MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) The Uncharted series is the closest thing the Playstation currently has to a flagship series. I remember that the first game came with the purchase of my Playstation 3, and I’ve played every game in the series since. Sony desperately needs a Playstation 4 exclusive that really takes off commercially, and I think Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End definitely creates an experience that can connect with everyone.
According to developer Naughty Dog, this is the final game they will be doing in the Uncharted series, and it seems like the perfect way to go out. The game really focuses on the characters right from the start, giving us some quiet moments in the beginning. This works wonderfully, since we’ve spent three other games getting to know them, it’s really nice to just hang out before we get into the plot in earnest.
Once the plot starts, it really hits the ground running. We’re introduced to Nate’s brother Sam, who he thought had died. He solicits your help to find the pirate treasure stash to end them all. Even though we’re just meeting Sam, he fits right into the world and has a great relationship with Nate. The game feels like it could be tightened up a little bit, but for the most part, the twist and turns that lead you from one lush environment to another moves at a nice pace.
Naughty Dog does a great job of working some really amazing set pieces into the plot. While the shooting mechanics aren’t exactly the best in the universe, the sequences do a good job of using those mechanics in interesting ways and framing them within some really exciting moments. Many of them are more exhilarating than sequences in summer blockbuster films, and are made all the more engaging because you’re controlling the action.
Uncharted 4 is THE Playstation 4 game. It’s absolutely the best looking game I’ve seen on the system, and provides memorable action sequences alongside poignant character moments. With this game, Naughty Dog has cemented themselves as one of the best developers in the world, and I couldn't be more excited to see what they do next. I hope that they leave the Uncharted franchise alone for a while and do something completely new.