Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Review (PS3)

During the time of video game rentals at a little place called Blockbuster there were three games that I rented when I first bought my PS3, Lost: Via Domus, Grand Theft Auto 4, and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This being the time before trophies, I completed the game and thought I was done. Years later I re-purchased this game in a package deal with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and unbelievably I never even went back to it. Browsing through my backlog of games I seen this one just sitting there in the pile and thought why not. After all these years, does this game still hold up to today’s standards? Keep reading to find out.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, introduces you to one of my favorite video game characters Nathan Drake. According to the story, Drake is an ancestor of famous explorer Francis Drake. If you want to go into some history, in 1596 Francis Drake died and was supposed to be buried at sea dressed in his full armor and his coffin has yet to be found. In the game though, Nathan Drake has his ancestral ring that has the exact coordinates to Francis Drake’s coffin making him the one who’s going to solve the mystery of where in the world is Francis Drake’s coffin. While Drake and his sidekicks Sully, friend and business partner, and Elena, annoying tag along journalist, find the coffin, they discover that it’s empty and left only with Francis Drake’s diary. This takes all of them on the search for the fabled El Dorado. In their little adventure they’ll come across another competitive treasure hunter, mercenaries that this competitive treasure hunter hired, and of course pirates. All of this leads the player on a journey of action, adventure, and the mystery of Francis Drake and El Dorado.

I generally like these types of games that take history that might be a little muddled and filled with misinformation and use it to create a story of its own. This is one of those games that does that and it does it really well. While this chapter in the Uncharted series doesn’t really go into the actual characters all that much, it focuses in on the story of finding Francis Drake and El Dorado, it does give you little insights into each character but not much. I would compare this game to an episode of Law and Order where the general main focus is on the case and the characters are the second stars where maybe only a little time is focused on them. This is basically how this game plays out. While you learn a little about Drake’s history it isn’t enough to say that by the end of the game you actually know this character. Drake himself is still a mystery as well as his relationship with Sully. The end of the game gives you an optimistic outlook for a budding relationship of Drake and Elena but doesn’t go into anything more. The mystery of what actually happened to Francis Drake and if there really is an El Dorado is the main focus and it does get solved during the course of the game.

Ehh… Even though I like these action-adventure type games that involve treasure hunting, I can do without the supernatural twists that seem to be in just about every one of these types of games. I felt like these were thrown into the game last minute since it doesn’t appear until almost the end in order to get the famed jump-scare which were supposed to make the game more interesting, but for me just took the enjoyment out of the game just a little.

This is your standard duck into cover and shoot third person action adventure game. While most of the time this works just fine, there are times when getting in and out of cover or trying to go around cover get glitchy, and when playing on harder difficulties this can lead to your death and lead to moments like, “Why are you going that way! Damnit, just go around the cover! No not there! Shit, now I’m dead. I have to start all over again from here!” Every gamer knows this feeling and it happens way to often in this game. The shooting is most of the time accurate, but there were the times when headshots became not so headshots and with limited ammo it can lead to some cringe worthy moments. Then of course what would an action adventure game be without some unbelievable jumping and maneuvering around some insane type of obstacles? I’m not complaining because I think these add to the story and give you something cool and challenging to do when it actually works. Like with the shooting, this can also get glitchy at times causing you to fall to your death and having to start all over again. Then of course there are some glitches and bugs that affect the game, but it’s nothing game breaking. I had the whole game only crash on me once where I had to restart my system, but there wasn’t any loss of data and I picked up right where I left off.

This game was originally released in 2007, but I have to say that to this day the graphics still hold up like they should. At the time the game was released, it had some of the more advanced graphics and advanced cinematic scenes of any video game that I had ever played. Even today I was still impressed with the amount of details that went into the graphics along with the cinematic scenes. To be honest, the cinematic scenes are really what makes this game. They’re some of the best parts of the game as a whole and visually, they’re extremely nice to look at.

