There is simply no better way to reach a destination than to do it by jumping out of a plane and parachuting in. Mind you, you get bonus points if the plane is on fire and heading straight for a cliff when you leap out. Even more bonus points await if your chute has a smoking hole in it and you wind up plummeting towards earth, only to be caught in the jungle canopy.
By this logic then, Uncharted has one hell of an opening sequence. And it does. Naughty Dog has even managed to cram in the 'girlfriend-who-jumps-out-first' scenario, neatly setting you up for a rescue mission, and the whole point of the expedition in the first place was to get your hands on some A-class treasure. Throw in some ninjas and a zeppelin or two and you've got yourself a par-tay.