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Uncharted Impressions | PS3Blog.net

Despite the positive consensus that this title is receiving, I was prepared for a bland overhyped game:

Reservations

  • Leaves, plants, and dirt People rave about the graphics. I’m sure this game has all the latest in bump mapping, HD textures, and fancy 3D features, but it’s freaking leaves and dirt! How exciting can it be?
  • They Shop at the Gap I’m as tired of bald space marines as the next guy, but these characters are so bland it’s offensive!
  • Dude Raider Tomb Raider bored me to tears (I only played the original). If anything can get my heart racing more than the leaves, the dirt, and the middle-america clothing fashion, it has to be tired cliché game mechanics. Let me guess: linear “exploration”, shooting bad guys, and jumping puzzles.

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Thankfully, I was wrong.

  • Graphics and Presentation I expected a bunch of boring rocks and plants with fancy shader effects, but this game is actually a lot more exciting than that. Most games have levels that feel like they were churned out from a level editing tool. In this game, the environments feel like actual living places, and all the traps and surprises within them work well. This game has a variety of cool visual elements and effects that are better seen than written about. Suffice it to say, that this is the most visually impressive title that I’ve seen. And with competition like Ratchet & Clank and CoD4, that is no small achievement. Don’t judge this by the screenshots alone, you really have to see this game in motion to appreciate it.
  • Dialog, Characters, and Narrative While the characters look boring, they are surprisingly interesting. All of the dialog scenes and cut scenes are fun to watch and the story keeps you immersed in the experience the whole way through the game. The dialog and overall narrative are fairly typical pulp adventure fiction, but it’s very easy to get into and just plain fun. I’d peg this as par for a good Hollywood movie and amazing for a video game.
  • Playing a Movie The core strength of this game, is you actually feel like you are playing an Indiana Jones style movie from beginning to end. To clarify, you don’t feel like you are watching a movie, which is a trap that many other games fall into, you really feel like you are playing the movie. While this game is completely linear, the game mechanics are elaborate and flexible enough to avoid feeling scripted. Also, the game moves along at a very brisk and exciting pace from beginning to end. The game never slows down, or hits dull filler parts, or excessive repetition. You always feel like you are doing something different, finding a cool new environment, and moving the story along.

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Cons

Uncharted really nails the movie-like pulp adventure game that the developers were going for. However, while I love this game, and I think most people reading would agree, I know this game isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I’m going to try to list the things that would tip that group of people off. This is more a list of what the game is not, rather than nitpicks of what the game is.

  • No Multiplayer
  • It’s very “pulpy” Why did these ancient civilazations build all these elaborate and fun giant stone puzzles that work so well hundreds of years later? Why are there hundreds and hundreds of mindless pirates that are so easy to kill? You need to practice judicious “suspension of disbelief” to enjoy the experience.
  • Limited replay value I enjoyed this enough, that I will definitely play through a second time, which is rare for me, but that’s it. This is a linear single-player movie like experience so expect to play through once or twice at the most and be done with it.

Agree? Disagree? Let’s hear it in the comments…

  • Sporty

    My Copy is sitting in my ‘to be played’ with Warhawk and R&C. Damn PJ Monsters took me away from R&C.

    But I would imagine the metal system helps on replay, if your one of those 100% people, after all those will be trophies once home launches.

  • Lack of multi-player isn’t an issue for me. When the single-player is THIS good, it doesn’t need multi-player or online functionality. Besides, I can’t think of a way in which this game could be adapted to suit any kind of multiplayer experience.

    I personally would also have to disagree with ‘limited replay value’. I am the sort of person who rarely plays a game through more than once; I’m 36 now, and I’ve been gaming since I was 8 – and I’ve only ever played about 3 games more than once after completing them. Ordinarily, I just don’t ‘do’ collectables, as I just can’t be bothered and they rarely add anything to the game. But I’m on my 4th time through Uncharted! It’s just so much fun that the treasures and unlockables don’t become a chore to find.

    Finally, you ask the question: “Why are there hundreds and hundreds of mindless pirates that are so easy to kill?”

    Granted, they are a little easy in the Normal mode, and they don’t get much harder in Hard mode… but wait until you unlock Crushing! It gets more like CoD4 – enemies soak up bullets, but you can die from 2 or 3 hits.

