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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’. I didn t feel that this novel captured the same joy and pleasure as the video game but then again is it really possible for any novel to do that at all I would have found it rewarding to read a novelization that used the storytelling strategies that made Uncharted 2 Among Thieves such an effective and memorable game The Fourth Labyrinth consists of a murder mystery as a past acuaintance of Sully winds up dead Drake helps out his mentor to find the killer and becomes embroiled in a mystery involving four labyrinths built by Daedalus whom the author treats as a kind of an ancient conman Unfortunately this results in the fact that Drake is not the self motivated protagonist from Among Thieves It s Sully s story in truth or the story of Sully s niece whose father was killed and who strikes up a platonic relationship with Drake The story could have still happened without Drake in it which to be felt disappointing Despite this there were amusing and suspenseful moments despite the author somewhat skipping out on the setting details that made the video game settings Shambhala El Dorado and the City of Brass feel so immersive and three dimensional

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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. Christopher Golden never disappoints with his numerous media tie ins Being a fan of the Uncharted game series I wasn t sure how well the action adventure aspect of the game series would translate to a novel but the story was excellent The fortune hunter aspect was well elaborated with the numerous archaelogical digs and the globe trotting of Nate Drake Victor Sullivan and a new character Jada not seen in any of the PS3 games thus far And the action seuences particularly all the game scenes of Drake crashing through things was well incorporated without being monotonous or two game esue It was a great story and one fans of the series will love and even newcomers can enjoy since previous knowledge of the series isn t necessary for this standalone story

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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


10 thoughts on “Uncharted

  1. says:

    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 i

  2. says:

    The tie in business is a hard business whether it’s a movie adaptation of a book a book that preludes a movie or a television spin off of a beloved film series the core fan base always throws heated criticism in the way of the tie in’s creators because their take on the universe didn't uite do justice to the original Luckily Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth not only does right by the pre existing universe it also exp

  3. says:

    45 stars rounded up to 5 because I love Nate DrakeI am a big fan of the Uncharted series who isn’t? and I was super excited to read this novelization I thought the author did an excellent job with Nate’s witty uips and I could totally hear Nolan North’s voice in my head as I was reading Sully was good as well I also heard Richard McGonagle’s voice in my head and the banter between the two is part of what makes the games

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    I didn't feel that this novel captured the same joy and pleasure as the video game but then again is it really possible for any novel to do that at all? I would have found it rewarding to read a novelization that used the storytelling strategies that made Uncharted 2 Among Thieves such an effective and memorable game The Fourth Labyrinth consists of a murder mystery as a past acuaintance of Sully winds up dead Drake helps out his mentor to

  6. says:

    I was excited to win this advanced copy through Goodreads First Reads because I have enjoyed the video game it is by far my favorite There is something about the Indian Jonesesue uality of the story line that makes anyone long for adventures in foreign and exotic places Christopher Golden did a good job of capturing the essence of Sully and Nate that makes the video game so popular You have to love the fathersonbrothe

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Christopher Golden never disappoints with his numerous media tie ins Being a fan of the Uncharted game series I wasn't sure how well the action adventure aspect of the game series would translate to a novel but the story was excelle

  9. says:

    Perfectly captures the essence of the Uncharted games providing an exhilarating Indiana Jones adventure infused with history mystery and action Existing characters mimic their game counterparts accurately and new characters are wonderful additions Great for fans of the franchise as well as anyone who loves a good action

  10. says:

    Already in charted watersI already read this book though I did enjoy it a lot I have a lot of books to read so I have to 're read this some other day I didn't have any dislike for this book love uncharted series and I recommend this b

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