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Uncharted Drake's Fortune

version: pal (it) - year: 2007 - developer: naughty dogs - publisher: sony computer entertainment - format: playstation 3, blu-ray - condition: near mint- rarity: common

Platforming sections are highly spectacular and rather forgiving. This game was designed to be fun so frustration is minimized by the inclusion of several checkpoints.

 

Use obstacles for cover when you're outnumbered or when snipers look for you.

 

Tree logs can often be used as bridges, just try not to slide down.

 

Although generally good, in this screenshot it is evident that some animations look stiff.

 

A Nazi submarine in a waterfall deep in the jungle...the plot starts out nicely but the conclusion isn't particularily surprising or inspired.

 

Review - Every console needs a few strong exclusive flagship titles at lunch to push gamers to upgrade and Uncharted was lunched with this idea in mind.

It has the flashy graphics, the Hollywood-style plot, the engaging soundtrack and the chick to rescue.

A bit similar to Tomb Raider, alternating elements of shooting, platforming and light puzzle-solving, Uncharted doesn’t really bring any innovations, but rather mixes well-established styles into a sparkling new adventure.

Walking around the thickness of the jungle while occasionally stare in owe at the beauty of the sunset or at a nearby waterfall is part of what makes the game pleasant while the action flows tightly on-screen, alternating exploration to shoot-outs and vehicle chases. It all works well until the initial glow is gone and you’re left with a certain sense of déjà-vu and...not much more.

And to be honest, although undeniably beautiful, the jungle setting isn’t new in any way since it has been extensively used in previous games such as Turok or Far Cry for instance.

Moreover, the motion capture of the main character looks somewhat stiff and unnatural at times, which is a bit of a pity considering the overall production values of the game. And the fact there is little originality in the quest might leave a bit of a sour taste in your mouth because the potential was clearly there to deliver a much more memorable experience.

Nothing is inherently bad here of course, but I was expecting probably more imaginative levels and situations to go hand in hand with the amazing technical qualities on display.

It hasn’t been the case and as things stand, Uncharted is a quality game which covers all the basics with great care, but it ultimately fails to bring that new wave of excitement which I was hoping for when I jumped into next-gen HD gaming.

An enjoyable ride then, but those thrills won’t leave a mark in your memory in the years to come.

Bottom line: beautiful and fun but when it's done, you are left with little more than fading memories. 8/10

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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