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Here's Why Nathan Drake Is So Good At Dodging Bullets

Don't try this at home unless you're drinking a smoothie made out of four leaf clovers.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

Explorers tend to be a lucky bunch, but Nathan Drake of Naughty Dog's Uncharted series is seemingly the offspring of two leprechauns who bedded down on a hill of rabbits' feet. Yesterday, Naughty Dog animator Jonathan Cooper revealed bullets straight-up miss Drake until Lady Luck finally gets bored and turns her back on him.

That's right: When Drake's UI turns red, it doesn't indicate a bullet hit his body. Rather, it indicates bullets are chipping away at his luck. But that store of luck is finite, and when it runs out, the next bullet might be the one that puts an end to Drake's adventuring days.

Amy Hennig, the creative director and writer for the Uncharted series, confirms Drake is one lucky bastard. After all, he's supposed to be an homage to Indiana Jones and other explorers who happen to be Fortune's favorite—until they're not.

If you're trying to push through Nathan Drake's latest adventure but find your own luck running out again and again, visit our guide to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for the solution to every fight and puzzle in the game. Lucky you found us, huh?

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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #1 AceOfCakez 4 months ago
  • Avatar for CK20XX #2 CK20XX 4 months ago
    Nathan's luck is also implied to be the only reason he's survived... well, anything, no matter how battered and bloody he gets. Nathan himself adamantly disagrees, saying that if he were actually lucky, then all this crazy stuff wouldn't keep happening to him.
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  • Avatar for docexe #3 docexe 4 months ago
    Well, as far as "in-universe nonsense to justify regenerating health" goes, it at least is original.
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  • Avatar for docexe #4 docexe 4 months ago
    @CK20XX Now that you mentioned it, supernatural luck is really the only explanation to how he survived those two instances in Uncharted 3 (the ocean and the desert) where by all accounts he honestly should have died.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #5 donkeyintheforest 4 months ago
    same thing for HitPoints in dungeons and dragons. Just because a higher level character has more HP, it doesn't necessarily mean they're hardier, it means they are better at dodging swords, etc
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