While Uncharted 4 spends quite a bit of time around water and even has some of the most gorgeous underwater visuals that ever hit the PS4, its predecessor is the one that introduces a remarkable water level that’s impossible to forget. Uncharted 4’s underwater excursions don’t necessarily add an incredible element to the game as far as gameplay is involved. You’re mostly swimming around lazily searching for things in the water. In Uncharted 3, however, water is used to significantly change the game’s pace and add a whole new level to the danger unfolding around you.
Chapter 15: Sink or Swim certainly presents one of the highlights of Uncharted 3. During this mission Nathan Drake is not only facing off with gun-touting bad guys but he’s also rushing to escape a collapsing ship that is quickly filling up with water. The majority of the gameplay still happens above water but the danger of rapidly rising waters swirling around in the player’s brain has a significant impact here. It’s an intense moment where the guys with guns aren’t your biggest threat and they no longer control the pace of the game. That privilege is handed over to the water rushing against your feet.