From the groundbreaking storytellers at Naughty Dog, comes the genre-defining epic game – The Uncharted. The game series is most notable for its cinematic style and storytelling and therefore upgrading the entire adventure genre.
The Uncharted series takes you along the epic journey of the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. From gunfights with the hired goons to solving intricate puzzle rooms, the game series gives players hours of nonstop action.
It has been more than a decade since the first-ever version of the game was launched, and within that time Nathan Drake has climbed his way up from being a plucky pretender to the PlayStation Superstar. In today’s article, we rank the best games in the arsenal of the Uncharted series.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
This is the first version of the game that was launched in 2007 on PlayStation 3. This is where it all began, the cover and shooting mechanisms, the relationship between Nathan Drake, mentor Victor Sullivan, and reporter Elena Fisher.
In the first installment of the game, Nathan Drake is on a tour of the Amazon in search of the El Dorado. Also, the introductory story didn’t offer the same amount of character development as the later games. The game didn’t age well in terms of the graphics and gameplay.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The Uncharted: Golden Abyss had slightly tuned mechanics. It was full of specific features such as aiming that could be adjusted with motion controls, and the character had to create rubbings in his notebook. In the beginning, it looked very cool, but later it gets tiring.
Despite the cinematic flair and some fantastic set-pieces, the storyline of the Golden Abyss falls flat. However, developers calculated it a success and could have done better if it wasn’t for the touch screen Vita gimmicks.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The third installment was Uncharted was truly the moment where it gained the spotlight. The entire game is an adrenaline-filled thrill ride where players are constantly left to wonder what could possibly happen next.
The game is insanely engineered to make your jaw drop; from escapades on a sinking cruise to hanging on a military cargo plane – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has it all.
The game received universal acclaim upon its release, and without a doubt, it deserved every bit of the appreciation. The visuals were top-notch, so were the environment designs. However, the downside of the game was its script as it wasn’t as interesting as its predecessor.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The latest incarnation of the game, The Lost Legacy marks Uncharted history as the first game without a Nathan Drake storyline. Players are surely going to miss his absence, however, it does introduce a new duo: Nate’s ally and former lover Chloe Frazer and ex-mercenary Nadine Ross.
The new duo proves to be charismatic leads, and the storyline seems to pack very neatly without making things look too unnecessary. Additionally, the game also focuses on new sides of two Uncharted heroines that we did not get to see in the earlier versions.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
This was the first Uncharted title built for the PlayStation 4 and the end of the Nathan Drakes’ story as well. The narrative setup of the game had nothing new, but its story dives deeper than all of its predecessors. With modern-day graphics and motion-capture capabilities, it’s quite hard to believe that the characters in the game aren’t real.
On the search of Henry Avery’s lost pirate treasure, the player comes across more developed villains, intricate puzzles, and highly intensified action. Besides running, jumping, players have to make their way through the collapsing buildings, death-defying rope-swings, and car-hopping chase sequence in Madagascar.
It is genuinely a modern-day action-packed game with great graphics and gameplay.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Despite being a decade old, Uncharted 2 is the real king and it still sits on its throne. The second version of the Uncharted was the game that raised the bar for the action-adventure genre.
Each chapter of the game is a masterfully written piece and has a satisfying adventure often involving trains and powerful rifle shots from behind. The game spins around a well-scripted adventure, with Drake climbing his way to survival in a train-wreck on the side of a snowy mountain.
The Bottom Line
Today, Naughty Dog’s action-adventure franchise has become one of Sony’s most iconic brands with exciting installments under its belt. Moreover, the series dished out consistently exciting third person simulator with the impeccable details.