Naughty Dog is back with the fourth game in the successful and widely popular franchise: Uncharted. This is the first original release on the PlayStation 4 after the collection release last year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End continues the story of Nathan Drake, the modern Indiana Jones. Known for the light humor, smart puzzles, intriguing plots and mysterious treasures.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End picks up after Uncharted 3 where Nathan Drake now lives a normal life away from all the danger and sometimes illegal adventures he has gone through all these years. Taking only steady jobs and living the married life with Elena Fisher. Through this game, you will discover the roots of Nathan Drake and meet his brother Samuel Drake, the one who inspired Nathan into a world of adventure and discovery.
The game does impressively well in introducing us into the adventure. One can even go as far as to say the game will almost feel like experiencing a Hollywood-esque action movie. The transition through the game is smooth and always keeps you wanting more. This game will truly have the player really get to know Nathan Drake. The best part is that you don’t have to have had experienced the past games in order to enjoy this one. Nathan goes through some reminiscing at some point to get you up to speed.
Nathan Drake was always known to be quite the charmer. Through all his adventure, the game does find ways to make players laugh from time to time. The game will even have players reminisce about Playstation’s past. This is a game about Nathan Drake’s last adventure.
Uncharted 4 is visually astonishing. The lighting and environments are so well defined that it could pass over as a CGI movie. The character expressions are on point and that includes their behaviors. The best element that supports this cinematic gameplay is the transition between gameplay and cutscene and they are both very polished. Naughty Dog spared no expense in making this game looks so impressive and life-like. The realistic graphics only further enhances the relatability towards Nathan Drake by the player.
Furthermore, the game features a very sweet physics engine, especially during gun fights. This was highlighted during the reveal of the game. Objects that get shot at will take a toll in Uncharted 4. For example, when the player takes cover behind an unreliable object such as a wooden table, the gunshots received by the enemies may damage the table and can then expose the player to shots. This precise physics for the gun shots is something that is really highlighted in the multiplayer mode as a good marksman can take advantage of these holes to shoot down their target.
Of course, controls and gameplay is as simple as it ever was. The game is interactive and dynamic throughout many of the developments that takes place in the story. Players will have to remain vigilant and make sure to input the proper buttons when prompted. Nathan Drake always seems to go through some bumpy rides and so the adrenaline will escalate at many times, which will force players to keep up.
The game also features a multiplayer mode as well and the new improvements into the game such as the physics engine and environments make the game a lot more interesting to enjoy. It features four different modes: Team Deathmatch, Plunder, Command and Ranked Team Deathmatch. After having gone through Nathan’s last and memorable adventure, players can take their experience online on a competitive scene. These modes can be played in either 5v5 or 4v4. These modes are fun and each embody the different aspects that make Uncharted so good. If you prefer finding treasure, going through violent gun fights or solving puzzles, you can simply play the mode that focuses on that.
Uncharted has many fond memories and it’s one of those franchises that you can’t help but be excited when a new comes around. The game’s plot reminds so much of how a movie presents itself. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End signals the closing of a great series and I have to say that this was delightful experience to mark the end of Nate’s adventures. This game was very hard to interrupt once you start playing. It hooks you in and keeps you wanting to know what happens next; just like a good book does. This is a great end to a memorable series.