Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered by Naughty Dog.
Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of the game on PSN so I didn’t receive this one for free.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered is an HD remaster of the first game in the famed Uncharted series. It was released as part of The Nathan Drake Collection which also included the second and third game.
This was the first time that I’d ever played the Uncharted series but I’d always heard good things about it so I figured, why not give it a shot. I will admit that I wasn’t 100% impressed with this first game and I noticed a lot of things that could definitely be improved upon. Since it’s the first game this was expected though.
Drake’s Fortune follows treasure hunter and thief, Nathan Drake who is searching for the lost treasure of El Dorado. Nathan picked up the trail of the treasure thanks to his ancestor Sir Francis Drake who had left clues as to the treasure’s whereabouts. Nathan is aided by his old friend Victor Sullivan (Sully) and a journalist named Elena Fisher. The story also has some supernatural elements near the end of the game as well. I will admit that there were parts of the game where story took a backseat to the action and platforming. The best parts of the story definitely came near the end of the game where the story ramped up again and took center stage.
One thing that’s painfully obvious about this game is that it’s split into 2 sections that alternate. First you have the platforming elements which has you climbing ruins, and jumping across chasms. The second is gunfights, in these sections you face off against a bunch of enemies. When they’re dead it’s back to platforming again then rinse and repeat. This alternation between the two styles of play kinda made the game feel really repetitive after a while.
Another thing that kinda bugged me but isn’t all that major, really, is Nathan’s movement animations. He walks around like a hunched over monkey and walking down stairs looks really strange. There’s also times when you’re hanging from ledges where the animation will stiffen and you just appear on top of a ledge when you climb up. Also, when you’re aiming a weapon, Nathan isn’t even pointing at the person he’s shooting at, he’s pointing off to the side and it just looks plain weird.
Graphics wise, the remastering is very well done and everything from the plants and water to the character designs is beautifully detailed. I also liked the fact that you could turn off motion blur in the options menu (Never been a big fan of motion blur, it looks fugly). The voice acting and music is also top-notch in this game as well.
There’s also 30 hidden treasures in each chapter that you can discover as well. Finding them all will prove pretty challenging though.
Overall, I’m slightly mixed on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered. Gameplay wise it’s pretty repetitive and the animations could definitely be a lot better but at the same time the story, music, voice acting and graphics are all excellent. So, it’s not all bad just some annoyances here and there. If you’ve never experienced the game before I definitely recommend giving it a shot. It’s a fun game regardless of the small issues that I had with it.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!