The Uncharted franchise is one of Playstation’s most highly rated and popular of all time. The series follows Nathan Drake on various globe-trotting adventures in search of fabled treasure and exotic locations. While on the surface, the stories these games tell are nothing revolutionary, the overall execution and characters involved are what gives the narrative so much depth and memorability.
Uncharted 4 had a tough job to do. Not only did it have to live up to the expectations and quality set by the previous games, it also needed to bring to a close Nathan Drake’s story. For me, it easily succeeded and became my favourite entry in the series. From a visual standpoint, it offered truly stunning graphics, particularly in the characters models. From bustling streets, treacherous caverns, landscapes of Madagascar and ancient ruins, the level of detail and quality is impeccable. Even four years later, the game is still one of the best looking of all time.
The level design also gained much needed improvements, offering a number of much larger areas, with more chance to explore off the beaten path. Alongside this, the gameplay mechanics evolved to offer a greater stealth option, as well as improved and more fluid ways of traversing the environment. It easily presented the best iteration of gameplay in the entire franchise up to this point, whilst continuing the light puzzle solving peppered throughout the roughly 12-15 hour adventure.
However, what makes Uncharted 4 and the franchise as a whole so brilliant, is the exquisite storytelling and cast of characters. At the beginning of the game, it’s revealed that Nathan Drake has settled down to a normal life and job after marrying Elena Fisher. But, he is soon pulled back into the life of adventure he continues to reminisce about after his brother returns needing his help, who Nate beloved long dead. Throughout the rest of the game, various twists and turns shake the narrative and our protagonists in different directions. It’s full of humour, personal struggle, danger, thrills and so much more. It’s an epic journey that culminates in one of the greatest endings in gaming history, paying off almost 10 years of exquisite narrative buildup.
Uncharted 4 is a true masterpiece, where the franchise stands as an example of how to deliver an incredible and unforgettable narrative in video games. However, there is one other game this past decade that stands out far above the rest, raising the bar for the industry that has yet to be outmatched. To see what game that is, and for all things gaming, stay tuned to Honest Gamer. Thanks for reading.
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