E3 2007: 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune'

A look at 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune,' a PS3 exclusive.

There's this guy Drake, and he's got a fortune.

The list of notable PS3-exclusive games thus far has been thin, to say the least. While first-person shooters and driving games are well represented, a good traditional third-person action/adventure has not. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, first seen at a Sony press preview a few months ago, aims to fill that niche with elements lovingly lifted from popular games such as the Tomb Raider and Far Cry.

It's pretty standard third-person exploration, as Drake clambers over obstacles in a remote jungle location, a la Lara Croft. Of course, the location isn't remote enough to prevent untold numbers of anonymous evil henchmen from trying to stop your progress, leading to some pretty intense firefights.

Unlike the Tomb Raider games, the shoot-em-up sections of Uncharted require actual skill (instead of simply holding a button to lock onto enemies and blasting away). The few firefights we encountered were surprisingly challenging, requiring us to hide behind cover to avoid a painful demise.

The overly familiar jungle locale and Indiana-Jones-lite protagonist aren't particularly inspiring, but as a basic Saturday afternoon action/adventure, Uncharted is a satisfying bit of video game junk food.

About the author

Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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