This obviously contains spoiler for the Uncharted 3 plot, so proceed with caution.
I just completed Uncharted 3 for the second time, and playing the desert part again raised some questions.
Let's recap a bit. Drake's just been through the whole shipyard ordeal - escaping capture, fighting off pirates, getting on and off the cruise ship and finally being washed ashore -after getting back to Elena, they have "a couple of hours of sleep" and reach the airport before dawn to catch the airplane. After Drake gets on the plane, we are led to understand he gets a few more hours of sleep (the next time we see him it's daylight outside), he then crashes into the desert.
The next couple of chapters is what really bothers me. So Drake is in the desert, no water, no food (we don't know about the latter for sure but we aren't told otherwise), it seems like he spends two days (we see two day-night cycles) walking in circles in the desert's heat and cold until he finally by chance reaches the ghost town. Only after surviving the ghost town Drakes get's a proper sleep again and food.
I might be reading into it too much, but it seems to me there's more than meets the eye in the desert chapter. I know the Uncharted series storyline relies on coincidence and chance but the desert scene when viewed without any interpretation seems really far-fetched. Twice before that point in the game we see characters hallucinating stuff that's not there, is it possible Drake imagines part of that desert journey (aside from the obvious mirages we see), that it really lasted much shorter? That he didn't reach his destination just by chance? Was this ever addressed by the game developers or cast?