In Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Though as the going in full guns blazing type. I've never really quite mastered the art of stealth.

Synopsis: Set Three years after the events of ‘Uncharted 3’, Nathan Drake has apparently left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, re-emerges asking for his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake cannot resist. On the hunt for Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure, Sam and Drake embark on a journey to find Libertalia, the pirate utopia deep in the forests of Madagascar.

Review: I should have really got my review of this game sorted out last week, but as anyone will tell you the ‘Uncharted’ series of games is so immersive that you tend to spend every spare moment you can muster exploring the lush landscapes and trying to avoid gun battles.  Though as the going in full guns blazing type. I’ve never really quite mastered the art of stealth.

‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ is the game that I have pretty much been waiting for since I got my Playstation 4 back in 2014. And thankfully the wait was worth it.

The story picks up three years after the third ‘Uncharted’ game. Nathan Drake has essentially retired from treasure hunting and is helping to run a legitimate salvage operation. But when his older brother Sam turns up out of the blue. Nathan is drawn into an epic new adventure, which centres around thieves that died alongside Jesus during his Crucifixion. The adventure takes Drake pretty much around the world again and as you would expect the scenery and graphics our outstanding, but graphics and scenery have always been one of the strong selling points of this particular gaming series. But what has been done here is absolutely breathtaking and outshines all the previous entries in the series. In fact I’d have to say it is the strongest offering thus far on PS4 from a graphics stand point.

The action as you’d expect is pulse pounding and visceral. There is your usual jumping, climbing and falling as well as plenty of gun play as well as a few opportunities for stealth. I have to confess I’m not a big fan of stealth being from the Han Solo finishing school when it comes to game play, but unlike Han I do tend to get killed from time to time.

The story for ‘Uncharted 4’ is well done, but it does drag a little in the games third act which tends to drop the exploring in favor of a massive amount of gun play and action.

I loved the fact that Nathan had to be pretty much dragged into this adventure kicking and screaming having pretty much settled down with his girlfriend. We do get to see a little of his domestic life before the grand adventure begins, which is good because it establishes a more mature version of Drake.

I loved the relationship between Nathan and his brother Sam in the games various cut scenes and I enjoyed the beginning of the game, which sets this all up.

Of course Sully is back. It wouldn’t be an ‘Uncharted’ game without Sully, but the version we see here is older and perhaps a little wiser. Hmm maybe not. But it was fun to see him again and I loved the fact that Sam does not completely trust Sully.

The voice acting throughout the game is fantastic. Nolan North brings a great performance as the more mature and slightly more grounded Nathan Drake and Troy Baker brings an outstanding performance as Sam. In fact the dialogue between the two brothers throughout the game is very believable and adds to an already immersive gaming experience. In fact I actually missed having Sam at my side during the few parts in the game where the two characters are separated.

Billed as the final game in the series. Naughty Dog have pretty much ended their action adventure gaming series on a high note. And the two year wait for this final game although very long is worth it. Also the added multiplayer options add a bit more value here for online players. Though the above review is mainly for the single player campaign.

 

9.7
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Story
    8.9
  • Gameplay
    9.9
  • Graphics
    10
  • Voice Acting
    9.6
  • Sound Production
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

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