By TooWalrus 29 Comments
I am so, so, SO sorry about that blog title! I know how this community feels about crappy, obvious puns and sincerely apologize for it!
Anyway, I don’t how I managed to make it five years without holding a PS3 controller- I guess at first it was about money, I was 16 and didn’t have $600 to spend on a game system. Then it was about the exclusives, I loved Halo 3, and didn’t know what Uncharted was, or didn’t care about Metal Gear. It’s been five years, there are PLENTY of PS3 exclusives that I want to play, and a recent promotion has put some spare cash in my pocket, so I decided to pick one up! It turned out to be harder than I expected- My local Best Buy and WalMart were both sold out of the 320gb model of PS3, I called the rest of the places in town (even GameStop) to find that they’re all out of stock. Obviously I ordered one from Amazon and had it two days later- Damn, love Amazon.
The UI experience has been pretty pleasant so far- aside from the fact that it was about 45 minutes from the time I started it up, to the time I was playing the game. The mandatory system and game updates were a bit annoying, but I guess that’s to be expected after the shit-storm Sony’s been through lately. I was also disappointed that I couldn’t install the games to the hard-drive! I mean, what did I buy the 320gb model for if I can’t install all my games to it? Definitely not a deal-breaker though.
So, the first game I played was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune- which was fucking awesome! The first thing the game asks is “Do you want the subtitles turned on?”, which was great! It was like the developers know exactly how I like to play games. People have described the game to me as being like Assassin’s Creed 1- an OK game that was greatly improved upon for the sequel, but I actually really liked it. Perhaps it’s my unconditional love for Nolan North. I’m not really one for writing in-depth reviews, my writing’s just not that elegant (I should work on that- it’s a skill that seems important). Though I’ll give you a quick Idea of what I liked and didn’t.
The story was great- I mean, it wasn’t complex, original, or really imaginative in any way- Drake’s looking for a treasure (A giant golden statue- El Dorado) which happens to be cursed. There are a few twists thrown in, but it’s mostly predictable. Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s basically a homage to Indiana Jones, and the fact that I’m constantly being fed pure concentrated Nolan North made me love it- in fact all of the actors were great (except maybe the peons I was shooting in the face).
The gameplay? It was fine. It took me awhile to adjust to the Dualshock 3, I mean, you don’t shoot with the trigger? What the hell is that about? I got used to that real quick, it’s a total non-issue. Whenever the Bombcast guys mention the game, all they talk about is how bullet-spongy the enemies were- but I honestly didn’t find it to be a problem. I played on the default difficulty, and ammo was never an issue. Head-shots are easy to pull off, and if you shoot fast enough, enemies drop pretty quickly. Although, if there’s one concept I hate when playing games, it’s the unnecessary power outages, and the annoying “Find the generator!” sequences. I cringed uncontrollably when Elania told me to “Get the power back on!”
The graphics are fine- it looks better than most of the Xbox 360 launch titles, and I can’t wait to see what Uncharted 2 looks like. There were a few quirks- Nathan Drake wears the ring of his ancestor, Frances Drake, around his neck at all times. At one point, he removes it, and leaves it behind. It’s missing during the game-play sequences, but he’s magically wearing it again during the next cut-scene! Then it’s missing again- it’s not a big deal, but I totally noticed it.
This entire blog probably seems outdated and unnecessary to anyone who own a Playstation 3, but this is a new experience for me, and I feel like writing about it! Oh, by the way, I only know two dudes who own PS3s, so my friends list is pretty empty. If you’ve got one, feel free to add TooWalrus. Thanks for reading!