Game Review: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

What’s up dudes. This is PersonaSoda of the Swim Squad and today I’m going to review a game. The game that I’ll be reviewing is the first game in this PlayStation exclusive franchise and it’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The game was released in 2007 for the PlayStation 3 and was remastered and re-released in 2015 for the PlayStation 4. The game is developed by Naughty Dog, a Sony first party studio that developed such games as the Jak and Daxter series, The Last of Us, and the Crash Bandicoot games. Let’s get the review started!

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The Story

The story of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is about a fortune hunter named Nathan Drake, who is trying to find the lost treasure of El Dorado with the help of his mentor, Victor Sullivan, and journalist Elena Fisher. Unfortunately, a group of pirates led by Gabriel Roman wants the treasure for themselves, which will result is a lot of danger and explosions to get there. so it’s up to Nathan and his friends to get the treasure before the pirates do. The best way to describe the story of Drake’s Fortune is that it’s the video game version of Indiana Jones. You will see a lot of scenes where Nathan is trying to run off from either Roman’s group with him and Elena trying to escape with a truck or jet ski while avoiding getting shot or Nathan running for his life when Descendants are casing him when he enter the path to the treasure. It also gives that action movie feel when you think about it. Heck, in the beginning of the game, you start off by trying to avoid being shot and trying to shoot a gang of pirates, which shows how action packed this game is.

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Gameplay, Graphics, and Sound

The gameplay of Drake’s Fortune is like a mix of two things; a third person shooter and platformer. The third person shooter parts are there when you enter an area where Roman’s gang is waiting to shoot and you need to shoot back. There is the typical aiming that you would normally see in a typical third person shooter, but there is a run and gun part of the shooting. The run and gun was nice to use and I found it easier to kill the enemies with that than the typical third person aiming. The platformer aspect comes when you’re trying to jump on areas like a giant rock, walls, and trying to find ways to get into areas. There’s also puzzle moments in the game where Nathan needs to solve a puzzle in an area, like trying to move statutes in the correct order that his notebook says and while some of the puzzles were a bit time-consuming (to the point where one puzzle took me 20 minutes to complete), they are also really fun at the same time. And, of course, there’s quick time events in this game, which is something that I’m not a fan of usually, but the game at least doesn’t shove them down your throat unlike other games. The only negative I can say about the gameplay is that the enemies take a lot of bullets to kill (usually 5 to 7), but hey, video game logic. The graphics in the game do look nice and impressive for a 2007 PS3 game, and Naughty Dog was making good use of the power of the PS3. Heck, the character models and graphics would be considered top-notch for a console game if it was still the year 2007. The music of the game is also decent. As someone who has played the PS4 version, it’s a major improvement as the game is in 1080p 60FPS while the PS3 was at 720p 30FPS. Like the story, it gives out that Indiana Jones or action adventure movie feel when you listen to it, especially during the intense moments.

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Characters

Honestly, this could be considered a weak point for the game. The characters are honestly a mix of good, okay, and meh. First we got our main protagonist and my favorite character, Nathan Drake, who is the adventurous Indiana Jones like character, and that’s the type of character I always like. He’s also a bit sarcastic at times, especially after an intense scene. He’s also the supposed descendent of Sir Francis Drake. Then there’s Elena, a journalist who records a documentary based on Nathan’s adventures. She isn’t that special to be honest. She is definitely not a bad character, far from it. It’s just that I feel like she is only there just so Nathan can have a female companion, but that’s just me. Then we got Sullivan, a long time friend of Nathan, who seems like an okay character. Then we got Eddy Raja, a minor villain. Eddy as a minor villain just isn’t that good because most of time, he’s just a bit too goofy to take him seriously. And last we got the two main antagonists, or technically, one. First we have Gabriel Roman, a treasure hunter who also wants El Dorado. It’s debatable if he’s the true antagonist of the game, and I think that’s due to the fact that SPOILER ALERT, he dies before the near ending of the game. The actual antagonist is Atoq Navarro. He is Roman’s assistant, and its hinted throughout the last half of the game that he never liked Roman and just wants the treasure for himself. He’s also the final boss (or only boss) of the game. The characters of Drake’s Fortune are a mixed bag, but they’re at least very far from being bad.

Final Verdict

Overall, while the characters might be a mixed bag, at least to me, Drake’s Fortune is an enjoyable game with a good action packed story and some awesome graphics that push the PS3 to it’s limits. I can also tell that Naughty Dog also did a good job on developing the game. They are such a great studio with Crash and The Last of Us. If you’re a fan of action packed games or movies, then you will probably like this game. Now if you will excuse me, I’m gonna wait for the upcoming Uncharted 4.

Final Score: 7/10

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