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Uncharted is an action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game series created and primarily developed by Naughty Dog. It is published by Sony Computer Entertainment for its PlayStation consoles.

The series follows the adventures of treasure hunter and fortune seeker Nathan "Nate" Drake as he sets to uncover the truths behind numerous mythical treasures and lost cities, resulting in clashes with rival hunters and thieves. The series features several supporting characters, including Nate's mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan, love interest Elena Fisher and former flame Chloe Frazer, who also serves as the main protagonist of a spin-off game.

While minor changes occur throughout the games, gameplay often involves a combination of platforming, gunplay, elaborated set-pieces and puzzle-solving. Collectibles known as treasures are also featured in each game, while some games also feature other types of collectibles.

The series was generally met with critical acclaim and numerous end-year awards and honors for its technical achievements, storytelling and level design; 2007's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was very well-received [1] with each of its numbered sequels receiving universal acclaim from critics. [2] The game's spin-off titles Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy were also positively received. The franchise's success led to expanding into other forms of media such as novels and comics.

Installments

Main games

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Main article: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
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Released in late 2007, Drake's Fortune is the first installment in the Uncharted series, as well as the first title Naughty Dog developed for Sony's then-new PlayStation 3 console. It remains a highly acclaimed game in the series with a Metacritic score of 88/100, making it the fourth highest rated title in the series, being praised for its cinematic storytelling, characters, gameplay and presentation. The game has sold over three million copies.

The title introduced and established Nathan Drake as a treasure hunter who believes himself to be the descendant of legendary English captain and explorer Francis Drake. Joined by mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan and reporter Elena Fisher, Nathan follows Drake's trail to the lost El Dorado as he and his allies are being pursued by Atoq Navarro's mercenaries and Eddy Raja's pirate gang, both employed by criminal and rival fortune seeker Gabriel Roman.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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Main article: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Released in October 2009, Among Thieves is the second installment of the Uncharted series, sequel to 2007's Drake's Fortune, and the first title in the series to include a multiplayer mode. It remains the highest rated and most acclaimed title in the series, holding a score of 96/100 on Metacritic.

Set two years after Drake's Fortune, Among Thieves follows Nathan Drake as he embarks on a journey to find the lost city of Shambhala and the sacred Cintamani Stone said to be located in it. He is joined by his returning allies Sully and Elena, as well as former love interest Chloe Frazer. Throughout his adventure, he clashes and competes with notorious war criminal Zoran Lazarević, fellow treasure hunter Harry Flynn and their enormous military force.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

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Main article: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Released in November 2011, Drake's Deception is the third installment of the Uncharted series, and the last to be released on the PlayStation 3, as well as the second to have a multiplayer mode. It is also critically and commercially acclaimed with a 92/100 score on Metacritic, making it the third highest rated title in the series, as well as being nominated for many Game of the Year awards. It has sold over six million copies as of March 2015.

Two years following the conclusion of Among Thieves, Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan search for clues after the lost Atlantis of the Sands as the two men's friendship is challenged by the quest's hardships and obstacles, including Drake's ambitions. Throughout Nate's journey, he is forced to compete against old adversary Katherine Marlowe and her secret Hermetic society, including right-hand man Talbot, as well as pirates led by Marlowe's ally Rameses.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Main article: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Released on May 10, 2016 after numerous delays, A Thief's End is the fourth main installment of the series, the first one to be released on the PlayStation 4, and the final one to feature Nathan Drake and to be developed by Naughty Dog. Released to critical acclaim, it has a 93/100 score on Metacritic, making it the second highest rated title in the series, behind Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

Set three years after Drake's Deception, A Thief's End follows and older and more tired Nathan Drake as he embarks on his final adventure to hunt for the long-lost treasure of Captain Henry Avery and the long-lost pirate colony Libertalia. In this adventure, he is aided by his mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan and love interest-turned-wife Elena Fisher, as well as by his older brother Sam Drake. Against Drake and his allies are Rafe Adler, along with Nadine Ross and her private military company. They are rival treasure hunters who seek to kill Drake and his brother at all costs and get to the treasure first before them.

Side games

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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Main article: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Released in late 2011 in Japan and early 2012 in other territories, Golden Abyss is the first spin-off and handheld title in the Uncharted series, having been developed by Sony Bend Studio (with overseeing by Naughty Dog) and published as a launch title for Sony's PlayStation Vita console. Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, a companion turn-based card game, was released as well. Golden Abyss was released to generally positive reviews.

Set an unspecified amount of time prior to the events depicted in Drake's Fortune, Golden Abyss follows Nathan Drake as he searches the lost city of Quivira, aided by fellow treasure hunter Jason Dante and archaeologist Marisa Chase, while competing with exiled general and wanted dictator Roberto Guerro and his military force.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Main article: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Released on August 22, 2017 in North America, The Lost Legacy is the first major expansion pack within the Uncharted series, and the sixth overall installment of the Uncharted franchise. It was the second to be released on the PlayStation 4.

Set several months following the conclusion of A Thief's End, The Lost Legacy follows treasure hunter Chloe Frazer as she joins forces with mercenary Nadine Ross to search the Tusk of Ganesha in a war-torn India, as the two women must avoid the ruthless rebel Asav.

Future

According to Neil Druckman, a different studio could make a fifth Uncharted game. If such a game is made, Naughty Dog will be involved in some capacity.[3]

Other media

Motion Comics

Uncharted: Eye of Indra is a four-part motion comic prequel which sets up the events of Drake's Fortune. A few weeks before the first game, it follows Nathan Drake and Eddy Raja in Indonesia, as they attempt to steal an artifact called the Eye of Indra from a crime lord named Daniel Pinkerton.

A motion comic of the prologue to Drake's Fortune was created, using the same voice clips from the game.

Other games

Uncharted: Drake's Trail (2009) was an internet game located on the official European Uncharted website. As a private investigator in the hire of Elena Fisher, the object of the game was to find Nate by following his trail using various clues left behind by him. This game is no longer available.

There is also an Uncharted 2 minigame released on the official European site that is still currently active.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a remastered compilation of the first three Uncharted games released on October 9, 2015 in North America for the PlayStation 4.

Novels

Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth is a novel written by Christopher Golden, and concerns Daedalus' Labyrinth, a maze used to hold the mythical Greek monster; the Minotaur. The book was released on October 4, 2011.

Drake's Journal is a book that chronicles the making of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. It was by Nolan North, Nathan Drake's voice and mo-cap actor, and published on November 1st, 2011.

Others

Uncharted 3: Race to the Ring is an reality TV/game show that aired on October 31st, 2012 at 11:30pm on Spike TV.

Motion Picture

A film, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, was announced by Sony, based on the original game. David O. Russell was scheduled to write and direct, but has since quit the project citing "creative differences" as a reason.[4] A new director, Neil Burger, was brought in to work on the movie.

References

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