Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Review (PS3 Platinum)

uncharted-drakes-fortune-uk-coverWell what can I say about Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune? Apart from WOW!! Naughty Dog have done it again. Let me give you a ‘walkthrough guide’ of a review of this game – don’t worry there’s no spoilers!

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune came out last year on Playstation 3 and one of the games that I really wanted to get after playing the demo. The game is made by ‘Naughty Dog’, the geniuses who brought us the ‘Jak and Daxter’ franchise which are still some of the best games that I have ever played.

The story is about a guy called Nathan Drake who is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. He goes on a mission to find Drake’s ‘coffin’ as Nate (as Nathan Drake is called in the game) really knows what’s inside Drakes coffin at the bottom of the sea. What he finds inside leads Nate on an adventure to find the city of gold, El Dorado.

The storyline never falters all the way through the game and you can tell that Naughty Dog has thought long and hard about how they were going to make this game.

This is the most beautiful looking game that I have ever seen! The environments that you get the see make you feel like you’re actually there and don’t even get me started on how nice the water looks!

There are plenty of puzzles to solve in this game and an army of mercenaries to kill along the way. The puzzles start off basic and get a lot more tricky in the later stages of the game but aren’t that hard that you start screaming at the TV. The same goes for the mercenaries.

The animation is outstanding and flows really nicely and all of the cut scenes are done using motion capture which helps add to the realism of the game. The cut scenes in the game are brilliant and have a few funny moments in, which is hard to pull off in games, but there were a couple of points where I actually laughed out loud.

The controls are easy to get to grips with, and really help in gun fights and hand to hand combat which is good fun. There are plenty of combos that you can do to bring down your enemy which look cool and plenty of weapons that you can use throughout the game (the mounted machine gun being one of my favourites).

Words cannot describe how much I love this game, for its looks, playability and depth of the story. It’s not the longest game, I completed it in 7 hours 45 minutes on medium without an Uncharted walkthrough, but there are 2 difficulties higher than medium. There are plenty of features which you can unlock including ‘making of’ videos which I found very interesting.

If you have a new PS3, then you should definitely consider Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune as a MUST buy for £17.98!

5 out of 5