Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was a console defining hit for the PS3, as it brought gameplay and storytelling every Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider fan was dying for. I decided to boot up my PS4, get a PS Now subscription, and see what all the fuss is about.
The story telling is absolutely on point, and is so reminiscent of Indiana Jones, I was disappointed by the lack of a giant boulder chase scene. While obviously there is a lot more shooting than the game needed, the game flows pretty well.
Nathan Drake’s quest to find El Dorado, discovered by his ancestor Sir Francis Drake, is littered with tropes reminiscent of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. Whether it be a villain appearing out of nowhere when you finally get to the treasure, or a female companion who constantly gets into trouble, but comes to your rescue exactly when you need it, this game is chock full of ideas from the most famous fictional treasure hunters.
Nathan is a really well written and voiced actor, and his behavior during and outside of cutscenes is on-par with how a real person would react. He has a really cocky attitude and though he seems to be trying to make it rich at first, he’s really just looking for value in his heritage, desperately hoping his ancestor Drake was as great as he thought he was.
The platforming gets a little iffy at times due to sub-par controls, but for the most part it flows really well and I kind of wish there was more. The environmental puzzles were really cool, and whole segments of the game were laid out to perform these puzzles which provided for a great break from the rest of the game.
Sadly those moments are always interrupted by the same thing: shooting segments. I cannot stress how little fun the shooting segments were. They were so frustratingly difficult that on multiple occasions I wanted to lower the difficulty, but refused to out of sheer stubbornness.
The weapons are in no way accurate enough or do enough damage. Often I’ll be about 20 feet from an enemy, aim perfectly at their head, and I would still miss. This is because the weapons are constantly inaccurate, rather than becoming more inaccurate the longer you shoot like every other competent shooter in existence. For some reason pistols do more damage than rifles despite an M4 shooting higher caliber bullets than a Makarov.
The game attempts to emulate the constant action of Tomb Raider while mixing in the treasure hunting of Indiana Jones. While shooting as a whole doesn’t ruin the game, It did make me quit a few times before I finished the game.
About two thirds of the game is shooting segments, which really takes away from the whole experience. Whenever a cutscene starts, I’m excited beyond belief because I get a break from the shooting segments. I wanted more of the Indiana Jones experience that we get for small bursts of the game. More puzzles, and less shooting.
If you ever intend to play this game, play it on the easiest difficulty, because the only thing to be excited about here is the story and platforming.
Uncharted Drake’s Fortune is a great story with some setbacks, but that should in no way stop you from playing this game.
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