Uncharted 3 - Drake's Misfortune is a comedy series halfway between an Abridged Series and a Gag Dub. The series was created by Ian Burke and Conor Moloney near the end of 2011, who voice the two main characters. The main idea was to re-dub Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception with satirical voice acting, but due to the extremely relaxed and usually ad-libbed creation process (which was modeled after the real voice acting in Uncharted 3), this ideal is usually not followed to the letter. In short, anything and everything are fair game for humour. You can watch the theatrical trailer here, and all videos will be released on the Drake's Misfortune youtube page.
The series is an Affectionate Parody of the Uncharted series and gaming as a whole, but the humour commonly strays into other territories such as movie references and Cluster F Bombs. As the main cast are all Irish, this can stretch believability because usually they don't even try to fake an accent. It gets worse when they actually do try. The voice acting usually keeps in character but explicit references are made very often, to the point where there is No Fourth Wall.
The script contains a ridiculous amount of profanity, thanks to the voice actors' habit of swearing at least three times per sentence. Even though the content is usually SFW, the way it is delivered is very, very NSFW.
This series provides examples of:
- The Abridged Series: The raison d'etre of Misfortune.
- Affectionate Parody: You can tell that all the actors secretly love Uncharted 3. Under all the profanity of course.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: None of the characters remain true to their original incarnations in the game. See Author Avatar below.
- Art Evolution: After the first episode, the team acquired better mics, better editing equipment, became more organised and doubled the cast of voice actors. New episodes are still ridiculously late though.
- Author Avatar: The characters are very much based upon their voice actors, albeit with highly exaggerated personalities to suit the original character's persona. Make of that what you will.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Almost every second sentence, someone will drop character to wonder at the nature of the world they find themselves in. The rest of the cast will hurriedly shut them up.
- Cluster F-Bomb: All of the cast, although Nate and Sully take the cake.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of them. Nate is the worst offender here.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Ian has gone on record saying that 'the first episode is atrocious, please move on to the second'.
- Editing Works: Par for the course for an Abridged Series. All the footage is captured in-game, before being edited together with the voice clips. None of the voice clips from the original game remain, and even the soundtrack doesn't always remain true to the original.
- Genre Savvy: Everyone's aware that they're in a game. They do their best to hide it though.
- Larynx Dissonance: The entire first episode was done by Nate and Sully's voice actors alone. It's not noticeable at all.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Nate does this to a brute near the beginning, then immediately follows it with a Why Won't You Die?
- Schedule Slip: Episodes tend to turn up extremely late, despite promises of a bi-weekly release date. The second episode was posted more than three months after the first.
- Talking to Himself: Nate's voice actor is the same guy that has to edit the footage together. As such, some voice clips go missing so he has to improvise. Sometimes it's not noticeable, other times...well, the first episode.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Nate and Sully like to play this one straight and invert it completely on a regular basis.
- Vocal Evolution: The standard of voice acting (while still silly) is noticeably higher in the second episode.