Average User Score: 8.2Jun 6, 2014Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a 2007 action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by SCEA, as a PS3 exclusive.
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Story: UDF follows the adventures of the modern-day treasure hunter, Nathan "Nate" Drake, who believes himself to be related to the famous sailor, Sir Francis Drake. UDF begins with Ntae and a journalist by the name Elena Fisher finding Sir Franky's coffin, discovering thathe has faked his death in order to continue his search the the treasure El Dorado. Shortly **** hits the fan and our heroes find themselves fighting against pirates and mercenaries who are also searching for the golden treasure. Now, if you couldn't tell, UDF basically takes elements from other action-adventure, treasure hunting storylines *cough* Indiana Jones! *cough* But, while not being original, the plot features excellent dialogues and believable characters. It's a very cinematic experience with some truly spectecular set-pieces, not to mention that the game knows when to take itself seriously, and when to take itsrlf silly. It won't be remembered for its story, but at least it has enough heart to set it apart from other, cliched, dick-riding action games 9/10
Graphics: Using ND's own in-house engine, UDF is a beautifully detailed game that looks superb even to this day (2014). It's a great example of the PS3's power and a solid stepping stone for other visually stunning exclusives. The game's suffers from a few hiccups here and there, though. 9.5/10
Sound: The soundtrack was composed by Greg Edmonson (also composed the sequels' soundtracks), and I don't have any major complaints about it. Many of the tracks use drums, which is very fitting for the whole 'treasure hunting' theme of the game, especially the main theme and an OST called "Sir Francis Drake" (a very sad, yet beautiful piece of music). The voice acting is nothing short of greatness, with everyone's favorite-to-mock actor, Nolan North as Drake. Special mentions go to James Sie and Simon Templeman as antagonists Eddy Raja and Gabriel Roman. 9/10
Gameplay: UDF is a third-person shooter with elements of puzzles and platforming. Oh, and a bit of stealth but it's kind of **** Anyway, most of the time you end up in gunfights against large mobs of dudes and use cover and physical combat when necessary. Overall, the combat is satisfying but can be a bit complicated at times, aspecially during combos and stealth; doing those punching combos can be tiring - "why the hell can't I simply ninja-kick that dude to sky?" I asked myself. The there is the stealth; sure, they improved it in U2 and U3, but in this game that mechanic can be a total douchebag. Throughout five years of owning and playing this game,I could use stealth only something like five times: not because I hate stealth, but because it's hard to use it! In stead, Drake seems to favor punching guys from behind, leading to me being massacred by the pirate's buddies. Back to the good bits of the gameplay: the platforming - I really enjoy the fact how flexible and fast the platforming is, rarely feels clunky. The puzzles are another good thing, as they require both brains and brawn to solve them; they won't make you any smarter, but thankfully never feel too dumbed-down. 8.5/10
Lasting Appeal: UDF takes somewhere from 6-to-12 hours to finish, a solid length for a single-player only game. Then you can look for treasures (collectables) and unlock new bonuses such as unlimited ammo, new skins for Drake and some other twists. 7/10
Final Verdict: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is not Naughty Dog's best. A solid stepping stone for its sequels, the game nevertheless suffers from some gameplay mechanics that can be infuriating at times, though those are often overshadowed by solid gunplay/platforming/puzzles and high production values.
Final score: 8.6/10
Recommendation: "Rent it", for all it is, it's great, but lacks enough content to give it a full recommendation, and the gameplay is not good enough to cover it's length. Rent a copy and check, because it's still worth a few hours of playing, but buy it only if you love it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Apr 4, 2014InFamous is a PS3-exclusive, open-world action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch, of Sly Cooper fame.
Story: A take on the superhero genre, InFamous is set in the fictional Empire City, in which a massive explosion causs the rise of superpowered beings known as Conduits. Cole MacGrath is one of the people who turned into Conduits. Armed with electirc abilities, Colde must deal with the threats on the city in the forms of three Conduit factions, led by the aging Alden Tate, the deadly Sasha, and the mysterious Kessler. Now, he can choose to be either the city's savior, or its greatest enemy. - InFamous tells an amazing story of a man with superpowers who can decide if he wants to be a hero, or a villain. While the first half of the story is very good, the second half is simply outstanding, packed with emotional tones and enjoyable action mixed together so well. The characters themselves are well-written as well, from protagonist Cole to his BFF Zeke to the antagonists. 9.5/10.