While there weren’t trophies for this game originally, they were patched in later on when trophies became a thing. There are a total of 48 trophies for this game and none of them should really give you a hard time. There are trophies for collectibles, this is a treasure hunting game, but if you miss any you can go back via chapter select and get the ones you missed making them not all that annoying. Then there are trophies for the typical things in action adventure games ranging from headshots, to hand-to-hand combat, to using a certain weapon a certain amount of times. Now there are difficulty trophies for this game, but they do stack. In order to unlock the final difficulty, Crushing, you will have to play on Hard from start to finish. If you want to go and do this mode first, I say more power to you. Personally, I started on Normal to get a feel for things after not playing for years and then progressed my way to crushing. I found both Hard and Crushing to be not all that difficult and I’m pretty sure I ended up dying way more on normal then Hard and Crushing combined.

This first entry in the Uncharted series didn’t have any multiplayer and really it didn’t have a need for it.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting story that plays with existing history.
+ Introduction to some of gaming’s new classic and popular characters
+ Graphics that still hold up from 2007 when the game was originally released.

What’s Not So Great:
At times this action adventure game turned into a horror game falling into the cliché that treasure hunting action adventure games have to have a supernatural twist.
Some glitchy shooting, some glitchy jumping and maneuvering, and some bugs and glitches that were never fixed.

For a game that is an introduction into a series that has become one of my favorites, I would say that this one is a good start. Yes, it’s not the best one in the series, currently that is held by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but this game is still enjoyable. Now I know that there’s the whole Nathan Drake Collection available for the PS4, but that doesn’t mean that this game for the PS3 should be forgotten just because there’s a remastered version. The game still holds up to today’s standards and is still a worthy buy for the PS3.

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This Week in Trophies 11-29-2015 – 12-5-2015

There were a bunch of different trophies this week from a bunch of different games including a brand new platinum trophy. Even though I still spent most of my time playing Fallout 4, I did have a little extra time to devote to gaming this week so I kind of spent that extra time playing some other games. Here’s a breakdown of my gaming week.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 100%

I started out my week just right with this platinum trophy. I spent the majority of one day just powering through chapter after chapter of this game on crushing. In the end, the parts that I thought were going to be difficult actually weren’t and I was happy just to get this game finished with. I’ll have my full review of the game up on Wednesday.

Fallout 4 – 70%

I finished my very first playthrough of Fallout 4 this week. As much as I really liked the game and the story attached to it, especially the twist, I thought the ending was a little…underwhelming. At the moment I’m going back and collecting some trophies that I didn’t get before starting a new playthrough that will hopefully get me the platinum.

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Pure Hold’em – 42%

I am really really trying with this game, and don’t get me wrong, it’s a good game. It’s just that the servers are basically dead. It’s a struggle to get into any kind of tournament and I’m really tired of playing with the AI over and over again. It’s just getting a little boring.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – 10%

I picked this game up when it was released on Tuesday for the PS3, thanks Playstation for not mentioning that it would be released for the PS4 on Saturday! Anyway, I picked up this game because I’ve been longing to play some old school GTA ever since I got rid of my PS2 a while back. I could have gotten the PS2 classic version of this, but didn’t because of lack of trophy support. With trophy support added I knew it was the perfect time to get back into GTA. I’m looking forward to playing III and Vice City on the PS4.

Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight – 90%
I am almost done with this game! I’m so close too. I only need another 24 stars to reach the 500 stars required for the final trophy. I have to tell you though, this game is being a real bitch when it comes to getting those final stars. I’m going to power through it though and will hopefully be able to finish sometime this upcoming week.

Minecraft: Story Mode – 40%

I had some free time and was eager to play the next episode of this game since I really enjoyed the first one, and then almost immediately regretted it. The second episode was just…I don’t’ want to give too much away here but I’ll have my review of the second episode up sometime after my review of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

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And that was it for this week. A pretty active week for trophies and that platinum made me one step closer to my year end goal. I will say this though, at the moment I’m a little burnt out on Uncharted. Playing the three times in a row like that was just crazy even though it took me a little over two months to complete. I had planned on going back to finish up Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but I’m going to wait until sometime next year to do that. As for this upcoming week, I’m going to continue working on Fallout 4, try really hard to finish up Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight, continue playing GTA: San Andreas, and I might just start an episode of Life is Strange since I picked up the season pass for $10.00 this week. I’ll let you know how everything goes next week.

