Nate is the new Indy.
For those of you in the know, this is your rallying cry as a serious video gamer. (If you are a Wii gamer, you're at the wrong blog- try Nick Jr.'s website or some soccer mom's blog.) For Playstation 3 owners, the Uncharted series is the best intellectual property of the current console generation.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007) and its outstanding sequel, Among Thieves (2009), have set the bar for video game production values. Their third person gunplay and platforming action were nearly flawless, and their story/ presentation were second to none. Playing Among Thieves, I often wish I could take a screenshot and frame it, so beautiful is the lighting and color, even when I'm playing multiplayer.
The hero, Nate Drake, is pictured above, flanked on the left by Among Thieves heroine Chloe Frazer. (Chloe is the one on the left.) If you want more evidence of the artistry, check out the embedded trailer for Among Thieves.
That's right, a teaser trailer for this game is that good. And, yes, the music from the trailer is in the game, composed by Greg Edmonson ("Firefly").
Nate Drake, for me, has become who Indian Jones should be and was until sometime around 12:01 am on May 22, 2008. Yeah, I can't remember specifically when he lost it, but it was sometime right around then.