Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
European cover of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
Developer Naughty Dog
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform PlayStation 3
Release Dates NA November 16, 2007[1]
JP December 6, 2007[1]
AUS December 6, 2007[1]
EU December 7, 2007[1]
Succeeded by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is the first game in the Uncharted series.

The game follows explorer Nathan "Nate" Drake as he and his companions Elena Fisher and Victor "Sully" Sullivan search for the fabled treasure for El Dorado. However, they are not the only ones searching for the treasure, as they must compete with British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman and his right-hand man Atoq Navarro.

The game was released by Sony Computer Entertainment through November and December, 2007. Developed by Naughty Dog, the game was praised by critics and a sequel entitled Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was released in October, 2009.


[edit] Development

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was developed by Naughty Dog, the development company behind such series as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. Naughty Dog would first unveil the game at the 2006 E3 gaming conference with a teaser trailer, although the game was untitled at this stage.[2]

The game was in development for three years before its release; a small team of engineers worked on the game for the one year, while an additional larger staff was brought in for two years of full production.[3] While the game was being worked on, it was codenamed Big.[4] The Uncharted franchise was first conceived when Naughty Dog decided they wanted to create a new game for the PlayStation 3; a game that would challenge the PlayStation 3's hardware and technological capability.[3]

More details on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune would emerge in 2007, as the game was featured at the 2007 E3 gaming conference.[5] Furthermore, more information about the game's story would be revealed during July, 2007, such as information on primary protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake and his companion Elena Fisher, as well as the adventure they embark on; searching for the fabled treasure of El Dorado using clues from the works of Nate's apparent ancestor, Sir Francis Drake.[6]

The game went "go gold" in October 2007,[7] A playable demo of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune become available on November 8, 2007, but only to those in North America.[8] This was later rectified as a worldwide demo was released on November 12. [9] Ultimately, the game was first released on November 16, 2007 in North America, with a worldwide release coming later on December 6 and December 7.[1]

[edit] Gameplay

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a third-person, action-adventure game, with special attention being paid to the shooting and platforming aspects of the genre. From a third-person perspective, the player controls primary protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake as he utilises a variety of weapons across a diverse range of settings. When under fire, the player is expected to take cover behind objects situated in the immediate vicinity, while hand-to-hand (melee) combat is also prominent throughout the game. While venturing through the game's environment, players find Treasures. Finding these treasures and completing other tasks earns the player in-game medals and Trophies.

[edit] Plot

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune picks up off the coast of Panama as treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake retrieves the coffin of legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake, his supposed ancestor, from the ocean. Also present is cable television show presenter Elena Fisher, whose production company has funded the expedition. The coffin is empty aside from a diary belong to Drake that Nate keeps. After the discovery, the boat Nate and Elena are on comes under attack from pirates working on behalf of Nate's old friend Eddy Raja. However, before the boat explodes, Nate's friend, the antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan lands in a plane to pick them up.[10]

Nate and Sully cut Elena out.

Returning to a nearby dock, Nate reveals to Sully that the diary he found actually belonged to Francis Drake, and holds clues to the location of the fabled treasure of El Dorado. Nate and Sully make the decision to cut Elena out of the deal and head off to find El Dorado on their own.[10]

Nate and Sully arrive at the location specified by Drake's journal, but the temple they find there has already been cleared of any treasure. Sully is initially annoyed, but the two then discover tracks leading out of the temple. These tracks eventually lead them to a German U-Boat stranded beneath a waterfall. Nate enters the U-Boat and investigates it, while Sully remains outside. Nate is able to find some information that suggests that the Germans were also on the trail of El Dorado and takes the coordinates he finds in the U-Boat. However, when Nate exits the U-Boat, he finds Sully is not alone, as he is now begin held at gunpoint by British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman, his right-hand man Atoq Navarro and several of Navarro's mercenaries. It is revealed that Sully owes Roman a large sum of money, and Nate is forced to hand over all the information he has gathered on El Dorado. Roman then shoots Sully and turns the gun on Nate, but an explosion in the U-Boat gives Nate the chance to escape. Leaving behind Sully, who he assumes to be dead, Nate collides with Elena Fisher, who has been following Nate. Nate and Elena fight their way through waves of Navarro's mercenaries, before making the decision to go after El Dorado.[10]

Nate and Sully discover the U-Boat.

