One down, three to go! That’s right, I finally finished Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from the Nathan Drake Collection. I say ‘finally’ as if the game was a drag, which it felt like in parts but it didn’t take all that long in reality. I managed to finish the whole thing on hard in just over 6 hours. Although many may see that as a bad thing, for me, I’m happy with that. I suppose that you can forgive the game being so short because, as part of the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, you’ve got three titles to play. The thought of buying this game for £40 though, on it’s own in 2007, is a frightening one. Me though? I just wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible.
The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now, and I think we all appreciate just how successful it’s actually been. It was written off as a flop as soon as it was announced; not just by me, but by critics everywhere. I’ve never been so pleased to have been wrong, and although I haven’t invested in one myself yet, I’ll certainly be picking one up as soon as I have chance.
A few months ago, I wrote a now outdated post about how I’ll give the Switch a miss, or at least during its infancy. Since then, a lot has happened and there were far more launch titles than first announced; but I still stand by the prediction I made at the time:
Personally, I think this will be the final console Nintendo release and that’s a real shame. My true fear is that their focus will quickly turn to mobile and tablet applications, it seems inevitable. I wrote a piece asking the question “Is portable gaming dying?” just before Christmas, and the answer is a depressing “Yes”.
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I’m playing the Uncharted series in its entirety. Once I’m finished, only then can I fully justify my negative opinions of it. Over the course of my journey I’ll post little snippets of how I’m doing and whether my opinion is changing.
What better place to start than at the beginning? Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. A game that I’ve never even seen in action.
I said that I was playing this game with a clear mind, without any previous thoughts or opinions. I did, I loaded it up without any prejudice whatsoever… but it’s just not very good is it? I’m around 4-5 hours in and I’m just so bored.
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I’m not a huge fan of the Uncharted series.
However, this brave and unpopular opinion of mine has been formed without properly experiencing the games. I’ve played a little bit of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and even less of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but that’s about it. At the minute, I’d say I’m relatively impartial on the whole; I’ve never been captivated enough to show much of an interest but I’ve always been convinced that the series is ‘overrated’ and have often labelled it as such.
“What did you do, Nathan?” | “I said that Uncharted was overrated!”
So, I thought I’d finally bite the bullet and experience one of the most revered game series of all time. I have gathered up all of my prejudice and I’ve thrown it to one side whilst I work my way through the Nathan Drake Collection with open eyes. Once I’ve finished them all and then Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End too, I feel that I’ll be sufficiently qualified to say whatever the hell I want to about the whole series.
There are some games that are just too amazing to be forgotten. Whether it be the story, the characters, the gameplay, or everything combined; gaming publishers and their fans know when a game has made its mark. But alas, even the best games only enjoy a certain amount of fame and time in the immediate spotlight. Eventually, every good thing must come to an end.
Kratos from God Of War. Look at those pearly whites!
So when nostalgia is not enough and it no longer satisfies a fan base, what is there left to do? Well, remaster the game, of course.
Is that right? Can I call myself a writer? I’m just a guy that blogs about his favourite pastime…
Regardless, I’ve been sat on my PC for a while now and very little has happened in terms of content creation. I’ve been writing a couple of posts for the past few days but they just aren’t right. There’s something about them that I’m just not happy about and I can’t find the words to make out exactly what I’m trying to say.
I’ve written, read, re-written and then re-read each post what feels like a million times.
The majority of content is there, it’s just a case of crafting it into a beautiful piece of artwork that you can actually understand. You know, something that flows.
What do you, the lovely guys and gals of WordPress, do in this situation?