Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Tomb Raider meets James Bond in teen action game.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 83 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The protagonist is a treasure-hunter who is willing to bend the rules and use his fists, but he is always charming.

Violence

There is some shooting and some blood. Players can also aim at specific body parts, such as an arm, leg or head.

Sex

Some minor spoken innuendo between the male and female characters.

Language

Not pushing the envelope but includes "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," "God damn!," "Son of a bitch!"

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the protagonists smokes a cigar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game has plenty of shooting and cursing. That said, neither the violence nor the language pushes the envelope, but be aware there's frequent curse words (s--t, a--hole, God damn, son of a bitch, etc.) and you can shoot enemies -- who are human -- in the leg or arm or head (which will result in a different animation). When the player is shot, a blood red border fills the screen to tell the player death is near.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOrhan0813 March 17, 2019

Not Bad, But Has Room To Improve!

This game is not a bad game but it does have mistakes! The controls are a bit messy and in the later chapters there are some very disturbing and zombie-like cre... Continue reading
Adult Written bySensible Tablecloth March 19, 2016

Mild violence and language

The violence and language are not very bad and, unlike many video games, the main character is a good role model for kids because, despite shooting people, he i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFalconpunch64 June 6, 2011

scary at the end (sort of )

near the end there is an old WWII german outpost where there is almost no lights and weird almost mud men ( left 4 dead 2 ) like things and they scared me big t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 15, 2019

Start of the playable summer blockbuster franchise

The story was simple but still interesting in this first entry. Violence is frequent but repetitive sometimes. Animated blood is seen bursting out of enemies wh... Continue reading

What's it about?

UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE really gets going about two hours into the game, when agile treasure-hunter Nathan Drake and a female videographer crash land on a dangerous isle in search of the legendary El Dorado. This PS3 exclusive is played from a third-person perspective in which you control Nate as he swims rivers, jumps chasms, swings from vines, and exchanges fire with mercenaries -- all without losing his charm while trying to impress his reluctant sidekick, Elena Fisher.

Nate can duck for cover by tapping the O key on the controller, and then twist around to aim (L1) and fire (R1) at enemies using a variety of weapons. If you get shot too many times, the screen begins to fade to black and white with a red border, which means you better find cover before it's "game over." Fortunately, the auto-save feature does a great job at picking up where you left off. Along with exploration and combat, Nate must also be adept at puzzle-solving as he inches toward the fabled treasure.

Is it any good?

Despite some shimmery edges around parts of the environment, such as trees, the graphics are great, especially the fluid character animation and huge outdoor levels. Plus, every few minutes you will be treated to a short cinematic interlude to help push the story along. There are more than 100 minutes of these high-quality non-interactive sequences and they help add to the suspension of disbelief.

The high production values will attract you to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but its tense gameplay will keep you glued to the TV. Armchair adventurers might feel a bit of deja vu with the many borrowed Tomb Raider -like elements, but you won't be disappointed with this polished and immersive single-player journey.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Nate Drake, the protagonist, would be as cool if he didn't swear so often or if he tried to use non-violent approaches. He appears to be a scruffy, charming, and insubordinate treasure-hunter, so perhaps it fits his image, but would the game be as fun if it were rated "E" or "E10+" with less violence, swearing, and smoking?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release date: November 16, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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