|Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Walkthrough|
|Next chapter||Chapter 2 - The Search for El Dorado|
Treasure hunter Nathan Drake and TV show host Elena Fisher are on a boat off the coast of Panama, having just found and recovered the coffin of legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake, Nate's apparent ancestor, who was buried at sea over 400 years before. Elena films Nate as he opens the coffin, only to discover that it is empty except for a small metal box containing Sir Francis' diary. Although Elena is eager to continue filming, Nate covers the lens with his hand, saying that she's already got her story. As they begin to argue, Nate suddenly breaks off and radios his mentor and partner Victor "Sully" Sullivan, asking him to hurry along to pick them up. When Elena asks what is wrong, Nate says "pirates ", and goes on to say that they can't call the authorities as they have no permit to be in those waters. Instead, Nate opts to deal with the pirates himself.
He arms himself and gives a gun to Elena, just before several pirate boats arrive at their salvage vessel, and some of the pirates begin to climb aboard. After a brief shootout, Sully arrives in his seaplane. Pointing out that their ship is about to explode, Nate and Elena jump overboard and swim to the seaplane, where they are rescued. As they fly back to the mainland, Nate shows Sully Sir Francis' diary, theorizing that Sir Francis faked his death like Nate suspected, and must have been onto something big. Victor tells Nate to keep the information between them, though Elena hands Nate back his gun and says she's deserved a look at the diary.
Back on the mainland, Nate and Sully are aboard another boat at a pier, while outside, Elena talks to her producer about the events that have just taken place. Nate shows Sully the diary and tells him that Sir Francis must have hidden this final treasure to keep it from getting out when he returned to England. Sully grows impatient and asks Nate to cut to the chase, so Nate shows Sully a page with the words "El Dorado", believed to be a fabled lost city of gold. Nate notes that, unfortunately, the last page of the diary is torn out, but both he and Sully are still eager to go after the treasure. However, Sully does not want Elena to come, fearing that her recorded story will attract unwanted attention. Despite Nate's assertions that she can hold her own, they end up driving away in their boat and leaving her on the dock.
The first enemies to appear will be two pirates wielding PM-9mm pistols, they'll swerve in on a boat and start shooting. If you wait for the pirate at the top of the boat to climb down towards his partner, you can shoot the barrels on their boat and blow them both up. Alternatively, you can shoot them both to death. Another two pirates will then swerve in in a second boat. You can deal with them the same way as the first two by shooting the barrels when they are both close to them. Again, both pirates can just be shot.
Following this, as the boats approach, the pirates will jump off and swim toward your boat. They can not be shot during this time. After a few seconds, they will climb aboard. At this point, melee attacks are introduced. The game will prompt you to use the Fast and Furious Combo, although you are free to deal with the pirates any way you like. After this, another two pirates will climb aboard; this time the game will prompt you to use a timed brutal combo. This will increase the amount of ammunition enemies drop when they are defeated. As before, you can deal with them as you wish.
Next, you'll be attacked by four pirates who will climb aboard from different ends of the ship. This time the game offers no prompts, and you are free to kill them with your gun, melee, or a combination of both. After all four pirates are dead, a gunboat will swerve in, carrying a mounted turret and a rocket launcher. Take cover behind the crates, but not the cranes (as they explode) until Sully arrives in his seaplane. At this point the game will enter a cutscene which ends the chapter.
Brutal Brawler - Kill 5 pirates (of the ones that climb onto the boat) using brutal combos.
Brutal Expert - Kill 5 pirates (of the ones that climb aboard) in a row using brutal combos
Headshot Expert - Kill 5 pirates in a row by shooting them in the head. You'll know if it's a headshot because they'll die instantly. While this may seem hard at first, it shouldn't be too much trouble on Easy as you're unlikely to die, so long as you don't go so close that they start punching you.
10 Headshots - Kill 10 pirates by shooting them in the head. You'll know if it's a headshot because they'll die instantly. While this may seem hard at first, it shouldn't be too much trouble on Easy as you're unlikely to die, so long as you don't go so close that they start punching you.
Steel Fist - Kill 5 pirates (of the ones that climb aboard) by first running up to them and shooting them once from the hip with your PM-9mm pistol and then finishing them off with a single punch.
Steel Fist Expert - Kill 5 pirates (of the ones that climb aboard) in a row by first running up to them and shooting them once from the hip with your PM-9mm pistol and then finishing them off with a single punch.
- Both Nate and Elena can be seen wearing "Ottsel" branded wetsuits in this chapter. This is a reference to Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter series, in which the character Daxter is transformed into a half-otter/half-weasel hybrid called an Ottsel.
- It is revealed in Uncharted: Eye of Indra that Nate got Elena and the producers of her show to pay for the expedition, without telling them that he didn't have a permit to do so.
- If the player jumps overboard into the sea, a pirate will come up out of the water, grab Nate and pull him under. This is counted as a death and will restart the game from the last checkpoint.
- Elena's line "Oh - I don't think I'm getting my security deposit back" (when the boat is on fire) will only trigger if the opening cutscene is watched entirely.
There are no treasures in this chapter.