Uncharted 4 has just been released, and while I haven't played Uncharted 4 yet(that comes in a few days) I want to look back at my time with the series just before I embark on the last iteration. I will say know there will be spoilers of some nature for Uncharted 1, 2 and 3 but absolutely none what so ever for Uncharted 4.
So let me lay the ground work first, I played Uncharted 3 first back on the PS3, loved it but never got around to playing 1 and 2. Then the Nathan Drake Collection was released on the PS4 with all 3 in and I picked it up, and since then I have played 1 and 2 as well as replayed 3, so without further ado, here is my history with Uncharted.
So this first adventure sees Nate team up with Sully and at times Elena to find El Dorado. I enjoyed this game, but wasn't blown away by it, the environments were pretty similar throughout and the set pieces weren't as big as I'd been led to expect. Where this game did excel for me was the combat, I haven't played it in a month or two know but I hold the shooting in Uncharted 1 above the other two. I liked the way it felt, and that with accuracy I could just use my pistol and go for one shot kill headshots. There was one particular segment in which Nate and Elena take to a Jet Ski to traverse the island which is a really, really bad point for the game, none of it works well and it was a chore to get through. Other than that the climbing was fun, the traditional Naughty Dog cinematography was clear to see and enriched the game ten fold. Although I think Uncharted 1 had its flaws, I do see how at the time is could spawn a franchise that has come to represent the PlayStation name!
Now Uncharted 2 is where things really start to get going for me, the environments are gorgeously diverse, the set pieces are far, far better than in the first, and just generally it is a superb game. The opening to this game with the collapsing train is as breath taking and exhilarating as you could possibly ask for. There is intrigue about what led him to be in this position, and there are more of the amazing cinematic camera angles. The finale(which I won't spoil just in case you haven't played it) is a super intense fight which I will remember for a good while to come. Obviously Uncharted 2 is possibly most famously known for the train sections, which are impressive today, never mind about when it was released! The scenery changes and speeds by you creating some of the best moments of the game. As I said the shooting was, for me, at its best in Uncharted 1 and that does detract ever so slightly from this one, but nothing big at all. There are some amazing plot twists which I also won't mention, and while the characters are generally better in Uncharted 2, for some reason I can't stand Chloe. I would have infinitely preferred if Elena had been in a more prominent position compared to Chloe, but that is personal opinion.
Here we go, this is the pinnacle of an action adventure game, this has it all. The best set pieces of the series, the best puzzles, environments, characters it really does have it all. There are so many iconic and intensely memorable scenes and action. There is more character development of these characters that you have grown to love, and even playing this as the first one is my series I still could grow attached to these characters very quickly. While the shooting isn't as comfortable for me as Uncharted 1, it does feel more realistic here, with all of the weapons feeling more hefty. There is of course the section of the game where you play as Nate as a child which is a superb way for you to feel more attached to your friends, and further apart from your enemies.
There you go guys, my two cents on the Uncharted series up to now, I will of course have coverage of Uncharted 4 in the coming weeks and months, there may even be a gallery in there! That being said I do have a very busy personal time approaching, so content on here may not be as frequent as it has been. Rest assured though that I will be back soon with new content for you.
Thanks for reading,
Friends of The Games Critic:
My name is Ed, I write everything here, covering all kinds of games, but I only play them on the PS4!