Nathan Drake is a lot of things— he’s charming, reckless, trigger-happy, caring, insecure, and occasionally brash. But we love him anyway. Throughout the Uncharted series, he’s uncovered lost cities, and foiled dastardly schemes all over the world. It’s never been easy either, and the various journeys he’s been on often take him to places that really test his mettle, though we know he’s always come out on top in the end. Regardless, the little moments of peril have never failed to make us gasp in suspense, as if we didn’t know he would survive. Here are just 10 of those incredible Uncharted moments from the first three games. Spoilers ahead.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Introduction
There’s something about this particular introduction that stuck with us. Maybe it’s because it set the tone for the rest of the game (and series) for us. We were introduced to both the adventurous Nathan Drake, and the determined Elena Fisher. The intro to the entire game gave us a stunning environment, intrigue set in history, humour, followed by a great action sequence full of gunfire and marine excitement.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – The Jungle U-Boat
One of many epic moments in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the moment that strikes us first is the moment Nate and Sully come across the German U-Boat in the middle of the Amazon in their search for El Dorado. Whether it was the stunning vista outside, or the suspenseful tour within, we remember the U-Boat for being one of those moments in which we weren’t sure of what would happen next, or what we would find.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Jeep Chase
Breaking out of a pirate prison in the middle of a tropical paradise with the help of Drake’s feisty blonde romantic-interest? How could that not be on your list of greatest Uncharted moments? You’re pushed into an adrenaline pinching high-speed shootout toward the edge of a cliff looking out toward the ocean. You’re caught at the end, surrounded by pirates, and what does our beloved Nate do? He reverses over the edge. Why? Because he’s an absolute badass.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – The Cursed Treasure
Up to that point, there was a lot of archaeology and theorising in regards to what the treasure of El Dorado would contain, and where it could be. Nate eventually finds the treasure, along with Gabriel Roman, and Navarro. They’d found the gold, but no one expected to really find an ancient, mystical curse contained within it, at least, not until it was too late and a pack of ancient zombies swarmed the room around you.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Introduction
Drake opens his eyes and looks up. The icy wind is howling through an abandoned train carriage, the tattered curtains cling loosely to their bearings. Something seems wrong. Drake looks out through the broken window to his right and sees the white frosty mountains…at a very peculiar angle. Then it hits him, or, almost does. He narrowly dodges an emergency kit hurtling toward him. It was falling. We realise quickly that the train is dangling precariously off the edge of a mountain cliff. It’s a sequence worthy of any blockbuster film…and that’s just the tutorial!