    My advice – play on Hard from the off to unlock Crushing – then play again on that level. It really is a challenge.

  • ehandlr

    Best game on the PS3..simple as that. Loved the entire game.

  • Riggins44

    Have to agree with ehandlr. This game has great pacing and although the shootouts with the Pirates get a bit repetative, I enjoyed the challenge of getting as many headshots as possible. I would have liked a bit more puzzling, not necessarily harder, just a little more exploring between gunfights. Number 2 is in the works, and will be a day one purchase for me.

    As an aside, it is really important for us to support first rate exclusives like this. If you have not bought this game, you are missing out.

  • Pellib

    I have played games, mainly on PC, for roughly 20 years. The PS3 is my first ever console and it took a while to get used to the controller.

    Uncharted is in my view one of the most enjoyable single player games I ever played, the atmosphere and the characters really does the trick.

    I fully agree with you Riggins on supporting first rate exclusives so rush to the store and get your copy and while your at it grab a copy of Ratchet as well 🙂

  • Darrin

    Paranoima, I really love this game. I rented it, and after playing for a while, I had to buy a copy. This is easily one of the best games of 2007, if not the best (I do love Ratchet though)

    I listed those “cons” so this post didn’t sound like a commercial or a militant evangelist. I don’t care about the lack of multiplayer, and the pulpy story wasn’t a problem, but I know other people don’t like that stuff and would rather play CoD4 or something, and I wanted to list some points for those people.

    Regardless, this game is awesome. I’m blown away by the technology, and just how fun and easy to play this game is.

  • Steve

    Not every game needs to be multiplayer. I wouldn’t expect a Castlevania game to be multiplayer.

  • Multiplayer? What for? This game is in no way tailored to support such a mode!

    And, the “repetetive” pirates… I agree. I find it a bit boring to shoot and shoot and… Especially when you enter somewhere (a bit later in the game, no spoiler here), and there already are pirates inside, although, they are not supposed to be there yet.

    I found, that in the end, the environmental puzzles lacked a bit (the beginning was great however) and at the end, it just more just run and gun.

    Still a great game, but more puzzles and less shooting would have made me give it a 10/10 instead of a 9/10

  • i had the same fears as you did, and like you, ended up loving the game.

    i was particularly impressed by the script and voice acting. on par with a lot of hollywood action movies, easily.

  • mcloki

    I’m on my second play through and the game is fantastic. The story is fun. Real fun. There’s a lot to like. Suspension of disbelief. They are video games after all. So accept the reality that is presented to you, as long as the logic of the game stays intact, go with it. At the end of the day you are just watching pixels rapidly flickering on and off on a screen. To fully enjoy it. Let your mind pretend. And pretending is half the fun.
    Can’t wait for #2. I’d even buy a DLC level or two.

  • Jast3r Rogu3

    I havent played a game like Uncharted in years, its the best game if 2007.
    everybody with a PS3 should buy it its a master piece.

  • Solid_Nat

    Played it twice, loved it, now traded it in! Naughty Dog have crept up and produced a truly brilliant game, one that doesn’t get enough praise in my book.

    The confirmation of a sequel in the works is great news and im sure that now the tech is in place other features will be added to the game. I just hope the next one is a bit longer….

    Look out for those Trophies to be displayed in my Home space!

  • iFlash

    How many people stood in the beginning of the game not knowing the opening movies was over? just me…..

  • Gary

    I was a bit underwhelmed by Uncharted. It was very good in every department but it lacked something and I can’t tell you what that was.

    I still have it though, I just haven’t had any motivation to play it on the harder difficulty levels.

    I enjoyed Heavenly Sword more than Uncharted, completely different genres I know, but both are PS3 exclusives.

  • Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and you made some valid points, many of which I agree with.

    However I think its improper to criticise it for not including a multiplayer mode. This is like criticising a cat for not being a dog! Uncharted is a single player experience, and is not meant to be a mulitplayer game. Tomb Raider isnt marked down for being a single player game is it?

    apart from that, I like the site.

  • Darrin

    Andronix, I completely agree with you, but reread that section,”This is more a list of what the game is not”. Everyone misunderstood that section, so I need to handle that differently.