Title: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Release date: 2015.
Console (player on): PlayStation 5.
Console (also available on): PlayStation 3 & 4.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure.
Developer: Bluepoint Games.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment.
Director(s): Amy Hennig.
Designer(s): Richard Lemarchand.
Programmer(s): Pål-Kristian Engstad, Dan Liebgold & Travis McIntosh.
Artist(s): Bob Rafei & Bruce Straley.
Writer(s): Amy Hennig, Neil Druckmann & Josh Scherr.
Composer(s): Greg Edmonson.
Voice Actor(s): Nolan North, Emily Rose, Richard McGonagle, Simon Templeman, Robin Atkin Doiwnes, James Sie, and many more!
My Overall Rating:
Back in 2007, one of the first games that came with my Playstation 3 was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Innocent and oblivious to the huge developments within the gaming world, I began what I consider my formative years as a gamer with an action-adventure game conceived by one of my all-time favourite developers Naughty Dog. Drawing inspiration from classic films and movie serials, the Uncharted series made me fall in love with video game story-telling more than ever before. Spawning three sequels and three spin-offs, the franchise is commonly seen as the successor to Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider and the definite establishment of new gaming standards oriented around Holywoodian formula where the narrative succeeds with traditional tropes and charismatic characters.
What is Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered (2015) about? The story follows treasure hunter Nathan “Nate” Drake and reporter Elena Fisher as they discover the coffin of Sir Francis Drake through Nate’s precious ring that he wears around his neck and considers as his family heirloom. Upon cracking open the ancient coffin, they discover a diary that contains the coordinates of El Dorado. Convinced that they’ve found the next big thing, they set off on an adventure that leads them into treacherous and uncharted territory filled with pirates and mercenaries. Unfortunately for them, while the journey will not be without its fair share of gunfights and explosions, what they discover in the end is far more devastating than what they could’ve ever imagined.
Despite its short length, the game channels the best of the action-adventure genre and delivers a compelling narrative with an unexpected twist to keep things going until the very end. Having originally played this game multiple times on the Playstation 3, it was a pleasure to be able to revisit this remastered edition of the game developed for the Playstation 4 on my Playstation 5 (no particular advantages beyond faster loading times). While the twists and turns are now fully ingrained within my memory, the shock value of those elements isn’t as powerful as they were initially but the development and execution, sharing similarities with blockbuster movies, make for an entertaining ride.
Where the game exceeds expectations in the phenomenal characterization and impeccable voice acting. While Nolan North has voiced an incredible and diversified array of characters in his life, what he accomplishes with Nathan Drake is unforgettable and adds an unparalleled amount of charisma to the character that is tenfold amplified by the authentic and hilarious dynamic that the character has with his partner in crime Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Richard McGonagle) and reporter Elena Fisher (Emily Rose). While the villains remain traditional in form and aren’t necessarily explored in-depth, they serve their purpose and allow players to focus on the good guys and their respective motives and drives as they jump, swim, and crash their way in and out of trouble.
This single-player game does merit applause for its high production value and its stellar execution. Linear in terms of gameplay design, as you progress through diverse levels, solving puzzles and taking down enemies, stealthily or gun-blazing, the amount of action blended into the narrative makes for an engaging adventure. The memorable and iconic score and the impressive, especially back in the day, the level design also invites players to explore the environment, occasionally being rewarded for discovered treasures and powerful weapons to utilize in combat. There’s no lying that the final product that later gave birth to more revolutionary games in the industry is an all-around riveting and mysterious adventure that honours iconic movies in its own way.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered (2015) is a crafty, enthralling, and action-packed adventure introducing the ambitious and audacious treasure hunter Nathan Drake alongside inquisitive reporter Elena Fisher and trusted mentor Victor Sullivan.