Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End review
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series redefined the rollicking action game experience on PlayStation 3, delivering a cinematic thrill ride like no other – and one of the absolute best modern PlayStation exclusives. Remember all of those times you yelled at the screen in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves because you simply couldn’t believe how amazingly tense the moment was? We definitely do.
Of course, now it’s time for Nathan Drake to make his maiden voyage onto the now-current-gen hardware that is the PlayStation 4, except all of the details and footage released to date make it sound like a farewell tour. Just look at that subtitle!
Is this really the last we’ll see of Drake and his gun-toting exploits? Highly unlikely, we’d guess. But Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End still promises to be an adventure well worth experiencing. Here’s what we know so far.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End review
Between the trailers, game footage and a drip-feed of info from Naughty Dog, we now know a fair bit about the plot of Drake’s latest adventure.
For a start, he’s going to be a bit rusty for this one, because, in the three years that have passed since the events of Uncharted 3, Drake’s been living a quiet life with his wife, Elena Fisher.
Of course, a game that involves pottering around garden centres and washing the car wouldn’t be very Uncharted, so clearly something drags him back in. That something seems to be his previously presumed-dead brother, Sam, who’s looking decidedly rough and in need of Drake’s help.
Naturally, said help takes the form of a globe-hopping quest to find a fabled pirate treasure. Even better, Drake’s wisecracking father figure/mentor, Sully, has agreed to one last job (again?) and is along for the ride.
We’ve now seen two 15-minute chunks of game-play (one of which was played live just a couple of feet away), and it’s clear that Drake has a few more options out in the world when it comes to getting around and staying alive.
Environments appear more open and natural than before, which creates more freedom. On foot that means you can tackle your enemies in a variety of ways – just watch the way Drake uses the tall plant life to hide from view, or quickly scurries around ledges to get out of view and even sneak behind a pursuer. The live play-through of the driving section also proved that even here there are multiple routes available.
But Drake’s tool-set is also wider. At one point in the first trailer, he grabs a metal spike from a wall and then uses it to scale cliffs that don’t have obvious grips above. And he also now has a grappling hook that he can use at will to cover large gaps and use even more of the environment around him. The combination of all of these things makes the combat seem a lot more fluid and exciting.
That’s certainly not to say this isn’t still a scripted adventure, though. The jeep chase trailer shows a number of massively explosive elements that are clearly triggered at certain points, and there are the usual moments that the PlayStation takes over for a section of pure cinematic spectacle. But oh, what spectacle it is, made all the more glorious by the extra fidelity of the PS4.
Naughty Dog has long had a reputation for getting the very best out of the hardware it’s working on (Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us stretched the PS3 way beyond it’s supposed limits), and Uncharted 4 definitely looks every inch the new-gen adventure. Amazingly detailed scenery and backdrops gives way to even-more-lifelike-than-ever character interactions. And Drake’s had a bit of a facelift: he not only looks a bit older and more rugged, but there’s more subtlety and nuance to his face. In other words, he looks more human.
And the game also sees some new creative blood on the development team. Head writer and creative director Amy Hennig departed Naughty Dog early last year after starting work on Uncharted 4, and director Justin Richmond (who also directed the prior entry) left the building at the same time.
In their place comes Bruce Straley as game director and Neil Druckmann as creative director – both were key leads on Uncharted 2, and you might recognize their names from The Last of Us. You know, Naughty Dog’s other big title that we chose as the all-time greatest PlayStation game? So, while the shake-up was significant, there’s no doubt Uncharted 4 remains in very good hands.
Uncharted 4: A Burglar’s End preview
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series redefined the rollicking action video game experience on PlayStation 3, providing a cinematic excitement trip like no other– and among the outright finest modern-day PlayStation exclusives. Keep in mind all those times you chewed out the screen in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves since you just could not think how incredibly tense the minute was? We absolutely do.
Obviously, now it’s time for Nathan Drake making his first trip onto the now-current-gen hardware that is the PlayStation 4, other than all the information and video launched to this day make it seem like a goodbye trip. Simply take a look at that subtitle!
Is this truly the last we’ll see of Drake and his gun-toting ventures? Extremely not likely, we ‘d think. However Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End still guarantees to be an experience well worth experiencing. Here’s exactly what we understand up until now.
In between the trailers, video game video footage and a drip-feed of details from Naughty Dog, we now understand a reasonable bit about the plot of Drake’s newest experience.
For a start, he’s going to be a bit rusty for this one, because, in the 3 years that have actually passed given that the occasions of Uncharted 3, Drake’s been living a peaceful life with his better half, Elena Fisher.
