Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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We begin by going to the beginning. The origin story of the Drake brothers.

Back at it again with the thieving! Nathan Drake returns to his treasure hunter roots in the (final?) installment in the Uncharted game series. The story picks up years after the last game where Nathan has settled in to his married life. A surprise visit from his supposed to be dead brother, however, brings Nathan back to the life he left behind.

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Looks like all that treasure hunting is now just put away in boxes

The graphics have definitely benefited from being on the Playstation 4. At times it’s hard to believe you are playing a video game. Much of the scenery is breathtaking and had us stop our game play for a minute to appreciate it.

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Take a minute to appreciate the delightful scenery

The maps in general have become vastly improved. You are able to spend HOURS looking around and exploring the various places Nathan will take you. The interactions with the elements are very much on-point. When we say you can explore basically anything, we mean it.

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Much of the game play remains similar to previous Uncharted installments. There are a couple of new game play options that are introduced in this. We have a very handy hook which allows you to swing from place to place and swing through the air like you’re some kind of goddamn superhero.

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This handy tool gets you out flying through the air like any normal explorer would….right?

We are also introduced to a stealth mode when fighting enemies. Although we had terrible luck (and probably due to a lack of patience) we were unable to go through an entire round without alerting at least one of the guards. We appreciate the stealth mode because sometimes gun fights are just no fun.

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Tall grass is your best friend when it comes to stealth

There are the usual treasure hunts and “journal entry finds”. We get to see how fantastic (and fast) an artist Nathan is.

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Go through Nathan’s journal. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

There is also an AMAZING mini game where Nathan plays….wait for it… CRASH BANDICOOT!

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GAME-CEPTION

We really loved this game. A game like Uncharted thrives by being an adventure game and by being able to explore the vast areas present in this story it really brings the feel of the game to life. The puzzles were fun and the story was definitely great. We were able to have one final story with Nathan Drake and company. We, at times, even lost track of how late we were staying up to play it because we became so invested. Despite all the release date delays, the game definitely delivers. It’s a bulls eye from us.

So how does the game end you ask? Well scroll past this fantastic picture of Mr.Drake to find out! (OBVIOUS SPOILERS AHEAD)

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In the end we see the Drake brothers find what they have been looking for, Avery’s ship.

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This was the thing you spent 16+ hours playing this game for

After a perfect pirate duel of swords with your nemesis Rafe, you mange to escape the ship to safety. The group gathers outside of Scotland and part ways. Sam and Victor go off on their own adventures and Nathan and Elena go back home and start their new life over. They overtake the Jameson diving business with some of the treasure they were given to from Sam from Avery’s ship (sneaky brother).

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Cut to a few years down the line and we are given an epilogue, with a new face. We learn that Nathan and Elena have moved to one beautiful island and have yet to tell their daughter about what they really did in their younger years. Could there be another Uncharted game? It’s always likely, but, we appreciate this perfect ending in any case.

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