Ranking the Uncharted series, a look back at one of the best franchises in gaming
The real treasure was in the games all along
#1 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
At this point in the series, we have hit the epitome of graphics. The game looked stunning on the PS3, becoming one of the best-looking games on both consoles -- PS3 & Xbox 360. However, this wasn't the thing that made Drake's Deception the special game it is.
It was primarily due to the fact that Drakes story has really reached its peak. Returning characters like Elena, Chloe, and Victor "Goddam" Sulivan were all back, seemingly being the last entry in the franchise. The driving home factor that threw Drake's Deception over the edge was the game's narrative arc.
With all the twists and turns that the game makes the player go through, the ending was quite emotional for our beloved heroes. This can also be compared to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves scene where Nate and Elena kid around at the end, but its more than just that.
We know these characters care for each other, we've seen it for the last 3 games. Now that it was coming to an end, no longer did the player know what was going to happen for the future of our characters. Will Nate and Elena stay together? Will Nate go off on another adventure leaving her behind? All these questions were left to interpret for the player, well that was until Uncharted 4 was announced, but that's not the point.
Naughty Dog's greatest attribute to their games is not just the beautiful detailed worlds, the high-climbing shooting set pieces or even the various amount of villains, but rather their ability to tell a story and make you care. At the time, there was no other game like it, the storytelling, character development, and its use of real world tie-ins to historic places was truly one of a kind.