Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
As the first game in the series, you may think that Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is hard to go back to. Especially considering as I am writing this review after Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy have been released. While it may be a tad rough around the edges compared to the games that followed it. I still feel that this is a fantastic adventure game and the start of one of if not the best exclusive series that Sony has going!
Do You Know My Uncle?
One of the strongest things that this series has going for it is the story. In this first game, we get to meet Nathan Drake who claims to be a distant relative to Sir Frances Drake and he is looking for El Dorado. As is the case with all of the Uncharted games, things go wrong, there is betrayal, personal growth, and a supernatural element at play too. It is fantastic stuff and the kind of stuff that is so great, Hollywood has come calling and there is a movie in production as I type this.
This is the story that introduced some awesome characters such as that loveable old SOB Sully and the feisty Elena. The story is brought to life with voice acting that still holds up very well to this day.
Only On PS3!
At the time the visuals in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune were second to none. With lush green jungles, fantastic water effects, and dark and dank caverns to explore. The game still holds up pretty well to this day, especially if you are playing the collection that was released on the PS4. Even the original game on PS3 looks great if you ask me. It may be a bit jaggier than what we have now, but this is a game that is still very easy on the eyes. The soundtrack is great, not just the voice acting, but the sound design of the game in general. This is one of those games that is great to play with the sound cranked up or even better, with surround sound as it will really rock the room!
Hello Indy, Meet Lara
The gameplay is like Naughty Dog took all the things that made Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones cool and mixed them together to create Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This is the game that this generations Tomb Raider should have been! This first game is a lot more “shooter” heavy than the series would become. However, I liked the way you would have to find cover and how some enemies would try and flank you making you think about what you were doing. While the action is great, it is lacking in the big set pieces that the series would become known for. It is more the exploration that I enjoyed in this game. While it is not an open world, you are encouraged to explore each location not just to marvel at how great it looks. You can also be rewarded with stuff like ammo, guns, and even some cool artifacts that act as the game’s collectibles. My only gripe with the gameplay is on the PlayStation 3 version, it forces you to use motion controls some times.
While it may not be the strongest game in the series as this is a series that just got better and better. I do feel that Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is a fantastic game and a game that holds up very, very well. If anyone is new to the franchise, I would always advise that you start here at the beginning. This is a story with some fantastic characters that deserve to be told right from the very start so that you get the best out of it.
- Features an awesome cast of characters
- It has amazing voice acting
- The gameplay has aged very well
- I liked exploring the different locations
- It has a cool “supernatural” twist
- It is probably the weakest of the series
- Having to use motion controls is not cool!