I always wished that Iíve written more, yet the same obstacles always spring up at me whenever I do make an attempt; college work, lack of ideas and poor grammar being the main culprits. Fortunately summer is upon us, at least I think it is (Thereís enough rain to convince me otherwise), and with exam result passed there should be no reason why I shouldnít be blogging more. Except for that big stack of games I have that has been piling up since February. Games which were put off because of college work, lack of ideas and poor grammar. One of those games being Uncharted 3.
Now Iím not the biggest fan of Uncharted series, but I will admit the improvement between the first two was notable so I figured that Uncharted was one of those titles that with eventually win me over or at least exhaust me until Iíve have no other option. Unfortunately Naughty Dogís third installment has failed to do so, well for me anyway. I can see others complimenting itsí visual and set pieces, even if they seem forced at time and the dogfights are something I can really admire if I werenít so busy glued to walls. There are games with more flaws that that I forgave and games I have praised games which lacks the polish and shine that Uncharted 3 presents itself in. Then again a majority of the polish and shine comes from the unkempt hair of Nathan Drakes, who is one of the biggest plebs of all of video games.
Escapism is always what drew my into computer games, donning the shoes of someone else and marching onward for an adventure where the skies, or the invisible walls, are the limits. However itís very hard to appreciate the adventure and the good times to be had in it because Iím controlling a person who probably would have made fun of me up for playing video games in the first place. Itís not the fact that Nathan is unlikeable, but there are genuinely interesting people in the Uncharted universe that ignored in favour of Drake. For example Charlie Cutter, the double agent who aid Drake and Sully on their quest for the mystic maguffin. Heís polite, tough, knowledgeable and has a great taste in films yet whenever it Cutter has something interesting to say it always seems to be interrupted for Nathan Ďcleverí one liners.
Iím not saying Nathan should stop being a jerk but if I were to have it my way things in the Uncharted series would differ in certain ways.
In retrospect, I do like the moment when the gang went on about mobile phone contracts
Have someone genuinely hate Nathan. Honestly Iím fine with playing as a jerk as Iíve done so in the past. However, the problem isnít that Iím playing a jerk but rather Iím controlling a jerk in an alternate dimension where everyone doesnít realise who much of a pillock he is. Take alpha-jerk Bill Murray for example, Hollywoodís go to guy for a tosser. However what differs Bill Murray from others is that whenever he acts in a rather unpleasant manner he dislike for doing so. But Drake just says whatever he wants whenever he wants and the rest of his friends just accept what spawned out of his mouth was the fried gold of wit.
Villains donít count, in fact the antagonist of Uncharted 3 donít really seem to mind Drake as a person. In fact one person looks like the kind of guy that would hang around with drake in his school years, helping him to beat me up for playing videogames.
What I want is someone who is forced to hang around with Team Nathan so I can personally refer back to know that I am not away with the fairies.
Have someone regularly insult Nathan. Standard dialogue of Uncharted goes as follows; someone makes the setup, Nathan steals the punchline, pause for laughter, rinse and repeat. Humour is opinionated and if you find Nathan worthy to split your sides to, power to you. My gripe is why is Ďheí the only one to poke fun? Every game he takes a swing at his comrades and they just absorb the insults. Why? Itís not like Nathan is flawless, thereís lots for Sully to poke fun at. For an adventurer and an extractor of the worldís most valued possession, heís pretty accident prone. Nathan Drake? More like Nathan ĎBreakí! There, that is the Hindenburg of awful puns but at least it shows that funnies arenít in favour Nathan.
Have Nathan Drake Learn a Lesson. Ok in fairness Uncharted did have good intentions and had a moral to teach at the end of Uncharted 3. At certain points of the game the gang decide to use that frontal lobe and question Nathanís goal and whether or not the juice was worth the squeeze. This is good question, theyíre not risking anything and the opposing team are willing to risk the worst case scenario to get it. ĎThis is greatí I thought, this gives Nathan firsthand experience of what peril he is putting everyone when the worst case scenario does happen, when he then realises what a massive spanner he is. Unfortunately Nathan doesnít come to terms with this, ignore the idea and proceeds onward for more hijacks.
I suppose that would be a radical for this to happen since itís a thought that could terminate the series as a whole. Then again Uncharted have other morals that it could teach; one-liners donít suffice as a comeback, your wealth is directly proportional to how evil you are and stop ditching Elena Fischer*. (*seriously)
Perhaps it is rather petty for me to moan about a game and itsí main character. Also odd, after all, he Ďisí the main character. This isnít the daring tale of how you saw your best friend found the mystic maguffin. Uncharted is really about the adventure and the Nathan is simply vessels that allows you to experience in it. But thatís the thing, it is about the adventure, one which I would like to experience but canít Nathan Drake isnít the kind of guy Iíd want to take an adventure in the first place.
Iíve the same problems with Uncharted as I do with The Cather in the Rye, I want to support the idea of the rebellion and angst but itís very hard to when the protagonist is a smug, spoilt dullard. If I canít enjoy and support The Catcher in the Rye if it means agreeing with Holdenís viewpoint I certainly canít enjoy Uncharted if it means going by the World according to Drake.
They say that itís not the destination that makes the person but the journey and this one made me a bitter and less tolerable with for weak sarcasm and more appreciative of the mute button.
- Sorry for the weak title. An alternate would of been For F**k Drake but I felt I couldn't pass it off without sounding like a pleb myself.-