Nate and Elena fly to the island said to hold El Dorado, but as they approach the island they come under fire from anti-aircraft turrets, meaning that they have to parachute out of the plane. Nate lands relatively safely, but Elena's is picked up by some of Eddy Raja's pirates, who have been hired by Roman to provide additional security. Nate fights his way through waves of Eddy's soldiers, but before he can reach Elena he himself is captured by the pirates. After Nate and Eddy exchange heated words about El Dorado, Elena helps Nate escape and the two end up in the flooded ruins of an abandoned Spanish colony. In this colony, Nate and Elena find more information on the location of El Dorado, but Elena also captures footage on her camera of the supposedly-dead Sully with Roman.[10]

Nate and Elena are unsure of what to make of this discovery, so they head upriver to the monastery where Roman has set up a base of operations. Here, the two make their way through waves of Navarro's mercenaries before they come across Sully in a library. After freeing Sully, he reveals that his life was saved by Francis Drake's journal, which was in his breast pocket when he was shot. From there, the trio attempt to head down to the monastery's catacombs, but Sully is cut off from Nate and Elena, leaving the latter two to venture into the depths alone. While in the catacombs, Nate and Elena fight their way through more of Eddy's pirates, before meeting Eddy himself. Eddy's team of pirates has been wiped out by the Descendants - creatures infected by a virus contained within El Dorado - which leaves just Eddy and another pirate. This final pirate is killed by the creatures, leaving just Nate and Eddy, who manage to fend off the majority of the remaining Descendants. However, just as the two think they've killed all of them, a Descendant appears and drags Eddy away, and Nate must leave Eddy behind to regroup with Elena.[10]

Continuing on through the catacombs, Nate and Elena eventually come to an underground bunker previously belonging to the Germans. Here, Nate and Elena are separated and as Nate fights more of the Descendant creatures Elena is kidnapped by Roman and Navarro. Nate faces a race to the rescue as he meets up with Sully and the two rush to stop Roman and Navarro, who have located the treasure.[10]

Navarro fools Roman into opening the treasure, and the virus begins escaping, turning Roman into a creature. However, Navarro shoots and kills Roman before the transformation is complete. Navarro then begins moving both Elena and the treasure to his boat by helicopter, and Nate is able to hitch a ride on the helicopter. A series of mistakes by Navarro's mercenaries means that the helicopter crashes onto the boat, injuring Elena.[10]

Now on the boat, Nate dispatches the last of Navarro's men and engages Navarro in a final showdown. Both men lose their weapons and this showdown becomes a fistfight. Nate gains the upper hand and Navarro's foot gets tied in a rope connected to the helicopter and El Dorado. Nate then pushes the helicopter into the ocean, sending El Dorado and Navarro with it. As Nate tends to Elena Sully reappears with a boat full of treasure he has stolen from Eddy's band of dead pirates, and the three sail off into the sunset.[10]

[edit] Characters

Main Article: List of characters in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Nathan Drake, the game's main protagonist.
  • Elena Fisher, serves as another one of the game's main protagonists. Voiced by Emily Rose,[11] Elena is a journalist and the present of a cable television show that latches onto Nathan "Nate" Drake's story and assists him in his search for El Dorado.[6]
  • Victor "Sully" Sullivan is a protagonist in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. A treasure-hunter and antique-dealer, Sully is an old friend of Nathan "Nate" Drake and serves as one of Nate's companions as they search for El Dorado. Sully is voiced by Richard McGonagle.[11]
  • Gabriel Roman, voiced by Simon Templeman,[11] serves as the game's main antagonist for the majority of the game. A British treasure-hunter, Roman is owed money by Victor "Sully" Sullivan and competes with Nathan "Nate" Drake to find the fabled treasure of El Dorado.
  • Atoq Navarro takes over the role as the game's main antagonist when Gabriel Roman is killed. Voiced by Robin Atkin Downes,[11] Navarro is an archaeologist and treasure-hunter who acts as Roman's right-hand man and leads an army of mercenaries against Nathan "Nate" Drake.
  • Eddy Raja also appears in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune as an antagonist. An old friend of Nathan "Nate" Drake, Eddy and his band of pirates are hired by Gabriel Roman to provide additional security while Roman is searching for El Dorado. Eddy is voiced by James Sie.[11]

