Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
One Last Grand Adventure
by Andrew Reiner
Nathan Drake's final adventure is as emotional as it is exciting, a true testament to Naughty Dog's storytelling and gameplay skills
A work of art. Few details are spared in making the characters and world come to life
Nolan North and Troy Baker make a great team, and are almost always cracking wise. The score is also used expertly for tension and drama, sometimes drowning out all sound to heighten a moment
The awe factor of the world blowing up around Nathan Drake isn't what it once was, but the combat is better, and the exploration offers more gameplay and discovery
The best Uncharted yet. It hooks you emotionally early on and keeps you locked in place as the thrill of the hunt for a lost treasure takes shape
The Grim Reaper's scythe rarely falls upon treasure hunters. The earth collapses beneath their feet, arrows fly from walls, and giant boulders give chase, but these adventurous souls cannot be stopped until they locate an ancient secret. Their expeditions are brimming with rollicking fun, but their stories always end the same way: They live another day, and one less treasure is lost to the world. We know what we're getting from these serialized stories, and we love them for it. But unlike Indiana Jones (who is still chasing myths and legends at age 73) and Lara Croft (who is turning back the clock), Naughty Dog has said Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is Nathan Drake's final chapter. The subtitle alone paints an ominous picture for the famed hero, but what is it hinting at? Does he die? Disappear without a trace? Retire atop a mountain of gold?
That question turns A Thief's End into a ticking time bomb of a narrative. As this story unfolds, we see Drake's entire life come into frame – from key moments in his childhood that helped shape him to the ordinary days he spends at home with his wife, Elena. We get to know Drake intimately; we know what he's sacrificing and what drives him....
Multiplayer Worth Your Time
Uncharted 4 offers a fully featured multiplayer experience, complete with weapon leveling and a bevy of fun unlockables, like gear for all of the playable characters. The combat makes use of the same mechanics from the core game, including the grapple, which can be picked up and used as melee weapon. Thanks to nice map designs, the cover-based combat exchanges are fevered, and rarely experiences lulls in the matches. Currency earned mid-match can be used to purchase power-ups, such as henchmen that fight at your side and strange magic objects like towers that shoot ghosts at enemies.
I'm not a fan of the magical element, but I had a blast with the combat, and felt the urge to play more to unlock new content. My multiplayer time occurred solely on pre-launch servers, but even with hardly anyone playing, pre-match loading was extensive, and I was booted from queues numerous times. Here's hoping the pre-match functionality performs better post-launch. Uncharted 4 excels as a single-player experience, but make sure you give the multiplayer a whirl.