Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Uncharted (PS3) Impressions

One of the things I wanted to do while the kids were away was finish off Uncharted.  I had started it...oh, 4 years ago or whenever it came out.  It was a game I didn't want to play around them, since you kill people and it looks kinda realistic.  It's a bit weird considering what I will play around them, but whatever.

I'll have to be honest and say I was kinda bored playing this.  I wanted to pick it back up and finish it off so I could play the second and try to get them both out of the old backlog.  I don't even think I got very far in it.  I'm at the part where I have to find Elena in some ruins after a plane crash.  I remember people saying it wasn't that long, so I was hoping to at least beat it and grab a chunk of trophies along the way.  Now, I'm not even sure I'll finish it, let alone get around to playing the second one.  I bought them both for really cheap and a few years ago, so I'm not going to miss sleep over not playing them.  Although if the second is a lot better than the first, I may just skip to that one.

The platforming is ok, but sometimes feels pretty loose.  Like the Assassin's Creed games, sometimes I jump in a direction I didn't want to.  Another small annoyance was not being able to turn.  When you press a different direction, Drake has to move a certain distance in that direction, meaning it's hard to change your facing without moving too much.  I will admit that the scenery in the game looks fantastic, and I see why that's the selling point.

Gunplay in Uncharted isn't that great to me either.  I think the platforming is better and more fun, since you get to check out the scenery.  Guys seem to take too many bullets, even on the normal setting, and of course they are near-robot accurate.  I don't really die that much, but I definitely get shot a lot while trying to line up shots.  They are also pretty good at running and ducking, which is nice from a realism standpoint, but annoying in a game.  It's not so much "frustrating" as it is "not fun", if that makes any sense.  I think I'll read up on the second to see what changed, and decide if I want to play that one from there.

1 comment:

  1. Uncharted is arguably one of the best game franchises ever, mainly because of the sense of exploration (albeit sometimes a bit too linear) vast scenic vistas, and awesome voice acting which goes along with the movie-like experience you get with the game. I agree that baddies can be sponges, but that aside,the games are nearly perfect in my opinion. To answer your question about progression in quality... yes.. the second game is better than the first, but it is worth playing for the story.