Uncharted 4 worth its ‘wait’ in gold
AFTER several delays, years in development and a public dying to get its hands on the latest and final game in the Nathan Drake series of games, the wait is over as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is on the shelves.
The Uncharted series for PlayStation began in 2007 when it blew gamers away with great storytelling, amazing graphics and wonderful characterisation when it came out in 2007.
The sequel hit stores two years later and delivered one of the most memorable games for a whole generation, with so many classic gaming moments, before Uncharted 3 came out in 2011. It again featured graphics and a story that made it you feel like you were in your own Indiana Jones movie.
Five years on, and developer Naughty Dog has delivered Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which has been declared to be the final in the series. So does Nathan Drake go out with a bang?
With so much expectation, surely Naughty Dog couldn't raise the bar four times in a row?
A Thief's End finds Nathan Drake married, with a mortgage and working as contract diver.
Before the opening credits have begun you are thrown into the action as you find yourself in a chase scene, and letting you know that you're in for one hell of a ride. You'll start playing as a young Nathan and discover the back story behind his brother, Sam, which leads to an adventure the crosses the globe including several returning characters. Within the first 10 minutes you know you are well at truly back in the Uncharted universe and if you enjoyed the other games, you'll be in heaven.
You'll find yourself freezing in the Scottish highlands, dragged behind trucks in the mud and four wheel driving through rivers in Madagascar, all the time solving puzzles, searching for treasure and shooting bad guys. It is another ripper of an adventure.
Combat is so fluid that you feel each punch and flying bullet. It never feels like a chore to progress at any point, as Uncharted 4 moves along at a pace that makes you just want to keep playing for 'five more minutes'.
The work that has gone into the lighting, the motion capture and the environments is at times jaw-dropping, and is the reason why the game was delayed, as the developers wanted to give fans the game they deserved. It was worth it.
The motion capture in the cut scenes has characters expressing so many gestures and emotions that you often forget you're playing a game, not watching a movie.
So in short, is it worth your $99? Absolutely. A decent 15 hours campaign, lots of collectibles plus multiplayer features all add up to a great package. Naughty Dog have announced that all future multiplayer DLC will be at no charge, a great reward for dedicated online players who will no doubt invest many hours.
This is masterful storytelling, and the reason why we all play video games. We want to feel invested in a character and share their journey. Uncharted 4 is a game that you simply don't want to end. It is funny, exciting, touching and darn good fun.
My only regret is I only have five stars to give it.
RATING: Five stars.
*Note: Multiplayer servers were not up at the time of review so have not been covered in this article