It’s finally here, the conclusion to the Nathan Drake saga as told by Naughty Dog. After giving us Crash and Jak and Daxter, Naughty Dog went into realism with Uncharted and Last of Us. With the recently released Uncharted Collection on PS4, A Thief’s End sums up the exploits of Nathan Drake and his companions.
Another key Playstation 4 exclusive, Uncharted 4 releases today. As done previously, I have compiled some reviews from different sources with a blurb from the review, courtesy of Reddit. These snapshots make it easy to get an overall feel of the game’s reviews.
Stunning art direction; satisfying game feel; a willingness to shake up third-person action conventions, to know when to introduce variety, or let a foot up off the gas; excellent dialogue that reveals a lot without oversharing; and a heck of a conclusion. A thief couldn’t ask for a better end.
Uncharted 4 may not be the finale fans expected, but it is a testament to the overall quality of the entire series when it is simultaneously one of the greatest gaming experiences to come out in a long time. It may be hard to set aside nostalgia, but Uncharted 4 is a beautiful, tightly designed rollercoaster of a game that ultimately should not be missed by anyone—Uncharted fan or otherwise.
As accomplished as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is – as heroically as it bests its predecessors, as gracefully as it sidesteps their pitfalls – it’s not possible for it to have the seismic impact and far-reaching influence that Uncharted 2 did. Nor does it redefine the storytelling scope of the blockbuster action game like The Last of Us. It still does something remarkable for a major franchise video game, though: it doesn’t overdo its exit. It doesn’t immolate itself in a blaze of glory, it tells a story about people and finds peace in its resolution. It just ends. Fin.
Ultimately, I was deeply impressed by Uncharted 4, and I absolutely believe it lives up to the high bar of quality the series has set for itself, meaning all the delays were probably worth it. I think it relies entirely too much on the no-longer-innovative climbing mechanic, but there’s simply no denying that this game is a visual masterpiece with likable characters in an interesting and intense story. In short, it’s an Uncharted game, and once again, that can speak for itself.
And most of all, as its final moments make clear, this is a story about storytelling–the importance we lend our idols, legends, and myths. How we pass down the ones that inspire us. How an old photo of three friends sitting on a pile of gold can unleash a flood of memories. Uncharted 4 is a challenge to the medium. In its writing, in its design, in its understanding of what makes games unique, Uncharted 4 is something to aspire to. It’s a shining example. And we’ll be talking about it for years to come.
A Thief End’s is the best Uncharted yet, delivering a story I didn’t want to end, and an adventure that concludes with a hell of a payoff. The “wow” factor of the world exploding under Drake’s feet has diminished in the years following Uncharted 2, but those moments are still effective, and a true showpiece of the developer’s exquisite craftsmanship for world and gameplay design. All four of Naughty Dog’s games culminate in A Thief’s End in a fitting and cohesive way that fans should appreciate.
Hardcore Gamer: 4.5/5
Naughty Dog has done it again, creating a cinematic marvel that sets the bar for the action genre. There are a couple of off moments throughout the story and the multiplayer, while a decent component, lacks the variety other games deliver, but the thirteen hour single player campaign will blow you away. It’s filled with an intriguing mystery, heart-wrenching emotional scenes, incredibly over the top set pieces, and of course the humor fans have come to love from our plucky (now older) hero and his trusty sidekicks.
Sony’s premier action adventure series is showing its age from a creative standpoint, if not a technical one. Recognizable story cues and shock attempts have become bromidic, and there are moments that had me rolling my eyes as Uncharted 4 expected me to be startled by twists anticipated from miles away. As cornball as it can be, however, Uncharted 4 remains a damn classy romp with a sensitive side, and fans are undoubtedly going to adore it. If this is to be Naughty Dog’s series swansong, they ended on a note to be proud of.
There is nothing cheap about how Naughty Dog has decided to retire this franchise — no door is left open for a crass surprise sequel — and there’s nothing ambiguous about its resolution. Every other Uncharted game has, to varying degrees, posed a question — “can a thief be good?” — and summarily moved on without wagering a guess. In finding an answer, Uncharted 4’s story soars, and presents a moving, fulfilling finale.
Playstation Universe: 10/10
Uncharted is a series for the ages, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the perfect end to that journey. It is, remarkably, the series’ high point and Naughty Dog’s crowning achievement. But its legacy is two-fold: Uncharted 4 is the ultimate video game adventure. Ceaselessly entertaining and emotionally fulfilling, it’s a cinematic masterpiece in a package for everyone. For fans, it’s nothing short of an instant classic–pure greatness, from small beginnings.
Press Start: 10/10
At the end of Uncharted 4, I was able to sit back and feel satisfied. Uncharted 4 is the perfect conclusion of Nathan Drake’s journey and swan song to one of PlayStation’s most successful franchises. Naughty Dog have managed to improve the game in almost every way and was able to give me things that I didn’t even know I wanted. It is without doubt the best PlayStation 4 exclusive available; It finds the perfect balance between polished gameplay, outstanding visuals and immersive storytelling. Uncharted 4 has made me extremely excited to see what Naughty Dog move onto next.
Push Square: 10/10
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will not redefine the gaming landscape like its predecessors, but Drake’s latest adventure is undoubtedly his greatest yet. With this PlayStation 4 exclusive voyage, Naughty Dog has once again raised the bar for what’s possible in the cinematic action game space. And while, in its fourth instalment, Nate’s globe-trotting trip will struggle to surprise those who’ve grown weary of the Californian studio’s set-piece laden stories, it’s still a significant cut above practically every other narrative driven experience on the market.
The Sixth Axis : 10/10
Uncharted 4 is more than masterful, bearing the hallmarks of a true system seller. What struck me most as an ardent fans of the series is how much it breaks away from the original blueprint yet manages to amaze on every level. Where many studios step safely from one sequel and into the next, Naughty Dog has taken a gigantic leap, proving yet again they’re the best in the business.
TechRadar: Play It Now
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an astonishing conclusion to Naughty Dog’s classic adventure series, one that delivers exceedingly high production values, a terrific story, wonderful character moments and one hell of an adventure. If you’re a PS4 owner, it would be criminal not to take this ride.
The first three games haven’t aged well, and so it’s a relief that Uncharted 4, base similarities aside, feels markedly different to them. It’s a confident, assured, and rather more intelligent game than it first appears, and a strong end to the series.
US Gamer: 4.5/5
Is this the best Uncharted yet? Emotionally, I’m going to say yes. It wraps up this entire world perfectly; there may be more Uncharted, but Nathan Drake’s story is done. The world is bigger and more beautiful; every few minutes I had to stop and take a picture in Photo Mode. Getting around the world has been improved immensely with the grappling hook. Yes, the vehicle sections at mid-game mess with the pacing, but once Uncharted 4 gets going again, it’s a great ride. It’s not perfect, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t get close.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty. Though it’s let down by a lack of imagination and some self-indulgence, especially in a third act that drags on far too long, Uncharted 4 carries on the series’ proud tradition of peerless polish and style. Most importantly, it’s a gentle sendoff to the rag-tag group of characters we’ve known for nine years. A worthy thief’s end, indeed.
What Uncharted proved most effectively to be for nearly a decade was a showcase for an ambitious game studio that was determined to push the possibilities of graphics, virtual acting and thrill-ride gameplay. The series reliably delivered that three times on the PlayStation 3 under former creative director Amy Hennig and does so again with studio veterans Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who helmed this newest one on PS4. Uncharted 4 may have problems at its edges, but its middle is phenomenal. It is a sufficiently wonderful finale for a studio that has made its own case that its next great step should be somewhere new.