Two words. Holy shit.
What an exhilarating final adventure for our hero Nathan Drake. The heavily anticipated Uncharted 4 is here and is an easy contender for best video game of the year. It’s definitely the finest game in the series and fans can rest assured Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a highly satisfying conclusion.
Developer Naughty Dog has perfected the art of building a long lasting video game experience that mimics the thrills of a blockbuster summer action movie except with a better story and riveting dialogue.
Listening to these characters interact is a true marvel. This is Nathan Drake like never seen before. Performances from series veterans Nolan North (Nathan Drake), Emily Rose (Elena Fisher), and Richard McGonagle (Victor Sullivan) are as incredible as ever, while newbies Troy Baker (Samuel Drake), Warren Kole (Rafe Adler), and Laura Bailey (Nadine Ross), bring a fresh piece of life into Uncharted’s rich history.
This is the crown jewel Playstation 4 owners have been waiting for. I dove into the Uncharted Collection late last year and I’m glad I did. New players will find lots to love in A Thief’s End, but fans who have been there since the beginning will be mystified by the level of detail and throwbacks hidden throughout the game. Including throwbacks to some early Naughty Dog creations.
Sorry, no spoilers here. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises for you, but if you’re on the fence hopefully this review has you running to the nearest electronics store come Tuesday morning.
Our story picks up three years after Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and we find Nathan living a much quieter life with his wife, Elena Fisher. He’s still doing missions, but there a lot less risky and they keep him close to home. It’s not until his presumed-dead brother Sam Drake (Played by Troy Baker) shows up back in his life does Nathan dive back into living dangerously. At 38 years old, Nathan’s still got it! The first seven chapters are lengthy in their own right but more of a tutorial easing the player into the game. By Chapter Eight, shit really hits the fan and players will experience Uncharted like never before.
The story is incredibly detailed and each of the main characters are extremely fleshed out. This is what makes the first seven chapters so compelling. If this is the last time we might possibly see these characters I want to learn everything I can about them. It’s a slow burn and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The story is packed with a mix of old and new characters and thankfully never feels forced or crowded. From start to finish you will find yourself on an emotional roller coaster ride. Like every Uncharted game, twists and turns are a plenty. Be advised, you might want to keep the tissues handy.
There will be plenty of comparisons between this story and The Last Of Us. It’s extremely difficult to compare the two as they are both great in their own right. The Last Of Us still takes top prize for storytelling but I really like the new incredibly dark Uncharted 4. This darkness will come as an unexpected surprise to some, and the game packs a much more serious attitude. The jokes and humor from previous games have been replaced by a much more grounded story about family and loyalty. It’s much slower paced and far less fantastical and in doing so makes A Thief’s End much more believable.
Uncharted shines when the difficulty rises. Looking back to the first Uncharted, enemies would go down like flies.It’s safe to say the baddies are no longer bullet sponges and will make your adventure a living hell. Dealing with flanking enemies while a sniper is keeping you pinned down requires patience and precision. I often found myself overwhelmed with enemies and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The techies out there will be happy to know that the game runs incredibly smooth at 1080p/30fps with no noticeable lag. It’s utterly beautiful. The photo mode is also a nice touch and is incredibly well done.
Oh and that ending. It’s a very definitive ending. But that’s all I’ll say.
I know I’ve done nothing but kiss the games ass and finding its faults are like finding a needle in a haystack. Sure there’s a few minor mechanical problems but they are outweighed by the sheer awesomeness of everything else. Everything from the treasure collecting to the puzzle challenges are brilliantly executed. The driving adventures are a whole lot of fun and it’s often hard to not stop and just take in the beauty that is Madagascar.
I’m sure over the next few days we will start to see a few bad reviews here and there, but in my eyes, this is a near perfect game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End truly feels like a living breathing, beast of a game that players of all ages will enjoy.
Go ahead and get your hands on a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End now. This is a console seller. This is my favorite game in the franchise, which is no easy feat. Uncharted 2 is one of the best games ever made and after a nine-year long journey I couldn’t be more satisfied by how it all went down.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is available on the PS4 on May 10th, 2016.
Please note, I did not get a chance to try out the multiplayer mode but will update later next week once I have had some time to pawn n00bs, or have my ass handed to me.