I want to tell you that I’ve seen the future of gaming and that it’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but that would be wrong because, 1) Uncharted has been a Playstation franchise for nearly a decade and 2) the future isn’t months or years away- thanks to the first instalment of the game for Playstation 3, the future is here, and it is incredible.
For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Uncharted stars protagonist Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who should certainly remind you of Indiana Jones, except younger and a little more nimble. For three games he’s travelled the world searching out mysteries and lost goods. You can read our review of the recently released PS4 converted iteration of those games here and look back on Mat Langford’s excitement about the third game here. I was actually with Mat last year at Playstation E3 presentation streamed to cinemas around the world where we got our first taste of Uncharted 4 and my mind was blown by what I was seeing on screen. It was like living a movie, and I couldn’t wait to play it.
The wait was well worth it.
The final game in the Uncharted franchise was released last Tuesday and it is everything a casual or hardcore gamer could want out of it. The graphics are outstanding – while its not quite real life, it sure feels damn close. The controls of the various characters who come under your thumb are easy and simple to navigate, especially for a less than pro player such as myself. That’s definitely part of the appeal – it feels as though you could be any type of gamer and immediately feel at home playing Uncharted 4. And just like Drake, you’ll find yourself marvelling at the gorgeous surroundings that developers Naughty Dog have created for the PS4.
At the end of the day, though, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is all about the story and making you feel as though you’re a part of it, even though you’re often watching a series of cut scenes. But Nolan North owns the character of Nathan Drake and you can’t help but be engaged in his story and his adventure. Pirate’s treasure; long lost family members return; double crosses; death defying action – it’s all here in a summer blockbuster that you’re in control of.
There is a multiplayer component to Uncharted 4, but I haven’t yet delved into it. There’s only so much time in a day, and for me, I’ve been engaged in exploring and playing through the story. I’ll get back to you on it.
Ultimately, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the kind of game that completely engages you, and that you want to invite people over to watch so you can show off just how great a game can be. They won’t be bored, that I promise you. Instead, they’ll be as immersed as you are as player. For my money, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the greatest game I have ever played, and if it truly is the end of the franchise, Drake is going out on the highest of notes.