Uncharted is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most popular video game franchises of all time, and it’s easy to see why this is the case. Naughty Dog — once known mostly for their work on the Crash Bandicoot series — pulled off all the stops when it came to creating the next system seller for the PlayStation 3, and they managed to accomplish this in definitive fashion with the release of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Ever since this promising start, the series was destined for great heights. All four games in this series are notable in their right, featuring some genuinely stunning locales and set pieces that would wow even the most unimpressed gamers around. Truly, there was no better game that managed to qualify itself as a next-gen experience from the get-go than Uncharted itself.
Keeping this in mind, here are ten of the most breathtaking locations that people can witness firsthand in the Uncharted series.
10 King’s Bay
The King’s Bay area of Uncharted sets the stage for one of the most memorable chase sequences in the entire game, while looking downright spectacular to boot as well.
Roaming around this area is a blast both literally and figuratively, making for one of the more entertaining parts of Uncharted 4.
9 The Chateau
Located in a forest in eastern France, the Chateau is a great area in Uncharted 3 that allows players to take their time as they explore this beautiful ruin.
It’s almost a shame that this area is set alight near the end of the level… but one has to admit that, even in the blinding fire, the Chateau still manages to attain an aura of beauty that is hard to ignore.
8 The Rossi Estate
The Rossi Estate serves as the stage for one of the more memorable levels in Uncharted 4, featuring a romp through a heavily guarded auction house that is a blast to play through in every sense of the word.
From the scenic views that appear at the start of the level to the winding nature of the estate itself — the Rossi Estate serves as a great way to flesh out the characters of Uncharted 4 while simultaneously being jam-packed with action.
7 The Rub Al Khali
Uncharted 3 features a vast desert in the form of the Rub Al Khali, which actually serves as a rather impressive location for one of the more unique levels in the entire game.
It certainly helps that the mirages that Nate sees during his trek through this endless expanse make this level all the more striking to the eye… even though our lovable adventurer ends up getting the short end of the stick more often than not.
6 Atlantis Of The Sands
However, if the Rub Al Khali is beautiful in its own right, the city of Ubar — fittingly labeled as the Atlantis of the Sands — serves as a perfect way to cap off the journey through this desert.
With a fair bit of poisoned water that causes some intense hallucinations coupled with a finale where the city ends up sinking back into the desert’s recesses, Ubar is easily one of the most notable highlights in the entire Uncharted series.
5 New Devon
After both Nate and Elena end up sharing a moment that is anything but adorable — unless one finds the trials and tribulations of married life somewhat endearing — the duo ends up roaming around the beautiful area of New Devon, which is one of the more beautiful and visually-striking areas in the game.
It’s a shame that New Devon is crawling with Shoreline soldiers, since these sudden tense encounters can take away from an otherwise beautiful experience.
4 Tibetan Village
After being shot and almost killed in a train crash in one of Uncharted 2‘s more memorable sequences, the Tibetan Village where Nathan is restored serves as a much-needed break in a string of action sequences that were quite incredible in their own right.
This area of Tibet serves as one of the more peaceful and engaging parts of the entire experience… before the player decides to move forward in their quest to see Shambhala, that is.
Speaking of which…
The major crux of Uncharted 2‘s plot involves the gang trying to get to the mystical land of Shambhala — an area that was written off as nothing more than a myth for the longest time.
So, when the player finally manages to lay their eyes on this magical area, one can’t deny that the experience is something that will stick with them long after the game is finished. After all, Shambhala is a beautiful area that is a visual treat in every way, shape, and form.
Speaking of mythical areas that most people considered to be nonexistent in the Uncharted series, Libertalia is another such area in the fourth game that ends up being written off as a myth for the longest time… until the player manages to witness the area for themselves.
This long-forgotten pirate colony is an absolute treat to explore, and features some of the most memorable moments in a game that’s already chock-full of such instances.
Speaking of which…
1 Nate’s House
The epilogue of A Thief’s End is definitely a tear-jerker, allowing players to control Nathan Drake’s daughter as she roams through a delightful beachside house and takes a gander at all the adventures that her parents had enjoyed over the course of the Uncharted series.
What sells this epilogue is the fact that this house that Nathan and Elena have constructed is easily one of the most beautiful areas in the franchise and serves as a fitting way to end one of the greatest PlayStation-exclusive titles of all time.