Graphics: InFamous uses an in-house engine. Honestly, the game is somewhat inferior to other 2009 titles such as Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2. Thankfully Cole's powers look so good and the city, while a bit too brown and grey, is very well-designed. 8.5/10.
Sound: Top-notch voice acting alongside matching soundtrack done by the joint effort a five-man team. Some of the sound effects are rather hit-and-miss. 9/10.
Gameplay: Think of GTA mixed with super-powers of thunder and lightning. Throughout the game Cole will learn and upgrade more abilities. For the most part, it work, great. The boss battles are fun and well-designed to test the player. Platforming works very well and is easy to execute. There are, however, some AI problems, and the city itself feels somewhat lifeless at times, compare to GTA IV and AC2. 9/10.
Lasting Appeal: Story is 20+ long and has good/bad paths, so players can replay the game at least twice. There's a lot of side stuff to do after the main quest is over. Plus, it's just fun to be dicking around in Empire City. 10/10.
Verdict: Powered up with huge playground, enjoyable gameplay and powerful story, InFamous is a superb title in Sony's PS3 family, and a must-own for sandbox-genre or comic book fans.
Final Score: 9.2/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Apr 3, 2014AC Brotherhood is the third title in the Assassin's Creed series, and a direct follow-up to the fantastic Assassin's Creed II, developed by Ubisoft.
Story: Directly after the events of AC II, Ezio finds himself threatened by a new enemy, Cesare Borgia, son of AC2 antagonist Rodrigo Borgia. Now, Ezio heads to Rome, aiming to finish the Borgias once and for all. To cut a long story short, Brotherhood fails ti live-up to ACII's standards, relying more on cool and explosive set-pieces than on its script, which tends to fall short compare to AC2 or AC1. Thankfully, it begins and ends in a blast, and features some good development for Ezio and Desmond's characters. 7/10
Graphics: Using the Anvil engine, Brotherhood looks great and features some outstanding art design. Animations, however, are sometimes buggy and there are several technical hiccups. 9/10
Sound: Beautiful soundtrack and superb voice-acting, even if it falls to shame due to AC2's superior soundtrack and voice acting. 9/10
Gameplay: For the most part, it's AC 2.5, having a somewhat more polished climbing and fighting systems. BH's new feature is to sends Assassin recuits to eliminate guards and targets. While it is an overall nice add-up to the whole game, particularly for its story, the recuitment feature makes the game way more easy, and since the enemies in the game are not the smartest around, BH is a very easy game to beat. Still, I can't truly rage at the iconic combat system of AC. 8.5/10.
Multiplayer: Wow, just wow. While the single-player may not be the AC standard, BH's new multiplayer mode is amazing, unique and brings new life into the series. It's a very tactic and punishing experience, and may not appeal to all, but it's nice to see in fresh ideas for multiplayer modes every time in while. 9.5/10
Lasting appeal: Huge. Really, really huge. Tons of stuff to discover and complete, even if the story missions are so easy you can finish the whole game in a day or so. Multiplayer adds a lot of playtime to those who willing to spend their time within it and master their tactics. 9.5/10.
Verdict: Brotherhood may fail to reach the heights set by the legendary AC 2 due to weak story and dumbed-down difficulty, but it is netherless a great game with a superb multiplayer mode and beautiful art design.
Final score: 8.8/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Apr 3, 2014InFamous: Second Son is the third title in the InFamous series developed by Sucker Punch. A PS4-exclusive, Second Son is not the fully-realized evolution many were hoping, but it's still a blast of a sequel.
