Have you ever dreamed about discovering a new land, finding that long lost treasure and become famous for it (not to mention terribly rich?) For us at DumeeGamer.com this is still one of our back up plans. We take our backup plans very seriously here at our top secret DumeeGamer HQ, so we’re preparing ourselves by playing the Uncharted series (over and over again...).

The Uncharted series consists of four parts up till now. We had Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception for the PS3 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS Vita. A while ago, the thing we all hoped for finally came to pass; Naughty Dog announced Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, set to be released in Q4 2015. I hope that this installment doesn’t take its title too seriously and put an end to our beloved Uncharted series. It's just too much fun!

Nathan Drake is the main protagonist of the series. He’s sort of an anti-hero, who doesn’t actually wants to be in the kind of troubles he gets himself into. He just want to find a treasure and become rich and famous, together with his best friend Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan. But the two of them are always after the same treasure as some bad guys (wouldn't you just know it...). This means a lot of trouble is always heading their way, whether they want it or not. Usually, getting out of trouble means shooting your way out and for that you’ll need weapons... and a lot of 'em!

Throughout the entire series Drake is usually able to carry two weapons at the same time; his trusty basic handgun and a secondary weapon, such as an AK-47, a shotgun or a sniper-rifle. Besides firing at bad guys with guns, Drake also knows how to throw a grenade. If you take the time to look around the environment after a gunfight , you’ll never will be without a gun or ammo. If this should occasionally be the case however, there's always the possibility to beat the living crap out of your opponents, using hand to hand combat. This hand-to-hand combat really came into its own in the third and fourth installment of the series. In the first two games it was really only a last resort, and trying to knock out a larger number of enemies in these two games usually resulted in your untimely demise.

Besides defeating bad guys there are also puzzles to solve along the way. I'd like to take a moment to tell you about my favorite puzzles throughout the series. In Drake's Fortune you’ll have to move statues in a certain direction to open a secret door, right after you've saved Sully from a couple of bad guys. In Among Thieves I like the puzzle where Flynn and Lazarovic leave Chloe behind in a small chamber with statues and paintings and she gives you the dagger. You have to position the little statues in the right spot in front of a painting of an animal. After putting down a statue you’ll need to search for the right symbol on a rotating pillar. If they all correspond with the right element (water, air, fire and earth) you did a good job and onwards you go! In Drake's Deception you come to a point where you enter a tomb that has parts of statues propped up on iron rods all across the room and a kind of ancient spotlight in the center of it all. If you put the light in exactly the right spot, some of the parts line up and create the image of a hunter killing another man on a wall on the far side of the room. In the Golden Abyss I really liked how Naughty Dog used the unique features of the PS Vita, such as rubbing the screen to clean an object, enabling you to read a specific inscription. Or use the PS Vita as a virtual photo camera and duplicate an example photograph to gather clues.

And then there's the issue of Drake and his girls. Yes, I truly must say that Drake is a bit of a womanizer. I’m still convinced that Elena is his one and only true love, but in part two we meet Chloe as his fling and in Golden Abyss Maria Chase will receive some smooth talking and kisses from our knight in slightly grubby armor. That’s something I really hope does not happen in Uncharted 4. I hope to see that Drake and Elena are still together. But if they’re not, I hope that the developers realize that it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to let them meet and reunite yet again. If that were to happen, there might be the chance of you seeing me screaming at the screen: “Elena! For god's sake girl, have some dignity!!!” Suffice to say I would be slightly disappointed...

Uncharted games are great games to play because there fun. Drake is a good, realistic character without a mean bone in his body. You’ll believe the good and bad things that happen to him. The other characters are cool and really add something to the story, without slowing the story down or making it unnecessarily complicated. The stories usually consist of 24 chapters or more, and take around 16 hours of game play to play through per part. You don't necessarily need to play them in order, but for the complete Uncharted experience I recommend you do.

Uncharted is a great way to experience how your life could have been, if only you'd decided to become a treasure hunter. But above all it’s a excellent action / adventure game series with smooth controls and gripping stories. This really is one series of games you don’t want to miss if you own a PS3 and/or PS Vita.

Naughty Dog has launched a 15 minute gameplay trailer of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee