Games like Uncharted : What to play when you can’t play A Thief’s End
Uncharted 4 is out now, but what if you want even more rollicking adventure? Here are ten titles that might just fill that gaming hole in your life.
It’s something of an action movie trope; the lone guy against an army, shirt ripped ever so slightly open and a snarky quip only seconds away. Naughty Dog’s Nathan Drake is an exemplar of the form, but he’s far from alone in the history of video game lovable scoundrels fighting against the odds.
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If you just can’t get enough of Uncharted -- or you don’t have a PS4 so can’t play Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End -- then here are ten comparable titles that share themes, ideas or gameplay concepts with Uncharted that are well worth playing. We’ve chosen across a variety of platforms, game eras and themes to come up with our list, but you’re welcome to suggest other games, disagree or discuss in the comments section below.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider (Xbox One)
We are most certainly not the first to make the connection between Nathan Drake and Lara Croft, and we’re certain we won’t be the last. Lara’s been around a good long time in gaming terms, but her most recent escapade was snapped up by Microsoft as an Xbox One exclusive. It’s a superb game with a great mix of platform, combat, crafting and outright peril to contend with if your gaming console of choice is more Microsoft than Sony.
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (PC, PS2, PS3 Xbox, Gamecube)
Lara Croft more or less stole her original schtick from Jordan Mechner’s Prince Of Persia in the original Tomb Raider, and while the original ticking-clock platformer is still eminently playable, we’ll concentrate instead on the almost dreamlike Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. No, not the movie, but the game that inspired the movie, complete with dizzying leaps, acrobatic swordplay and a trope-heavy damsel in distress to boot.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
Ubisoft moved on from Prince Of Persia games to producing Assassin’s Creed games, of which you’re spoilt for choice. Taking the pirate theme from Uncharted 4 into account, however, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the obvious match for sating all your piratical adventure needs, whether your tastes run to tense rooftop running or outright nautical combat. You’ll be awash in pieces of eight and adding "Arrrrrrrr" to the end of every sentence before you know it.
Just Cause 1-3 (PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS2, PS3, PS4)
Uncharted 4 makes heavy use of a huge world to play around in, and there’s a surfeit of choices in the open world space. Where Uncharted has also stood out has been in its dry humour as the world explodes around you, and if that appeals, the outright wacky physics that the Just Cause games revel in provide an action-packed virtual playground of DIY thrills, spills and explosions.
Rolling Thunder 2 (Arcade, Megadrive)
One of the key gameplay mechanics that’s been a stalwart part of the Uncharted experience has been ducking behind cover to avoid enemy fire, often while complaining about how much peril you’re in. Duck and cover as a gameplay mechanic isn’t anything new; we’re big fans of Namco’s Rolling Thunder 2 (and the original is no slouch either), which heavily relies on the concept of avoiding enemy fire as you strive to take down the nefarious Geldra organisation. If anyone from Bandai Namco is listening, we’d love a proper sequel.
Far Cry (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
If you thirst for Uncharted but can’t quite bring yourself to identify with Nathan Drake, taking things into the first person is a fine way to do it. Add jungles, mysterious plots, lurking in the bushes and a bevy of games that range from tropical jungles to African landscapes, and Ubisoft’s Far Cry may as well be Uncharted: First Person Edition.
Syphon Filter (PSOne)
Uncharted also sits as a Sony exclusive IP, but it’s far from the only one. It’s been a while since Sony’s delved into the adventures of Gabe Logan, an operative of the mysterious "Agency", but back in the original PlayStation era, he was Sony’s own go-to man for action adventures with a slight James Bond twist. You don’t even have to still have a PlayStation One lurking around -- chances are that the laser has long given up the ghost even if you do -- as it’s available as a "PlayStation Classic" via Sony’s PlayStation Store.
LEGO Jurassic World (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
What do you do if you’ve got younger gamers who thirst for what is an MA15+ rated game like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End? You put them in front of something eminently more suitable for a younger crowd thanks to the lack of blood, but still packed with thrills, spills and jungle settings. LEGO Jurassic World should fit the bill nicely, with a mix of comedy and adventure set against the very dino-centric movies of the same name and more than a touch of open-world gameplay to boot.
Pitfall! (Atari 2600)
Uncharted places you in plenty of hostile jungle style environments, but it was hardly the first game to pit an intrepid hero against the horrors of the jungle. For a real retro blast, how about the Atari 2600 classic Pitfall, or its superior sequel, Pitfall II? Sure, you don’t shoot much, but there are jungles, dangerous creatures and plenty of simple platforming on offer, not to mention a retro game history lesson along the way.
The odds aren’t high that you’ve got a 2600 still plugged into your telly, but fear not; both the original and its sequel can be played at archive.org.
There’s a mobile app version of Pitfall! that’s essentially just an endless runner available for Android and iOS devices if mobile gaming is more your thing.
Grand Theft Auto V (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
A bigger, more open world (or "wide-linear" as Naughty Dog describes it) is the catch-cry for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and when most folk think of open world games, they inevitably come back to Rockstar’s mega franchise, Grand Theft Auto. They’re all great games -- we’re still big fans of Grand Theft Auto Vice City which is still available for iOS and Android devices -- but the current pinnacle of the GTA approach is undeniably GTA V. The humour is a lot cruder than in Uncharted, which means that GTA V truly earns its R18+ rating and then some, but if you thirst for an exceptionally well realised open world game with online features that expand the already lengthy game years after it was first released, GTA V is worth your money.