Uncharted 3 is due out this November, and it will continue the ongoing story of expert treasure hunter Nathan Drake. If you've somehow missed the first two entries in the series, you might be a little intimidated to jump right into the third. Don't worry. Cheat Code Central has you covered. We've wrapped up Nate's first two adventures in this neat little package for you. You're welcome.
Obviously, there will be spoilers galore, so this is a good point to stop reading if you're worried about such things.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune introduced us to Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter trying to uncover the mysterious past of his ancestor Sir Francis Drake. We learn that Nate's been working with a woman named Elena Fisher, a video journalist who's covering his unearthing of the long-lost coffin of Sir Francis. The game starts with the coffin being pulled from the seafloor where it's rested for hundreds of years. Only, as Nate predicts, there is no body inside. The reason: Sir Francis faked his own death and went off on a serach for the lost treasure of El Dorado. Inside the coffin is his diary, which includes all the information Nate believes he needs to find this treasure. However, there is one page missing.
Elena is thrilled about nagging the scoop of the year, but Nate's not so excited about her tagging along and telling the world about their discovery. He and his friend Victor "Sully" Sullivan ditch her and rush off to the Amazon, leaving the poor girl stranded like a bad prom date.
After finding the missing page of Drake's journal inside a Nazi U-Boat—we all learned from the Indiana Jones films that Nazis love treasure hunting—Nate and Sully are confronted by Gabriel Roman, a rival treasure hunter. In their scuffle, Sully is shot and Nate escapes into the jungle where he runs into none other than Elena Fisher, the ditched video journalist.
The hunt for El Dorado becomes a race between Nathan Drake and Gabriel Roman. Nate has trusty video journalist Elena at his side, while Roman has an army of bloodthirsty mercenaries. What Roman doesn't have, though, is Nate's expansive knowledge and instinctive knack for puzzle-solving and treasure-finding.
The clues lead to an old monastery on a mysterious island that the game only refers to as UK 2642. In the monastery, Nate finds Sully, who had apparently survived being shot because Sir Francis' diary was in his shirt pocket, blocking the bullet. Drake now has the diary back in his hands and his good friend Sully back at his side.
However, there's some weird stuff going down. There is a Nazi bunker under this monastery, and it's swarming with mutants that bear a striking resemblance to Gollum. As it turns out, the lost treasure of El Dorado is a cursed golden statue that has the power to turn people into these mutants. Sir Francis Drake's entire crew had fallen under this curse, as had the Nazis who had unearthed the treasure more recently.
Nate realizes he must stop Roman from bringing this statue to the mainland, inciting a Gollum zombie apocalypse. Yet Roman's most trusted accomplice, Atoq Navarro, strikes first. He tempts Roman into opening up the statue to see what's inside, and Roman becomes cursed. With Roman out of the way, Navarro has the statue airlifted to his ship, where Nate confronts him in an epic brawl. Navarro ends up at the bottom of the ocean with the statue, hopefully staving off the curse for at least another couple hundred years.
To conclude the adventure, Sully manages to find some pirate gold and Nate and Elena hook up. It's cute and romantic, but it doesn't last; sometime between the first game and the second, they break up.
Uncharted 2 begins with Nate meeting up with an old friend, Harry Flynn, who needs help breaking into a Turkish museum and stealing a seemingly worthless artifact. Flynn introduces Nate to Chloe Frazer, a feisty brunette who quickly becomes his new love interest. The heist is funded by a wealthy eccentric named Zoran Lazarevic, who also happens to be an infamous war criminal.