Uncharted 4’s Opening Credits Pay Homage to The First Three Games

May 9, 2016 Written by Chandler Wood

I spoke at length about the things a good finale should do in my review for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and one of those ideas is that the end should bring about retrospection and thoughts of the beginning and what brought us, the characters, and the narrative to this point. Uncharted 4 successfully does this in many ways, offering snippets of Drake’s adventures throughout the series in a number of forms, but one of the most stunningly artistic looks back at the series comes in the form of the game’s opening credit sequence. 

Showing a number of ink blots appearing on a yellowing parchment that seems to represent Nate’s journal, the ink bleeds and sketches to form images from Nathan Drake’s adventures, all the way from the first moment we join him as he opens Sir Francis Drake’s empty coffin, to the touching finale of Nate and Elena together at the end of Uncharted 3. The imagery is set to a haunting new version of Drake’s Theme, the usual Uncharted theme music that most fans will immediately recognize. The credits appear about an hour into the game, and sequentially they act as a sort of filler, telling the story of what Drake has been up to since the emotional events that immediately precede them (yes, the first hour or so of the game is actually a flashback of sorts to set up the character of Sam as Nate’s brother). 

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