In the Spotlight: Nathan Drake

Welcome to the inaugural entry in our ‘In the Spotlight’ feature, where PSU subjects some of the most memorable heroes and villains to have graced a Sony platform under the microscope, extolling their roles as iconic titans of modern day gaming, plucking some of our favourite quotes/moments and generally heaping praise on their sheer awesomeness.

To kick things off, we here at PSU Towers decided to dissect one of the PlayStation 3’s most iconic protagonists, namely Uncharted’s wisecracking treasure hunter, Nathan Drake. This was far from an arbitrary choice; after all, Drake has firmly imprinted himself on the public consciousness after launching on to our screens in 2007 with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, before further establishing himself with the utterly brilliant Uncharted 2: Among Thieves back in October of this year.

With that said, if you’ve got a particular character in mind that you feel deserves a shot in the spotlight, feel free to post some suggestions in the comments section below – we’ll have a gander at them and consider it for future articles. Until then, take a look at what we have to say on Drake below. Enjoy.

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Name: Nathan "Nate" Drake

Game(s): Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Platform(s): PlayStation 3

Nathan Drake’s appeal as a videogame protagonist lies in the fact he’s just a regular bloke thrust in to extraordinary situations. Over the years, videogames have churned out a worrying chunk of intrinsically one-dimensional types endowed with unbelievable dexterity and strength – ideal for dispatching hordes of foes in high-octane fashion, but inherently useless from an emotional point of view. Not so with Drake. Throughout his adventures, our loveable treasure hunter displays on ample occasions that he is – as daft as the notion sounds – human; he’s not a near-invulnerable killing machine, and he certainly doesn’t always make the right judgment call. These factors alone facilitate Nate’s universal appeal as a character whom anyone can relate to, and one that players can instantly embrace.

While the brash young chap is proficient in numerous skills – including firearms and daring acrobatics – the PS3’s pushing power injects such a welcome degree of realism and fluidity that they don’t for one second feel contrived or outrageously inappropriate. Nate’s physical combat is sloppy but efficient, climbing segments are precarious yet fairly believable, and gun fights are punctuated by numerous cries, gasps and the occasional curse word from Drake as he ducks, dives and narrowly dodges enemy projectiles. Ultimately, you feel as though you are controlling a flesh and blood hero. Elsewhere, Drake’s penchant for uttering witty one-liners combined with his unshakable sense of humour lend our hero a sense of charm which gamers can easily warm to, and path the way for some of Uncharted’s lighter moments, from Nate’s friendly banter with pal Sully to his tempestuous relationship with his female compatriots. Essentially, you could liken him to that of a modern day, albeit digitalized incarnation of Indiana Jones. Needless to say, we here at PSU Towers can’t wait to see what Drake gets up to next – bring on Uncharted 3.

Magic Moments

– Drake nervously demonstrates how to leap from a burning plane and parachute to safety. In his own words, “you just pull the cord and count to five – how hard can that be?” A few seconds later: “Oh Crap! 12345!” (From Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune)

– Nate and his arch nemesis Eddy team up against hordes of mutated humans after stumbling across Sir Francis Drake’s corpse, but still have time to exchange a few pleasantries: Eddy – “Drake, if we don’t make it out of here, I just want you to know one thing – I hate your guts.” Drake – “Yeah, likewise, pal.” (From Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune)

– After spending virtually the entire game fighting alongside each other, Nate and Elena finally decide it’s time to lock lips – only Sully muscles in on their tender moment disrupting any potential romance. (From Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune)

– Drake runs and guns his way through the dilapidated carriages of a speeding train while under fire from tenacious choppers and armed goons in one of the most spectacular set-pieces we’ve clapped eyes on this year. (From Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

– Drake is a daring sort of chap who has braved danger on numerous occasions; however, he still shares one fundamental element in common with the rest of us: Fear. Apparently, ‘ol Nate is scared of the following: Clowns, slippery naked guys and, bizarrely, Sully’s moustache. (From Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

Be sure to post your favorite Drake moments in the comments section below!