Ranking the Uncharted series, a look back at one of the best franchises in gaming
The real treasure was in the games all along
Naughty Dog is one of the few developers that has managed to rarely mess up a game. Regardless of how you feel about them, their games have always been top notch and highly favored by players. If it's from the classic days with Crash Bandicoot, the infected ridden world of The Last of Us, or the iconic Uncharted series -- each game was held high on the pedestal for others to take inspiration from and with the soon to be released finale of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, will that stay true once again?
Well, it seems like it will be doing just that judging by early review scores. The game is said to be thrilling, beautiful and more matured, leaving players with both the feeling of awe and disbelief. However, since it's not yet time for the majority of people to play Uncharted 4, thanks to the multiple delays, I went back and replayed the Nathan Drake Collection which is stacked with all three gaming gems -- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
Each Uncharted title had its own unique element that was brought to the table, if it was from the opening scene of Among Thieves, or the epic cargo plane set piece in Drake's Deception that left players feeling a ton of vertigo. As strange as this sounds, people might have never played one of these games before -- I know a few -- and when thinking about it, I always question myself which ones' the best?
If I were to suggest the series to a newcomer I'd point them to the beginning of the series as that is the way they were meant to be played, but it comes down to a bigger question in my head -- Which game was the definitive Uncharted game?
So I did the math, and after hours of debating and plenty of long division, I think I figured it out. There is a total of 3 main Uncharted games, plus one if you count the Sony Bend Vita title Uncharted: Golden Abyss -- which we are -- and sat them all down and solved the puzzling question that I had for years. Here's what I got...