Studying a Generation, Part 2
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
When I first sat down with the PS3, I had a wide range of choices as far as what my first game was going to be. Looking over them all, I decided the best place to start would have to be Uncharted.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the first in the series, opens up as all good action/adventure stories should with a brief intro to the main character and their world immediately followed by everything going wrong. Gunfights, running, exploration, intrigue, and twists and turns are all to follow.
The game is at its best when concerned with story. The characters, plot, settings, and scripting is some of the best I’ve seen in games (up until I played through part 2- but that’s for another article). You feel as if you’ve known Nathan, Sully, and the rest of the cast for years, and this is largely because of how well they are fleshed out. Their interactions feel natural, and this draws you into their lives as you run and gun over the next 8-10 hours.
The negatives I’ve heard about Drake’s Fortune are all true, unfortunately leading to the first in this series beings slapped with the “flawed masterpiece” label. The enemies are some of the worst bullet sponges I’ve ever seen in a game, the controls don’t always respond how you plan, and sometimes the camera works against you (even more so when it’s trying to snap to a cinematic angle).
All this being said, I couldn’t have been happier with my first dip into the world of the PS3. Uncharted served as a great introduction into what the system is capable of, and I couldn’t wait to move on to the next title.
Which was Heavy Rain. More on that in the next edition of Studying a Generation.