The fourth major installment in the flagship action adventure series for the PlayStation 3 platform. The game developed for its successor is a reboot of sorts, introducing the series to the next-generation consoles. The game was created by the authors of the entire franchise – Naughty Dog studio. The game once again features the likeable adventurer Nathan Drake – heir to Indiana Jones and the male alternative to the legendary Lara Croft. Since our hero is famous for having a serious knack for trouble, in the fourth part of the game he experiences a whole bunch of thrilling adventures. The story, as usual, will take him across several different parts of the globe. The authors included a variety of elements characteristic for the franchise, such as numerous plot-twists, ancient mysteries, and breathtaking scenery. It also provides an amazing esthetic experience thanks to the game's debut on eighth-generation consoles.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the fourth installment in the Uncharted series and the first one (apart from the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection compilation) for PlayStation 4. Just like its predecessors, it was developed by Naughty Dog, a studio known for such bestsellers asThe Last of Us, Crash Bandicoot or Jak and Daxter: The Precursor’s Legacy.
In Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, just like in the previous games in the series, we assume the role of an adventurer and treasure hunter, Nathan Drake, who tends to get into trouble in various exotic parts of the globe. This time around, our task is to find the riches of a pirate named Henry Avery. This goal is important because the life of Sam (Nathan’s brother) depends on the result. The story takes place three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The protagonist quit the swashbuckling lifestyle and leads a quiet life with Elena. However, the idyll is interrupted by his brother, whom Nathan thought dead. During the adventure, we will meet old friends (Sully, among others) and cross paths with new competition: another couple of treasure hunters — Rafe (Nathan’s opposite) and Nadine (owner of a private military organization in South Africa) — who are going after the same thing.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End takes place in various parts of the globe, including Libertalia, a pirate colony on Madagascar. We will also visit a busy city and snowy terrains, among other places. The player assumes the role of Nathan, who is constantly accompanied by Sam. The latter plays a similar role to Ellie from The Last of Us, although he is stronger and much more experienced, so he behaves differently. The gameplay does not deviate significantly from the previous installments of the series, and still offers a combination of exploration, combat and puzzle solving. However, the developers did make it less linear and implemented an enhanced artificial intelligence as well as additional items (such as a grappling hook) used during both fights and puzzles. The gameplay is complemented by the unique humor for which the Unchartedseries is known.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End offers both single and multiplayer modes. The solo campaign takes from several to over a dozen hours to complete. After we do it, we can dive into the world of online play which resembles that of the previous games of the series. We compete in various modes in locations that allow us to hide behind covers, climb walls and so on. Moreover, the players can use different magical powers, for example: Wrath of El Dorado from Uncharted, Cintamani Stone from Uncharted 2 or Spirit of the Djinn from Uncharted 3, that let us, for instance, move faster.
Furthermore, we can also summon helpers, such as a medic that increases our health. These characters are not immortal though, and can be eliminated if shot a sufficient number of times.
Multiplayer is complemented by 8 completely new locations prepared for the launch of Uncharted 4.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is one of the prettiest games for PlayStation 4. The game offers detailed environments, great character animation and lots of special effects. It runs at 30 frames per second in the screen resolution of 1080p.
Unfortunately, that is not the case of multiplayer. The developers wanted to achieve the smooth 60 FPS for online play which resulted in reduced screen resolution (900p).
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End utilizes micropayments which allow for acquiring some elements, e.g. selected weapons, faster than it would normally take. However, all items can be bought for the in-game currency.