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Uncharted: What To Know About The Video Game Before Tom Holland’s Movie

Sony has officially released the trailer for Uncharted, the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game series. And before you say, “Wait a minute, that guy looks awfully young to be the craggy and weathered adventurer Nathan Drake,” let’s go ahead and confirm that, yes, this is a prequel. Hollywood, thy name is predictable.

But what is Uncharted anyway? Well, what started out as a sort of gender-swapped version of Tomb Raider created by Naughty Dog (which is the same studio that gave birth to Crash Bandicoot and The Last of Us) eventually became such a mainstay in the industry that the Tomb Raider reboot actually pulled elements from Uncharted. That was the impact that Uncharted had on the video game industry. So consider this article a crash course on the series. Because who knows? This might be one of the few video game movies that doesn’t actually suck.

What To Know About Tom Holland’s Character, Nathan Drake

Nathan “Nate” Drake is the adventuring main character of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Nathan is a descendant of famed explorer Sir Francis Drake, whom is believed to have not fathered children. During the events of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, he searches for the lost city of El Dorado. His mentor and friend Victor “Sully” Sullivan joins him on many of his adventures. On his plane, he meets Elena Fisher, a journalist and star of a documentary style television program. The two develop a love/hate relationship as the game progresses.

Nathan Drake is an “everyman” who tends to hide his vast knowledge of the world around him. He can speak and comprehend several languages, including Indonesian, 16th century Spanish, and Latin. He is in peak physical form, able to bound over obstacles and across chasms, even with significant blood loss. While willing to operate against the law, in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Drake shows open hostility towards killing security guards in a museum.

Nathan Drake wears a trademark ring as a necklace. The ring was “kind of inherited” from his ancestor Sir Francis Drake. The ring is inscribed with Sir Drake’s motto, “Sic Parvis Magna” meaning “Greatness from small beginnings.” In Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the ring is stolen by Katherine Marlowe.

The Side Characters In Uncharted

Victor Sullivan, Chloe Frazer and Elena Fisher

There are a number of side characters in the Uncharted series, but the three main ones would be Victor “Sully” Sullivan, Elena Fisher, and Chloe Frazer. Sully is pretty much Drake’s mentor and a father figure to him. Often seen as a silver fox in the games, the movie version will be of a younger Sully played by Mark Wahlberg. We learn in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception that Sully took a young Drake in under his wing after Drake ran away from an orphanage. He has a lot of criminal ties and comes to Nathan’s aid when he needs him and vice versa.

Elena Fisher is Nathan’s on-again, off-again girlfriend and later wife. She’s been in every single mainline game in the Uncharted series. Elena is a journalist and documentarian who often gets into a lot of danger due to her commitment to her job. She is often seen as Drake’s sidekick, but can handle her own and is a strong female character. As far as we know right now, she is not in the film. But there are rumors that Chloe Frazer, who stars in her own game in the series called, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, might be in the movie, and that she also might be portrayed by Grey’s Anatomy actress, Sophia Ali. 

Chloe is an old flame of Nathan’s and is often seen as “a darker version” of him, as she’s also a thief who often runs headlong into things without thinking them through. She’s Trouble with a capital T. So hopefully, she’s in the film.

Some Things To Know About The Uncharted Games

There are officially eight games in the series, but four mainline titles, three of which appeared on the Playstation 3 (Uncharted: Drake’s FortuneUncharted 2: Among ThievesUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception), and one on the Playstation 4 (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End). There have also been 2 games on the Playstation Vita (Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which is a spin-off, and Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, which was a digital card game), and the aforementioned Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for the PS4, which is the most recent game and stars Chloe Frazer as well as the side characters, Nadine Ross and Nathan’s brother, Samuel Drake.

The Uncharted series, in a nutshell, is a lot of treasure hunting, climbing (lots and lots of climbing), shooting whole armies of dudes, and massive set pieces. Think Indiana Jones, but with a lot more gunplay and in a modern setting. Each game has Drake tracking down some new treasure and the gamers uncovering more information about his backstory—For instance, we find out that Drake even has a brother in Uncharted 4, who we hadn’t known up to this point in the story. Overall, Uncharted is as much known for its storytelling as it is for its gameplay, so the movie should hopefully be one of the good video game movies that doesn’t suck.

The Villains In Uncharted

Navarro. Katherine Marlowe and Nadine Ross

The Uncharted games are full of twists and turns, as well as double-crosses and even red herrings. For example, in the original Uncharted game, Atoq Navarro, who up to a point was seen as a side villain turns out to be the main villain once he shoots his boss, Gabriel Roman. And take Katherine Marlowe in Uncharted 3 who actually has a history with Sully and is willing to torture Drake if she has to.

And then you can’t forget about Nadine Ross, who is actually a good character in The Lost Legacy. But she gives Nathan and Sully plenty of trouble in Uncharted 4 and just solidifies the fact that this is a series that can write good female characters. And finally, you have the Serbian war criminal Zoran Lazarevic in probably the best Uncharted game, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. He and Drake are both on the hunt to uncover the lost city of Shambhala. So the series definitely has its handful of baddies. That said, at this point, we don’t know if the movie will use one of these villains or have a brand new antagonist, but Antonio Banderas has been cast in the film, so he might just be the villain. We don’t know yet.

Uncharted has been a super popular video game series for a reason, and here’s hoping that the movie can be more Detective Pikachu than Assassin’s Creed when it comes to good video game movies. We shall see when the movie releases February 8, 2022

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