Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune now 9/10

Just played through Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune again, now with Trophy support, and decided to bump it up from the original 8/10 rating to 9/10.

Though I had wanted to play through the game again on Hard difficulty, I probably would have never got around to it. So, I was playing again thanks to Trophies.

Running through the game on Hard forces one to pay attention to how things work and so I found the game easier than I did on Normal. (The difficulty trophies stack so finishing Hard awarded Normal and Easy complete trophies as well.) It was especially helpful to remember that hero Nathan Drake can run-and-gun by pressing R1. This really helped with the monsters-in-the-dark levels as did remembering that after you’ve turned the power on in the submarine dock you just need to head out of the door otherwise the monsters endlessly spawn.

I also really appreciated the lightness of touch and consistently fun dialogue and tone (there are no F-words in Uncharted, I’m glad to say) and it is consistently a pleasure to be in hero Nathan Drake’s company. The voice performances are all terrific, the music is outstanding, the graphics and production design are gorgeous and the game plays and controls, for the most part, brilliantly.

The niggle about the baddies being somewhat bullet resistant still applies but it should be noted that they always react to bullets, even when you only get close, and that they do have to reload their weapons just like you do.

While Call of Duty 4 was the best PlayStation 3 game of the 2007 holiday season, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is the best exclusive title of that period and a second Uncharted adventure is something to look forward to.

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