Trivia / Uncharted

  • Actor Allusion: Rick The Adventure Core in Portal 2 is also voiced by Nolan North, and seems to be an Affectionate Parody of Nathan Drake.
    • In "The Chateau" chapter of Drake's Deception Sully tells Nate that the building "doesn't look old enough to be a Crusader castle. Looks more like Renaissance to me." At the game's time of release in 2011, who were Desmond Miles two known ancestors?
  • Development Gag: The shirt young Nathan wears in Drake's Deception is the same one he wore in the original announcement trailer for the first Uncharted, before it was changed. He also wears this shirt in Eye of Indra. Thief's End implies it's the faded hand-me down of his older brother, Sam.
  • Doing It for the Art: The team at Naughty Dog could be called insane for the amount of work they put into these games. From doing motion capture and dialogue recording at the same time to squeezing every last bit of power out of the PS3's Cell Processor, the effort they go through to produce this amazing experience goes far, far beyond what is required to make these games a success. They don't just go the extra mile, they pave the road for everybody else.
    • Uncharted 4 raises the bar for what an interactive video game can potentially be. Look at Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, a CGI movie from 2001. Now imagine that level of graphical fidelity in a game that you have full control over. That is the level of quality that Uncharted 4 has hit. From the detail in Nate's hair to the rainfall in chapter 13 to the look of explosions, everything about Uncharted 4 goes well above and beyond what a video game needs to be and into a realm where it stands as a challenge to every other developer on the PlayStation 4.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Nolan North mentioned in an interview that during parts of the motion capture for Drake's Deception, he was suffering from broken ribs. While clearly not done intentionally, it meant the pain and anguish on Nate's face is actually real.
  • Fake Nationality: Caucasian American Laura Bailey plays black South African Nadine Ross in Uncharted 4.
  • Jossed: This seems to have happened to David O. Russell's concept for the film (before he quit), in which Drake's family apparently played a large part. As of Drake's Deception, we now know that Nate was raised in an orphanage, and Sully's effectively been Nate's substitute father since he was a teenager.
  • The Other Darrin: Nate's brother was voiced by Todd Stashwick in the first ''Uncharted 4'' trailer and replaced by Troy Baker by the demo.
  • Playing Against Type: Robin Atkin Downes' role as Tenzin in the second game. While all his other roles in the series are villainous characters, Tenzin is an ally of Nate's who becomes Fire-Forged Friends with him over the course of the game. Additionally, he only provides Tenzin's motion capture while another actor provides the voice, as opposed to the other three main games in the series where he does both the voice and motion capture.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Dante and Drake and Kid Flash and Superboy.
    • Rhys and Fiona are on another treasure hunt in Uncharted 4. They seem to be on different sides this time, though.
  • Star-Making Role: Unless you were big on 90s General Hospital then you know Nolan North first as Nathan Drake and second as every character he's voiced that's similar to Nathan Drake.
  • Throw It In: Many of Drake's one-liners were improvised, including the classic "I will kick you to sleep!"
    • The line "Aw, kitty got wet!" was thought of by Nolan North (Nathan's voice actor)'s son while playing Wii tennis, which leads to it being one-upped with this random line during multiplayer. Referenced in Uncharted 3. "Aw, what's the matter? Kitty don't like getting wet?"
    • During a recording session for Uncharted 3, Nolan North watched a scene of Sully crossing a beam very wobbly, and immediately shouted "What are you, drunk?!" To which Sully replied, "Maybe..."
  • You Look Familiar: Graham McTavish previously voiced Lazarevic, the Big Bad of Among Thieves, which helps to mask the fact that he's a good guy as Cutter.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Charlie Cutter was supposed to be in the entire game of Uncharted 3. His actor unfortunately had other commitments, and so was written out early.
    • Elena's actor Emily Rose didn't even intentionally audition for the part; she was accompanying a friend. She got the part because of her chemistry with Nolan North.
    • A minor example. Early trailers for Drake's Deception showed a different, deeper sound for the AK-47, which didn't make it into the finished product.
    • Sam was originally planned to be an antagonist. Graham McTavish and Alan Tudyk filmed scenes for Uncharted 4 (with McTavish reprising Charlie Cutter) which were cut when writer Amy Hennig left the project. Likewise Nate was originally going to have a son in the Epilogue and the English archaeologist whose mansion Sam and Nate break into as kids was going to be male, until they changed both to female characters.
  • Working Title: The original working subtitle for Uncharted 2 was Something Mysterious and Cool.
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