Our five favourite Uncharted moments
3rd Nov 2011 | 14:41
If you're a fan of Naughty Dog's finest, it can't have escaped your attention that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception debuted earlier this week.
If you haven't checked it had a look at it, be sure to give our Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception review an eyes over, we awarded it a commendable 9.5 and said it boasted "confident storytelling, astonishing visuals and obscenely ambitious set pieces which make Uncharted 3 the best of the series. An absolute must-have."
Naturally it had us reminiscing fondly about all the great gaming memories Nathan Drake has given us over the past four years and so we decided to pick five of our favourite Uncharted moments from the first two games.
The Uncharted series is absolutely chock full of brilliant moments, from action packed chases and fight sequences, to great cut scenes, intricate plot twists and turns, to great one liners and funnies. To be honest it was no easy task whittling them down to five - we had an absolute ton to choose from.
So looking back this is more a personal choice of the ones we either remember most fondly - apologies for the slightly poor quality of the grabs which are from YouTube and the only real way to show you each scene, but please let us know what your favourite moments from the series are in the comments field below!
Spoiler Alert - be warned obviously there will be spoilers if you haven't played either of the first two Uncharted games and want to preserve the mystery, do not read any further
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but continuing unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory. " The watery words of Sir Francis Drake drift across the opening sequence of Drake's Fortune, a perfect motto the whole gaming experience to come.
But we're quickly back to the present and who can forget their first view of Naughty Dog's first PlayStation 3 outing? Amazing cinematic-quality looks, convincing characterisation, snappy dialogue, a natural, unforced humour, all the pillars of the series are there from the very first scene. Within moments of the titles fading, Drake and Elena have discovered an ancient treasure, argued and come under attack from pirates, perfectly establishing the series' impeccable sense of swashbuckling adventure.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Drake and Elena, having escaped the unwelcome attentions of Gabriel Roman and Atoq Navarro in the Amazon, are bearing down on the island of UK 2642 in Sully's plane. Drake's illustrious ancestor may await them, but so does a hail of anti-aircraft fire "this is so not cool" opines Drake.
"We're on fire!" remarks Elena and ever the journalist, keeps shooting away, "Enough with the damn camera!" says Drake and dispatches her to search for a parachute.
"Have you ever done this before?" asks Elena. "Of course," says Drake, his face indicating he clearly has not, "You just count to five and pull the cord." a method which doesn't quite go according to plan when its his own turn to bail out.
There's tons of hugely memorable sequences in the original Drake's Fortune, but we love this one in particular, because it's a classic high peril sequence, has some great dialogue between the leads and some splendid Drake reaction shots. The hole in Drake's parachute and his plaintive cries of 'Oh crap, crap, crap' as he hurtles to the jungle make us grin to this day.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
A Rock and a hard place
We've picked this one as it's simply one of the best openings to a game ever, never mind the Uncharted series. Drake awakens on a wrecked train, bloody and battered ("that's a lot of blood, my blood") stopped amidst the snowy heights of the Tibetan peaks. In a trice, the train carriage lurches, doing its best impression of the bus at the end of the Italian Job and Drake's hanging by his fingertips, thousands of feet above the icy chasms.
Full of shocks, suspense and sheer naked terror, this is a classic nail-biting opening and proves Naughty Dog certainly know how to start with a bang. Full of falling rocks, bending metalwork and precarious handholds, Drake slowly inches his way up both the inside and outside of the first carriage, hurtles through the second and has to leap for safety before collapsing exhausted on the ground. Most games are happy to a handhold you through a tame, non-threatening opening section, but in Uncharted 2 the tension is palpable.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Chloe meets Elena
Nate and Chloe are in Nepal, hot on the heels of Zoltan Lazarevic and his mercenary army, who are searching for a clue left by Marco Polo in one of the Nepalese temples. As they make their way to the temple, who should they bump into but Elena Fisher and her cameraman Jeff, who are also pursuing Lazarevic.
Chloe's immediate reaction is to pull a gun on them, but Drake quickly intervenes, "It's all right Chloe, they're journalists." As the two ladies competing for Drake's affections circle each other the dialogue is sharp and witty, "I'm sensing some history here...." "Elena Fisher, last year's model," and as always it's a hapless Drake who's caught right in the middle. A splendidly deft and funny moment, this will rings bells with anyone's who's current squeeze unexpectedly encounters their ex.
Uncharted 2:Among Thieves
As Among Thieves hurtles to its climax, Elena is dreadfully wounded by Flynn, but Drake has to leave her with Chloe as he tracks down Lazarevic at the Cintamani stone. Drake eventually overpowers a resin-fuelled Lazarevic who falls close to the bubbling blue pools. As Drake stands over him, Lazarevic accuses Drake of being a monster and asks 'how many men have you killed? How many today?' Continuing to taunt him, Lazarevic says, "That's it boy, no compassion, no mercy. Do it! Do it!"
But Drake won't kill him in cold blood and Lazarevic screams, "You don't have the will!" 'Maybe not,' agrees Drake, "but they do," moments before Lazarevic is torn apart by the savage temple guardians. It's a cracking scene, playing on Drake's fundamentally decent nature and for a moment, you almost think Lazarevic may get away with his many crimes. But nature is allowed to take its course and it's a fitting, satisfying ending as Lazarevic's gets his just desserts.
We've shown you ours now you show us yours! Tell us about your favourite moments from the Uncharted series in the comments field below.