Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment truly took their next-gen gaming quest seriously providing a cutting-edge state-of-the-art action-adventure game in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The game was released in May 2016, the sequel to Drake’s Deception after almost five years wait. The game was widely recognized as one of the highlights to PlayStation 4 gaming, taking the series to a whole new level.
The story takes place several years after Uncharted 3 events where A Thief's End reunites Nathan Drake with his partner Sully and his brother Sam, who he thought was killed on a quest in a Panamanian prison 15 years ago, once again to find the Captain Henry Avery’s lost treasure in a quest to save his brother.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-packed third-person adventure game. While being linear, the game will often seem as an open world where the player takes control of Nathan Drake following clues and exploring huge areas. Nathan, as you’d probably already know, is highly skillful and able to run, swim, drive, jump, climb, swing with a rope, and much more, now also using a grappling hook!
The game takes big value in stealth but we all love the adrenaline shootouts with pistols, rifles, and grenades too, which together with an advanced melee combat bring us an all-rounder action-adventure game. The AI of enemies is improved and largely improves the gameplay of the last sequel in the series, where they are more responsive to player’s action and able to fight as groups while Sam and Sully assist and seamlessly integrate and work to carry out your ideas.
A Thief’s End is indeed a mixture of a platform game, puzzle, third person shooter and strategy which will test your mind, attention, and fingers. With an amazing transition from cutscenes to actual gameplay continuing the storyline, the player gets to feel like the adventurer Nathan actually is. Choosing to buy an apple in the market, pet a lemur which will eventually steal the same apple gives us the feeling we’re in control, with an amazing attention to detail.
Graphics and Audio
While probably being the best-looking game PlayStation 4 can offer at the moment, Uncharted 4 never feels like a showcase of graphical maturity Naughty Dog brought to our screens. The ultimate play experience is still the focal point but the breathtaking scenery, architecture and sole details will have you looking around and admiring how far the gaming industry has come. You will definitely be missing some of the details included as they are simply not made to drive you from the action or the story itself.
The high-quality graphics are putting the PlayStation 4 console to the test with the amazing graphics in dynamic lighting effects, reflections, actions and explosions with almost perfect frame rate throughout the game. The fast-paced action you’d want to slow-mo and enjoy the optimization, with quality texture, shadowing and rendering even with huge crowds and weather changes. A great example is the rain effect with changes in lighting and actual impact on the action itself.
We have already mentioned we were impressed with the actual level designs but it’s important to note the big effects of the draw distance which is unprecedented and provides a feeling of authenticity. The audio takes a step further from the environmental tool and goes to further reinstate the authenticity of the action, showing different scales to the dialogue, surrounding effects, distance and different guns sounding different in various environments.
The character animation is further improved to show more genuine movement together with an amazing work on facial expressions and, the game being sensitively connected to the previous parts of the series, we can see and understand the emotional levels with all the characters involved. We can see different sets of AI, where interaction with Sully and Sam, for example, will often make you laugh.
Nathan Drake has quit treasure hunting and settled with Elena, and while he seems to miss it he has denied many opportunities to pursue it once more. However, when his long-missing brother Sam shows up with a plan to find Captain Henry Avery’s treasure in an attempt to save his own life after escaping a Panamanian prison Nathan cannot deny him.
The Drake brothers travel around the globe through cities, jungles, mountains, and islands to find the treasure, experiencing some of the most beautiful sights in the world as well as jaw-dropping escapades.
The game also features a competitive multiplayer where players can take part with different characters with supernatural power-ups called Mysticals, while also purchasing weapons with treasures found in the maps. This takes the game to another level where you can enjoy the maps in competitive as well as co-op modes with several classes to choose from including Hunter, Savior, Sniper and Brute which have their respective specialties.
There are AI-controlled characters to assist players, and different vehicles will be included in the cooperative and possibly the competitive multiplayer mode.
As promised, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End brings next-gen gaming to our screens and represents an amazing achievement in the playable blockbusters Naughty Dog enjoys making. The incredibly polished graphics, sound, and gameplay will often make you feel you’re not playing a game but taking a part in the movie.
While building on the story and the emotional part of the series, the Uncharted 4 brings improved mechanics, physics, and a feeling of genuine experience through movements, interaction, and communication. Visually the game is considered the best PlayStation 4 game but the graphics do not stand in the way of the action taking place and you will not feel you’re directed to see the best of it but rather you’re seeing the best wherever you go.
Uncharted 4 is a great conclusion to a great series and was widely recognized for the above-listed features throughout the gaming community. The game was sold in over 2.7 million copies in the first week of release and continues to amaze through multiplayer options.
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