Naturally, an online game that includes pottering around garden centres and cleaning the vehicle would not be really Uncharted, so plainly something drags him back in. That something appears to be his formerly presumed-dead bro, Sam, who’s looking extremely rough and in requirement of Drake’s help.
Naturally, stated help takes the kind of a globe-hopping mission to find a legendary pirate treasure. Even much better, Drake’s wisecracking daddy figure/mentor, Sully, has accepted one last task (once again?) and is along for the trip.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End review
Environments appear more open and natural than in the past, which produces more liberty. On foot that suggests you can tackle your opponents in a range of methods – simply enjoy the way Drake utilizes the high plant life to conceal from view, or rapidly scurries around ledges to obtain out of view as well as slip behind a pursuer. The live play-through of the driving area also showed that even here there are numerous paths offered.
However Drake’s tool-set is also broader. At one point in the very first trailer, he gets a metal spike from a wall and after that utilizes it to scale cliffs that do not have evident grips above. And he also now has a grappling hook that he can use at will to cover big spaces and use much more of the environment around him. The mix of all these things makes the fight appear a lot more fluid and interesting.
That’s definitely not to state this isn’t really still a scripted experience, however. The jeep chase trailer reveals a variety of enormously explosive components that are plainly set off at specific points, and there are the typical minutes that the PlayStation takes control of for an area of pure cinematic phenomenon. However oh, what phenomenon it is, made even more wonderful by the additional fidelity of the PS4.
Naughty Dog has long had a credibility for getting the best from the hardware it’s dealing with (Uncharted 3 and The Last of United States extended the PS3 way beyond it’s expected limitations), and Uncharted 4 certainly looks every inch the new-gen experience. Incredibly detailed landscapes and backgrounds paves the way to even-more-lifelike-than-ever character interactions. And Drake’s had a little bit of a face lift: he not just looks a bit older and more rugged, however there’s more subtlety and subtlety to his face. To puts it simply, he looks more human.
And the online game also sees some brand-new innovative blood on the advancement group. Head author and imaginative director Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog early in 2014 after beginning deal with Uncharted 4, and director Justin Richmond (who also directed the previous entry) left the structure at the exact same time.
In their location comes Bruce Straley as online game director and Neil Druckmann as innovative director– both were vital leads on Uncharted 2, and you may acknowledge their names from The Last of United States. You understand, Naughty Dog’s other huge title that we picked as the all-time biggest PlayStation online game? So, while the shake-up was considerable, there’s no doubt Uncharted 4 continues to be in excellent hands.
DRAKING AROUND WITH YOUR BUDDIES
Who purchases a Naughty Dog online game for the multiplayer? No-one, we think, however the unexpected sparkle (and subsequent appeal) of deathmatch on The Last of United States is something Sony’s plainly eager to repeat with Uncharted 4, which is most likely why this is the only part of the video game that we’ve up until now had the ability to play.
We had simply one map – a common temple-in-the-jungle affair – and one online game mode to explore at Paris Games Week. And yes, it was primarily in French. However clear impressions have actually still formed. And they’re mainly great.
The motion, cover and shooting mechanics are all Uncharted through and through, however prior to each match you select a load out (attack, assistance, medic, sniper) and a character. The lineup consists of virtually everybody you’re most likely to bear in mind from the whole Uncharted series, which is great, however, since the characters are so remarkable, there is something rather jarring about discovering yourself on or versus an entire group of Drakes.
The online game itself is a points affair. 100 points for crippling an opponent, another 50 for completing them off prior to they can get emergency treatment, and 20 or 10 for an aid or suppression. There are treasures, too, recognizable on the map by diamond icons, that deserve 100 points each. These were mostly overlooked throughout the hands-on play sessions, but as soon as gamers end up being aware of their value and areas, they’ll most likely show to be genuine killing zones on the map.
It was an enjoyable session, and the impact of The Last of United States is clear in aspects such as the restore mechanic, however we’re not encouraged that the engine is fairly tight or responsive enough for a much faster multiplayer mode such as this. The action appears frenzied, and the controls a little too loose for you to feel absolutely accountable for those eliminates and deaths.
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Possibly this is simply a sign of being a newbie and betting newbies, and as individuals get utilized to the mechanics and maps it ends up being a more weird, tactical affair. That definitely seems like a possibility, however, today, Uncharted 4’s multiplayer feels more like an amusing diversion than the centerpiece, which should not come as a big surprise.
Even if Uncharted 4’s multiplayer is simply an enjoyable diversion, our cravings for Drake’s very first PS4 trip is undiminished. We purchase the Uncharted games for their cinematic swashbuckling. For the characters, story, spotless discussion and impressive set-pieces.
A Thief’s End appears to provide those components in spades, so we’re beyond delighted for the 16th March release date.
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