Nathan Drake’s final adventure is a worthy send off and a sad reminder we’ll no longer join him on his perilous treks into the past.
Back when Uncharted was announced, many people treated it like a Tomb Raider knock off, going so far as to dub it Dude Raider. But once that first game was experienced, any negative connotations associated with that moniker were washed away when players saw how much more than a clone it was. Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception didn’t let fans down by raising the bar on what Naughty Dog’s series was capable of. So, of course, when A Thief’s End was announced, hopes were high, especially with the revelation that it would be the final time we got to explore Uncharted’s world. Those hopes were matched.
Uncharted 4 sticks to the series’ roots that fans love; a world-spanning story about the hunt for lost treasure, a snarky yet warm-hearted protagonist in love with adventure and butt-clinching moments that’ll have you sweating bullets. It takes the series’ mythology and adds to it with the introduction of Nathan’s long-thought-dead brother, Sam, a man maybe more obsessed with spelunking than Uncharted’s everyman hero.
The action is tight, refined even and the storyline is rife with twists and turns. The graphics are a huge leap over the previous generation’s entries and does a great job of showing what the PS4 is capable of. The voice acting is top notch with returning stars and first-timers alike breathing life into the characters and making it seem easy along the way.
Like Drake’s Deception, we not only have the hunt for treasure to suck away out time but are treated to more glimpses of Nathan’s childhood. Those short spots are a joy to play and I hope Naughty Dog will give us a full game of Drake’s early exploring days.
The game also succeeds, perhaps too well, in tying up the series. By the time the credits roll, there aren’t any questions left, only a desire to find some for developers to answer with another sequel (that’ll never come).
Not every aspect of the game is pure win, though. I didn’t really feel the epilogue as something felt off about it. And, honestly, I could do without the exploding mummies, thank you very much. I spent that entire portion cursing in multiple languages. These two downers aren’t enough to take away from the overall experience, though, so don’t let it convince you not to check out Nathan Drake’s swansong.
Drake’s final ride is a fitting end to an exceptional series that managed to find it’s place along side both Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones and it’s end is one that’ll be mourned by fans who have come to love Drake and his equally intriguing and exciting cast. If you’ve played the first three, you shouldn’t even have bothered with a review and just grabbed yourself a copy already. If you’ve never experienced Uncharted’s adventures, what are you waiting for?