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What are the best Uncharted games? The swashbuckling world of Nathan Drake and his allies is one of the most beloved series PlayStation has in its corner. Developed (primarily) by famed Californian studio Naughty Dog, Uncharted's strength lies in its Hollywood-like storytelling, lovable characters, and breathtaking action sequences.

Uncharted got its start on PS3 with Drake's Fortune, and the franchise only grew bigger and better over time. It's one of the most critically acclaimed series in video games, a consistent seller for Sony, and each game has several fantastic, memorable moments. These globetrotting adventures are remembered for their incredible set-pieces and well-acted performances, but paved the way for many other action adventure titles with its simplified climbing and intuitive combat. The question is, which of the games comes out on top?

That's where you come in. In order to rank the best Uncharted games, we've turned to you lot for the final say. Using the search box below, you can find all the games in the series, and give each of them a rating out of 10. These user scores directly impact the order of the list, therefore always showcasing the Uncharted titles you collectively like most. If you disagree, you can have your say by leaving your ratings — and of course, leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.

7. Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (PS Vita)

Collectible card games are all the rage these days, but that was less the case when Uncharted: Fight for Fortune debuted as a standalone spin-off for Bend Studio’s PS Vita launch title, Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The game functions a little like Top Trumps, with characters, props, and scenes from the series represented. But while its gameplay is mostly entertaining, it lacks longevity, and is considered something of a forgotten relic these days.

6. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)

The game that started it all, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune represented a bold new direction for developer Naughty Dog in 2007, as it ditched the cartoon mascots that had defined its catalogue for over a decade, and attempted something a little more realistic. Playing like a summer blockbuster, the first game revelled in its waxy PS3-powered flora, as it took you on an oversaturated tour of the Amazon in search of El Dorado. While it shows its age in some regards nowadays, the light-hearted writing and stellar performances made it stand out compared to other games at the time and paved the way for some incredible follow-up adventures.

5. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)

At the time, Uncharted: Golden Abyss was a mind-boggling technical achievement. By scaling the buccaneering antics of protagonist Nathan Drake down to the PS Vita’s vibrant OLED screen, developer Sony Bend dropped its fair share of jaws. While the title wasn’t able to live up to the scorching highs of Naughty Dog’s console counterparts, this was a serviceable spin-off that plundered every single one of the portable’s flagship features, for better or worse. While we’ve blocked out its abysmal touchscreen boss battle, we were particularly fond of its gyro aiming, which felt great in the palm of your hands.

4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)

Starting life as DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy ditches Drake for a badass lady double act in Chloe and Nadine. Their adventure through India to find the Tusk of Ganesh is up there with the series' best, with some brilliant set-pieces dotted throughout its well paced story. What it lacks in Nate's witty banter, it makes up for with a great relationship between the two leads that ebbs and flows as they figure each other out. Excellently acted and written, as is par for the course with Naughty Dog these days, this is a great offshoot that fans of the series will love.

3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

After the colossal success of Uncharted 2, the pressure was on Naughty Dog to deliver another absolutely stunning adventure — and for the most part, the studio delivered. It may not be quite as fondly remembered as its predecessor, but Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is still stuffed with incredible set pieces and brilliant character moments. While its story does feel a little slapdash at times, there's a barnstorming momentum to Uncharted 3 that's hard to top — and it all starts with that superb barfight.

2. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)

A fitting end to one of PlayStation's finest franchises, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End spins a more mature yarn without losing any of the bombast that has defined the brand over the past decade. Naughty Dog proves yet again that its lightyears ahead of all other developers in the story-telling stakes, and while some slow pacing may put off adrenaline junkies, the Californian company deserves kudos for allowing its latest to breathe, building towards a crescendo that feels both final and fulfilling.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Uncharted 2 singlehandedly defined the PS3 back in 2009, when Sony's pricey console was struggling to resonate with a wider audience. Naughty Dog's stunning action-adventure kickstarted PlayStation's ongoing obsession with blockbuster exclusives, and it's still a game that wows with its awesome set pieces. Who could forget the helicopter chase through those collapsing buildings? The moving train scramble? A technical marvel at the time, and a landmark moment for modern PlayStation.

And that's it for our best Uncharted games list. Do you think they're in the right order? Whatever your opinion, remember that this list is entirely determined by readers like you. If you want to contribute to how these games are ranked, leave your user scores on each title using the search bar at the top of this article. If an Uncharted game is somehow missing from our PlayStation Game Database, let us know.

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