Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review – PS4’s Killer App

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There are few things in this world that can match the satisfaction of finally getting your hands on a new Uncharted game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be the last game in this highly rated and loved franchise which began a decade ago with the release of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune back in 2007 on the PS3.

Developer Naughty Dog’s technical mastery is not a secret and after Uncharted 2: Among Thieves on the PS3 which became one of the highest rated games of all time, they’ve consistently released groundbreaking titles capturing the imagination and hearts of fans worldwide.

Uncharted 4 will put an end to Drake’s story and possibly the franchise and getting a game like this right wouldn’t have been easy for Naughty Dog. The intro is action packed and introduces you to the controls as Drake and his brother Sam try to fight the ocean waves on a boat and repel enemies. It immediately shows what the PS4 is capable of.

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The game begins slowly as you are introduced to Sam and the relationship between the two brothers is what this game is based on. Sam is voiced by Troy Baker, a name that should be known to all. He also played Joel in The Last of Us. The story of the game involves finding Captain Avery’s treasure and both the brothers find themselves embarking on an epic adventure full of twists and turns.

The Uncharted series was always known for its graphics. Each game in the series has pushed the bar a little higher and Uncharted 4 is without a doubt the best looking game on the PS4 right now. The first few chapters are a little tame and somewhat boring if I might add unless you are heavily invested in these characters. At certain times it is difficult to say whether it’s an actual game or a movie. The character models look unreal, almost lifelike to a point.

Uncharted 4 is a lot more open than the previous games. You have more freedom to tackle certain sections and are not guided too much. The visual quality of the environments and the attention to detail is second to none. The game also has great IQ which isn’t a surprise considering it runs at 1080p. The framerate remains steady at 30 fps even during combat.

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You will visit many locations in the game from cathedrals to lost islands. The visual quality after chapter 12 is drastically better than the previous chapters and I had my jaw on the floor at all times. It is really that good. It is an Uncharted game after all so expect to find a lot of collectibles, note that tell you more about the story and also conversations between the characters that can be triggered at certain points.

The voice acting is simply incredible and it is one thing the franchise has always done well. Nolan North and Troy Baker have done a spectacular job as usual. I was, however, disappointed by the music and the lack of Greg Edmonson was evident. It’s hard to find any memorable music in the game but it is there and is serviceable.

The game took me around 16 hours and 40 minutes to finish on the hard difficulty. Some of the combat sections were repeated numerous times because enemies tend to kill you fast on hard. I can’t even imagine how it is like on Crushing difficulty. The game is longer than the previous games in the series and the second half is twice as long as the first half. Considering the quality of the game increases tremendously in the second half, people are in for one hell of a ride.

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The combat is similar to the previous games but you have a new rope mechanic which aids in traversal. It does not feel tacked on and can be quite fun to take out enemies using vertical combat. The enemies are not bullet sponges and a headshot is a one hit kill. This will save your life in the higher difficulties.

While the combat is generic, there are not a lot of forced enemy encounters that Naughty Dog was guilty of in the previous games to artificially pad the game. This is a pure unadulterated adventure game.

There is multiplayer too and if you have played the beta you probably know what to expect. The maps in the multiplayer are borderline amazing and some of the locations makes it a joy to competitively play against other players. The netcode is great and there are a ton of game modes for you to enjoy.

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Currently I haven’t played a lot of multiplayer but it seems like they’ve nailed this mode as well. It remains to be seen if the multiplayer mode will hit the highs of pre-patch 1.05 Uncharted 2, but right now it sounds promising.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a spectacular send-off to Nathan Drake and the franchise. Naughty Dog have delivered in every way as was expected of them and this is one of the best games you can play on the PS4. It looks stunning, provides a lot of replay value, and the multiplayer is fun as well. The game is a complete package and one that will be talked about for a long time.

Score

9.5/10