Uncharted – Drake’s Fortune

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was a first for gaming. The levels moved as you frantically jumped over each surface, but more importantly was the story.

The main character, Nathan Drake, is a supposed descendent of the great explorer Sir Francis Drake, a fact which he proves at the beginning of the game by finding the drowned coffin of the legendary sailor and proving it’s empty, suggesting he faked his death. This is where the game makes its anchor, and from here everything is highly plausible, which is exactly what every game before Uncharted has failed to do. This discovery is followed quickly by an intense shoot out, in which Nate shows Elena, his reporter acquaintance just how to fend off Panamanian pirates.

The game grows in scale as the story progresses, taking Nate to an Uncharted island off the coast of Africa, where an entire city has been claimed by the sea. He is followed however by another treasure hunter also in search of his ancestor’s final treasure. The ending of the story is a classic tale of treasure not being worth found, because the giant golden statue everyone has been seeking is actually filled with a terrible disease. In the final hours the enemy tries to take the disease to sell it on the black market, but Nate stops him and saves the day and gets the girl, the classic adventure tale.

The game is filled with funny banter between the two characters on screen, which has always been a strength of the developers, Naughty Dog in previous series Jak and Daxter, and future games Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. What makes the difference with all of these games is the fact that all of them are firmly based on facts found in the modern day.

Uncharted Drake’s Fortune was the beginning of an era in gaming, and many developers have sought to mimic the work since its release. Apart from the great story and action gameplay filled with fighting and shooting, the game also supplies a huge abundance of breathtaking climbing sequences. The climbing for the game is more real than anything ever seen in other similar games such as Tomb Raider, with Nate appearing to physically feel the effect of his momentum when he comes to an abrupt stop on a rock, having just flown through the air.

Overall the game is filled with hair raising climbs, tense action sequences and very enjoyable shooting, with a story that will leave anyone eager for more.