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  • Paperback
  • 322
  • Uncharted
  • Christopher Golden
  • English
  • 23 May 2019
  • 9780345522177

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Uncharted characters ☆ 104 Christopher Golden Í 4 characters Read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Christopher Golden The official novel of Naughty Dog’s award winning videogame franchise In the ancient world there was a myth about a king a treasure and a hellish labyrinth Now the doors to that hell are open once again Nathan Drake treasure hunter and risk taker has been called to New York City by the man who taught him everything about the “antiuities acuisition business” Victor Sullivan ne. Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is an interesting case study in multimedia franchises gone wrong Based on the popular critically acclaimed Uncharted video game series Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is the one and only tie in novel and follows the hero of the video game series Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan on another adventure that takes place between Uncharted 2 and 3 although is a completely standalone work that makes no references to previous plot linesA bit of background on the series for those unfamiliar with the Uncharted brand In addition to the novel there have been 5 main games to date 2016 a 4 episode motion comic and a 6 issue regular comic all of which revolving around Nathan Drake a modern day treasure hunter The series started as an homage to the Tomb Raider series and takes massive inspiration from the Indiana Jones film series Uncharted games do a good job of capturing the pulpy adventurous spirit of those films After the first two Uncharted games the series began to carve out its own identity and formula and while all of the games in the series are considered good or great by critics the most common criticisms tended to call out the Uncharted formula Drake and Sully Victor Sullivan get a lead on a treasure most commonly located in a lost city The duo team up with someone who double crosses them or are conscripted by someone who forces them to find the treasure Drake climbs on ancient ruins fights mercenaries or pirates and kills enough of them to be considered a mass murderer Drake finds the treasure and in the process has a showdown with the main antagonist The lost city crumbles on itself Drake escapes The anatagonist does not Drake ends up with only enough trinkets of treasure to fund his next ill fated adventureThere in lies the strangeness of Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth It adheres to the Uncharted formula in all of the worst ways and ignores all of the best Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is brimming with potential and the real shame is that none of it is effectively capitalized upon The basic plot involves the legend of King Midas hiring Daedalus to work magic as an alchemist and hide the king s gold in a series of labyrinths It s a hodgepodge of cultural references and myths but it works and the creepy cult members in black robes out to stop the truth from spreading are a pretty great addition Where the novel immediately falters however is in the level of violence I know this is slightly hypocritical given that through the course of a typical Uncharted video game Nathan Drake ends up racking up body counts estimated between 300 450 victims per game However the violence in the games is never gory or gratuitous It s a ridiculous disconnect that occurs because one of the game s core elements of gameplay is shooting a gun What fun is shooting a gun without someone to shoot at The whole thing leads to an interesting yet well tread analysis of ludonarrative dissonance in video games The point being that in a fictional medium in which there is no need to serve shooting a gun as a reuired element of gameplay there is an opportunity in this novel for Drake to shed his past as a mass murderer and focus less on action and on adventure Surprisingly The Fourth Labyrinth takes the opposite approach and ratchets the violence up to a whole new level Not only does Drake end up killing scores of bad guys but the detail and description of the violence is grisly than ever The impetus for this particular adventure occurs in the opening chapters when Drake and Sully s old friend Luka is found dismembered It s a sudden dark turn for the franchise and if finding Luka s head sitting on his chest seems like a bit much it s just the tip of the iceberg as throughout the book throats are slashed people are stabbed shot and beaten in colorful detailUncharted games are also known for their spectacular visuals and set piece moments These are huge action seuences that are amazing to watch and exciting to play For example Drake survives a train derailment climbs out of the wreckage only to have to fight his way out of a horde of enemies or escape a collapsing building or a cruise ship capsizing or a cargo plane crashing into a desert These amazing moments led to Nathan Drake being referred to as the John McClane of video games the plucky unkillable hero of the Die Hard films and became one of the main draws of the franchise What ridiculous situation will Nathan Drake find himself in next and how will he miraculously survive by the skin of his teeth Which is why it s so strange that The Fourth Labyrinth has none of these moments These seuences were done in the video games at great cost often pushing the boundaries of the technology on which the games run In a film these would be elaborate multi million dollar seuences A novel is the perfect medium to top them all as there are no restrictions to the imagination Yet nothingThe set and production design also play a large jaw dropping role in Uncharted games as Drake will stumble onto a lost city or an ancient temple and find himself confronted by massive gorgeous statues or breath taking vistas and archictecture This is another aspect of the series completely lost in the novel as The Fourth Labyrinth takes place in a series of labyrinths Underground structures with stone floors stone walls and stone ceilings Imagery about as vivid as a dungeon from the original The Legend of Zelda gameChristopher Golden is a good writer His prose is well constructed and the imagery he conjures is vivid without being overly descriptive The Fourth Labyrinth was produced in 2011 a ridiculously busy year for the Uncharted franchise The studio responsible for Uncharted had farmed out development of the PS Vita game Uncharted The Golden Abyss to Bend Studios and had split their development team for Uncharted 3 to start work on their next big game The Last of Us I assume that the collaborative environment for telling stories in the Uncharted universe was a bit challenging for Christopher Golden and as a result we receive a story with one dimensional characters and zero character development It s a shame because telling Uncharted stories in novel form had the potential to capitalize on all of the things that made Uncharted great while shedding all of the criticisms that have held the games back

