Naughty Dog has taken a gamble of straying from their past IP's of cartoony platformer to a more realistic approach (environments, characters, etc.) of platforming with the addition of 3rd person shooting with a cover system made popular by the Killswitch & Gears of War franchises.
In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune you assume the role of Nathan Drake who claims he is a descendent of the legendary Sir Frances Drake. You start off by finding an empty casket which were suppose to house the remains of Sir Frances Drake but instead you find a diary that leads you to an uncharted island in the South Pacific.
The first thing you will notice in Uncharted is the amazing visuals of lush green jungle environments to the beautiful scenic vistas off the coast of the island you crash land on. The character models are finely detailed and the textures are very pleasant to look at as well. Naughty Dog has put in a few overlooked details such as Nate's clothes becoming wet when in water (and slowly drying off) as well as the amazing sunlight that literally seeps through the lush vegetation of the jungle environment. The water detail is one of the best I've seen and looks fantastic.
During his adventure, Nate tags along a couple friends. One is his long lifetime friend Sully and the other is Elana, a news reporter who gets caught up in all of this. The characters, both protagonists and antagonists are very deep and rewarding and all have great personal personalities and traits that really bring them to life in the story. It's hard to create such captivating characters for a game that isn't all that lengthy.
The game is split between platforming, puzzle solving and shooting enemies. The pace at which you do all of these is well balanced but I wish there were more puzzle solving aspects and that the puzzles were much harder to solve. The shooting could be tightened up a bit but still good in my opinion. The enemies take quite a lot of bullets to fell and sometimes it's hard to get that headshot in and the aiming isn't very lenient.
The musical score for Uncharted is absolutely fantastic and the use of instruments meshes so well with the environment you are in. I still listen to the Uncharted soundtrack regularly, that's how good I have found the game's score.
There has now been a patch to include the Trophy system for the PS3 so new comers and also fans can experience Uncharted once again and get those trophies to show off what they have accomplished in the game.
All in all, Uncharted is a fantastic new IP from Naughty Dog and I know for a fact that it has many, many people hooked to the franchise. This is a franchise that I hope will have many sequels and build up on the amazing game this first iteration has brought forth for Playstation gamers.
A must play and a game that deserves to be in your game library.