During the last generation of game consoles, I focused my time on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. I completely skipped out on the PS3 (listen to our opening podcast episode to find out why).
Here we are in 2016, and I finally own a Sony console again. I’m thrilled with the PS4, and I’m glad to see games from last generation get another shot at life on this system. I spent some time this holiday season playing through the widely-acclaimed Uncharted series, and it exceeded my expectations in nearly every way. Since each entry is a separate experience, let’s break it down game-by-game:
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
The first question I want to answer is this: Does it still hold up today? The short answer is: Yes… mostly.
This game introduces us to Nathan Drake. He’s a very likable character that comes across as a mix between Han Solo, Malcolm Reynolds, and Indiana Jones. (Now that I think about it… those characters are all pretty much the same person. Huh.) We also get our first introduction to Drake’s main two relationships: His best friend and mentor, Victor “Sully” Sullivan and his on-again-off-again love interest, Elena Fisher. The performances are great, but the last-gen faces & movement pulled me out of the experience on a few occasions. Fortunately, the witty banter and exciting set pieces make up for that shortcoming, and I finished the game feeling like I had just watched a really fun summer adventure movie.
Speaking of visuals, the upgraded graphics look great! The environments & enemies lack variation (especially compared to the sequels), but I still felt like I was in the jungle, battling my way through ancient ruins as wave after wave of enemies came at me. The character details specifically make it look like a game from the last generation of hardware, but that’s not really a knock against it. The game looks fantastic overall and runs quite smoothly.
The gameplay holds up fine as well – especially when compared to other cover shooters. The weakest part of the game is the repetitive nature of the fights:
1. Enter an area.
2. Enemies run/jump/climb into the opposite end of that area.
3. Shoot everyone and move on to the next area.
Honestly, it is very repetitive, but the game wasn’t long enough for it to truly wear me down. Also, the shooting & cover system work great, so there’s still some fun to be had in those battles.
On its own, the first Uncharted game was a fun experience that is worth a look for those (like me) who skipped the PS3. It also sets the stage for its two stellar sequels!
Keep an eye out for upcoming reviews for Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3! Spoiler alert: I really liked them.