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Published on December 1st, 2007 | by Daniel David

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Review

Release Date: November 16, 2007
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platform: PlayStation 3

One Ordinary Man, One Extraordinary Adventure and what an adventure it is. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is Naughty Dog’s first game for the PlayStation 3 and this is the best game to hit the PS3 this year hands down.

The star of Uncharted is Nathan Drake, who believes himself to be a descendant of Sir Francis Drake and sets out to uncover the mystery and treasure of Sir Francis Drake last adventure after he supposedly died.

Along for the ride is Elena Fisher, a reporter after the story of a lifetime surrounding Sir Francis Drake and Victor Sullivan, Nathan’s best friend who also after the treasure to pay off some debts he made after a couple bad deals.

The game starts off at sea where Elena and Drake are about to open the coffin of Sir Francis Drake only to find it empty with a diary inside written by Sir Francis about his last adventure. Not having much time to enjoy their discovery modern day pirates appear to do the pirate thing.

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This is where the game introduces you to the combat system similar to Resident Evil 4 or Gears of War cover and shoot. Pressing L1 brings you into the over the shoulder view using the right analog stick to aim and R1 to fire. You can move with the left analog stick while pressing L1.

Shooting feels very good and you’ll be popping heads in no time. Where you hit each enemy is spot specific, shoot them in the leg they’ll fall to the ground and try to limp away. Shoot them while throwing a grenade messes up their trajectory sending the grenade flying over at one of their teammates or at their feet blowing them up. Good times.

You have a cover system letting you lean up or crouch against almost any surface available by pressing Circle. Some cover is destructible so you’re not always safe and the smart A.I continuously tries to flank you and tosses grenades to draw you out of cover so you have to keep your whits about you. You can also blind fire behind cover including tossing grenades in the same fashion.

Circle is also used to roll which is good for evading people with laser sights you encounter in the game. Using Circle you can roll to different cover areas and advance forward. Pressing X while behind some cover lets you leap over them and advance forward too.

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