Any fans of the Uncharted series out there like me? If you have never played any of the Uncharted games they are really enjoyable. Uncharted was one of the first games I ever played on my PS3. Was hooked instantly. Gripping, cinematic story lines, filled with adventure and excitement at every turn. So when Uncharted 4 was announced for the PS4 I was instantly excited. But of course, like any other game announcement, I had to wait forever for the game to actually be released.
So what does Uncharted 4 involve? Well here is the description of the game according to GameStop. “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.”
Sounds pretty darn exciting right? Pirate treasure? Takes me back to my childhood and watching the Goonies all the time. Who’s with me?
If you’ve never played any of the Uncharted games you can pick up the collection of the first 3 for PS4 here. I highly recommend them.
Now, let’s dive into the nitty gritty.
Just some notes on how I review things. These are all my own opinions. I am in no way a professional game reviewer. I don’t take notes when I game for my reviews like many do. I play through the game as a gamer and thoroughly enjoy the game and when I review I just look back at my overall experience. You may not have the same opinions as I do and that is totally fine. My hope is to bring someone new to the gaming world or have them step out of their gaming comfort zone because it really is a lot of fun to be temporarily transported into another world, much like reading.
The storyline of this game was incredibly engrossing. I played the entire game within a week when I was home sick with a bad infection. Granted I was on some pretty strong meds but I am pretty sure I looked at the game the same either way. 😉 Personally, I got really attached to the story line. While it still had the same adventurous feelings as the storylines before it, it just felt a little more exciting to me. I don’t know why. Maybe I just thought the pirate basis of the story was really awesome….yeah, that’s probably it.
Disclaimer: If you are someone who is not a big fan of long cinematic scenes placed in a good majority of the game, I would not recommend this game to you. While the first 3 had cinematic story lines Uncharted 4 seemed to be completely filled with them. Probably as a part of Naughty Dog really pulling together any loose ends and throwing us an emotional story line as it was supposedly the last in it’s series. My Father also really liked the Uncharted series but he is not someone who is impressed with such huge cinematic sections in a game and therefore was a little disappointed in it….not me though. I loved the cinematics. I think that the storyline became more real to me. The game was much like a cross between a movie and a video game.
This storyline introduced a new main character to us as well, Nathan Drake’s Brother, Sam. The connection these two had made for a great and relatable story. The game jumped from the past life of the boys to the present. Because of this we really got to fully understand who Nathan Drake was as a person to the core which was not thoroughly made clear to us in the previous games where Drake’s past and identity was just a mystery to us. We just knew who Drake was then and there but not what made him truly Nathan Drake. This game filled in all those gaps in a beautiful way.
The graphics of the game were stunning. As you can see in the images, especially the one above of Sam. The detail was incredible. Everything looked so real, as if you really were watching a movie with actual actors. Graphics are pretty good in most games now anyways but I found this game to be completely mind blowing. The landscapes that were created were huge with nothing holding them back. I distinctly remember first approaching the Pirate town, Libertalia, and my mouth literally falling open because the graphics were so awesome. Here is that shot below:
Talk about an awesome scene, right?
The music was great as usual. Filled with epicness! I really don’t know another way to put it. If you listened to it, you would understand. Just take a listen to the main theme sometime.
The puzzles in this game were great. They were challenging but not enough that I couldn’t progress.
Of course, like in any Uncharted game, you had many enemies to face along the way. They were a challenging bunch but fun. When you got to fight with any of the main characters it was a cross between a movie and God of War like gameplay where you would need to hit the buttons that were prompted. Made for a very cinematic show down which I loved. You didn’t just kill the bad guy you got to enjoy a cinematic like fight while doing so. It wasn’t just shooting or a couple of punches, it was very involved which made it more realistic and made it rise up to the anticipation of a “boss battle.”
The game ended on a sweet note in the Epilogue, tying up the whole story and the lives of Nate and Elena. Overall, a good ending to a fantastic series.
Bottom Line: No Surprise Here! This game was one of my favorite of all time. I would suppose that you would need to be as invested into the series as it’s hardcore fans like me but even if not it is still a good play though.
I’m not the only one who found this game fantastic. Take a look:
Do you have any games you would like to talk about or try? Let me know below!