9. Rafe - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4 is an excellent game in its own right and a wonderful conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story, but it does have a final fight whose wild shift away from the gameplay you’ve come to expect is set to ensure you won’t be forgetting it any time soon.
The Uncharted series is underpinned by encouraging stealth, arena gunfights, exploration, and environment traversal through platforming. Sword fights and quick time events don’t enter into the equation all that much, but in the final fight of Uncharted 4 against Rafe sword fights and quick time events is exactly what you’ll get.
Fun fact, Uncharted 4 was supposed to include a flashback with Nate and Sam fighting with swords in the mansion as kids which would have served as a tutorial for the final fight.
This ended up being cut so the sudden fencing scene, while admittedly awesome, comes out of left field even more than it was intended to. At no other point in the game do you encounter a sword fight so the game is actually prompting you with how to block attacks and deliver blows in the middle of the climactic final battle.
At the beginning of the battle Rafe asks Nate if he knows how to sword fight. No, Rafe, no we don’t, the game never taught us, but I guess we’re about to learn. Quickly.