Reading the game: who else loves Uncharted?

Recently I finished playing Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (see my review). I adore the series and will be sad to see it go as Naughty Dog continues work on The Last of Us for Sony. At least there’s Golden Abyss for the PlayStation Vita, so whenever I can afford the handheld (money, as they say, does not grow on trees, Sony), I’ll knock that off my list first.

Below are four great books for my fellow Uncharted lovers. Have you read any of these?

Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth by Christopher Golden
Publisher:
Del Rey
Paperback:
336 pages
Publication Date:
October 4, 2011

After his old archeologist friend is found murdered in Manhattan, Sully convinces Drake to globe-trot from New York to Egypt and Greece in search of three lost labyrinths—and a fourth that promises power and riches, of course.

I looked up Chris Golden, and while he’s not a popular author, his books have solid ratings across the board. All four stars and up on Amazon. The most reviews came from Of Saints and Shadows and the Body of Evidence thriller series (from 1999 and out of print). Video game stories rarely translate well across mediums, so I doubt this is written extraordinarily well, but since Uncharted structures its narratives more like movies … well, who knows. Might be decent.

The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves by Daniel P. Wade
Publisher: Ballistic Publishing
Paperback: 272 pages
Publication Date: July 1, 2010

This one’s self-explanatory: It’s an art book, a complement to the video game Uncharted 2. Inside is concept art for the characters, environments, cinematics, etc. Amazon lists it for a pricey $45. The editor, Daniel P. Wade, has overseen production on other art books, such as The Art of God of War III.

Uncharted by Joshua Williamson (writer) and Sergio Sandoval (artist)
Publisher: DC Comics
Paperback: 144 pages
Publication Date: July 17, 2012

You’ll have to wait awhile for the collected version of the UNCHARTED comic book series from DC Comics. Amazon mistakenly names Tony Harris as the illustrator—he’s only the cover artist. Sergio Sandoval (HUMAN TARGET, DEUS EX) provided the interior artwork for the book, with Joshua Williamson (XENOHOLICS, DEAR DRACULA) writing. Six issues are contained in the trade, and the two reviews I could find (both on IGN) gave the comic moderately high scores.

UNCHARTED: Drake’s Journal – Inside the Making of UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION by Nolan North
Publisher: GameSpheres
Paperback: 128 pages
Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Nolan North (aka Nathan Drake) is one of my all-time favorite voice actors, and a lot of other people like him, too. So it was disappointing to learn that his own account on working on the video game series, a book entitled UNCHARTED: Drake’s Journal, is no longer in print.

According to the publisher’s website, only 500 first edition, signed hardback copies of the book were distributed. The only way to get a new copy is to buy the iPhone/iPad app for $4 … but of course, it’s not one of the signed and numbered few. Neither are the ones GameSpheres is selling on Amazon in “new” condition. The cheapest ones (from the exclusive 500 shipment) are available used for $70. Sigh. WANT.

Also, the back cover features joke pull quotes from the game’s cast, and they’re hilarious and true to character:

“This is the best goddamn book out there. I keep mine by the toilet.” – Victor Sullivan

“It’s not a proper book. It’s full of pictures.” – Charlie Cutter

“What’s wrong with pictures? I like pictures.” – Chloe Frazer

“Who the hell is Nolan North?” – Nathan Drake

6 thoughts on “Reading the game: who else loves Uncharted?

  1. mikereverb

    Hmm, I have to pick up Uncharted 3 (I know, I know, I’m a heathen!). Especially after seeing Harrison Ford give it a shot for a Japanese commercial, I’ve been meaning to buy it, but Skyrim got in the way and….yeah.

    The Uncharted series has always had exceptional writing, especially the dialogue. I’ll definitely have to check out the Fourth Labyrinth novel.

    Thanks for the post. :)

    1. Stephanie

      Skyrim is responsible for a lot of lost time/failed attempts to do something else. :) And don’t worry, in my view it’s perfectly fine to be behind on games, even if they’re good ones. Few can afford the time and money to be constantly up-to-date! When you do check out Uncharted 3, let me know what you think! Thanks for the comment.

    1. Stephanie

      Nice, a testimonial from someone who’s read his books! That’s certainly good news. I will definitely give The Fourth Labyrinth a try now. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Dale (Nate Drake Fanboy) Chamberlain

    Dont worry, Naught Dog havnt finished wth the ‘Greatest Video Game Series’ just yet. ‘The Last Of Us’ is also looking superb (E3 gameplay demo O.M.G!) but it wont interfere with any further Uncharted games, Naughty Dog effectively split into 2 studios immediately after Uncharted 2 was released.

    One for Uncharted 3 and the other for The Last Of Us. Thats the way the studio will continue to operate aswell.

    Great article by the way, oh and i suspect you probably have a Vita by now but if not, Uncharted; Golden Abyss? Awesome! Better than Drakes Fortune in my opinion.

    My personal order of favourites is;
    UC2; Among Thieves,
    UC3; Drakes Deception,
    UC; Golden Abyss,
    UC; Drakes Fortune.

    For what its worth. lol

  3. Stephanie

    Let’s hope so! I love the Uncharted series, as well. :) I haven’t gotten my hands on a Vita yet, but Golden Abyss is at the top of my list when I do! Thanks for stopping by, Dale, and hope to see you around the blog! Have a great day.

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