May 31, 2016

Uncharted 4

Nathan Drake hanging on a ledge in Madagascar.

Every ’90s kid wants to be Indiana Jones – treasure hunting in booby-trapped tombs while fighting bad guys. In Uncharted, the action-adventure third-person shooter-platformer for Sony Playstation, Nathan Drake is the new Indiana Jones.

Last year I played through the Nathan Drake CollectionUncharted 1-3 remastered for PS4 – and the gameplay, cinematics, and story exceeded the hype. I pre-ordered Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and was recently able to play through it over a rainy weekend. Uncharted 4 is an awesome game and a must-play.

Nathan Drake rigging the Jeep winch.

Without sharing any spoilers, Nathan Drake’s story is a wild ride with unexpected twists and turns. Uncharted is often written off by gamers as “just a movie” for its emphasis on cinematics and storytelling. I recommend playing on an easier difficulty to avoid getting bogged down by dying too much. As satisfying as it is to fend off a 30-minute ambush with no ammo, it’s worth it to adjust the difficulty to find the right balance between a fast pace and a fun challenge.

Climbing on an elevator while being shot at by bad guys.

Often good graphics are a diversion for bad gameplay. Uncharted 4 is a beautiful game with amazing care given to the gameplay. The buildings, vehicles, landscapes, and character models look real, and the climbing, grappling, swimming, and shooting controls and mechanics feel fluid and quickly become second nature. I don’t want to give anything more away – you’ve got to just play it yourself.

The developers at Naughty Dog have created a nearly perfect game (93/100 on Metacritic) – it’s definitely a must-play! 👍🏼👍🏼