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I enjoy reading. I enjoy watching movies. Every now and then
I'll come across a movie based off of a book I've read and after the movie is
over and the credits start to scroll, the inevitable happens - a comparison is
made between the two about which is better. In my personal experience, I find I
often prefer the book over the movie. Sure, there are exceptions. I loved The
Hobbit (book) but seeing it on the big screen at an IMAX theater in 3D
certainly made the comparison about which was better a difficult one.
That being said though, I think my opinion changes when
books and movies are being compared to the video game translation of the same
material. I tend to favor the video game version instead; at least based on the
handfuls of games I've played and also read.
Case in point.
I finally...after many
months and many revisits...I finally finished the book, Uncharted: The Fourth
Labyrinth, a book based on the Uncharted series of video games and featuring
the characters you'd expect - Nathan Drake and Victor "Sully" Sullivan, and not
some of the characters you might've hoped for like Chloe Frazer or Elena
Uncharted: The Fourth
The official novel of
Naughty Dog's award-winning videogame franchise!
In the ancient world
there was a myth about a king, a treasure, and a hellish labyrinth. Now the
doors to that hell are open once again.
Nathan Drake, treasure
hunter and risk taker, has been called to New York City by the man who taught
him everything about the "antiquities acquisition business." Victor Sullivan
needs Drake's help. Sully's old friend, a world-famous archaeologist, has just
been found murdered in Manhattan. Dodging assassins, Drake, Sully, and the dead
man's daughter, Jada Hzujak, race from New York to underground excavations in
Egypt and Greece. Their goal: to unravel an ancient myth of alchemy, look for
three long-lost labyrinths, and find the astonishing discovery that got Jada's
father killed. It appears that a fourth labyrinth was built in another land and
another culture-and within it lies a key to unmatched wealth and power. An army
of terrifying lost warriors guards this underground maze. So does a monster.
And what lies beyond-if Drake can live long enough to reach it-is both a
treasure and a poison, a paradise and a hell.
Welcome to The Fourth
Buy it at Amazon
or wherever you choose to buy (or steal) your books (I'm joking, I'm joking
-that's a play on Nathan Drake being a thief).
Phew boy...where do I begin? Well, it certainly isn't the
worst book I've ever read - Halo Cryptum holds that distinct honor...but it just
wasn't...well, it just wasn't like the video games if you ask me. Up to the last
20 pages or so, the rest of the book was sort of ho-hum...whereas the games, all
of the games, are normally action packed from start to finish.
I don't think you can attribute the disparity between the
two to a lack of imagination, I think I have plenty of that to go around. But
there is clearly a difference between reading about a brawl or a daring jump
across a ravine and being in charge of controlling this action and witnessing
it firsthand. Books make us visualize in our minds the words that we are
reading to create the scene, but a game taxes more of our senses which can lead
to a more visceral and concerted experience.
This certainly seems true of others games. As I already
mentioned, I did not like Halo Cryptum even a little bit, and that's coming
from somebody who owns and has read all of the Halo books. I forced myself to
read it...to endure it...and then I breathed a sigh of relief as I read the last
page. I couldn't tell you anything about the book and the whole "forerunner"
story line. But having played Halo 4 which contained similar lore, the story
and history made a lot more sense...and even though I might not have completely
understood it, I still enjoyed the experience because of everything else going
on around me.
I've read all of the Gears of War books too, and even though
they have some very gripping scenes (I'll admit it, one moved me to tears),
they don't capture the essence and chaos of the environment like the video
games tend to do. It's hard to convey a sense of dread in a book like the video
games are able to achieve - you can read it and imagine it, but it doesn't feel
as dire as it does in the game.
The next book on my list to read is Dead Space: Martyr,
which is a little ironic since I am also playing through Dead Space 3. I'm not
much of a reader when it comes to the horror genre, but I have read some from
time to time, the last one being Death Trooper, which is sort of a zombie meets
Star Wars book. It reminds me a lot of Dead Space, as far as creepy crawlies on
spaceships trying to kill you. I read the whole book and wasn't scared in the
slightest. In fact, I don't know that I've ever been scared reading a book, and
I've read the likes of Stephen King and Clive Barker. But when I play Dead
Space (any of them), the games are able to inject a sense of fear like no other
(see my blog
on the subject).
Since I love books, and movies and video games, I don't expect I'll ever change with the way
I read, watch and play them, but in those instances when there is a game and a
book to compare, I think I'm pre-disposed to liking the game more than the
I'd still recommend Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth to fellow
gamers, especially those who are fans of the Uncharted series. I'd just caveat
the recommendation with a disclaimer about it not being as cinematic as the
games, but the story contains a tale ripped straight from the pages of Drake's
journal that you're likely to find exciting, especially when you reach the
Read the book and play the game or play the game and read
the book - makes no difference to me...as long as its video game related, I'm there.