Story: Set seven years after the good ending of InFamous, in SS Conduits are now called Bio-terrorists and being hunted down by a unit called DUP. Delsin Rowe is a young man who discovers he is a Conduit with the rare ability to absorb the powers of other powers. Now, alongside his brother Reggie, Delsin heads over to Seattle in order to confront DUP. Without spoiling too much, SS's story, for the most part, delivers the heights of the previous games. Unfortunately, the script can be sometimes too cliched or jarring, and I'm mostly talking about some of Delsin and Reggie's conversations. Delsin himself is a good character, although he sometimes suffers from slow development. As for the game's ending(s) - well-done! Story: 8.5/10
Graphics: Using an in-house engine, SS is BEAUTIFUL, both in design and animations. Sadly it doesn't use the PS4's full potential and the face animations could have been done better. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: The soundtrack was composed Nathan Johnson, and most of its pieces use guitar, which bloody fits the mood and style of SS's setting. Voice acting is also great with Troy Baker doing a fantastic job as Delsin. 9.5/10
Gameplay: Let's cut short the good things before moving to the bad/mixed things: InFamous SS is fun and easy to play just like the previous games, and each of the powers Delsin obtains throughout the story is so bloody enjoyable to dick around with. Now with that said, let's move to SS's three biggest issues: 1) The powers - while each power is fun on its own, it's a missed opportunity to not be able to mix two or more abilites to create a new type of attack, but sadly InFamous SS doesn't realize the full potential of Delsin's character from a gameplay perspective (although, still, as I said: each power on its own is still awesome); 2) The moral system - after all this talk about morals, SS's moral system doesn't realy add to the whole game... basic good/evil choices that never grow into something meaningful. 3) The city - while Seattle is a really beautiful place to look at, it feel somewhat lifeless compare to GTA V's Los Santos. There are also some AI problems, but the good gameplay elements taken over from the first two games lead me to give the Gameplay section a solid 8.0/10.
Lasting appeal: There's a lot to do in SS, including the good path story, bad path story, side missions and just dicking around in Seattle with the cool and stylish Neon powers. Cole's Legacy DLC also add some time to play. 9.5/10.
The Verdict: InFamous: Second Son is not the revolution the InFamous franchise was hoping to, and it's status as a sandbox game is somewhat below the standards set by GTA V several months ago. It is, however, an amazing game in its own right and a must for every PS4 owner.
Final score: 9.0/10
Alternate Recommendations: Prototype 2, Saints Row IV, GTA V and Batman Arkahm Knight (once it'll be released).… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Jul 10, 2013The best MGS collection ever? No, the best gaming collection in history. It includes some critically acclaimed classics like MGS1, MGS2, and MGS3, and current gen titles like the flawless MGS4 and the biggest PSP game MGSPW.
It's rather hard to make a review for a collection of 7 games, so I'll make it quick: don't go and buy it, run down to your closest gaming store and take this motherf*cker!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Feb 23, 2013MG Rising, the newest game in the Metal Gear franchise, is an amazing and fun title, standing out for both its unique style and gameplay within the series or out of it.
Story and Presentation: MGR is set in the near future (2018), four years since the events of MGS4, with Raiden serving as the main protagonist. The story of MGR and its characters is nice and well written, though it is easily one of the game's weakest points, as the story becomes more and more confusing, but that only helps MGR to develop Raiden's character. The whole story was just made to make Raiden more BADASS, and believe me, it succeed. Some points do fall short because of the story's length, and it somehow make me feel that the game is rushed 9.
Graphics: MGR looks great, although the graphics are not ground-breaking as previous MG titles. The whole environment is so detailed and the character models look nice. There are still some screen-tearing moments, but that's alright 9.
Soundtrack: The game's soundtrack is top-notch. The game's rocky/metal music is fitting to the whole atmosphere of the game, and it helps making you feeling so pumped while playing. Voice acting is amazing. 10.
Gameplay Awesome swordplay and fast-action moves, MGR is so fast and f*cking fun. Hostile AI is (almost) perfect, and the game's bosses are cool, though I can say that the sole reason they exist is to make the gameplay more fun. Blade Mode is a very fun feature. *spoilers*Reaper Mode is insane*spoilers* There are still several issues with countering (AKA Parring), secondary weapons, and camera angles, but that's not stopping me from giving a 10.
Lasting Appeal: The game is short, with the story lasting for only 6 hours at the best. HOWEVER, there are unlockable VR missions to complete and the whole story combined with insane, f*ckin' fast gameplay is just so much fun that you must replay the singleplayer more than once. 8.5
Final score is 9.3, but I have to go with "9" (damn you MetaCritic)… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Sep 14, 2012From beginning to end, I found myself loving this amazing title. The way I see it, ACR is the best title in the AC series. I was very disappointed because of ACBH, mainly because of the singleplayer story, but ACR includes everything had in AC2 and ACBH, and improves it, along with an awesome story.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Aug 22, 2012Clearly one of the best games ever made. This game is one of the greatest games ever created. Story is great and the main character's silent is nice too, Graphics are overall nice. Gameplay became the basis for every GTA game followed.
Every person who will rank this game lower than 9 - he/she can go f*** himself/herself.… Expand