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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: SCEE (EU), SCEA (US)
Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: May 10, 2016

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5. 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' (PS4)

by Judy on Jan. 31, 2015 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

In Uncharted 4, Nathan Drake has left the world of fortune-hunting behind, but when Drake's brother, Sam, resurfaces, he offers an adventure that Drake can't resist.

Redmond Carolipio: This may surprise some people, but I'm actually viewing this game as more of a comeback than something upon which to bestow automatic giddy praise. Uncharted 3 was great, but it didn't vault the Uncharted name further into the stratosphere the way Drake's second adventure did. However, I look forward to seeing what Naughty Dog can do with the PS4. I expect outstanding visuals and some new gameplay wrinkles, but I want to see how the story develops with Drake's brother. I think real magic is coming with this supposed final chapter, especially since Drake is no longer the only adventurer capturing everyone's attention.

Dustin Chadwell: The Uncharted series from developer Naughty Dog remains one of my favorite visual/audio feasts from last gen. Nathan Drake and company quickly became one of my favorite video game casts of all time, so I'm definitely looking forward to what Naughty Dog has cooked up for the PS4. While I thought Uncharted 3 did a pretty good job of wrapping up the story, I'm certainly not mad that the adventures of Nathan Drake and Sully aren't completely done yet.

Chris DeAngelus: Nathan Drake is a modern-day Indiana Jones. Perhaps a bit more heavy on the gunplay than ol' Indie, his games nonetheless capture the sense of excitement and adventure that those classic movies embodied. Whether it's climbing ancient runs, having tense gun battles against mercenaries, or solving puzzles, Drake does it all. The new Uncharted doesn't look to change the formula much. It just brings the high-power graphics of the PS4 into the mix, leaving the franchise looking better than ever. You know what they say: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Rhi "StormyDawn" Mitera: Nathan Drake is a favorite character of mine, and he has a singular ability to get himself into trouble, which I suppose makes it easier to continue a series about him. The plot promises to combine some of the best tropes: coming out of retirement for one last job, long-lost brother, and hunt for pirate treasure. It has the potential to be cheesy, but that's not always a bad thing, and it'll be fun either way.

Thomas Wilde: I have a love/hate relationship with Nathan Drake; on the one hand, you have the action setpieces that equal or exceed anything else in the business, but on the other, he's the sixth leading cause of death in the Uncharted universe. I can safely say that I'm interested in Uncharted 4 for the former. There will probably be at least two all-time great levels in Uncharted 4, wonders of pacing and design that set the tone for action-adventure games for the next few years, and Nathan Drake will commit an unsettlingly large amount of murders in self-defense in order to get there.

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