Uncharted (Series) Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is a series of five adventure games that share the same cast of characters. The format is similar in each game. It starts as an adventure into the jungle for treasure, where an onslaught of fisticuffs and shooting henchmen is punctuated by tongue-in-cheek A-Team-style dialogue. One clue inevitably leads to another – and more henchmen to shoot at, along with underground caves to explore.

You’d be forgiven for dismissing the game as disposable, trashy entertainment, but there’s more here than the violence or quips, as Nate meets Elena and a rollercoaster romance threads its way through the action. From the fling in the first game to an unexpected encounter in the second, they are married, separated and reunited before the shooting finishes in the fourth game.

Over five games, we get a window on Nate’s obsession with treasure hunting, and the cost of this to the rest of his life. Why father figure Sully is so important to him and how he has been shaped by a tumultuous relationship with his brother, broken childhood and absent parents. Will he finally hang up his revolver and settle down with Elena?
  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on PlayStation 3.
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PlayStation 3.
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception PlayStation 3.
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss is on PlayStation Vita.
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is only on PlayStation 4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is only on PlayStation 4.
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection brings the first three games in series to PlayStation 4.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 19/11/2007, updated in 2017

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. To complete each of these games will take around 14 hours. To find all the treasures will require repeated playthroughs and take upwards of 30 hours.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

In-game purchases are for the multiplayer modes in the game only.

This game is free with PlayStation Now. This game is free on PlayStation 5 with PlayStation Plus Collection.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

These games are rated PEGI 16 for frequent moderate violence and occasional strong bad language. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence consists of hand to hand fighting and use of guns. Although the violence is bloody and there are some injuries it is not particularly strong in that it lacks any gory elements.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

AccessibilityAccessibility

While earlier Uncharted games required the use of the motion controls, fine control of two joysticks and quick button presses during combat and cut-scenes, Uncharted 4: A Theif's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are designed to be more accessible in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: There is a wide range of difficulty settings, although it's still quite hard on the easiest. Tips appear in the game if you get stuck on a puzzle or direction of travel.
  • Reading: Some reading is required but most of the dialogue is voiced. Subtitles are provided for all dialogue in the game.
  • Controls: There's a "Lock-on" option to automatically target enemies when you press aim. You can adjust how strongly this is applied. There are different shooting modes that don't require holding buttons. You can disable the need for rapidly pressing buttons.
  • Image calibration: You can control how the camera moves and use "Camera assist" to help you look in the right direction. Enemies are highlighted with tags and colour. You can control contrast. There are unlockable game visual effects that enable you to apply a high contrast and other effects that )aren't designed for this purpose but) aid the visibility of the game greatly.
  • Audio calibration: There are audio cues for visual events in the game. You can adjust, music, dialogue and sound effect volumes separately.
System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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