Nathan drake is way better than joel.
reasons being. Nathan drake can fight better his combat skills beat that of joels. Also, drake is more of a predator in stealth snapping necks, and breaking bones with no hesitation. Drake is a better survivor and has been threw worse than a fungus apocalypse. In his first game he was chasing a statue that could kill everyone in this world, he went up against decendants, crazy guardians from shambala in the second game, hell he survived a train crash hanging off the himalayan mountains shot in the stomach and still survived. in the third game he survived a plane crash and a hot desert with no watter for at least a whole day. being in better pyhsical shape and having better tactical fighting skills nathan drake could beat joel in stealth, gun combat, and close quarter combat
are u crazy nate is stronger faster and would beat him, he would use cobos and moves to kill this joel. nathan drake stood up to and fought shambala guardians who are the size of 6 men, has the strength of 10 men, and weighs as much as 15 men. also drake in stealth kills with no hesitaton snapping necks, pushing people of cliffs, etc
Drake is better at countering, dodging, evading etc but Joel hits harder and kills faster. i mean hitting someone in the face with joel's fist on TLOU is brutal, you hear bones crack, blood splatter everywhere and the conroller vibrates like crazy. If Drake messes up in anyway during the fight, Joel will get the jump on him and crack his head against a wall, smash a brick on his face then send a shiv to his throat. Fight over.
Nate may have the moves and the swagger but when it comes down to it Joel is simply much harder. In a fight, pretty boy Nate would be too concerned about getting his hair messed up.
This got me thinking though about how these two opposite characters would get on if they met. I can imagine Nate becoming frustrated at trying to get a meaningful conversation out of Joel and Im sure Nates "witty" one liners and cocky attitude would drive Joel round the bend lol.
We have to allow for the fact that there is far less ammo around in Joel's time, so this can account for his smaller body count to some degree, but to be honest, for me Drake is just too formiddable. I think Drake takes this 8 times out of 10.