The Rub' al Khali Desert actually exists. It covers the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, and is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth.
Charlie was supposed to have a much bigger role in his game. However, his voice actor, Graham McTavish, landed a role in The Hobbit. This resulted in Charlie's early removal from the plot.
As Nate has known Marlowe since he was a child, this makes her the oldest antagonist in the series.
This game marks the third time that Sully has been seemingly killed onscreen, only for it to not actually happen.
When comparing his various character models throughout the series, it's revealed that Sully has been visibly aging throughout the games. His hair has gone completely gray by the time Drake's Deception takes place.
After spending the last three games developing a rocky relationship, Nate and Elena finally get married at the end of the game.
Since the Uncharted series is about worldwide quests for treasure and archaeology, Sony appropriately had Harrison Ford (AKA Indiana Jones) promote Drake's Deception in Japan.
Drake's Deception has a double meaning. It refers to Sir Francis Drake deliberately abandoning his mission to find the secret of Iram of the Pillars and hiding all traces of it from Queen Elizabeth. It also refers to Nate deceiving everyone - including himself - into believing he is Drake's descendant.
In the very last scene, Sully reveals to Nate and Elena that he's bought another seaplane. Aside from the green paint job, it's identical to the Hog Wild, which was destroyed in Drake's Fortune. Sully even mentions the event, and the others jokingly ask if the new plane has parachutes. This is also a callback to the torn parachute Nate had to use to escape the crash. Sully offhandedly mentions that the events of Drake's Fortune happened four years before Drake's Deception, much like the real-life release dates of the Uncharted series.
Nate's taunt, "Kitty got wet!" was improvised by Nolan North. He explained that he got the phrase from his 8 year-old son, who said it after beating his father in a Wii Tennis match.
After carrying it around since the start of the series, Nate loses Francis Drake's ring during the collapse of Iram of the Pillars. In the final scene, however, Sully returns Nate's wedding ring, which he'd been keeping safe all along. Thus Nate is finally able to leave his fake identity and Drake's legacy behind, and start a new one by marrying Elena.
T.E. Lawrence: All men dream. But not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to realise it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men. For they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This, I did.
Sully: Three Goddamned bullets. How the Hell did you do this with three Goddamned bullets?!
Francis Drake's Ring Inscription: Sic Parvis Magna (Greatness From Small Beginnings).
Rameses: See you in hell, habibi.
Rameses: Where is Iram of the Pillars?
Marlowe: I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Sully: This is why we can't have nice things!
Connection to Other Media
The plot makes several references T.E. Lawrence, whose adventures in Arabia during the Arab Revolt of 1916 – 1918 made him one of the most famous men of the 20th Century. Nate also quotes from Lawrence's novel, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Much of the cinematography in the game's desert sequence is an homage to Lawrence of Arabia, an iconic film that depicted his exploits.
During the desert sequence, Marlowe's narration is part of The Waste Land, a poem written by T. S. Eliot.
Iram of the Pillars was first mentioned in the Quran.
When encountering Marlowe, Nate jokes that she might melt if she puts away her umbrella. This is a reference to the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, who melted after getting doused in water.
Sully incorrectly quotes a line from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Charlie quickly corrects him with, "It's lay on, Macduff."
During his banter with Sully, Charlie jokes about having a gun to his head and thinking about rabbits. This is a shout-out to the famous ending of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Marlowe is visually identical to Helen Mirren, a famous English actress.
The "As Above, So Below" chapter is named after a maxim in Hermeticism.
Marlowe comments that Nate's origin is "so Dickensian." This is a nod to Charles Dickens, whose stories famously depicted poverty-stricken orphans who rise above their circumstances due to contrived and unusual connections. In narrative terms, Nate's backstory is essentially a modern Dickens tale.
In the final battle, Sully chides Talbot for bringing a "knife to a gunfight." This is a reference to a famous quote from The Untouchables.
The desert truck chase sequence is an homage to the iconic scene in Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
The interior of the tour bus includes a key chain of Sackboy, the mascot of LittleBigPlanet.
The entire cargo plane sequence is an extensive homage to The Living Daylights, a James Bond film.
The horseback canyon sequence is visually reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
One of the multiplayer medals is "Nate's on a plane." This is a pun on Snakes on a Plane, a popular movie.
When discussing John Dee early in the game, Charlie mentions James Bond. The real John Dee worked for Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century, and their communications were supposedly always marked with the "007" symbol.
The Strange Relic you can collect is actually a Precursor Orb from the Jak and Daxter series. Unlike its appearances in the previous games, this one can be found in Chapter 4, not 5.
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