UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on May 16, 2016
As many of you might know, I'm a big fan of the Uncharted series. So the last couple of weeks were nothing short of agony for me. It was almost unbearable; I counted the days till release day of Uncharted 4. But, I must say, I was also a bit nervous, because I know that the more you're looking forward to something, the more disappointed you might be...
So I'm so very happy to tell you that, luckily, this wasn't the case, because Uncharted 4 is really, REALLY cool! So, on that note, I would like to end my review by saying just that and go back to playing some more Uncharted. What's that? You want me to tell me to tell you a bit more or else this review doesn't make any sense? Oh well, okay then; I suppose you're right. So, especially for you, I will put away my controller for now and take you on the truly fantastic adventure called Uncharted 4: A Thief's End!
Before we start; if you have no clue what Uncharted is and why I love it so much, then you might want to take the time to read my overview of the Uncharted series, which can be found right here. If you do know what the hell I'm talking about, please feel free to read on.
A Thief's End is the fourth (or fifth, counting the Playstation Vita title: The Golden Abyss) in the phenomenal Uncharted series, and diverges somewhat from the other games in this series. Where, in previous Uncharted games, you mostly played Nathan Drake's current adventure, in A Thief's End you'll see more of Nathan Drake's past and will generally get to know him a whole lot better. As far as I'm concerned, the awesome people at Naughty Dog couldn't have made a better decision, because there is so much that needs explaining in this game. For instance, where has Nathan's brother been all these years and why was he never mentioned before?!
Yes, ladies and gentlepeople; Nathan Drake has an older brother named Sam, who wants nothing more than to explore new lands and find giant treasures, just as Drake did. You may have noticed I used the past tense there; did instead of does. Nathan, as we learn early on in the game, quit the exploring and tomb-finding business to settle down and live a quiet life. One of the first chapters of the game actually lets us take a peek into the life that Nathan and Elena now share. Now, the big question is: will the return of his brother change anything and make the lives of the Drakes a little less quiet… or a lot less? Okay, not to spoil anything, but you'll probably have guessed the answer to that question will be yes, haven't you?! And it's a damn good thing it is yes, or else there wouldn't be much of an adventure, now would there?
The story of Uncharted 4 is one about the bond between brothers, making life choices, relationships and, oh yes, the largest lost pirate treasure in the whole freaking world: the treasure of the legendary swash-buckler and scourge of the seven seas: pirate captain Henry Avery! In my opinion, the developers at Naughty Dog succeeded in adding a deeper, much more emotional and elaborate story, without having to sacrifice even one bit of the fun and humor that made previous Uncharted games so damn good. Once again, Uncharted contains a good number of cool one-liners, jokes and outright fantastic characters. I especially love the fact that our good old Victor "Sully” Sullivan is still involved in the whole treasure hunting business.
While Nathan and his companions are looking for the loot of a lifetime, they soon discover that they're not the only ones who have heard about it the mythical pirate treasure of Henry Avery, so there will be a lot of gunfire involved. And while this is true for every Uncharted game, in A Thief's End you will find a greater variety of weapons than ever before! And, apart from all this fire power, Mr. Drake has a few new tricks up his dusty sleeve; a metal pick that lets you climb soft rock and a grappling hook, with which you can swing across a deep ravine or ascend or descend a mountain safely. In the multiplayer mode, the grappling hook also provides a quick way to get from point A to point B without exposing yourself to a lot of gunfire.
Yes, yes, some of you can stop holding your breath now; There is a multiplayer mode in Uncharted 4. I must say, this mode is very user friendly and well planned out. The first time you enter the multiplayer mode, it will automatically start a tutorial which will explain some of the basics of the mode. After that, there are trials you can play, which let you experiment with every element of the multiplayer, like how to use explosives, or how to master close combat and such. It also tells you what to do with the so-called Mysticals that are found across the multiplayer levels. And last, but not least, the first three games of multiplayer will have you participating in a set of warm up rounds. So if you're not the most experienced multiplayer-player, Naughty Dog created a challenge for you, in which you get to experience and learn it all, taking one step at the time.
The maps of the Uncharted 4 multiplayer take you to several beautiful locations that you visit during the single player story. The environments of Uncharted 4, both multi and single player mode, are beautiful and well chosen. Everything looks amazing and detailed and there is almost no difference between cut scenes and game play. Visually, A Thief's End is nothing short of absolutely stunning; I've never seen that much detail going into a game. The rich and colorful environments seem to be positively teeming with minute details that make the world seem more lifelike than I've ever witnessed before in the history of gaming. This is what we've come to expect from a Naughty Dog game, but it is still something that's absolutely worth mentioning, because it looks gorgeous! Combine this with an amazing soundtrack, an adventure of epic proportions and highly enjoyable on- and offline gameplay, and you're sure to have a winner!
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is really the crowning achievement of the Uncharted series. Story wise, it goes a little deeper and shows that there's more to Nathan Drake then only a guy who just wants to find treasures and have fun. Sadly, it also the game of which Naughty Dog has stated that it will be the final installment of their Uncharted series. And I must admit that, after playing through the entire amazing story of the game as well as the epilogue chapter, there were some tears involved on my part. So, it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my beloved Uncharted series. I would like to thank everyone that worked on these games over the years for all the good times and awesome adventures! Thank God I have the entire series of Uncharted games in my game collection, so I can always play them whenever and for as many times as I want. And I will, because we all know that real heroes never go out of style!
UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END
May 10, 2016