Putting together a list of the best Uncharted games is sure to get people talking, and we like that. Nathan Drake has been on a lot of exciting adventures, but some are better than others.
Naughty Dog is known for making games that are very cinematic and have memorable characters and jaw-dropping action scenes, and Uncharted is one of its crown jewels. The Uncharted series has always given us third-person adventures that stick with us long after we put down the controller. This is thanks to a rock-solid cast of characters and punchy, fun combat and movement.
So, if you had to rank the best Uncharted games, which one would be number one? Is it the best Uncharted game you’ve played? Read the full list of the best Uncharted games below to find out.
Before we start, it’s probably fair to say that, given how good these games are, coming in last on a list of the best Uncharted games is almost an honour in itself. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is only available on the PS Vita.
It was made by SIE Bend Studio, which also made the AAA third-person action game Days Gone. Compared to the other games in the series, there isn’t much wrong with Golden Abyss. At the time, it looked great up close for a handheld, and it was a careful recreation of the best parts of the first three Uncharted games.
Even though there are some great set pieces, some of the movie-like qualities had to be toned down so that the game could be played on a handheld device. But if you think about what the people who made Golden Abyss were trying to do, it’s a smart success.
It still feels a lot like Uncharted, but since it’s not as big, it was always going to be in its shadow. The mediocre touchscreen Vita tricks could have been left out though.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
With Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the now-famous Amy Hennig, Neil Druckman, Josh Scherr, and Bruce Straley, along with the rest of the super-talented Naughty Dog team, gave the world Nathan Drake
. The game was trying to fill the void left by Tomb Raider’s decline into mediocrity in the middle of the 2000s. This is ironic since Tomb Raider was rebooted in 2013 and took a lot of ideas from the Uncharted games.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was groundbreaking when it came out, but it hasn’t held up well over time, so it doesn’t make our list of the best Uncharted games. The later games can get away with being more realistic because they have higher standards and better systems and graphics technology.
The first game, on the other hand, looks bad now, even in the remaster, so it hasn’t held up as well as its sequels. Even though the interactions between the characters are still a lot of fun, the story in the first game doesn’t have as much depth or character development as the stories in later games.
If you’re used to the faster and more varied firefights in later games in the series, the gameplay can also get pretty boring. It’s worth playing if you want to see where the series began, but Drake’s first adventure doesn’t quite measure up to the rest of the games in the series.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a DLC add-on to Uncharted 4 that is a full-fledged standalone game. It was an ambitious step away from the series’ usual formula, replacing Nate with his old flame Chloe Frazer, a deeply compelling protagonist who is joined by Nadine Ross and Sam Drake from the fourth game.
Claudia Black, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker do a great job playing Nadine Ross, Sam Drake, and Chloe Frazer, respectively Chloe and Nadine try to find a tusk of Ganesh by doing “Archaeology.” To do this, they have to fight through a lot of gun-toting grunts.
The main new thing about The Lost Legacy was that it let players roam freely in detailed open-world environments. This was an improvement on one of Uncharted 4’s best set pieces, Madagascar.
Unfortunately, the story wasn’t as interesting as any of Drake’s other adventures, and while exploring the open world was a nice change of pace, it also led to a lot of lonely wandering that slowed down the pace.
The Lost Legacy is a bit too small and similar to Uncharted 4 to stand out on its own against the main series, even though it has beautiful graphics, fun combat, and well-written banter between Chloe and Nadine as they get to know each other throughout the game.
Uncharted: Drake’s Deception
This was Uncharted’s big moment. After Uncharted 2: Among Thieves’ huge success, the third game had big shoes to fill, but by God, did it try. The whole game is a thrill ride that keeps you guessing about what could happen next. It’s made to make your jaw drop. Anyone who has played this game will remember carefully escaping a sinking cruise ship or clinging to a crashing military cargo plane for dear life.
Even though it’s been eight years since we played Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, those memories are still very clear in our minds. When the game came out, it was praised by almost everyone, and there’s no doubt that it deserved it. The visuals and cinematic set-pieces were the best of their kind.
The environment design was perfect, and a huge amount of detail went into making each stop on this adventure around the world feel real and unique. Even though the script wasn’t as interesting as the one before it, it made up for what it lacked in character-defining moments with pure spectacle. This was Uncharted at its most popcorny. It was the big, meaty, can’t-miss blockbuster of the quadrilogy and, in my opinion, the best Indiana Jones experience since the turn of the century.
Uncharted: A Thief’s End
Uncharted 4 was where the series turned to face the strange, looked at all the limiting labels that were trapping it, and firmly shook them off, delivering a deeply human and moving adventure that is without a doubt one of the best games ever made.
After The Last of Us, Drake’s fourth and final adventure was a time when the series decided to grow up in a complete, uncompromising way. Naughty Dog got rid of the silly supernatural details that we’re dumbing down the series.
Instead, they let the lost cities and pirate treasure simmer in the background while the characters and their tense relationships took the spotlight. Drake isn’t half-dead and hanging out of a train car at the beginning of the story. Instead, he’s playing Crash Bandicoot with his wife making the bold choice to end this treasure hunter’s glory days and then bringing in his blood brother to bring him back for one last score, the Uncharted series finally fixed its blockbuster dissonance and gave us a believable, refreshingly human escape fantasy that didn’t have to sacrifice emotional resonance for spectacle.
Uncharted 4 has equal parts of both, and it’s the only game in the series that can make you cry buckets of tears. The story of Henry Avery and Thomas Tew, which is based on real history, runs in tandem with the story of two naturally adventurous brothers trying to make peace with their troubled past. In Uncharted 4, Nate is at war with himself.
He has to risk his comfortable family life because he can’t ignore the burning desire for adventure in his heart. And that ending… Nathan Drake, goodbye. It was something great that started small.
Uncharted: Among Thieves
In October, one of the best action games ever made will be 10 years old. It’s that simple. Nathan Drake’s Nepalese nightmare is one of the best AAA games ever made, and almost every frame of it could pass for a movie. Each chapter of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a masterfully written piece of a deliciously moreish narrative pie
. It is a satisfying adventure with a lot of heart that moves at a blistering pace, moving the player from set piece to electrifying set-piece, often involving trains and shooting powerful rifles from behind carefully placed wooden crates…
Seriously, though, it’s hard to top the beginning of this famous game, which was a snowy scene in which Nate woke up from a nap scarred and in a train car hanging off the edge of a cliff. Somehow, that wasn’t all of the exciting gameplay in one go.
The rest of the game keeps up the pace as the combat gets harder and the plot gets stranger, and it also has some great comedic moments to balance things out. Uncharted 2 also made the multiplayer part of the series better and gave buyers a good reason to keep coming back after the main story was done.
Uncharted 2 didn’t just raise the bar for video game stories, it punched it out of the sky. It sent out a shockwave that will affect single-player games for the next generation and beyond.