The Hero’s Journey in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern that is found in almost every story from every part of the world. This archetypal structure resonates with us because it’s a pattern we find true in our lives. This concept was put into words by a man named Joseph Campbell whose work has influenced literature, psychology, film, and several other fields by demonstrating the vital elements of a journey.

I have always enjoyed the Uncharted games from Naughty Dog, primarily because of their cinematic gameplay, the puzzles, and most of all, the characters. It’s hard to find good plot in video games, but I believe the Uncharted games are some of the best. To show you why I believe this is the case, I’ll walk you through Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception to show you how the plot is moving on through the Hero’s Journey to shape the protagonist, Nathan Drake, into a real character. Continue reading