Skip to main content

Game Review: Uncharted: Drakes Fortune

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune came out in 2007 and is a strong start to the series. It's full of impossible physical feats, dead-easy puzzle solving, snappy banter, and lots and lots of bad guys and bullets. It introduces gamers to Nathan Drake, a bro / Indiana Jones hybrid who plunges into certain-death situations in his search for treasure.

It's clear from having played the series in disorder (I played 2011's Golden Abyss first -- review here) that the developers learned the right lessons as they moved forward. Drake's Fortune is light and diverting, but there are gunfights that are just plain ridiculous with the amount of bad guys and bullets flying from every direction. It took me a while to get the hang of aiming and shooting quickly and accurately (with some backseat shooting from the ever-trying-to-be-helpful Fragrant Husband -- "Here, honey, use this post-it on the screen to aim!" uuurrrgh), but I eventually got pretty good. Subsequent games are much more forgiving when it comes to the point-and-shoot mechanics.

In terms of other elements -- Drake's Fortune is thin when it comes to plot: Drake and his mentor Sully search for El Dorado. There's an unpleasant surprise past the halfway point, offset by the presence of Elena, an attractive, intelligent, and resourceful woman, and also jet skis. The graphics are gorgeous, the voice acting is the gold standard, and the soundtrack is exciting. It's a little less balanced than the other games in the series -- there would be long stretches of just traversing obstacles, followed by a shootout with what seems like a small army, but that made completing checkpoints so fulfilling. It was like, "Finally! I did forty-seven hundred pull-ups and defeated ten thousand criminals using one million bullets! And it only took five tries!"

I was having a blast. And then, just as I was becoming the queen of shooting all the bad guys, the game was over. Alas, everything must end.

I enjoyed this game so much, and felt that it finished too soon, that Drake stayed on my mind for a few days after the game. Which is why I'm so excited about Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, coming out in 2016!!! It shall be AMAZEBALLS.

TL;DR: A terrific action/adventure game. Entire series recommended!

This post brought to you by lamb and pork pie made in honor of the Game of Thrones season 5 premier! 

Popular posts from this blog

An International Women's Day Miracle!

Truly, International Women's Day is a special day. No, not because multitudes are out there rallying for our rights and giving voice to the powerless. It is because I won a gift card from a company raffle!

Let me explain why this counts as a minor miracle. You see, I never win anything. I answer every damned survey sent my way, participate in all the raffles, buy lottery tickets -- to no avail. This particular raffle occurred monthly, and I had been faithfully entering my name every month for two years, with no results. Finally, last month, I declared: "No more!" and unsubscribed from the mailing list -- but not before entering one final time, because why not.


There's also some déjà vu at play here. You see, four years ago, I won a gift card from a company raffle. The one fracking time I won anything! I was elated! Shortly thereafter, also on International Women's Day, I was laid off from my job.

Sooooo...since the day's almost over, I guess I'm not…

Paint Nite!

Last night I joined the "Oops" Paint Nite event hosted by the Club Cafe in Back Bay. About 12+ people came to relax and have two artists guide them through painting this original work:

The point was not to slavishly duplicate "Oops" -- we were instructed to make it our own, to relax, and not to utter the words, "Mine sucks," "Can you do this for me?" or "I thought this was paint-by-numbers!"

Speaking of dashed hopes, I had assumed that wine was included. I had done something like this before, only it was in the morning and we all got mimosas. Not so here! While the artists were setting up, I schlepped over to the bar and was rewarded with a generous pour of Cabernet. Now I was ready.

The setup: Everyone got a 16" x 20" canvas, three paint brushes, and a palette (a paper plate) with red, yellow, blue, and white paint. One artist (Brian) had the microphone and would paint with us, while the other was the assistant (Kory) who wo…

Get Out (2017)

Get Out has a charismatic lead, a terrific soundtrack, and damn good cinematography. While it’s described as horror/comedy, it’s more disturbing/cringe-y than scary, and I mean that in a good way. This is an entertaining movie that’s also pretty effective as social commentary.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a photographer who’s about to spend the weekend at his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parent’s house. Naturally, it’s in a secluded spot in the woods. When they get there, the awkwardness that might be expected from a first-time meeting gives way to a series of bizarre behaviors and interactions. While Chris initially takes it all in stride, it eventually becomes clear that there’s something sinister going on behind the scenes.

The acting and dialogue are highlights of the film, as is the camera work. In particular, Kaluuya’s eyebrows and head tilts are so expressive that the audience knows what’s going on in his head even as he politely brushes off eccentricities. A…