The Uncharted series prides itself on cinematic presentation and
blistering, blockbuster-style action, with a mix of story and
spectacle going on that’s normally reserved for the silver screen.
Several directors have toyed with adapting the series to film, but
whatever Hollywood may give us, the authentic Nathan Drake experience
will always remain on PlayStation 3.
Still, Hollywood’s influence is all over Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. And while the series has always been a sort of Raiders of the Lost
Ark/Da Vinci Code mashup, a few more films come to mind now that we've all got our hands on the third game.
Using last month's launch trailer as a reference, we've picked apart some of Uncharted 3's most visible homages to some of the
most rollicking adventure films of all time. Check out the trailer and our screen grabs below, and remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
1. Lawrence of Arabia
It’s been reported
that Lawrence of Arabia was a chief influence on Uncharted 3: Drake’s
Deception, and seeing these two shots back to back makes it clear.
Director David Lean’s sprawling epic was a blockbuster for its time,
combining hundreds of extras, on-location shooting in Moroccan deserts,
and a $15 million budget, which was big, big money in 1962.
2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Uncharted 3's launch trailer borrowed a visual from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the
Ring. After Peter Jackson’s magnum opus, nothing says epic like a ring
with some mysterious writing on it. Just like Frodo, Drake’s fate is
intertwined with a mysterious ring he (seemingly) inherited. He can’t seem to get
rid of it either, once having left it in the tomb of its original owner, Sir Francis
Drake, only to have Elena bring it right
back. Like Hobbit, like treasure hunter. And like LotR's One Ring, Drake's ring plays a huge role
in the series' climax.
Also, here's a shot of Drake exploring a vast
underground crypt by torchlight, which brings to mind the Fellowship’s
journey through Moria.
Between Inception and Uncharted 3, outdoor cafes are becoming the
place to have an intimidating sit-down full of pensive glances and
penetrating stares. While Drake’s meeting with Katherine
Marlowe doesn't end quite as explosively as Cobb’s talk with Ariadne, you never
know what that calculating Brit has up her sleeve. Maybe everything that came before was a dream? The sequence that precedes the chat certainly feels like one...
4. Star Wars: A New Hope
After some major midair turbulence,
Drake ends up trudging through a seemingly endless desert. From high
above, he’s just a lonely speck. Seem familiar? The same thing happened
to those luckless droids in Star Wars, C-3PO and R2-D2. At least
Drake doesn’t have to worry about sand in his rotors. Or Jawas.