Gaming Spotlight: Uncharted

If you’ve been following this blog, then you’re aware of the fact that I’m a gamer. After transitioning from the Sega Genius console to the Playstation and improving my hand-eye coordination with Sonic The Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot, I got locked on to the action & adventure genre. Games like Metal Gear Solid,  Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil kept me entertained throughout my adolescent and teen years. But it wasn’t until I was introduced to the Uncharted series that I developed a new level of respect for the gaming industry.

Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Uncharted is an action-adventure, third-person shooter video game franchise that follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Drake made his initial debut in 2007 in the critically acclaimed Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune as the wisecracking explorer with a shady past. Selling over 10 million copies its first 10 weeks, Uncharted became a success and rivaled the likes of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones. 5 games later, the franchise is still a major topic of discussion in the gaming industry, with a movie adaptation in the works.

So what did I enjoy the most about Uncharted? Three things: graphics, story, and gameplay.

Graphics 

The first three games all looked incredible on the PS3 console, but Uncharted 4 played on the PS4 took my breath away. The image quality, attention to detail (particularly with facial movements, skin, clothing, and environment), character rendering, real-time cut-scenes, lighting, and overall aesthetics were phenomenal. Sometimes it felt like I was navigating through a docuseries and not playing a fictional video game.

Story

Uncharted

If you’ve played an action & adventure game in the last 20 years, then you’ve essentially played a movie. The writing and characters in these types of games are just as important as the gameplay because the levels and overall pacing are dependent on it. The Uncharted franchise never disappointed in this area, and its story arc always included a smooth blend of history, mystery, thriller, comedy, and action.

Gameplay

According to Den of Geek, the 2006 release of Gears of War caused Naughty Dog to revamp Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune six months before its scheduled release. The camera angles, gun controls, and movement mechanics in Uncharted were all inspired by Gears of War. And I, for one, appreciate the changes because the fluidity in Uncharted‘s combat is one of the reasons why it’s so beloved.

The Uncharted movie in the works is rumored to be an origin story, featuring a young Nathan Drake. A potential release date is set for March 5, 2021, with Spiderman star Tom Holland taking the lead. Producer Charles Roven advised the following:

“We’ve come up with a wonderful origin story but it’s still based on the Uncharted video game. It doesn’t take place during any of the time period of any of the Uncharted video games. It actually takes place when Nathan Drake (who’s the lead of that game) and Sully, I guess you’d call him his surrogate father, were much younger. It’s an origin story that evolves out of the game but is not from the game.”

Like the Uncharted franchise, there are a few other games that I enjoy playing. So stay tuned for more overviews in the future.

Until Next Time…

(Sources)

Leane, R. (2019, January 22). How Gears of War Inspired Uncharted. Retrieved August 09, 2020, from https://www.denofgeek.com/games/how-gears-of-war-inspired-uncharted/

Paez, D. (n.d.). 3 WAYS NAUGHTY DOG COULD DELIVER UNCHARTED 5 ON PS5. Retrieved August 09, 2020, from https://www.inverse.com/gaming/uncharted-5-ps5-release-date-3-ways-naughty-dog-could-deliver

Saavedra, J., & Baxter, J. (2020, January 25). Uncharted Movie Release Date, Cast and More. Retrieved August 09, 2020, from https://www.denofgeek.com/games/uncharted-movie-release-date-trailer-cast-news/

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