Five years.That’s how long it’s been since PlayStation owners were last able to experience an action-packed adventure with Nathan Drake in an Uncharted video game.In that time, developers Naughty Dog took some time out, created PS3 console classic The Last of Us and even found time to remaster the original Uncharted trilogy.But it’s here, at last, the final Uncharted experience in the series and without a shadow of a doubt the only game you need to play this year, and arguably the greatest game you’ll ever see on the PS4.
Seasoned treasure hunters will be familiar with the series’ trademark style and although this latest outing contains just as much explosive set pieces as past exploits (and most Hollywood blockbusters), the story is far more personal than anything that’s come before.It takes place three years after the events of Uncharted 3 with Drake having retired from his life of treasure hunting to settle down with wife, Elena Fisher.That’s when older brother Sam — who's been presumed dead for 15 years — arrives and throws Nate's life into complete disarray. Sam is "in a lot of trouble," and it turns out that the only way Nate can save him is to embark on his greatest globe-trotting adventure yet.
From the opening minute, players are thrust into the action and for the 14-18 hours that follows – depending on how much exploring you do in the new open environments – it barely lets you catch your breath.When the game does slow down, it’s simply astonishing to look at.
From the sun-kissed expanses of Madagascar, to the snowy mountain tops of Scotland.There’s no doubt in our mind that it’s the best looking game we’ve ever seen.
Not just on the PS4, but any console for that matter.
But this isn’t just a continuation of the series with some fancy new graphics.
The game’s learned a trick or two as well.The most prominent change is the addiction of having Nate’s brother Sam on your reckless joyride to provide you with assistance.Not just for casual chit chat and humorous pirate jokes in the quiet moments, but also as an invaluable sidekick who’ll charge in and beat the stuffing out of the bad guys when you’ve been grabbed from behind in a fist fight.Nate’s also got himself some new tools in the form of a grappling hook.
So now you can fling yourself off cliff faces and swing across rooftops, cave chasm’s or right into the face of an enemy to meet them with a meaty punch.
There is one slight drawback to this flawless fourth outing and that's the ever present feeling that this is the last time we’ll ever experience a new Uncharted adventure – as Naughty Dog are cutting ties with the franchise.Which just goes to show just how flawless Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End really is.It’s the perfect send off for one of PlayStation’s greatest heroes. A rare, faultless action-packed experience that we’re sure will go down as the the best game of this generation.
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