Not everything was totally fantastic about Drake’s Fortune. Most things were, but in the interests of balance, here are 7 things that some people didn’t like.
The Jet Ski
Honestly, I could take it or leave it. I didn’t really have a problem with getting that ski up river, or around the exploding barrels, but some did. I can understand why – getting shot at from all directions while unable to take cover and trying to steer and shoot barrels at the same time was a bit of a pain in the backside. The sections in which you had to take the jetskis broke up the climbing and shooting, but perhaps it felt a little too like a minigame for some. That would be my personal criticism; it felt like the bit they put in every movie that allows you to go for a pee. Except of course you can’t because Nathan and Elena need your help.
Meeting the Spaniombies
OK, so most people call them descendants; I’ve always called them Spaniombies, mostly because I like the way the word rolls off the tongue. Nathan calls them Slippery Naked Guys, which is fairly descriptive. Whatever you want to call them, the first time you meet them is a bit of a surprise. OK, so if you think back you will notice that there in fact were several clues that this was coming; I think the earliest is when Sully comments that there were ‘people worshipping the statue… or at least I think they are people’. Then later on Nate and Elena nearly run into a trap around which there are some funny looking footprints; Eddy later alludes to the fact that his men are scared of what is outside; and you see their shadows in the run up to the treasure room. But all this does not change that fact that they are bitchin’ irritating. To be totally honest with you, I almost ragequit Uncharted for good when I could not get that bloody generator started because of those things. Yeah, I know, I sucked. But I did get passed and was kind of glad when I found day light again. They don’t pose a challenge now, but then… Agh. The gameplay changes so dramatically and so suddenly that you feel like you are back at square one.
The sixaxis thing was also a pain in the butt. But unless I am very wrong you can aim the grenades with the thumbsticks. However, this was not well communicated, and so most people got really fed up with flapping their controller in front of their chests simply to blow some pirates to hell. To be honest, anything that involved the sixaxis was a bit of a no-no. I have no idea how many times I have played Drake’s Fortune (it’s a lot) and I don’t think I ever got Nate across those logs without sending him slipping to the side to wind himself.
They aren’t great. They don’t take a lot of thought. And this is kind of true throughout the Uncharted series, to be honest, with a few exceptions. Tomb Raider has always done massive architectural puzzles a lot better than Uncharted. On the one hand you could argue that this isn’t what Uncharted is aiming for – having to stop to work out how to untangle the problem in front of you breaks up the action and narrative substantially. Some people will stop for longer, others not so long, When your game is so reliant on the narrative, you don’t want to lose the beats. However, when your narrative is a pulply treasure hunt, big puzzles and traps and the like are sort of expected.
Missing a ledge time and time again
This is a small thing, but don’t we all have that one spot that we screw up time and time again? For me it is swinging to catch the rope on the outside of the fortress. It’s a long way down, and Nate makes that journey every single time.
Is Eddy Dead?
Somehow there appears to be some doubt as to whether Eddy is dead or not. He is. He was dragged into a pit of Spaniombies. Just because we didn’t see his dismembered body doesn’t mean he isn’t there. This debate has rumbled on and on for many years. Eddy Raja is [spoiler] dead. Sorry.
The Trophy Patch
If you were keen enough to get the majority of the ‘medals’ before Sony decided to implement the trophy system, you were going to have to get those ‘medals’ again. One day I may go back and repeat it, but I am not really someone who likes to use a gun x number of times for a reward. So for now it’ll have to side. I know, I’ve had about six and a half years. I could have if I’d wanted to. But for the likes of people who *are* bothered by missing trophies; this was really annoying.
It is pretty hard to find fault with Uncharted, and some of the above mentioned things we don’t even really agree with, but they tend to come up again and again in these sorts of discussions. Go on… tell us what bugs you…