I’m Amber and welcome to my first ever review on Mustapha’s Game Room! I’m also a gaming journalist looking to give you insight on some of the new great games out there. You’ll be seeing me around here more frequently, so I hope you enjoy all the content I bring you!
When I got my PS3 it came with a game called Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. I had gotten the console to play Bioshock Infinite, but I ended up having to wait to get the game. I was not a huge fan of any shooter games before I got the PS3, so I definitely wasn’t sure if I wanted to play Uncharted 3. When I started to play I had no idea what I was doing, and I actually put the game down and didn’t want to play it again. It wasn’t till a friend in my math class told me to keep playing it that I decided to continue. It was one of his favorite games and told me that I would love it.
I’m glad I listened to him because I ended up loving the game.
Sure, I started liking the game because Nathan Drake was cute (not to mention that really nice butt of his), but as the game went on I noticed that I pretty much loved everything about it. The characters, the story, the gameplay, the visuals, etc. The whole game was amazing. As the game ended, I thought that no game could beat it. Of course, I was wrong. There is one game in particular that beat Uncharted 3 in all aspects: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
The game has been delayed a couple of times, but once I got my hands on it and got to play it….it was well wort
h the wait. As much as I hated all the delays I’m glad that they took the extra time to make such a well polished game.
This felt a bit different than the other Uncharted games. Though, you still get to climb a lot, make things fall while you climb, get to shoot bad guys, and track down treasure while learning a bit of cool history. The game did all of that so well.
No more clunky climbing controls like in the previous games. Many different mechanics were added to the climbing aspects like having Drake pick up a piton, a pick like object used to climb rocks, and having him own a grappling hook. Swinging to different things is just so much fun and keeps the player on their toes. Nine times out of ten when Drake is sliding down a hill, and there is no where to jump to at the end of it, the player will have to guide Drake to use his grappling hook and swing to safety. The only thing that would make the grappling hook better is the player could melee attack with it Though, that is a feature in multiplayer.
I was also impressed with the story they decided to tell. It got me wanting to look up more and try to piece together the puzzle as the characters did. Even though Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog before Uncharted 4 was finished, the story is still has a strong plot, strong characters, and a strong focus on history. I didn’t even know anything about Henry Avery or Libertalia before playing this game. I feel like I’m learning things that my history class would never touch. Sure, not all of it is going to be 100% true, but there’s enough facts in there to get me interested enough to learn more.
The characters were another great part of the story. These were not new characters, they were characters that have grown up from the previous games. Naughty Dog didn’t try to reinvent the characters because of the new generation of gamers. They might seem different, but it is just because they grew up. Nathan Drake still loves Elena Fisher, but now they’re married, have a house, and have jobs they both enjoy doing. Sully is still Sully but he’s a bit more gray and more of the grandpa that cheers from the sidelines. Sam Drake might have just been introduced this game, but you can really tell that he isn’t the little kid that Nathan used to look up too. The character are just so right. These are the character that have been with us for almost a decade.
What’s different, however, is there is more of a The Last of Us feel within the whole game. There were a lot of interactions with other characters than before and a lot of jumping around in time when it came to telling the story. There was also a lot of moving things around so a character could advanced. Instead of moving things so Ellie could safely get across water, there were so many crates and boxes you have to move in order for Nathan Drake to climb up walls that were too high for him. This is the only problem I had with the game. It was okay the first couple of times I had to move a crate, but after a while it felt like Naughty Dog ran out of other ideas. It was annoying in The Last of Us and even more annoying in Uncharted 4.
I guess what all this rambling boils down to is that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a great game. The story is great, the characters are great, the gameplay is great…..everything about this game is just amazing and worth the money. The game looks so great and the visuals are stunning. I’ve never traveled to the places Nathan and Sam go, but because of the research and art that went into this game, I feel like I’ve been there. Everything is so smooth and looks so perfect. This game definitely gives Playstation a boost over Xbox when talking about exclusives.
And if you’re like me and have played all the Uncharted games, the epilogue made me tear up. What a great way to end the series and truly shows that there is greatness from small beginnings. Just like Sir Francis Drake said.
Thanks for reading this review for one of the best games out there this year, and for more on games like Uncharted and other great action adventure games, make sure you come back soon for more from the GAME ROOM!!!