Uncharted 4 is set for release on May 10th, and for anyone who hasn't played the series before, I'm here with good news! You don't really need to play the first three games to understand what is going on in the fourth installment. However, it will take a little bit of getting used to once you're going, so read on for a recap of the first three games!
Thanks Nathan Fillion, onto the games!
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Meet Nathan Drake, treasure hunter and descendant of Sir Francis Drake, the famous explorer. When he finds Sir Francis's grave empty, with only a diary leading to El Dorado (the lost city of gold) inside, he sets off on a quest against rival treasure hunters, evil archaeologists and a crew of pirates to find it first. Along for the ride are his friend and companion, Victor "Sully" Sullivan, and reporter Elena Fisher, looking for a story and, later on, a bit of Drake.
The search leads them to an island in the Pacific, where they find Sir Francis's body, and eventually an army of mutants living on the island, which turn out to be the same group of Spaniards that stole the golden statue from its resting place in the Amazon. Drake discovers that, when opened, the statue emits a chemical that turns humans into mutants, and he ensures that it, and the villainous archaeologist, are both lost to the sea, before escaping the island with Sully, Elena, and several boxes of treasure.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
This time around, the adventure seeks Drake out, as a former colleague (Harry Flynn) and an ex-lover (Chloe Frazer) track him down and try to get him to help them steal a lamp which they believe will lead them to Marco Polo's lost fleet. Drake is double-crossed and imprisoned in Turkey for three months, before being rescued by Chloe and Sully. Then he travels across Asia, searching for clues as to the whereabouts of Polo's fleet, who he believes had the fabled Cintamani stone with them when they died. He runs into Elena Fisher along the way, and is forced to dodge a vicious warlord, as well as the double-crossing Harry Flynn, before getting to the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, where they find the Cintamani stone is actually part of a prehistoric tree of life, which contains a blue sap that is the real treasure, as it renders the consumer nearly invincible. Drake defeats the Warlord and escapes Shambhala, before telling Elena that he loves her.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
It's been two years since the last game, and this time Drake and Sully are searching for the lost city of Ubar, which Queen Elizabeth the first sent Sir Francis Drake to find. After tricking the villainous Katherine Marlowe, and getting the map Sir Francis used on his secret voyage, they travel to both France and Syria to retrieve two halves of an amulet which contain clues to the city's location. One amulet is stolen, but the other leads them to Yemen, where they get help from Elena, now Drake's ex-wife. Sully is captured by Marlowe in Yemen and is forced to lead them to the city, and after crash landing in a plane in the desert and almost dying, Drake gets to the city as well. After drinking from a fountain in Ubar, Drake has hallucinations and realizes that King Solomon, before damning the city years ago, threw a brass vessel into the water supply, which tainted the water and hence gave those who drank hallucinations. Drake goes after the brass vessel, but Marlowe is already there and causes the city to start collapsing. Drake and Sully escape, but without the vessel. They return to Elena, and Sully gives Drake his wedding ring, which Drake offers to Elena once again.
So there you have it folks, at the beginning of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End we should be seeing Drake happily married to Elena (for the second time) and everything should be going really well...
...but where would be the fun in that?
Thanks for reading guys! Keep a look out for the next installment of Uncharted in stores on May 10th!