Rule of thumb, blistered or otherwise: if you buy a Sony console, purchase all the Naughty Dog titles for it. Don’t ask questions. Just do it.
If that Sony console happens to be a PS3, get ready to enjoy the brilliance of a series that redefined the standard for a genre. Uncharted might not be to everyone’s taste, as you always have to account for the mad, but it is certainly the bar that every AAA developer strives to achieve. For god’s sake, Naughty Dog retaught Lara Croft how to raid tombs with the series.
From the set pieces to the visual attention to detail found in every single title, the Uncharted francise manages to create memorable moments with uncanny regularity. It’s impossible to think back on the second game and not remember amazing sequences like the train wreck climb, helicopter chase, or collapsing building. You see, unlike many games, the Uncharted series never settled for one or two major set pieces, instead opting to have one appear every 10 minutes or so. This series is the 80′s action movie of gaming, and I mean the good 80′s action movies.
However, if there is one thing that is more memorable than the bar fights and spiders chasing you across crumbling walkways, it’s the man who plays the lead. Nolan North has been in many, oh so many, games this generation, but for most people, he is simply Drake. The Uncharted series for me established how voice acting and storytelling is to be done. Having North and McGonagle take to the mo-capping stage and literally play the parts of Drake and Sully gave the story an aspect never seen before in gaming. The acting in this series of games feels fresh, natural, and full of life. You forget for a moment that there are actors behind these characters.
Uncharted is a series of games that undoubtedly will be improved upon, just as the Tomb Raider series was before that. However, these excellent titles for the PS3 are historical benchmarks in gaming. These will be the games retro collectors look back on and say, “This is where storytelling changed,” or “Uncharted is the series that redefined set pieces,” or even perhaps, “This series is why every game for the next 5 years has a ledge crumble every 10 seconds while presenting no actual danger to the player.”
You can find more articles in our 25-in-25 series over here, and stayed tuned tomorrow for another look at a great PS3 title!