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This Week in Trophies 10-18-2015 – 10-24-2015

This week had a little bit of everything. It was one of those weeks where I felt like I did a lot because I played a bunch of different games, but when I looked at my final numbers I realized that I really didn’t do all that much which is kind of a bummer. Anyway, here’s how my week went.

Angry Birds Trilogy – 31%

This game came out of no where right? This game has been sitting on my system for a while now. I started it when I first got it about two years ago, and have been randomly playing it on and off ever since. I really only play it when I’m multitasking. I know it sounds weird, because how can multitasking involve playing video games but believe me it’s totally do-able and this wasn’t the first time I’ve done it.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 91%

I finally beat the game on hard! Finally! I spent most of my Sunday doing it, but it was well worth it and in the end the parts that I thought were going to be extremely hard actually turned out to be easy and I didn’t even die. I seriously died more on Normal which makes me think I’m ready to tackle Crushing mode.

Tales from the Borderlands – 100%

The final episode of this game finally came out and I just had to play it right when it came out to see what happened. I don’t want to really give anything away since I’ll have my full review of the episode up on Wednesday.

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Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight – 71%

Once I got past level 85, the rest of them just seemed like a complete breeze for some reason. I was able to knock out level after level this week without much downtime letting me go way past level 100 and collecting a few other trophies I needed along the way. I noticed that a new patch was installed on the PS3 version of the game this week and for some reason it seems like the lives just keep piling up which helps a lot. I’m not sure if this is an error or if the game is going to continue on like this but I would really like to finish it up before this goes away.

Broken Age – 74%

I finished with this game about mid week and was really happy with the game overall. I still have to go back and clean up some random trophies that I didn’t get and I also have to go back and complete the game in under an hour. I’m really not looking forward to rushing through the game to get that under an hour trophy. While I have no problem playing the game again, I just think that this trophy kind of ruins the game as a whole. Needless to say, I will be developing a plan on how to easily complete the game in under and hour and once I develop a plan that works, I’ll be sure to let you know about it.

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Chariot – 12%

I played this game quite a bit this week and was only able to get one trophy. While I’m still enjoying it, I’m a little stuck at the moment because the levels stopped opening which means that I have to go back and redo a lot of the levels. I don’t really mind, but I doubt I’ll be playing as much as I was.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – 15%

I started this game late in the week and I’m really still not sure what to think of it. I really am enjoying the graphics because they’re stunning and extremely real like, but I’m just not sure what I think of the actual story yet. I need to spend a little more time with the game before I form an opinion of the game as a whole.

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That was it for this week, a total of 19 trophies. Not really a great week at all, but I will say that the 19 is better then a big fat 0. Currently I’m at the point where I’m actually counting down the days until Fallout 4 so I’m going to be trying not to start anything new especially with the end of the month coming up. There are a few things I would like to do before Fallout 4 comes out which is finish up Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, finish Broken Age, finish Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and finish Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight. Other then that I’m going to stick to playing some games that are already installed on my systems and just sitting around waiting for me to play them. I’ll let you know how everything worked out for me next week.

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This Week in Trophies 09-06-2015 – 09-12-2015

While there weren’t nearly as many trophies as I was able to get last week, I think I still did a decent job of trophy collecting this week. Taking the blame for my lack of trophies though surprisingly isn’t the whole being an adult thing this time. No, this time Dragon Age: Inquisition is to blame with the release of a new DLC that has me playing the game all over again. Anyway, here’s how I did this week.

Fallout 3 – 17%

There was only one Fallout 3 trophy this week as I made my way across the Wasteland trying to discover 100 different locations along with trying to pick up side quests that I know I missed. This upcoming week will probably be the same though as I avoid the game ending last quest since I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to be purchasing any DLC for the game.

