I’m a little over halfway through the campaign in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, so I’d thought I’d give some impressions.
I suppose I can sum up my feelings for the game by simply saying it’s amazing! On one hand, it feels like a proper step forward for the series, like what the follow-up to Uncharted 2 always should have been (with all due respect to Uncharted 3, which was great in its own right, but didn’t exactly build on its predecessor). On the other hand, Uncharted 4 also feels like an homage to the series, and even to developer Naughty Dog itself.
Most of the usual gameplay and action of the series is present, with the set pieces I’ve seen so far ranking among the best in the series, and the same can be said for the puzzles. I still have a little ways to go before I finish the game, and already I’ve seen a terrific amount of variety in the gameplay.
The game also looks gorgeous! The environments are absolutely beautiful to look at, and the characters have some of the most realistic animations I’ve seen in a game, particularly the facial animations. It’s probably the best showcase of the PS4’s technical power I’ve seen so far.
I’m also greatly enjoying the story (though I’ll go into finer details later), and so far I think this entry has the best writing, dialogue and character development in the series. There are a few new additions to the storytelling formula, like some instances of dialogue options and optional conversations with characters. It’s nothing that changes the game too drastically, but they are a welcome addition as it gives you some instances to choose the personality of the dialogue.
There still have been a few instances of overly long shootouts (one of my only real complaints with the previous games), but thankfully they seem more spread out, and aren’t nearly as excessive as they were in Uncharted 3.
It also seems the secret treasures and such are more cleverly hidden this time around, and I’m having a blast scavenging for them all.
So far, I’m greatly enjoying Uncharted 4, and if it keeps up s it is throughout the rest of the adventure (and multiplayer), then I can say it’s my favorite entry in the series. Fingers crossed that this is still the case by the time I write my review.