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And for this week’s Friday frivolity, Playstation and Naughty Dog is getting the hype machine warmed up for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. If you are unaware of the series, it is one of the finest on the platform and the simplest, pithiest description is “it’s Indiana Jones mixed with a cover-based shooting mechanic.”
Which is a bit too pithy. What makes the game special is the snappy writing, a very cinematic style, and eye-popping set pieces. My wife, for instance, just likes watching me play it, enjoying it much like watching any other show or movie. The first game ranked #12 on IGN’s list of the best Playstation games, and the second ranked #1, and it sounds like everyone concurred.
Still, plot-wise, it is the Indiana template: a roguish archeologist/tomb raider, searching for an item that is rumored to have supernatural powers and/or a curse, trying to get the item before an evil bad guy gets it.
So it is kind of treat (and excellent publicity) that the people who created the Uncharted games convicted “Indiana Solo” himself, Harrison Ford, to play a little of the new (as of yet unreleased) game in the series. You can watch the whole thing, here, but either Ford is a better actor than I thought he was, or he was really like a little kid loving the hell out of it. Seriously, he seemed genuinely blown away.
So there you go kids. Not are these games universally acclaimed, but they have the Indiana Jones seal of approval.
But, um, am I correct in thinking he is playing the Japanese version of it? So bluntly, I have to think he is getting the inferior experience if only because he doesn’t have the benefit of Nolan North’s superb voice acting (unless North speaks Japanese…) as hero Nathan Drake.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]