Five Unbelievable Uncharted Moments

With the recent release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and the approaching fourth entry, what better time then to bring together the finest moments from Naughty Dogs biggest franchise. From 2007 to 2011 we were treated to some outrageously outstanding set pieces that puts the series in a league of its own. Following in the foot steps of Marco Polo, Lawrence of Arabia and Sir Francis Drake, Nathan’s adventures are both extraordinary and surreal.

After all this is done and dusted though, what are the main points that really stick with you. The parts that you love to revisit time after time. Here I try to diagnose the five strongest moments that define the Uncharted series. Warning spoilers for the entirety of the series:

 

Train-Wrecked (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

If you know the series you will have seen this one coming. So fun you experience it twice. Debatably one of the greatest video game opening levels see’s Drake covered in his own blood hanging for dear life to a wrecked train off the side of a mountain. You ponder how have things got this bad? What has he done to get into this situation? The next essential hours are spent building up to this astronomical cliff-hanger.

Image 2

 

Second-Story Work (Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception)

Who would have thought playing as Drake when he was a mere teenager could be so much fun? Fleeing on foot from a number of mysterious agents, Drake’s escapades see him leaping over rooftops. In great movie style the chase is fast and unforgiving. You need a perfect run to make sure your not caught. Jumping from building to building before a detour through a residents flat in the shadow of Mexican Vihuela strings compliment the level perfectly. All leading up to the final stance of Drake having to make a choice whether or not he actually shoots one of Marlowe’s agents. Thankfully its a choice he never has to make with a timely save from Sully

Image 3
.

The Yeti Shadow (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

Somewhere in Nepal you scour icy cliffs following a villager for some unknown reason to yourself. The snowy perches are a stunning sight to behold as they shimmer in the light. From nowhere the camera zooms outs ever so calmly. The shadows suddenly start to move thus revealing pale white eyes and snarling teeth. The dark figure disappears leaving me in disarray. What the hell was that? Every next step, you take lightly.


Image 1

 

Supernatural Twist (Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune)

The original supernatural twist is a moment I will never forget. After spending hours upon hours searching for El Dorado you discover that that the treasure is cursed. Transforming humans into mutated beings with super speed and strength, you realise for the first time that Drake might be out of his depths. Fighting alongside rival Eddy you begin an all out onslaught on the dozens of enemies coming your way. Tension mounts as Elena scrambles to find some way of helping you escape. Shooting the last of the beasts Eddy smugly taunts their dead corpses off the side of a ledge before suddenly being grabbed and pulled to his death. Now your all on your own to defend. Overlooked too much for my liking, Drakes Fortune has tremendous moments like this that are unappreciated too often.

Image 5

 

Plane Crash (Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception)

Like the train-wreck its impossible to leave this sequence out. Serving as the antepenultimate After becoming a stowaway you are suddenly caught by enemies which results with a fist fight on the open ramp of the plane. Very similar to the final showdown in Air Force One except here Nate ends up hanging onto loose cargo off the edge. Gun fight ensues whilst you scramble back up to safety. Things then go from bad to worse as an engine fire rapidly destroys the airplane before sucking everyone (including Drake) out into the air. Falling out of the sky you somehow manage to grab hold of a crate before pulling the safety cord to release the parachute. As improbable as it is, the level is still incredible.

Image 4

So there you have five unbelievable Uncharted moments that have made the series a phenomenon. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is fast approaching with expectations high lets hope they will bring us some more surreal moments. What moments stand out for you? Leave us a comment below to tell us why.

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords Shutting Down

Soulcalibur

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, the free-to-play downloadable game released exclusively for the Playstation 3, will be shutting down its service completely later this year.  Bandai Namco announced plans to terminate the game on its official Japanese website with the game becoming completely unplayable on November 30th.

Official sites for Lost Swords outside of Japan have yet to release their own statements, so the date of closure may vary depending on your region.

The end of Soulcalibur: Lost Swords doesn’t come as too great a surprise, even with it only being less than two years old.  Lost Swords is the worst received game in the Soulcalibur series with a Metacritic score of 38 out of 100 and an even worse user score.

The main source of controversy with the title is that it is pay-to-win by design, with producer Masaaki Hoshino openly admitting that this was their intent, and competitive play, the thing that fighting games are most played for, had to be cut from the title for the sake of preserving this model.  Will you actually be missing Soulcalibur: Lost Swords when it’s gone?

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Charlie Nash Revealed for Street Fighter V, M. Bison Teased

Street Fighter

Charlie Nash, the US Marine that has worked alongside Guile and Chun Li, officially makes his return to the Street Fighter franchise in Street Fighter V.  His return was first teased at the 2014 Capcom Cup, but a new trailer finally shows him in action.  He has appeared in a handful of games, but his death at the hands of the villainous M. Bison has always served as Guile’s motivation in the series, so his appearances are sparse by nature.  His moveset is also very similar to Guile’s and its often redundant for the two to appear in the same game.  His appearance in Street Fighter V will address both of those problems with a new storyline and some serious changes to his playstyle.

It’s been widely speculated that Charlie may have survived his encounter with M. Bison, but his reveal trailer finally lays that theory to rest.  One look at the new Charlie makes it clear that his fight with Bison was indeed fatal and he has now been resurrected with Frankenstein-style stitchings covering his body.  Who is responsible for raising Charlie from the dead hasn’t been officially announced, but the oval jewel set in his forehead is reminiscent of Street Fighter III villain Gill who is known for having the ability to resurrect himself.

Check out the new trailer we were talking about:

Many were concerned that Charlie’s return would prevent Guile from also stepping into the ring, but those fears can safely end here.  Charlie does still use some of Guile’s moves, like the Sonic Boom projectile and the Flash Kick, he also has plenty of new tricks to call his own.  Charlie now has the ability to teleport behind his opponent and plenty of dash moves to enable close combat.  This makes Charlie more of a reimagining of Guile’s playstyle with an emphasis on rush-down tactics rather than an outright replacement for him.  This doesn’t confirm that Guile will return, but it does mean that there is room in the roster for both of them.

Aside from that, the trailer also displays a significant update in the game’s engine.  Lighting effects and animations have improved significantly from the original demo build that was shown off at the game’s first reveal.  Onlookers have also been adding into the background to make stages more visually active.  It’s a big step up for the look of the game and it can only get better from here.

Finally, central antagonist M. Bison was teased at the trailer’s end as the next fighter to join the roster.  For Street Fighter fans, this is one of the most important days in the build-up for Street Fighter V’s release… But for Bison, it was only Tuesday.