After a hiatus, we’re back in business and instead of waiting for a PS5 which is rarer than a period of normal on planet earth. I thought it would be an idea to get myself back onto the PlayStation saddle and bagged myself a PS4. Mainly to catch up on 7 years worth of exclusives and revisit some games which back in the day I loved and adored. One was the Uncharted series, which started back in 2007 with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, which at the time was a launch title for the PS3. 14 years later, older and none the wiser, I thought as well revisit the game with some subtle tweaks from The Nathan Drake Collection, and see if it aged well or not.
The story follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, Treasure Hunter and supposed descendent of English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Who digs up his ancestors grave, and finds out two things one the coffin is empty of a corpse and two. There a diary of Sir Drake that leads Drake, reporter and “will they, won’t they?” Elena Fisher and mentor and walking advertisement for lung cancer, Victor Sullivan or “Sully” on the trail to El Dorado. And yes, there are the villains, Gabriel Roman and his underling and slimy git Navarro and a band of Mercenaries and Pirates are also looking for El Dorado as well – partly because Sully accumulated a big debt to Roman. As the story goes on it seems that aside from 16th-century Brits and Spanish who have taken an interest in El Dorado, even the Nazis took an interest as well.
Now, I won’t delve anymore into the story details much more mainly because of spoilers though you have had 14 years to play it? But I would like to chat about the main man, Nathan Drake, and in those 14 years since the original first game. today, He comes across more like a douchebag if I’m honest. Imagine the kind of guy who so cocky and arrogant that his opening line when chatting up the opposite sex is to mace himself. Feels a bit too much. Sure, it’s nice to see that he’s grounded in the situations he finds himself in, and they are absurd, to be honest. One thing is that in the game you do shoot a lot of trigger happy mercs and pirates and other supernatural things. And not a word on that. Even in the next game where the main baddie makes a comparison to how many of his men Drake has shot. It’s jarring like he can be a likeable rogue, but can be considered as a despot murdering 643 people In my playthrough. Sully and Elena are likeable characters and the villains aren’t bad either. So story-wise, entertaining and enjoyable, though some elements haven’t aged or I’ve aged enough that killing 643 people for treasure seems extreme. Even for a British person.
The gameplay and since the PS3 alliteration, the gameplay has been updated somewhat. Well, the main one is that throwing grenades is much nicer. The kids back in my day on OG Uncharted 1. To throw a grenade you had the Six-Axis motion controls, which ladies and gentlemen, was fucking terrible. And thankfully it’s more conventional this time around, but it is still for returning gamers to the series. It works well enough and it’s fun enough, guns do feel a bit weak and the hand to hand combat is crap. As a 3rd person cover shooter, it’s fine enough and enjoyable. And the enemy AI will try and flank and flush you out so there is a challenge. There is platforming and one thing I do hate is fixed camera platforming and in Uncharted, there is quite a few. Some of them are awkward enough that lining up a jump is more luck, hope and pray to your chosen deity when jumping. Often when the shit is hitting the fan. Overall, works well enough and is fun. Some bits are a bit awkward but nothing I would say detrimental and aspects like shooting just feels a bit hollow
Graphically, in this day and age of ultra 4k and 120 hertz. Uncharted on the PS4 has aged well, environments do look lush and all very nice and technically solid aside from one moment when Drake’s gun slipped into his head. All and all very solid work and has aged well in these times. Though the one thing with The Nathan Drake collection is that with all 3 games it’s just the story though for the speedrunning enthusiast. It does have a mode where you can find out how quickly you can blitz through the game and there are some collectables to find and rewards and unlockable cheats. So for the mad completionists out there, it’s a game for you.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Review
14 years after Nathan Drake graced the PlayStation, Uncharted 1 for the most part holds up well. The story is an enjoyable blast, the gameplay holds up well enough and graphically still strong. Though with combat a mixed bag, and maybe I've changed my perception on some of the characters, back in the day I would have considered Drake to have been a likeable rogue, now he seems more of a murderous douchebag.
- Solid and fun enough gameplay
- Enjoyable and engaging story
- Graphically aged very well
- Drake is a bit of a murderous douchebag
- Combat is a mixed bag
- Only story is playable
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