Posted on November 3, 2011, Ross Lincoln Where Should Nathan Drake Travel Next? Tell Us!
The Uncharted series has made a habit of topping itself with every outing. No wonder, since we live on a pretty big planet with some pretty cool things to see. In Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Nathan and co. went to the jungles of Central America and then a remote tropical island in the search for El Dorado. Along the way they came up against Nazi Zombies, years before COD: Black Ops. In Among Thieves, Nate broke into a museum in Istanbul, went to Borneo and ultimately made his way to the Himalayas in search of Shangri-la. Also, He fought yeti. Now with Drake’s Deception, we get London, a crusader castle in Syria, the Arabian Desert and a vast pirate fleet in the Indian Ocean while Nate looks for Iram of the pillars, the Islamic world’s version of Soddom and Gommorah (And possibly a real place!)
The thing all three games have in common is that instead of just making up some ridiculous, generic magical thingee, the artifacts and lost kingdoms Nate is looking for are based on actual myths and legends. Drawing from real world cultures allows the stories, much like the (good) Indiana Jones films, to have the flavor of reality without getting too bogged down by actual physics. It also means the chance to explore places based on real world locales, treating the gamer to some rather stunning recreations of Earth’s most amazing places.
It should come as no surprise that Naughty Dog are promising an inexhaustible stream of Uncharted Games. Great! I only just completed Uncharted 3 and I’m already dying for part 4. So where will Nate go next? That’s a question for the development team to answer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun while we wait. So GameFront puts the question to you, o readers: Where should Nathan Drake travel next?
To get things rolling, I have a few suggestions:
According to Irish and English legends, Hy-Brasil, or just ‘Brasil’, was an island somewhere to the west of Ireland in the North Atlantic, said to be completely hidden by a shroud of mists except for one day every 7 years. Numerous attempts were made to locate the place starting in the 15th century but none were successful. (Fun Fact: The Nation of Brazil is named after a local wood with bark the color of red embers, ‘brasa’ in Portugese and is not related to Hy-Brasil, which wasn’t a popular legend in Iberia.)
In modern times, it is believed that a raised patch of Ocean floor called Porcupine Bank may have given rise to the legend. Though fully submerged today, it might have potentially been visible from time to time during periods of lower sea level – for instance, during the so-called “little ice age” lasting from the late 1200s through the middle of the nineteenth century.
Suggestion: Nathan is searching for the location of Hy-Brasil and discovers its connected somehow to the disappearance of the Norse colonies in North America during the 1300s. Nate could explore Scotland, Ireland, the Fjords of Norway and Sweden, the vast Canadian expanse and, of course, the North Atlantic. Also, bonus points if someone makes a sarcastic crack about the nation of Brazil.
2) The Roanoke Colony Disappearance
The Roanoke colony was an English settlement in what is now North Carolina during the late 1500s, organized by Sir Walter Raleigh (a contemporary of Nathan’s namesake Sir Francis drake and explorer in his own right). After several rough winters and more than one aborted start, the colony mysteriously disappeared. When Englishman John White arrived in 1590 to resupply the colony, all 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children were simply gone. No sign of battle or bloodshed was found, and the only clue was the word “Croatoan”, possibly a reference to local Croatan Indians, scratched into some wood.
A story in which Nate sets out to discover the secret behind the disappearing colony would have a ton of opportunity for spectacular levels. For one thing, the region is now heavily urbanized. A trip to Washington, D.C. would be a must, as would a peek into Walter Raleigh’s stay in the Tower of London and alleged ties to terrorist activity against King James. We have yet to see Nate set foot in the United States despite the fact that he’s clearly American, so perhaps we could explore a bit of why that is. Better still, the story could easily tie back to Drake’s Fortune, which contains the discovery that Drake narrowly averted a zombie apocalypse by preventing the Spanish from making use of the El Dorado statue. It’d be interesting to relate that story to the disappearance of the colonists.
3) The Voyages of Zheng He
Zheng He was China’s most famous nautical explorer, a brillaint seaman whose voyages carried Chinese power and goods all over Southeast Asia, the Middle East and even parts of Africa. More recently, he’s become the center of speculation, mostly unsupported by any real evidence, that Chinese fleets during his lifetime may have voyaged all the way across the Pacific ocean to the west coast of North America.
Zheng He, the theory goes, may even have circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. No official records support the theory (though circumstantial evidence has been advanced). What is known is that toward the end of Zheng He’s life, after decades of lavishly funding voyages of exploration, the Chinese imperial government suddenly cut off all money for such trips. They then began a policy of strict isolation that was to continue until the humiliating wars with European powers in the 1800s.
An Uncharted story with Nate retracing the voyages of Zheng He, and the reason China turned its back on exploration would have everything: lavish treasure (Zheng He brought tons of it back to China after every voyage, including large African animals), the vastness of the Pacific ocean, locales ranging from Australia (The Victorian Alps are a must), to British Columbia. You could even cover the search for a Northwest passage. Best of all, the entire game would take place in the ring of fire, which means quakes and volcanos, two environmental phenomenon Naughty Dog has yet to try.
So what do you think? What would you like to see in the next Uncharted game? Let us know in comments, and be sure to bring your gun.