out of 5)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune has a story line concept that will at first seem similar to National Treasure and at times I could almost taste Indiana Jones on the tip of my tongue when playing. You play the game as Nathan Drake, independent adventurer with an unusual sense of humour who claims to descend from the lineage of Sir Francis Drake. You're on the trial of an ancient treasure that was supposedly hidden somewhere on an uncharted tropical island.
You have side-kick characters that actually provide help, unlike many games, and you need to rely on them to be successful. The first is Sully, a cigar-chomping, yet likable character with a taste for danger that comes in handy. The second character Nathan interacts with is Elena, a confident woman TV reporter who divides her game time between being the damsel in distress and you're handy side-kick.
The story line does provide a few small twists and turns, but for the most part won't surprise you with anything you won't see coming. The writer did try to add another level of entertainment value by trying to add a few unexpected moments and events, but they aren't that surprising. Normally the Uncharted Drakes Fortune walkthrough don't have spoliers.
The final mark (5 out of 5)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is definitely a step forward for action/adventure games on the PS3, doing everything other games on other consoles do just as well, if not better. It doesn't really bring anything new as far as game play and mechanics to the genre, but it does up the ante for all developers making action/adventure titles and if they're able to follow suit or do better, than we have a lot of entertainment to look forward to in the future.
Developer Naughty Dog has taken the best parts of many of the superior titles in the genre to help them make a title that has great pace and amazingly immersive environments with an atmosphere that will leave you breathless. The sum of the parts used to create Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is definitely less than the final product and has produced a game that ranks as one of the best action/adventure games developed for the PS3, so far.
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