I’m especially won over (keep in mind I only just played through the series a few months ago!) by Nathan Drake because he isn’t an Indiana Jones type - he’s kind of a bumbling idiot who accidentally climbs up the right walls and hits the bad guys with his guns by flailing his arms around, and, while his chosen career is a colonialist nightmare, his enemies are invariably, say, neo-Nazis, or mercenaries, or zombies. Or… neo-Nazi mercenary zombies. Plus, he and his pals pretty much never actually succeed at raiding lost treasure, which takes the edge off of the whole “pillaging from lost civilizations” schtick.
I also adore how well it connects Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter games to The Last Of Us. Like, looking at that studio’s trajectory… it feels totally organic. Uncharted even has multiple segments of running towards the camera away from boulders or trucks or the ground crumbling away. It’s just Crash. That’s a Crash!