Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune


Computer Platform: Playstation 3 (Sony)
Produced by:
Price Range: $41-50
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

     Reviewed By: A.J. Mayfield

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆
Genre: with Action Elements
Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 2 of 5 (heavy)
Adult Content: 5 of 5 (none)

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There are very few games out there like Uncharted. It’s pretty much Indiana Jones on steroids. Some may say its just a Tomb Raider clone but they in fact are wrong…it’s better! Unlike Tomb Raider it’s more action oriented with a couple of actually challenging puzzles ( you get a diary of your ancestor’s which helps with the puzzles) which helps the easily frustrated (like me). So let’s get started.

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Plot: You are Nathan Drake a descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake. You are being filmed by the lovely Elena Fischer for her TV show. The opening sequence shows Nate opening the chest of his ancestor but he doesn’t find the body just the diary. And all of a sudden you are attacked by pirates (ARRGH). The rest of the game you have to find the treasure of El Dorado before the Nazis do ( yes they are still around).

Graphics: Freaking amazing!! Uncharted defiantly pushes the PS3 to it’s limits. Sometimes you’ll have to stop and admire the scenery. The characters are beautifully rendered and designed each with their own details.

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Sound: Also excellent. The guns all sound very real and the soundtrack is exquisite. You can even hear toucans in the background!

Violence: The violence is the least of your worries here. There is bloodspray but nothing worse than a PG-13 film like Live Free Or Die Hard.

Language: Okay here’s the doozy. The language is the only setback. God’s name as well as Jesus’ are flung about without remorse. S— is used a lot along with d—, hell, a– h—, and S.O.B. That’s the main reason I gave it an average rating there is no need for language that bad!

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Occult Themes: *SPOILER* Nate finds an old-school film reel showing some people turning into deformed “demons” as Sir Francis quotes in his letter. Some may find that disturbing but they are actually just malformed Spaniards cursed from the El Dorado statue.

Overall Uncharted is a fun game once you get past the language. I would recommend this game to people 15 and older due to the language and creepy cave creatures and gunplay.

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Year of Release — 2007

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