We’ve more or less come to accept that the heroes in our video games may have to kill one or two, or maybe a hundred enemies. It’s not something that we’ve really questioned, but it has been mentioned in the past.
This time the hero of Uncharted 4 is the target, though for good reason. Nathan Drake has racked up a fairly substantial kill count over the last few years and at this point he’s more Rambo than Indiana Jones.
When asked during the Storytelling in Video Games panel during the PlayStation Experience event, Uncharted 4’s Creative Director acknowledged that Nathan Drake is quite the trigger happy chappy, but it’s just a part of the game.
Answering the question Neil Druckmann stated
“You always try to make sure the writing and the gameplay fit within the context of each other and we work really hard on that, adjusting gameplay, adjusting writing,” before going on to say that “you know, in an action game you’re probably gonna kill more people than you see in a film.”
He goes on to compare Nathan Drake to Indiana Jones before firing a shot at popular gaming forum NeoGaf.
“So you have to kind of find what your comfort zone is and know the tone of what it is you’re making and stick to your gut and ignore NeoGaf as much as you can.”
Ouch, shots fired?
Whilst it’s a strange reality that our heroes must rack up a kill count into the hundreds, face it, Uncharted just wouldn’t be as much fun without those nameless foot-soldiers. If you do get pangs of guilt then you’re not wrong in the head, you’re just a bit more compassionate than most, though if you start sending letters of condolence to the wife’s of your downed foes, you need your head checking.
What do you think? Is Drake too much of a killer to be the ‘good guy’? Or are his murderous tendencies justified? Let us know down in the comments section below.