I Am Bread – 47%

I was able to get one solitary trophy for this game this week and I’m thinking that’s probably going to be it for a while. Although I’ll play every now and again, trying to get those A++ runs have been a total pain in the ass. I’m having an especially hard time with the Bagel Races because it seems that no matter how I beat my so-called “best score” my rating never goes up.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – 90%

That Trespasser DLC just completely blew me away. It was probably the best piece of DLC that I’ve played since the Tiny Tina DLC for Borderlands 2. I mean seriously, especially that ending! Oh that ending! Because of the DLC I started a new playthough, mostly to see the whole game through again, but also because I wanted to start tackling some of the trials.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 82%

I accomplished what I wanted to with this game this week, I was able to go back and collect the remaining trophies for the treasures, weapons, and other special requirements. The only two trophies I have left are for playing the game on Hard and then Crushing difficulty. While I’m not looking forward to these two trophies, I’ll be starting my Hard playthrough sometime this week hoping that I’ll be able to get through it.

Grow Home – 28%

Oh how this game is extremely frustrating. I think I finished the game? I’m not sure, I teleported a Star Seed home but nothing really happened; I guess I have to do all of them. I’m not really sure and at this point and I really don’t care. This game has been more frustrating with its wonky controls then I Am Bread. It seemed somewhere in the middle of the game my right arm completely died and just hung at my side not letting me use it for climbing so I’ve been climbing solely with my left arm which causes a lot of falling and a lot of dying. At this point I’m wishing I voted for a different game.

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That’s it for this week. In this upcoming week I’m going to start my Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune hard playthrough hoping that I can actually beat it on hard, continue playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, use some spare time to try to clean up some Grow Home and I Am Bread trophies, continue on my quest in Fallout 3, and maybe start a new game. Starting a new game probably isn’t wise at the moment, but sometimes it can’t be helped as I get that itch of wanting to experience a new game. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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This Week in Trophies 08-30-2015 – 09-05-2015

Wow, so what a week. Surprisingly I was super busy this week being an adult and all, but I still managed to get 53 trophies. This was a pretty amazing week trophy wise since I can’t even remember the last time I was able to get this many trophies. If I continue on this way I might be able to top my greatest month of trophies which was a couple of years back when I got over 200 in a month. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself though, so here’s how my week went.

Fallout 3 – 16%

If I thought last week was a big jump trophy wise, this week definitely tops it. Unlike what I thought, the chain of main story missions didn’t stop and I almost completed the final mission but stopped myself. Going back, I completed a lot of side quests that I had hanging there and this week I’ll probably do the same thing. I don’t really want to finish the game since I don’t feel like it’s done yet. I know I still have a bunch of side quests that I just have to go and find and that’s what I’m going to do.

I Am Bread – 45%

I got a couple of things out of this game this week, a couple of new videos on my YouTube channel, frustrating times, controller breaking times, and a whole bunch of different trophies. While I continue to clean up some trophies that I missed here and there and try to get some impossible ones, I did finish the game and I have to say that I loved the epilogue. If you’re a fan of Surgeon Simulator the epilogue will make a ton of sense to you.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 54%

I finally got a chance to start this game for the third time on the PS3. I played this game when it first came out and then again a couple of years back before there were trophies for it. Going back and playing again was super fun and I was able to complete my Normal playthrough this week. Before I start my hard playthrough I’ll be going back to get the 16 treasures that I missed and clean up some of the weapon trophies. I’m hoping for the platinum in this game by the end of the month.

Grow Home – 14%

Yes I voted for this game, knowing that it was made by Ubisoft, so I figured I might as well play it. I’m not really enjoying it as much as I should though. I don’t know if it’s me or the game, but I’m going to keep playing and see how things go.

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That was it for this week. A huge week of trophies that I’m not sure will be replicated this upcoming week. I’m going to say that this will be mostly because of the new Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC. I am excitedly looking forward to Tuesday for the final DLC for this game because I have so many questions that will hopefully be answered and depending on how the DLC goes I might even start a new playthrough. While I decide if I’m going to start a new playthrough on Dragon Age: Inquisition, I’ll also being playing a little I Am Bread here and there, a little Grow Home, a little Uncharted as I try to clean up the trophies that have nothing to do with the difficulty trophies, and as always I’ll be wandering around the Wasteland in Fallout 3.

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