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When pics fall short: Drake's Fortune and Ratchet sequel don't get it right

Doug Elfman who is an award-winning columnist writes:

"A few, very ambitious video games are garnering extremely good reviews, but I don't want to play them for one more minute after writing this column. They're not terrible. They're just not for me.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a semi-epic adventure that would remind you of Raiders of the Lost Ark and especially Tomb Raider.

You trek along a many-hour tour of jungles, caves, waterfalls and submarine wrecks. You jog past leafy greenery and scuttle across ledges by fingertip."

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Mark 13117d ago OffTopicShow
Lucreto3117d ago

I see no truth. I see a man with an opinion that you agree with and that doesn't make it the truth.

sonarus3117d ago

i am this close to ignoring this guy. i never ignore ppl not the mart not nasim cus everyone has a voice on the internet but if ur comments are always this pointless you will be ignored soon

felman873117d ago (Edited 3117d ago )

It makes them fictional?

crunchie1013117d ago

Excellent retort, felman. Bubbles for you, my friend.

ruibing3117d ago

Hmm all a columnist need is to criticize a PS3 game before praising a MS/360 game to get 360 fans to be eating out of their hands.

Objectivity really took a downfall when this guy basically reviewed Uncharted and R&C in five hundred words before endorsing a bunch of games I would never even considering renting. If this is an example of his "award-winning" column, I wonder what the award was for.

TANOD3117d ago

wow talk about MS moneyhatting analysts.

Shadowrun is one of the worst games of 2007 and it is better than Uncharted??

Ratchet is only 6 hours long???????

mesh13117d ago

this is the reason i will never buydrake or it wont promt me to buy a ps3 as ive played it for 1hr or so and agree with this prewivew/review of the game the game is just a basic game nothing in this gam emake me say wow the action is boring to the point of lunacy rachet and clank fo rme even tho rachet loos liek a xbox 1 game tbh is better than drake

TANOD3117d ago

no game on x360 even comes close to it graphically

Ratchet is also an amazing game. Those 2 games have spiked ps3 sales by huge amount in NA

In europe and japan u already know that ps3 beats x360 by big margins and even the wii in some parts of europe

IcemanK23117d ago

What makes his opinion valuable?

Violater3116d ago

thread doing wonders for my ignore list, keep it up guys.

DRUDOG3116d ago

First, I can understand that someone didn't enjoy a game for any number of reasons, but when you talk about how Uncharted is more movie than game and that R&C is, basically, boring than I think you are a complete, flaming idiot. Second, he's now lost me, forever, when he's pushing the bargain bin Shadowrun as GOTY material. WTF, over?

Uncharted was ACTION packed. So much so that, IMO, at times it was too much action since I would've liked a little more puzzle solving. And Ratchet not being exciting?!? Holy sh!t, I couldn't put the game down because it was so damned much fun. Yes, I'm kind of biased, but I'm also a gamer and would recommend these games to anyone that has even a passing interest in games.

It's obvious this guy is a MS fanboy if after all the bashing he's trying to sell you on Shadowrun of all games. I don't think I've heard one person, seen one article, read one blog that even mentioned this game after it dropped to bad reviews and MS shut down the developer.

Wow, talk about biased. Thanks Predator for another quality story...

Darrius Cole3116d ago

Looks like those PS3 sales are picking up sooner than the competition expected.

How often do people review two games on one system at the same time in one article? This is the first time I have ever seen it done. I wonder why.

This is viral marketing at its best. Ratchet and Uncharted are the two best exclusive games on the PS3 (via Gamerankings) and he just happens not to like either of them, even though there is nothing wrong with them.

This review was written to discourage people from buying a PS3, pure and simple.

Andronicus3116d ago

i completely agree, the article has viral marketing all over it.

Foo Skeptic3116d ago

This article is not terrible, it is just not for me!

