Uncharted 4 PS4 Review: An Excellent End

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released in Singapore recently and it has already surpassed 2.7 million in its first week and not without good reason. Uncharted 4 was an amazing adventure game that synergises and amazing storyline alongside some epic blood-pumping action that any Playstation gamer can enjoy.

Storyline

Nathan Drake leaves behind his old life as a treasure hunter and well, criminal to lead a stable, albeit boring life with his lovely wife Elena. His long leave of absence from the old life is interrupted by his brother Sam, who was presumed dead. Sam returns, claiming that he is mortal danger from a crime lord, who is only willing to spare his life if they picked up where they left off, to find the legendary treasure that Henry Avery had left behind.

A Thief’s End has without doubt, one of the richest storylines amongst all gaming franchises.¬†Uncharted 4 takes you on a heart-pumping adventure trail, scaling the world’s greatest heights and across the world’s deepest oceans without compromising on character development.

The truly hooking part of the game lies not in the impressive world feel, but the emotions of its protagonists. The ambition within Nathan and his emotional attachment to his brother and Elena that makes the player feel completely immersed in the gameplay.

Gaming Experience

World Navigation

Unlike other action games, Uncharted 4 isn’t all about trigger happy combat. A large part of the game hinges on Nathan scaling grand canyons and treacherous mountain tops. The parkour skills Nathan exhibits reminds us slightly of Assassin’s Creed, albeit a little less fluid and a tad more realistic.

Navigating across the unknown terrain often requires a certain degree of wit, to solve puzzles and find potential ledges to hop onto to proceed to the next phase of the game.

Fortunately for most, the game will point you in the right direction if you end up lost after a certain period of time. This leaves the player with enough time to explore the world and exercise some brain power whilst reducing the frustration involved in running around in circles.

Combat

Uncharted 4 is a hybrid between an adventure and action game. Combat is often pretty exciting and adrenaline-filled. The chase sequences really get your heart rate up and blood pumping.

When you run into enemies, you are often faced with the choice of either dealing them with stealth or going out guns blazing.

Stealth is always the more difficult option as you have to watch out for enemies who can spot you. This is similar to Assassin’s Creed’s stealth meter although abit more simplistic. Stealth takedowns are pretty fun to execute, but I often find myself going loud simply because its too difficult to take down all enemies with stealth.

Shooting and hiding in a 3rd person shooter isn’t going to be as fun as a first person experience, and the combat mechanisms but feel repetitive at times. However, it certainly didn’t feel dull even after 15 hours of gameplay.

Uncharted 4 has a knack for making everything seem so refreshing and addictive.

Verdict

Seeking the lost pirate treasure with Nathan Drake can never be too dull. This insane parkour moves and stellar performance by the cast provides you with a rich story alongside a healthy dose of adrenaline. This captivating game is without a doubt, one of the most anticipated video games in 2016 and it certainly did a good job in living up to its hype.

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