Uncharted: Drake's Fortune review: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Gripping storyline with good voice acting. Fantastic visuals with photorealistic environments. Excellent blend of platformer and shooter.

The Bad Gimmicky Sixaxis control to throw grenades.

The Bottom Line The PlayStation 3’s real processing power is put to the test in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and shows the possibilities yet to come. The visuals are amazing, displaying the dense jungle environments and old temple ruins in great detail, and to top it all off the strong cinematic storyline is sure to draw you in.

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The PlayStation 3's real processing power is put to the test in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and shows the possibilities yet to come. The visuals are amazing, displaying the dense jungle environments and old temple ruins in great detail, and to top it all off the strong cinematic storyline is sure to draw you in.

There is incredible detail in the lush jungle environments.

The game's main character, Nathan Drake, believes himself to be a distant relative of explorer Sir Francis Drake. He has in his possession a map to a forgotten fortune which later leads to an uncharted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Supporting Drake is long time friend Sully and reporter Elena, who is there to document the discoveries for television. She isn't, however, entirely supportive or understanding of Drake's work ethics. Uncharted is like a modern Indiana Jones blended with Tomb Raider but with a stronger combat emphasis. The story is supported by some great voice acting for each character and there are good cinematic cut-scenes which flow smoothly with the gameplay throughout the game.

On your run through you are gently introduced to the game mechanics of the game, which include puzzle platforming, the cover and shooting system similar to that in Gears of War, and the hand-to-hand combat. All this blended together creates a fast and intense action adventure game. There is no strain caused over the puzzles involved as they almost always involve jumping between ledges and moving objects when prompted to. A sometimes common problem in platform scenarios is the blind jump, where the camera isn't directed or showing where your next jump will be causing you to normally fall to your doom. Thankfully, Uncharted doesn't have this problem and the camera always pans in or out to give you a good view of where you need to go in each situation.

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