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Uncharted characters ☆ 104 Christopher Golden Í 4 characters Read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Christopher Golden Eds Drake’s help Sully’s old friend a world famous archaeologist has just been found murdered in Manhattan Dodging assassins Drake Sully and the dead man’s daughter Jada Hzujak race from New York to underground excavations in Egypt and Greece Their goal to unravel an ancient myth of alchemy look for three long lost labyrinths and find the astonishing discovery that got Jada’. UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH features a poor man s Indiana Jones and was written by a guy probably best known for a big stack of HELLBOY and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER tie ins With that in mind the book is exactly what you d expect EXACTLY what you d expectChristopher Golden does manage to capture some of that Indiana Jones flavor despite the book s overall sloppiness which I assume comes from it being rushed However he completely fails to do justice to the Nathan Drake character who comes across here as nothing than Generic Action Man I think Golden tried to portray him as being charming and intelligent but to me he came across as just the oppositeAnother thing is that whoever came up with the plot whether Golden himself or the Naughty Dog game company went WAY overboard in packing too much lore into a single story When Drake isn t busy solving one of Daedalus secret labyrinths he s off exploring Atlantis fighting off minotaurs learning the truth about alchemy or ensuring that the secret to mind control doesn t fall into the wrong hands all while staving off the occasional ninja attack As you might guess it gets to be a bit muchBut what really drags this book down is all the idiotic banter among the main characters Golden simply doesn t have an ear for humorous dialog as demonstrated in his BUFFY novels UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH is at its most enjoyable during the final few chapters when things have gotten so dire that the characters no longer have time for inane jokes

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Uncharted characters ☆ 104 Christopher Golden Í 4 characters Read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Christopher Golden S father killed It appears that a fourth labyrinth was built in another land and another culture and within it lies a key to unmatched wealth and power An army of terrifying lost warriors guards this underground maze So does a monster And what lies beyond if Drake can live long enough to reach it is both a treasure and a poison a paradise and a hell  Welcome to The Fourth Labyrinth. Golden manages to capture the feel of the Uncharted video games faithfully but there are a few caveats It doesn t reference any of the previous games but merely drops you in the middle of this story with the expectation that if you re reading an Uncharted novel then you re already familiar with the characters As far as the main characters Nate and Sully you don t get much character development They stay pretty close to their evolution in the games and nothing You do get some development in the supporting characters but unless they show up in the video games or a seuel novel I m not attached Overall it s a fun adventure novel whether you re a fan of the series or not If you re familiar with the series however then it s a safe bet you ll enjoy the book