A thief’s end is the fourth title in the long running Uncharted series. Released as a PlayStation exclusive, the franchise has garnered a very impressive following and praise all around for both players and industry affiliates.
While the press is good and everyone is delighted with Uncharted 4, many would agree that the game deserves one last overview before January is upon us and a new year for gaming starts.
When a franchise reaches its fourth installment, you can expect the storyline to be less compelling than when it was a fresh concept. That is certainly not the case here, as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End manages tell a great story without it turning into a cliché or a cheap attempt to justify not stopping at Uncharted 3.
The game switches between time planes, as you get to see Drake as a child, then slowly go through different phases of life alongside his brother. In Uncharted 4, Drake’s brother returns into his life after a very long time, serving as the perfect spark that ignites the narrative. One last grand adventure across the world pulls a longing Drake from his life of peace and quiet which he was struggling to fully embrace as past and present unite to explore the future.
The characters are spot on, each supporting act serving the story in their own way. No character seems out of place and you can expect to feel something for each one you encounter. Well written dialogue and a wide range of personalities make Uncharted 4 a very diverse and rich experience.
You can tell this is the case not only from the way characters react to what’s happening around them, but also how they react to each other.
Without giving out any spoilers, many people agree that the game’s ending was something they could get behind. Sure, a lot of people would have preferred things to take a different route, but that didn’t happen so we’re left with what we got.
All in all, the fact that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ranks first on Metacritic isn’t an accident. Naughty Dog, the game’s developer, definitely put in the work and the fruits of their labor are easily observed.