The main series of games follows Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who travels across the world to uncover various historical mysteries. The series has been universally acclaimed and commercially successful, having shipped more than 41 million units. The Nathan Drake Collection is a remastered collection of the series’ first three installments, and was ported to PlayStation 4 by Bluepoint Games in October 2015.
About Uncharted in brief
The main series of games follows Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who travels across the world to uncover various historical mysteries. The main series began with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, released on the PlayStation 3 in 2007. The series has been universally acclaimed and commercially successful, having shipped more than 41 million units, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. A standalone game to the series, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, was released in 2017, with Chloe Frazer as the game’s playable protagonist. A free-to-play game for iOS and Android titled Fortune Hunter was released to tie in with A Thief’s End. The Nathan Drake Collection is a remastered collection of the series’ first three installments, and was ported to PlayStation 4 by Bluepoint Games in October 2015. The game was offered for free as part of Sony’s Play at Home initiative during the April–May 2020 pandemic. It was the first entry in the series not to feature Drake, and marks the first time the game does not feature a third-person perspective with a 3-D platforming with a physical perspective. It features various physical tasks, which must be completed to progress through the storyline, such as completing tasks such as rescuing Nadine Ross in Among Thieves and completing the puzzles in Drake’s Deception. The final installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was published on PlayStation 4 in 2016, and focused on realism and detail. The games feature enhancements such as new trophies, an in-game Photo Mode, and improved textures and gameplay.
The first game in the Uncharted series is a combination of action-adventure elements and a turn-based card game titled Fight for Fortune. It is considered a prequel to the main series, although, some developers have stated that it acts as a separate, original story. In 2012, a spin-off game titled Golden Abyss was released for Sony’s PlayStation Vita, marking the series’ first on a handheld console. The second game, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was also released for the Vita in 2011, and is the first to feature interactive elements suitable for the handheld system. The third and final game, Uncharted 3: Among Thieves was released in 2012, and features driving elements, as well as improving on other gameplay aspects such as stealth and role-playing, and comprehensive upgrades to multiplayer. The fourth and final installment A Thief’s End was released on PlayStation 4 in September 2014, and has been praised for its improved graphics and improved multiplayer. It has been widely credited by critics and video game publications for raising the standards of single-player video games, praising it for high production values, quality in storytelling, character design and animation, voice acting, realistic graphics, technical innovation, musical score, and delivering an enjoyable cinematic gaming experience to players. According to former Naughty Dog developer, Lucas Pope, the first Uncharted game was delayed after the first Gears of War game released in order to more resemble and feel like that of the latter.