I’ll be honest; I came up with this title before I thought what this article would do real About. Because, actually, what can I say here? “Remember that blockbuster game franchise that everyone loved and just got a movie adaptation? They should be making more games like this.” It’s a “no-nonsense” situation. I’m not the first to say they like *good stuff* and want another *good stuff*. I should probably say something more sensational. OK, great: Uncharted is an incredibly unique, industry-shaping series that resonates so strongly with me that we deserve more.
To be fair, Uncharted doesn’t appeal to everyone. Some see the series as lowbrow pop art. If you scroll down a Google search, you’ll quickly come across critics claiming that Uncharted is overrated. To be fair, Naughty Dog’s action blockbuster also has some weaknesses. Its shootouts become repetitive. The climbing part is a bit easier as everything is painted the same color so you know where to go. Compared to Hollywood movies, the narrative is more dazzling.
Now that this is out of our system, let’s move on to understand why Uncharted rules at all. Uncharted games are basically popcorn movies in an interactive form. That’s one of the reasons they go down so easily. But the difficulty of making a game that operates at a high level and appeals to a broad audience makes the franchise even more impressive. But I don’t need to defend Uncharted. It doesn’t matter if you don’t love it. Let me tell you why I do this.
One of my favorite things about Uncharted is its characters.If you look at any game with a highly rated story, you will find fans real Love is a charming actor. Look at Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption or Eidos-Montréal’s recent Guardians of the Galaxy and you’ll find the same thing. If you break down these narratives into a linear series of events, you may find that they seem very basic and full of metaphors. However, these games do have one thing in common: they’re all filled with incredibly fun and well-rounded characters. The reason we fall in love with video game narratives in the first place is because we fall in love with the characters that inhabit those worlds in the first place.
Uncharted has some of the best characters in the business. Sully is a cigar-smoking rogue with a past full of adventures, and I really just wanted to be my dad.Chloe Frazer is a hard-eyed, morally deft heroine so compelling that she deserves her own derivative adventureMeanwhile, Sam Drake is a character who shouldn’t be working. In three games, Nate’s brother is never mentioned; the character should feel completely out of place. More importantly, Sam is a liar and manipulative thief. However, we love him.
I haven’t even had time to talk about the two most important characters in Uncharted: Nate and Elena.in our Video Game Geography Podcast, we talk about our appreciation for the romance between these two characters. When we first meet Elena at the beginning of the first Uncharted, she’s a TV reporter immersed in Nate’s Indiana Jones-esque adventures. She looks like a traditional weekly romance. But as the series progressed, so did her relationship with Nate. The two got married…and then separated. But something keeps pulling them back together.
That’s one of the things I respect Uncharted about Nate and Elena’s relationship. Naughty Dog doesn’t shy away from the challenges of marriage and what it takes to stay committed to another person. Most game love stories are over once the two main protagonists hook up. We rarely get to see what happens after the first kiss. But a true long-term relationship requires effort and sacrifice, and romance doesn’t have to end. In fact, a committed relationship is often richer and more rewarding than the playfulness of youthful passion. Long-term committed relationships are challenging, but they can also be wonderful.
I hope I don’t sound like an old man wagging his fingers and saying, “When are your kids getting married?” Everyone’s situation is different. But that’s why I love Uncharted and its characters. It offers far-fetched stories full of real human moments. Yes, it’s constructed from tropes pioneered by Indiana Jones and other adventure series, but it takes those building blocks and finds its own spin in the formula, and manages to say something real in the process.
That’s why I want another Uncharted game… well, they’re fun.