I’m a 360 gamer. I don’t own a PS3, so I have never been able to experience the PS3 exclusive titles. Well this past weekend I was ‘fortunate’ enough to be able to play through the Uncharted series on PS3 thanks to my friend Luke. Each of these games has an amazing story. I would compare it more to an interactive movie than playing a game (aside from a few overly long shooting segments). The gameplay can be compared to that of Assassin’s Creed, as you will be climbing through the environment like a monkey on steroids. The other portion can be compared to Gears of War, where you will be crouching behind cover and murdering unfortunate henchmen by the droves.
Jungle from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Alright, I lied. I didn’t play the whole series in one weekend… Actually I just watched a ‘Let’s Play’ of the first Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Luke said that the controls were clunky, but that the story was still fantastic and that I needed to check it out. The controls did seem rather clunky from my viewing perspective, either that or the person I was watching was just really bad at the game. After watching, I was prepped and ready to dig into the rest of the Uncharted series.
Water from Uncharted: Among Thieves
Friday night I started playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I was instantly enthralled with the characters. Nathan Drake is a great protagonist in that most people can see a bit of themselves in him, or at least I did. The controls were spot on, and even Luke said that I seemed to be a master at the game. I was popping off headshots with ease, and I went through most of the game only using my pistol. Among Thieves had the best story overall to me and some spectacular graphics. I actually had to stop and stare at some of the water effects in this game.
Desert from Uncharted: Drake's Deception
I finished up Among Thieves Saturday morning and by that afternoon I had moved onto Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. This game looks so good that I didn’t even know when the first cut-scene ended and the game play began. The controls seemed a bit more rigid than the second one (apparently Naughty Dog wanted it to feel this way), but the gaming public made such an outcry that a patch is going to be released so that you can set the controls to feel more like Uncharted 2. The story of Drake’s Deception is phenomenal, and you even get to play as a young Nathan Drake, shedding a bit of light on Drake’s past. The graphics in 3 are the best in the series. What Uncharted 2 did with water, Uncharted 3 does with sand. Wandering through a desert never looked so good! The graphics are figuratively mind blowing!
The Uncharted series is a must play for any gamer. I highly recommend it, even for those exclusive 360 gamers (head over to a friends house that owns a PS3 and play these games). Playing through Uncharted definitely brought out the Indiana Jones fan in me (pre-Crystal Skull, of course). The best part about playing through these games is that I no longer have to buy a PS3, except maybe to play the Ratchet and Clank games…