Uncharted is... uncharted?
Posted on Thursday, January 17 @ 21:44:09 PST by Nicholas TanI didn't even think of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune when I was mulling over GR's Best of 2007. Imagine, Duke, Blake, and I standing near the microwave with our hands rubbing on our chins (or spiffy beards in the case of Duke and Blake), and Uncharted didn't even pop into our heads. So the immediate questions are then: What the hell happened?! How can you drunkheads leave out one of the best titles for the PS3?! Why were you standing so close to the microwave?!
Specifically, in our forums, Longo_2_guns: "I don't see Uncharted anywhere on that list. Fix that problem plz."
To be honest, it's a bit embarassing just forgetting a great game like that. But then the next immediate question becomes: Well, why did I forget it? Did I forget my Centrum? Am I allergic to the PS3? Or am I just aloof like Anna Nicole Smith? (... ... ... ... ... too soon?)
Well, I can't speak for the other editors, but I believe I unconsciously lapsed on Uncharted because I don't remember any "wow factor" from that game, a quality that separates it from the rest of all the best titles of 2007, something undeniably awe-inspiring. Nothing came to mind then and nothing comes to mind now, I'm afraid.
Every part of Uncharted is well-executed (we did give an A-), but like a three-piece power suit sewn from the best cottons and constructed by the best designers, it's just not "revolutionary" - which we at GameRevolution rightfully look for. It's amazing that even with some of the best characterization, best graphics, best gun action, and best sound effects I've seen to date, Uncharted fails to stick out in my memory. Same goes for Paper Mario, Dark Cloud 2, and Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil - all solid examples of their genre but ultimately fall short of legendary status.
Looking back on the list, I could safely pin an editor's pick on Uncharted, say, if our freelancers would brought into the deliberations. It's difficult not to give the game some award for all its brilliance. When and if (more if) I shelve out the simoleans for a PS3, Uncharted will be one of the titles I will be buying as well. So, at the very least, consider this manifesto as an honorable mention, anything better than a Golden Globe given in a news conference.
That it is missing from the Top 10 list, even after I rethink the list, says something about the quality of titles in 2007. It was a year when innovation stood out - something that Uncharted just didn't have enough of.
And really, as Blake unflinchingly says: "Drake doesn't have the cleavage Lara Croft has."
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