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sonarus3117d ago

lol diises ratchet and clank and uncharted then endorses shadow run...some ppl dnt even try to pretend to be objective anymore.

Winter47th3117d ago (Edited 3117d ago )

True, though it seems the columnist thinks there's no such thing as different taste in gaming and from his logic NFL>Ace Combat=Halo, which is sad really.

If he didn't like the games he had, two of the most critically acclaimed on the PS3, then why proceed to b!tch about it ? lookin' for some attention ?

Also, Shadowrun ? dude, what's exactly is his FUBARed benchmark for comparing games ?

Maybe he has delusions for adequacy, oh well.

felman873117d ago

hard to argue with THAT

krackchap3117d ago

lol what a joke
this guy says ratchet is 6 hours long and you can play by pressing 2 buttons omg he's nuts
he also says finding treasure in uncharted is tedious,lol and the dialogues are long,wonder what he'll think about mass defect

he then goes to praise SHADOWRUN roflmao ahahahahahahahahah .

predator3117d ago

as much as i think this article is bull, im loving uncharted and i enjoyed the R$C demo on psn - shadowrun is not bad, have you played it? its suprisingly fun to play. but hes lossing it over uncharted tho big time

WAR_MACHINE773117d ago

He should give Xenosaga a play. Great game but after playing it most movies seem short compared to its cutscenes.

ktchong3117d ago

The reviewer happens to be Doug Elfman. He's been a TV and rock critic for decades, and has won many awards and even including a Pulitzer for his articles.

sonarus3117d ago (Edited 3117d ago )

yea but what does he knw about games. ratchet and clank 6hrs long guess he didnt finish it and then uncharted tries to make a video game with good dialogue to entertain the player with not jst gplay guess he wasnt entertained. however shadow run was his game of choice lol shadow run isnt bad but there are far too many games above it. Seriously round peg there are some articles that arent worth defending even if the support your msoft cause.

yea but if lets say it was priced at 40 bucks it wouldnt have gotten more than 8's. I have played it, and it is a decent game and its fresh and all but common... lol i knw you are a die hard xbox fan but how many of you actually even own that game. if the game was that good 60 bucks prob would be nothing to you guys with your high attatch rate and all

ktchong3117d ago (Edited 3117d ago )

Shadowrun would be a good game *IF* it was bargain priced.

The big problem with Shadowrun is its lack of contents - that has been clarified by many reviews. Shadowrun has few online modes and few maps, and the game was asking for $60 when it first came out. GameSpot or GameTrailers basically called that "highway robbery." That's why reviewers bashed the game. It was asking for too much money for the pathetically meager content it offered.

Now that its price has been cut to budget level, it's actually a pretty good value. He did clarify that it's his "USED/BUDGET Game of the Week".

crck3117d ago

"Shadowrun (Microsoft) will be appearing on my annual list of best games of the year."

And Uncharted with lengthy dialog? He must of only played the first hour when they were trying to set up the story. The middle 5-6 hours of the game has about as much dialog as Gears of War... And you can not play R & C by just mashing two buttons. This is obviously a Sony bash job. Whatever his motives are I'm not going to speculate but something is fishy.

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ktchong3117d ago (Edited 3117d ago )

Actually, "The Game Dork" is Doug Elfman - he's not exactly writing for Journal and Courier.

Elfman is an award-winning columnist and TV/rock critic for Chicago Sun-Times, and he got famous by interviewing with celebrities like Prince, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Luciano Pavarotti and hundreds of other celebrities and politicians. He's a mainstream journalist who just happens to be a gamer. He's just started reviewing games recently.

Ju3116d ago

Well, maybe he should have stayed at what he can. Or are all his stars retired already ?

Nipplestiltskin3116d ago

It is obvious to me that rock and 'entertainment' have nothing to do with video games. He has almost no experience playing games, nor writing for them, and it shows. Shadowrun stinks, no question about it. This is guys IS implementing 'viral marketing' pure and simple.