By Santiago Brion | February 28, 2022
“Uncharted” follows a globe-trotting treasure hunter named Nathan Drake who uncovers various historical mysteries. The franchise has been widely acclaimed over the years for its production values, voice acting, storytelling, realistic graphics, score, gameplay mechanics, and technical innovation. With its growing popularity, the games are still enjoyed on current PlayStation consoles. The “Uncharted” movie has finally come out after years in development hell, with that being said, here’s every game ranked from 5 being the worst to 1 being the best.
The first “Uncharted” game wasn’t exactly a bad game per se. It’s got great humor and introduces players to Nathan, his mentor, Victor Sullivan, and Elena for the first time. However, the graphics haven’t aged well and the gameplay mechanics are goofy. When I played it, one of the guys I shot was blown away. Also, the story and villains were weak. It was still fun though.
4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy(2009)
While “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” is an admittedly beautiful game, it just didn’t exactly live up to the epic conclusion of “A Thief’s End.” In the game, one of Nathan’s allies, Chloe Frazer, is looking for the Tusk of Ganesh in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India with the help of Nadine Ross. This is to prevent a ruthless warlord and his army of insurgents from igniting a civil war. The gameplay was nice and it was fun to play as Chloe. Nadine also had a redemption arc.
3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception(2011)
“Uncharted 3” is the most underrated game in the series. In it, Nathan and Sully go up against Victor’s former employer, Katherine Marlowe, while also looking for the lost city of Iram of the Pillars. There’s a flashback of how Nathan met Sully and the core relationship between these two characters is more focused upon. The one thing I loved about “Uncharted 3” was the iconic cargo plane sequence where Nathan falls out of a plane, grabs onto cargo, pulls the cargo’s parachute, and lands in the desert.
2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End(2016)
After the success of another IP from game developer, Naughty Dog, “The Last of Us,” a survival drama/horror narrative title, director Neil Druckmann took everything he learned from Nathan Drake and put it into its fourth installment by making it a genuine story of brotherhood. Nathan Drake is now retired and has a decent 9-5 job and is finally married to Elena. When his brother, Sam, stumbles back into his life, Nathan now has to do one last hunt, finding Henry Avery’s treasure. The brother dynamic, cinematic gameplay, gorgeous graphics, its shocking twist, motion capture performances from the cast, and easter eggs from previous games make “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” one of the best PlayStation 4 games ever! “Uncharted 4” had great moments like Nathan’s escape from a Panamanian prison, the auction heist, that motorcycle chase in Madagascar, and finding Libertalia, which was a Pirate utopia owned by Henry Avery on a secluded island.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
This was the game that not only made Nathan Drake a household name, but it also got people to pick up a PlayStation 2, and put game developer, Naughty Dog, on the map. In Nathan Drake’s sophomore outing, Nathan discovers the existence of the Chintanami stone after being betrayed by his former colleague, Harry Flyn. The game drew inspiration from Marco Polo’s expeditions through eastern Asia archipelagos and was put into the plot of the sequel, with Nathan picking up where Marco left off, looking for the tomb of Shambhala in the Himalayas. Nathan’s ally, Chloe, is introduced while Elena also provides backup for Nate. The iconic train sequence is truly what defines Uncharted as a whole. So does Nathan’s funny remarks, very cool graphics, gameplay, moments like Nathan holding on to the end of the caboose after being shot, the overlook of Shambhala, and Nathan taking out a tank in a Tibetan village. “Uncharted 2” succeeded as a narrative video game on all fronts. Technical innovation, graphic and character design, storytelling, voice acting and set pieces made “Uncharted 2” such an amazing game.
And with that ranking, “Uncharted 2” is the number one “Uncharted” game! And also one of the best PS2 games ever made. With its graphics, high stakes, and technical innovation, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” is a one of a kind game, and it’s such a shame that game developers don't make them like they used to.
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