Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the most hotly anticipated titles for the PS4. The creators at Naughty Dog do an incredible job with these games of combining treasure hunting, puzzle solving, high-tension adventure, and pulse pounding action with witty characters that always say the best things at the worst times. The newest game in the lineup will be no exception. Uncharted 4 continues the adventures of Nathan Drake, treasure hunter and professional thief, as he travels uncharted lands searching for priceless bounties. The Uncharted series is to video games as Indiana Jones is to movies: an action-adventure roller coaster thrill ride, and Uncharted 4 appears to be well on its way to becoming the best installment in an already award-winning series from an award-winning studio.
Uncharted is known for its big action and huge sets. It is very much like a summer blockbuster movie. The problem with summer blockbusters however, is they tend to become cookie cutter with little innovation. Naughty Dog attempts to avoid that trap by focusing on details and character relationships. From the E3 Gameplay demo released earlier this year (embedded below) we can quickly see the gorgeous details that the creators at Naughty Dog have integrated into this installment. Details such as Nate bumping into people gathered in a large crowd, tons of debris kicking up from gunfire, sacks deflating as rice spills out from being riddled with bullets, and Nate changing his posture based on how much room is available where he is crouching. These details create incredible depth and realism to the game, bringing us closer to the action and providing more immersion to an already captivating series.
Uncharted 4 introduces a new character to the narrative: Sam. From the demo we learn that Sam is Nate’s brother. This is exciting because Nate is a decisive, demanding, off the cuff and in the moment kind of person; he doesn’t think ahead. His brother appears to exhibit similar characteristics. You can imagine the frustration that will occur for a pair of brothers with these personalities. As anybody with siblings will tell you, sometimes your own kin can be the most difficult people to deal with. The other side of the coin is that you’ll do anything for them. This should make for a wild ride as we get to experience them working together, while trying not to kill each other.
I am impatiently awaiting the release of this title so I can once again dive into a world that is Uncharted.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available on March 18, 2016.