The Uncharted games have some of he highest production quality in modern gaming. And with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releasing soon, why not take a look back at the legacy of the relatively new franchise, from the less loved but still great Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, to the incredible Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, as well as fan favorite Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It often seems that the PlayStation Vita Uncharted game, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, is overshadowed by its console big brothers, but don’t be deceived. It’s still great game, with everything that makes the Uncharted games so good.
The Uncharted games were what really drew people to the PlayStation 3: games filled with some of gaming’s greatest characters, as well as what could be described as a Indiana Jones style story, filled with romance, intense action, and of course lost treasures. More than just a breakthrough game showcasing all the PlayStation 3 could do, it showed that Sony-exclusive developer Naughty Dog could make more than mascot-based platformers, but great third-person shooters as well.
The first Uncharted game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, was released in 2007, a year after the PlayStation 3’s launch, and it had some of the most stunning visuals we’d seen at that time, as well as incredible set pieces. The gameplay started what the Uncharted games were known for, third-person cover based shooting, this time with a focus on preserving ammo. This game introduced key Uncharted characters, such as Elena Fisher, Victor “Sulley” Sullivan, and of course treasure hunting fortune seeker Nathan Drake.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves built upon everything good in Drake’s Fortune and made it even better: better set pieces, better puzzles, and more characters – including the introduction of fan favorite characters Chloe Frazer and Harry Flynn. Combat was also slightly tweaked, giving you more ammo and more guns, as well as more of a focus on melee combat. The story, while relatively similar to the first game, is still great, with enough twists and turns and great character relationships to keep you interested.
It may seem impossible to top what is considered one of Naughty Dog’s greatest games. But alas, the team over at Naughty Dog managed to top what is one of the PlayStation’s best. It may seem hard to pin point what is different in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but the little things, such as being able to throw enemy grenades back and being able to move through a burning house literally falling to the ground, make a huge impact.
The lesser appreciated but still great Uncharted: Golden Abyss is one of the greatest pieces of software Sony has to show of for its handheld, the PlayStation Vita. This time the story focuses on Nate before the events of Drake’s Fortune and follows more of the gameplay style seen in the first Uncharted game. This game also makes use of many of the Vita’s functions, such as the touch screen and light sensitive back to add some puzzles into the mix that make you feel like even more of a fortune seeking adventurer.
Overall, none of the Uncharted games are bad, each with their own high peaks and problems. But today we ask, which game is your favorite? Personally, my favorite Is Uncharted 3. It was the first Uncharted game I played and introduced me to the characters I love, as well as showcased what they PlayStation 3 could really do with its incredible set pieces. It also had the most solid gunplay. Drake’s Deception also had what I consider and to me the most intriguing plot, with my favorite plot point being the young Drake sections. Sound off your favorite Uncharted game in the comments below!