I really enjoyed this game. I messed around and ended up finishing it in 1 day. The graphics were great and the gameplay was very easy to get down. The music was real nice. The only prob was it seemed too short. It was a great game tho.
I was surprised by the beauty and excitement of this one. A game I rented as a "second-string" selection while anticipating a wait for other titles turned out to be one of the best things available on PS3.
The graphics are top-notch. It's all jungle and ruins, which could be a boring combination, but the varied landscapes, sunlit seas, waterfalls, and lush color scheme keep you interested. The jungle seems alive, right down to the swaying of trees or the grass bending as you move through it, and some stunning vistas are brought into vivid relief against softer, hazier horizons. There's a lot of mist and shadow and the pace moves you between the dark and the light in a good way.
Facial detailing is superb. The eyes in particular are very expressive. It's true that the characters seem a bit cartoonish, but the smooth body movements are compelling. Drake is a likeable fellow, no macho stud but with a lot of self-deprecating wit. His two companions are stereotypes (the hot, feisty, professional chick and the cynical, one-too-many margaritas older sidekick). Voiceovers are entertaining but the dialogue can be repetitive.
Gunplay is crisp, with a decent range of weapons,(Desert Eagles, M4s, etc.). The hand-to-hand combat stands out (not as a button-masher necessarily-some simple moves usually suffice).
The game shines in Drake's locomotion with him leaping from ledges, swinging on vines, dangling from his hands above dizzying drops, and scampering about in similar, dangerous fashion as he negotiates the ruins. There are some nicely done swimming scenes, a couple fun jeep rides, and a jetski boat jaunt upriver which will test your patience.
The cutscenes blend seamlessly into the narrative, and there are no chapter breaks where you endure load sequences. Puzzles and access strategies will make you scratch your head at times, but this is a "get the gold, get the girl" romp at its best, hewing to tradition while tweaking the adventure genre.
Naughty Dog really did it (again) this time. Stunning graphics like ultra realistic environment and sweet water animations - wow! I only wished that Drake could dive underwater and that the gunfights could be better (like switching from 3rd to FPS aim-down style) but even so, it was still amazing to go upriver in that jet ski stage :) Story was also great, not perfect, but had pretty good voice acting and great humor :)
Bottom line, this game makes PS3 owners proud and I can't wait until other game developers follow suit. I hope the developers in Hideo Kojima's camp will put as much dedication as the people of Naughty Dog has in making the next Metal Gear Solid game!!!