Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Third-person action adventure game that came out as Sony’s response to the unwavering popularity of the Tomb Raider franchise. The game was created by Naughty Dog, an experienced developer known for such cult game series, as Crash Bandicoot or Jack and Daxter. Uncharted lets you play as a young man named Nathan, a (self-proclaimed) descendant of one of the world’s greatest sailors and wayfarers – Sir Francis Drake. The protagonist’s journey begins as Sir Francis’ coffin is extracted from the sea bottom. Instead of a body, the coffin contains a journal describing a mysterious island, where lie the answers to the final fate of his supposed ancestor as well as one of the world's greatest treasures. The game features action-adventure gameplay, mostly boiling down to traversing various locations, simple puzzle solving, and dynamic shootouts. Combat mechanics offers a cover system similar to the one featured in the Gears of War series. At the time of release, the game offered top quality visuals with detailed character animations.

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Sony PlayStation 3
Game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3) Cover
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune | PS3

Action, TPP, TPS, action adventure

Companies responsible for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Naughty Dog | game developer

Sony Interactive Entertainment | publisher   Official website

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune release date for PS3:

game language:
English

19 November 2007 | Worldwide

07 December 2007 | Europe PAL

19 November 2007 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 BD
Game score 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 4239 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 62 players' votes.  

Naughty Dog has been a member of the PlayStation family for nearly the entirety of its existence – this is the studio that created such legendary series as Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Before PlayStation 3 was released, however, the team decided to take a break from classic 3D platformers and set their minds on creating an action title. This is how Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune paved the way for the new wildly-popular series. Even though the developers gave up on the cartoon style their previous works had, and instead utilised more realistic visuals, the title still follows several gameplay elements used in their former games – both the perspective and a multiplicity of platformer sequences prove it. The game was so successful that a remastered version was published in 2016 on PS4.

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered (PS4) Cover
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered | PS4

Action, TPP, TPS, action adventure

Companies responsible for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered

Bluepoint Games | game developer

Sony Interactive Entertainment | publisher   Official website

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered release date for PS4:

game language:
English

16 November 2016 | Worldwide

16 November 2016 | Europe PAL

16 November 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 67 players' votes.  

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered is a refreshed version of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – an action-adventure game published in 2007 on PlayStation 3. Even though Naughty Dog was responsible for the original, the remastered version for PlayStation 4 is created by Bluepoint Games. The choice was not a coincidence, as this is an experienced studio – they are behind successful conversions of Titanfall for Xbox 360 and God of War Collection for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In contrast to the original, this version features updated visuals and supports 1080p.

Plot

The main hero of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is Nathan Drake. You meet him while he finds the lost coffin with his supposed ancestor – sir Francis Drake. As it turns out, the coffin does not contain the body of the traveller, but his journal with hints concerning the whereabouts of legendary El Dorado. Having found that, the hero sets off on a journey to a mysterious island hiding the treasure. Luckily for him, Nathan has faithful friends on his side, who turn out to be more helpful than they firstly seemed. There is Sully – a longtime friend of the protagonist - and Ellena, a TV reporter. Naturally for such adventure stories, the heroes quickly find themselves in the middle of trouble, as pirates, who are usually not very kind to competitors, are also after El Dorado.

Seasoned with a big dose of specific humour, the plot draws on Hollywood action movies, such as Indiana Jones.

Mechanics

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for PlayStation 3 is a third-person perspective title. It is divided into chapters in which you visit a number of various locations – apart from a dense jungle, Drake stops at mysterious caves and even WW II bunkers. The topography is varied, so you often need to climb, swing on lines, or walk over precipices on fallen trees. The second aspect of gameplay consists in solving more or less complicated environment puzzles primarily based on manipulating the environment elements. This is where the journal comes in handy – it contains useful hints concerning solutions to the puzzles.

Due to the fact that Drake is followed by the pirates, the player takes part in numerous shootouts and chases. Luckily, the protagonist is not defenceless, and makes use of a wide arsenal of weapons – starting with pistols, through machine guns, ending with sniper rifles and grenade launchers (he can wield up to two weapons at the same time). The hero uses covers, but you need to keep in mind that enemy bullets can damage more fragile ones, and enemies themselves often change positions. Therefore, applying proper tactics depending on the situation in the battle is the key to success. Gameplay is even more varied, as Nathan is doing very well at hand-to-hand combat – if he runs out of ammo, he can resort to close combat. Various collectibles serve as a nice break from core gameplay – many of 60 treasures are hidden in seemingly unreachable places.

Technical aspects

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune published on PlayStation 3 features amazing, 3D graphics. The diligently-created and detailed environment (especially the lush flora), realistically-animated characters, and the dynamic lighting really attract the eye. Naturally, sounds also deserve special recognition – this is true to both the soundtrack and the professional voiceover.

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