[edit] Reception

Elena was called "tough" by critics.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was received very positively by critics. Gamespot called the game "an action-packed adventure", saying it was a "graphical showcase for the PlayStation 3" that dazzles the senses at every opportunity.[12] Media website UGO also gave the game a positive review, calling the game "fun" and saying it was a "must-buy" for any PlayStation 3 owners. However, the same review would also provide criticism for the game, calling the gunfights in it "decidedly generic.".[13] In an extended review, gaming website IGN awarded the game a 9.1 rating out of 10, classifying it as "Amazing." The review called the game a "standout" for the gaming industry as whole, due to its "endearing story", "great performances" and "fun gameplay."[14]

The characters in the game also received significant praise. Primary protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake was called "charming" and "funny enough" in a review by The Toronto Star, while the same review called journalist Elena Fisher "snarky" and "tough".[15] In a review on Gaming Excellence, the same two characters were praised, as the review commented on the chemistry between the two characters, before going on to say Elena is "down to earth" and "funny" and calling Nate "a very likeable everyman".[16]

[edit] Awards

With the game's positive reception came several awards for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Gaming website Kotaku named it game of the year,[17] while it won five awards at IGN's end-of-year awards, including "Best Action Game" and "Best PS3 Game".[18][19][20][21][22]

[edit] Sequel

After the success of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, it was widely speculated that there would be a sequel. These speculations were later fuelled when it announced that Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was always intended to be the beginning of a game franchise.[23] The sequel would officially be revealed in December, 2008, being named as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.[24] The sequel follows Nathan "Nate" Drake as he searches for legendary explorer Marco Polo's Lost Fleet,[25] in an adventure that will ultimately involve him searching for the mythical Cintamani Stone, said to be in the legendary lost city of Shambhala. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves also features the return of protagonists Elena Fisher and Victor "Sully" Sullivan.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Release Data" on GameFAQs
  2. "E3 2006: Eyes-on Naughty Dog's Untitled Trailer" on IGN
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Q&A: Naughty Dog on Uncharted" on Gamespot
  4. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Profile on IGN
  5. "The Big E3 List: 2007 Edition" on IGN
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Inside the Developers Studio: Evan Wells & Richard Lemarchand" on PlayStation.Blog
  7. "Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Moves Closer to Gold" on PlayStation.Blog
  8. "Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Demo Update" on PlayStation.Blog
  9. "Uncharted demo unlocked over PSN" on play.tm
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2007). Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Sony Computer Entertainment.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Tech Info" on Gamespot
  12. "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Review" on GameSpot
  13. "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Review" on UGO
  14. "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Review" on IGN
  15. "Drake's Fortune a treasure to behold" on The Toronto Star online
  16. "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Review" on GamingExcellence
  17. "Kotaku’s Overall Game of the Year" on Kotaku
  18. "Best of 2007: Best Action Game" on IGN
  19. "Best of 2007: Best Graphics Technology" on IGN
  20. "Best of 2007: Best Original Score" on IGN
  21. "Best of 2007: Best Story" on IGN
  22. "Best of 2007: Best PS3 Game" on IGN
  23. "Uncharted Sequel 'Pretty Much' Guaranteed" on 1UP
  24. "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Revealed" on PlayStation Blog
  25. "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – New Details and Coverage Roundup" on PlayStation Blog

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
AmbushedThe Search for El DoradoA Surprising FindPlane-WreckedThe Fortress
Unlocking the PastOut of the Frying PanThe Drowned CityTo the TowerThe Customs House
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