Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

If you were to ask me what my favorite movie series was, I would easily answer Star Wars. If you were to ask me what my favorite video game series was? I would just as easily answer Uncharted. This collection of titles has brought me some of my absolute favorite video game experiences, and I am glad to say that A Thief’s End just added to those memories and solidifies Uncharted as my most treasured game franchise. 

I would be lying if I said that when I found out Drake’s brother was going to be in the game I wasn’t a bit confused. I had played the 3 Uncharted games so many times and never was there a mention in the slightest of a brother, why would they have left that out? Well, everything is explained in such a fashion that any doubts or worries I had were quickly forgotten. In comes Sam Drake and just like that Naughty Dog gave us another incredibly engrossing character to add to the already strong lineup.

The way they play into Nate’s post treasure hunting life is beautifully done. From being able to experience his job with him, to exploring his home and his interactions with Elana, including the epic throwback to Naughty Dog’s beginnings. It all just feels so immersive and helps you continue to appreciate these characters you’ve grown so attached to over the last ten years. It also helps you feel the monotony of a simple life for a treasure hunter. You know Nate is happy, but you can also tell how much he misses the hunt.

Then in comes Sam, and in the off chance you haven’t played the game yet I won’t say anything to ruin it, but he convinces you to go back out for one last adventure. Naughty Dog did such a good job here of helping you get to know Sam and appreciate his character so quickly through flashback sequences and it was much appreciated.

What we get from this point is what we’ve grown to love and appreciate about the Uncharted series. Some of the best action and third person shooting around. Beautiful locales. Fantastic story. Compelling characters, both good and bad. And just an overall fun experience. The locations you see this time around are some of the most impressive and immersive. I recently visited Italy on vacation with my family and went to the Amalfi Coast. Uncharted captured the coast in a way that even my wife, who isn’t a gamer, couldn’t stop looking at the screen because it reminded her so much of our trip. And that’s just one of the gorgeous places you visit. Easily one of the best looking games on the PS4.

There is something any good game is notable by, how long you continue to think about it once the final credits roll. I’ve continued to think about this game long after it’s finished. The Uncharted series is one that’s not easily forgotten. The writers created a world that I could keep going back to time and time again. With the end of Nathan Drake’s story I find myself surprisingly content. His adventures were so fantastic and it was all wrapped up so well that I couldn’t be happier with what we’ve been given.

We don’t rate on a point scale but if we did, I would easily give Uncharted 4 a 10/10. Not often do we get such an fantastic game let a lone a fantastic conclusion to what has already been one of the best stories told. If you haven’t played Uncharted 4 yet and you have a PS4, do it. I can’t stress enough how great this game is. As we tip our hats to the story of Nathan Drake I look to the horizon with excitement. Excitement to see what other stories Naughty Dog has left to tell us.

From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

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