Quick-Thoughts: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune (2007)

Naughty Dog Marathon Part 1 of 5 Leading Up to Release of The Last of Us Part II

So this is what the Nathan Drake fuss is all about—interesting. This first entry of the Uncharted franchise is a good time for sure, but I do have some gaping problems with Drake’s Fortune at the end of the day that keeps it from being anything worth playing again. 

The writing and story, put kindly, are pretty humdrum. Nearly every stereotyped line of dialogue you can see a mile ahead. It, additionally, doesn’t take a genius to recognize that the basic thread marks of Drake’s Fortune are snatched directly from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The similarities could’ve been applied to pay tribute to Spielberg’s classic franchise, but to me, they came off as blatantly lazy most of the time. Not until towards the end of the game did the plot begin to feel like it wanted to implement a few new ideas that didn’t seem reliant on the “adventurer” clichés, but even at that, the climax still had ghastly script issues. It’s comforting to know, however, that Naughty Dog would go on to craft much more proficiently written narratives in their near future, hence their accomplishment in producing the wondrous The Last of Us

While the bugs are a little funky at times and when the controls aren’t infuriating to conduct, the gameplay is undeniably fun—especially whenever you come across a nail-biting shootout that varies from sheer kick-assery to on-the-edge horror. Despite the project being almost a disguised retread of the Indiana Jones formula, it is admittedly nice as a fan of that franchise to be able to experience what it would feel like to be in the POV of an infamous archeologist such as Henry Jones. Just, my dear wishes that the franchise becomes more original in narrative plotting for the next three Uncharted Games. 

Verdict: B-

“Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” is now available to play on Playstation 3 and 4.

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