First released in 2007 by NaughtyDog for the PlayStation 3, “Uncharted” is an action-adventure, third-person shooter, platformer game about Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter, and his adventures with his father figure and best friend, Victor Sullivan, plucky reporter Elana Fisher and a whole cast of allies and enemies. With the fourth game, “A Thief’s End” coming out in 2015 for the PlayStation 4, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the first three games in the series. Here’s why you should, too.
Nate is a master at one-liners, and it is common to hear him complain about different aspects of the gameplay, such as the constant climbing and gunfights. The cut scenes are also full of the witty characters making cracks and comments at each other and the enemies – even the stupidity of the enemies adds to the humor.
NaughtyDog really outdid themselves with the “Uncharted” games. With each installment in the series, the scenery became more diverse and beautiful, and Nate and the other characters’ models seem even more realistic. Also, while all of the other PlayStation 3 and X-Box 360 games at the time had a dark, gritty look to them, NaughtyDog broke away from this. Each of the games has a bright, vibrant look to them, making them pieces of art as well as a game
On the surface, the stories of “Uncharted” are simple. However, each has deeper levels that make them even more fun to play.
In the first game, “Drake’s Fortune” Nate has to deal with a man that Sully, Nate’s best friend, is indebted to, pirate leader, Eddy Raja who is an old enemy of his, and has make sure to keep reporter Elana Fisher is alive, all the while searching for El Dorado. Once they get close to their goal though, things start to get weird. After all, Nate finds a Nazi Germany U-Boat in the Amazon near the beginning of the game.
The second game, “Honor Among Thieves,” is aptly named. As the game opens up on Nate fatally injured in a train wreck, with what happened before shown in flashbacks, it becomes clear that Nate can’t fully trust his companions – both of whom he had a past relationship with. While searching for Shambhala, and going nose-to-nose with Serbian war criminal, Zoran Lazarevic, Nate has to use all of his survival skills in order to survive.
The third game, “Drake’s Deception,” has the deepest story yet. We get to learn a lot more about Nate’s past, as well as how he came to meet Sully. We also get more insight to Nate’s continued on-off relationship with Elana Fisher, and about his parents, all the while searching for the Atlantis of the Sands, a place found and hidden again by his ancestor, Sir Francis Drake. All this while going toe-to-toe with a clandestine organization he first met while 15.
So, if you have a PlayStation 3, and are looking to revisit classics, “Uncharted” is definitely one I suggest.