Uncharted is a series created by Naughty Dog, the first game in the series was released in 2007, created by the same game developers behind the infamous Crash Bandicoot Series, Jak and Daxter, and The Last of Us. Each game was ahead of its time, proving that they didn’t fear taking risks to offer a challenging platformer series that their fans would enjoy with rich characters, diverse realms, and an engaging storyline.
Nathan Drake is the protagonist of the series, who seems inspired by both Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, having a character that was good at using history and clues to find what they were searching for, while being logical, creative, brave, and good at deciphering their surroundings for clues.
By carefully crafting the perfect protagonist mixed with action adventure and a compelling storyline left audiences wanting more. A sequel titled Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was released in 2009, followed by Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in 2011. A fourth game, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was released in 2016 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Drake’s Fortune was remastered for the PlayStation 4 titled Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.
After treasure hunting, Nathan Drake, received a coffin of his ancestor Sir Francis Drake, a diary is discovered containing the location of El Dorado. Drake learns that El Dorado is a golden idol that the Spaniards tried to remove from the island years ago. Despite Drake’s ally getting shot, he arrives to the island the diary claims the idol remains in hopes of finding it himself. There is a rumor of the idol, legends say that the idol is cursed, and those who claim it turn into zombified monsters. Is glory worth losing one’s humanity?
A Good Adventure
Let me say this, the latest title in the series Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a fantastic adventure, and it’s about Pirates. I haven’t picked up the game since the first title in the franchise, but the impressive demo at E3 made me revisit the series. The fourth game takes you back and forth between the present and the past, allowing you to play through some of Nathan’s earliest exploits as a child, and introducing you to a new cast member, Drake’s brother Sam.
Nathan is now married and retired from the life of an adventurer, he is now the primary diver for a salvage operation. You see him interacting with his wife Elena Fisher, whom you will remember from other installments of the series. The adventure Nathan embarks on with Sally and his brother Sam, sends them in search of the legendary pirate Henry Avery and his fabled riches.
Art and Graphics
You will catch yourself looking around the levels as you progress, seeing the sun pour through a dense canopy of trees, or watching the water as it rushes around your characters legs. Most of the levels are well designed. The sound effects are significant as well; you will hear little nuance effects as you move through grass or kick something that may alert a nearby guard. Its things like that, those little details that show the love the creators had for this game.
I liked the fact that the gameplay is the same as the previous games in the series, wanting to keep the mechanics and combat the same for each game not seeing a reason to change it. The combat plays out as it does in previous titles, lock on gunfights, and some hand to hand fights, all of which works beautifully in this.
I would give the first game an eight out of ten for the compelling storylines and developed characters, yet a third-parson shooting game wasn’t for me. I prefer games where I can see a sword or my fists. The demo of the fourth game had the same issues despite having better graphics. I wish there was a music soundtrack to go with the game even if its inspired by Indiana Jones.
Try playing through the game yourself and see if you agree or disagree with my review. Whether you play through the first game in the franchise or the last, the characters and storyline are stellar exploring the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.