The PlayStation 4 owes much of its success to its impressive lineup of exclusive titles, particularly the renowned Uncharted series from Naughty Dog. While Microsoft attempted to level the playing field with its own exclusive games, it never quite found a true competitor to Uncharted. However, lurking in the annals of gaming history are fantastic multi-platform adventure games that share similarities with Uncharted. Although they may lack Naughty Dog's signature charm and polish, these games offer an Uncharted-like experience for those who didn't own a PS4. So, let's embark on a journey through these hidden gems and discover the adventures that await!
Sea of Thieves: Pirates and Adventure Await!
While the oceanic setting may be different, Sea of Thieves captures the essence of exploration and adventure that defines Nathan Drake and the Uncharted series. With its humor-infused writing and memorable characters, Rare's pirate-themed title offers an ever-present sense of adventure. As you sail the high seas, this game provides a treasure trove of activities and regular updates to keep you entertained.
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death: A Modern-Day Indy
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death may not have been a Game of the Year contender, but it possesses its own unique charm. As a modern-day reimagining of Indiana Jones, Marlow takes players on an unspectacular yet solid adventure filled with interesting ideas. If you have an interest in Mayan culture or simply seek a satisfying adventure game, Zootfly's title is worth exploring.
Deadfall Adventures: Raiders-esque Thrills
Released around the same time as Uncharted, Deadfall Adventures offers a story reminiscent of Indiana Jones. Players assume the role of James Lee Quatermain, a treasure hunter fighting Nazi soldiers during World War 2. Like Uncharted, this game takes you to rich and varied locales such as Egypt, the Arctic, and South America. While the combat and puzzles may not be perfect, Uncharted fans will feel right at home.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West: A Post-Apocalyptic Journey
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West may not match the high standards of Ninja Theory's other games, but it still holds up well today. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, where giant robots hunt humanity, this game thematically aligns more with Horizon: Zero Dawn. However, its gameplay elements, including exploration, platforming, and puzzles, tick many of the same boxes as Uncharted.
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb: The Original Adventurer
Before Nathan Drake and Lara Croft, Indiana Jones blazed the trail for treasure hunting adventurers. While his point-and-click adventures from the late '80s and early '90s are considered classics, his 3D titles have also delivered thrilling experiences. Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb stands out as one of the best, offering players a taste of Indy's exciting escapades. And with Bethesda's upcoming Indiana Jones game on the horizon, the adventure is far from over!
Far Cry 3: A Different Kind of Adventure
Ubisoft's Far Cry series may not be perfect, but it offers hours of fun and captivating narratives. While the protagonists may be intentionally weaker, the series features memorable villains like Rafe Adler, Harry Flynn, Pagan Min, and Vaas. With its great map traversal mechanics, solid combat, and shades of Uncharted sprinkled throughout, Far Cry 3 is a must-play for fans of adventurous tales.
While the Uncharted series remains unparalleled in its charm and quality, there are numerous adventure games out there that provide a similar experience. From Sea of Thieves' pirate escapades to Marlow Briggs' modern-day Indy adventure, these games offer a taste of the excitement and exploration that Uncharted fans crave. So, if you're looking to scratch that Uncharted itch and seek new thrills beyond Naughty Dog, dive into these hidden gems and embark on unforgettable journeys!