Uncharted: From the Best to the Worst
The Uncharted game series is full of action and adventure, mind-boggling puzzles, and incredible storytelling. Have you ever been reading a story from history and found that records were missing or that there was a hole in the story? Uncharted brilliantly makes a story and fills in the holes of history to try and make sense of what we don't know or can't prove. Plenty of theories exist, but Uncharted's theories are the best of all. Each game immerses you into an adventure-filled world that makes you wish you could actually be there and tag along. In this article I will list each game in the series from the best to the worst and explain the pros and cons of each one. Let's get started!
BEST - Uncharted: Among Thieves
Uncharted: Among Thieves sends Nathan Drake into the heart of a war zone in search of the Cintimanti Stone which was fabled to be a raw sapphire as big around as the reach of a man's arms. Following Marco Polo's expedition, Nate races against the warlord Zoran Lazarevic to find the stone first.
What makes this game the best of the series is the fantastic storytelling. We don't actually know what Marco Polo found or saw on his expedition but the theories that the writers came up with were quite interesting. Also, the stakes were higher in this than any of the others. Nate deals with betrayal by his friend and former lover and has to balance his care for his former flame and his love for Elena, not to mention going head to head with the deadliest enemy he has ever faced or will ever face.
All things considered, this game gets a perfect 4 out of 4.
#2 - Uncharted: A Thief's End
Maybe I'm biased because I love anything to do with pirates, but the number two spot on this list goes to the fourth game in the series A Thief's End. The story follows Nate, who has retired from treasure hunting, being forced to re-enter the world he left behind to save his brother Sam from drug lord Hector Alcazar. The only way to save his brother is to find Captain Henry Avery's lost treasure.
The gameplay has much improved in this entry and you also get to have fun with new abilities. The story is immersive and really keeps a good balance of mystery, intrigue, and emotion. The midway twist is completely unexpected and makes you wonder just who the real bad guy is. The problem I have with the story is the fact that Nate's brother Sam pops up out of nowhere. There was never any mention of him in the previous entries which causes a slight continuity problem. In part 3, Nate is alone in Cartagena as a young boy which is where he meets Sully. Also, Marlowe has Nate's personal file and lists several things that happened to him. When she mentions that Nate's father surrendered him to the state, why wasn't Sam mentioned? Also wouldn't "your brother was shot right in front of you" be something you'd mention to emotionally damage someone? Slight continuity problem but nothing too major.
All things considered, I give this game a 3.5 out of 4.
#3 - Uncharted: Drake's Deception
The number three spot goes to the third entry in the series Drake's Deception. The story follows Nathan Drake as he sets out to finish his quest of finding out Francis Drake's secrets. His opponent, Marlowe, has been trying to one up him since he was a young boy in Cartagena. His life story finally reaches its peak in this great entry in the series.
The only problem with this entry is how taxing some stages can be. The hallucination levels and the walking through the desert levels are repetitive and at times feel too much like a time filler than a necessity.
All things considered, I give this game a 3 out of 4.
#4 - Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The newest addition to the series The Lost Legacy was a bit disappointing. The story follows Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they search for the Tusk of Ganesh. They're being trailed by Asav, an Indian rebel who intends to sell the Tusk to Shoreline in exchange for bombs. Chloe and Nadine have to find the Tusk and stop Asav before innocent people get hurt.
The story was decent and it was a fun addition to the series. Having Chloe as the main was so much fun and I honestly wouldn't mind having another game with her in the lead. It was also cool to see Nadine's transition from bad to good. However, there were several problems with it. For instance, the previous four games all fill in the holes of history so to speak. They theorize about things we don't know. But in this game, an already established story was changed to suit the game which shatters the whole point of Uncharted. Another problem is that it is far too short. It has 8 chapters which is a third of how many chapters a typical Uncharted adventure has. It took me 8 hours to finish this game. The other four took me anywhere between 15 and 17 hours each.
All things considered, I give this game a 2.5 out of 4.
WORST - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
It's quite the stereotype to say that the first is always the best, even though that's usually the case, however, it's not the case here. The first game introduces us to Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher as they discover Francis Drake's empty coffin. The story unfolds into Nate going after El Dorado.
While the story was good, the game wasn't immersive. It didn't give us a reason to care about the characters and there was an insane amount of bad guys. The other entries made sense because they were basically armies and shadow organizations, but for an every day treasure hunter who hired a small-time criminal to have THAT many bad guys on retainer is rather unrealistic. Believability went right out the window after a while. The dialogue could be a bit off in some parts as well, like some words were emphasized when they shouldn't have been or some things were just repeated in a different way.
All things considered, I give this game a 1.5 out of 4.
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Uncharted had a rocky start but it definitely improved quickly and kept one-upping itself every entry. It kept true to its own mythos and it took extra care to preserve history but make new history too. I have the utmost respect for the Uncharted series and look forward to playing them through again!
© 2017 Alec Zander