Why I think Nathan Drake and Uncharted are Over-Rated


Nathan Drake

Here's the BAMF in all of his glory

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Meet Nathan Drake, general all round bad-ass, notorious ladies-man and hunky poster boy of the Uncharted games. He can run, gun, climb, look (and sound, thanks to Nolan North) amazing while doing so. Every man secretly wants to be him.

I, think he’s a jerk.

For all of Drake’s oozing machismo and his ‘I-think-I’m-too-cool-for-school’ personality, I have to address my real problem with the man. I don’t dislike him because of my fondness for wusses nor my issues with the rainforest which featured in the first game (the HUMIDITY!) it’s the fact that people forget he’s a copy & paste clone that most of you (admittedly) went a bit googly eyes for. It’s become a cliché that every male protagonist must have biceps bigger that watermelons (nom) and has more charisma than a maxed out Sim. Personally, even just the once, I’d like to see an awkward, socially inept character, you know, the one’s that are always played by Michael Cera in films. I can find a Nathan Drake in any other game I turn to, a cool dude with a spring in his step (albeit without the impeccable voice-acting of the one and only Nolan North).

How about every male-lead in a video game ever?

What I don’t understand is why everyone has gone flies-to-a-lump-of-sugar crazy over the guy, I don’t care how charming his voice-actor is. He’s just one dude. With a gun.

Click ‘Read More’ to find out why I think they’re both over-rated.

Uncharted Screenshot

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Beautiful visuals of lush greenery, surrounding lost Amazonian relics and a story that will captivate you. When I first got a PS3 in February 2008 that was pretty much how everyone was describing the game. Trading in the lackluster games that I received in my bundle, I decided to fork out for Motorstorm and Uncharted. Boy was I disappointed. A good friend of mine, who’d been a PS3 gamer from launch said to me “sure, get it, it’s a lot of fun, the graphics are nice but there aren’t that many guns”. ‘Great’, I thought.

Needless to say I’d traded that in too after about a month of playing it and I wasn’t even near completion. To me it was just a bit samey. The parts that were more ‘hmm, what do I do next’ were excellent but it all started to deteriorate when I realised it was basically just a decent Lara Croft game, with far better graphics with the voluptuous Lara switched out for a burly dude wielding all of the guns instead.

When Uncharted 2 : Among Thieves was released I just ignored it completely. Frankly I didn’t care if the Official PlayStation Magazine had given it a Gold Award and whatever else or the fact that Naughty Dog (the developers of the Uncharted games) have been behind some of my favourite PlayStation classics, because I knew that at the end of the day most of the people buying Uncharted 2 were still high off the deliciously animated fumes of the first game. On top of that, I’m pretty sure that about 60% of Uncharted fans would have bought the sequel just to see Mr. Drake and his posterior dodge explosions and have Nolan North make light of the situation by saying something witty soon after.

I know I’m most likely alone in thinking this as both Drake and Uncharted are loved by many, but feel free to tell me why you disagree in the comments.

  • http://ladoddsy.blogspot.com Audioworm

    But he’s not like every other lead though.

    Most leads are more muscle than brain with biceps as big as my waist. Drake is an every man in a situation none of us could manage with.

    I think he’s a dude

    • http://jstationx.com Jasmine Henry

      You’re right, he’s not as stupid as some other lead characters so I guess I have to give him credit for that but he is still a bit of a cliché though, no matter how much of a badass he is.

  • http://www.madgearsolid.com The Faux Bot

    Whatever you do, whatever you think of Drake, please do not pass up Uncharted 2. I say this, in all seriousness: Uncharted 2 is the best action game I have ever played. It pushes game presentation to new heights and beyond, it is almost flawless.

    I know what you’re saying about Drake too, but as I guy I can’t help but love him, to some of the ladies, he must just come off as a swaggering prick. Look a little deeper though and you’ll see him wincing as bullets whizz by and fumbling his reloads. He talks the talk, that’s for sure, but he knows he’s pretending too, and that’s what makes him so endearing to me.

    • http://jstationx.com Jasmine Henry

      Well I’ve heard great things about the game and obviously if you say it’s pretty decent then it must be 😀 Admittedly I’ve played a lot of games that don’t live up to the standards that Naughty Dog have set so regardless of what I think about Drake I’ll check out the game and all of it’s hype, I can buy it pre-ordered next time I get a chance.

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