[Update: Well, that didn’t take long. After playing the demo again last night I sat down earlier today to see if I might be able to find a discounted version. I did, and the game will be on its way shortly! Wa-hoo! My wallet’s still upset, but I did save ~ $20 dollars in the process so it could’ve been worse. Needless to say, I can’t wait to play this.]
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3) was released in late November of last year, and while I had some interest in learning more as previews were published, the game was lost in the mix a little as some tried and true favorites were simultaneously hitting the shelves during the holiday rush. Still, it was in the back of my mind and when it was released I was impressed by just how many people were singing its praises and consistently comparing the “pulp-action” feel of the Indiana Jones movies. I love the Indiana Jones flicks, so that was definitely more than a few points in its favor from the get-go. Anyhow, from the graphics to the game play to the “fun-factor” — all key elements that kept popping up in reviews — I figured I’d better take advantage of the free download on the Sony Playstation Network to see if I’d enjoy what little I could play. So, last night, after a fairly lengthy download and ~ 20 minutes to spend I turned the game on and went to work…
…and the verdict? I enjoyed what I played immensely.
Indiana Jones and its cinematic direction most certainly must have been a major influence as immediately we’re introduced to “everyman” treasure hunter Nathan Drake, and his partner & television host Elena Fisher as they crash land on a small island in the middle of the Pacific. Separated prior to the crash, Drake finds himself miles away from the wreckage and is seemingly making his way to the remnants of their plane when he encounters hostiles pretty intent on shooting first and asking questions later. The player quickly takes control of Drake at this point and you really get a chance to see just how much of a leap technology has made with this next generation of systems. His movements are fluid, natural, and intuitive and the initial jungle setting is gorgeous to look at and interact with. It’s fun right from the start and I’m only disappointed that this is just a demo, if a very impressive one. My time with the game was enough to convince me that I really need to own this one and its skyrocketed right up there to the top of my “to buy” pile where video games are concerned.
If you own a PS3, I highly recommend checking out the free download. Though I reckon that your wallet will be hurting soon enough — I know mine will.