Naughty Dog have now cemented themselves as one of the best game developers in the industry and for good reason; they have not developed a terrible game, ever. In fact, their recent track-record puts almost all others to shame, with veritable hit after hit, especially on the PlayStation 3, where they reached their now legendary status mostly due to the Uncharted series. Uncharted 4 is the studio’s final swan-song to Nathan Drake as it bids the hero farewell (for now) and with standards set so high, and expectations near stratospheric level, its a wonder how any studio could match all of that. However, this is Naughty Dog we are talking about and they sure as hell make it look effortless on their part. Welcome to the Uncharted 4 review you have all no doubt been waiting for. No doubt you have staved off purchasing the game just to read Gameondaily’s verdict. The only one that matters. Right? Well done!

Visuals

Absolutely stunning. Possibly the most visually stunning game I have ever played

Absolutely stunning. Possibly the most visually stunning game I have ever played

The first thing that always commands attention when witnessing an Uncharted game are its best of class visuals. Uncharted 3 is no exception. In fact, it stands as one of the best looking, if not the best looking titles ever seen in gaming to date. That in itself is an impressive feat but truly, Naughty Dog pull it off in decisive fashion, not forsaking the smaller details for the larger ones. From the impressively life-like character models, myriad of smaller objects inhabiting the game world and down to the jaw-dropping environments, the game is comprehensively stunning and perhaps, the visuals are the biggest element of its charm.

The share button on my DS4 controller took a battering like never before

Jaw-dropping

Jaw-dropping

The environments are what really make this title such a looker. The fact that the locations are so diverse is also one of Uncharted 4’s great strengths, allowing the developers plenty of opportunities to wow us, from the heavenly looking Madagascar or inside a Nathan Drake’s own home; the game is just a wonder to for our eyes to behold. The motion capture and voice acting are at the top of their game and will serve to do nothing more than absorb you into Nathan Drake’s world. The single player campaign does not run at 60fps as was originally promised by ND but this is a small quibble, when the game looks better than almost all games before it. The share button on my DS4 controller took a battering like never before, such was the splendour of the visuals flowing through this incredible looking game.

Story

Excellent voice acting and facial capture helps players get engaged into the story

Excellent voice acting and facial capture helps players get engaged into the story

Without offering spoilers, the game carries on with Nathan Drake struggling to reconcile the need to carry on a ‘normal life’ with his inner desire to do what he does best. A surprise visit from his brother whom he previously thought was dead gives Nathan the excuse that he needs to escape the shackles of everyday boring ‘normal’ routine and what follows is a somewhat typical Uncharted adventure, filled with the typical ‘bad guy’, the mysteries of history showing that some of the best architects in the world died a long time ago and this time, with an ending that brings a finality to the proceedings. The ending has been praised by many but to me, it seemed somewhat weak and a bit contrived; I was hoping for a  bolder ending. Nonetheless, when the credit rolls, fans will feel that this is the end of a beautiful saga.

Gameplay

All the fancy visuals and storytelling prowess in the world would not matter were it not for good gameplay and thankfully, Naughty Dog have fine-tuned the formula from their previous games. The usual big set-pieces are back, combat has been tightened and the platforming sections refined. The platforming elements do get tiresome in some areas though as they become rather samey throughout the game. Nathan Drake and Co could easily star in the next X-Men movie simply because of their unnatural platforming and rope-swinging ablilities. Some of their feats defy belief but this is hardly a game that is grounded in realism ala the Indiana Jones’ movies.

Some of the platforming sections do get tiring but incredible visuals help ease the pain

Some of the platforming sections do get tiring but incredible visuals help ease the pain

For most of the game, you are accompanied by someone and this helps build a connection with them, as it has done in previous games. I do wonder whether a co-op function would do well here as a result but then again, it might undermine the personal nature of the relationship created between the characters. The controls are smooth as silk and alleviate any frustration or boredom before they settle in. The puzzle sections in the game aren’t all that sophisticated however and no particular segment is particularly memorable.

The puzzle sections are rather weak in the game. This aint no Tomb Raider

The puzzle sections are rather weak in the game. This aint no Tomb Raider

The combat is great although somewhat undermined by the rudimentary artificial intelligence. Essentially, there is a stealth element in the game in that enemies have a certain amount of time to spot you before engaging you. This doesn’t work that well in practice as there are some immersion breaking moments where even Stevie Wonder would have clocked your location were it not for the little bar that has to fill up and turn red before the enemy can engage you. However, the gunplay is great and the weapons are satisfying to use. What the game lacks in enemy variety it makes up for the in the fluidity of the combat. Compare this to Quantum Break where all the firefights seemed so rigid and on rails and Uncharted 4’s strengths are immediately realised.

Multiplayer

The multiplayer has never really been the main attraction of the Uncharted games, with multiplayer being introduced in the second game in the series. In fact, Uncharted 2 is widely renown amongst fans faithful as having the best mp of the series and it looks like that might still be the case. The addition of mystical elements caused some complains but in reality, they doesn’t really operate as anything more than a power-ups in Uncharted 4. The multiplayer in Uncharted 4 runs at a smooth 60fps and even without dedicated server support, minus a few problems here and there, online matches run relatively hiccup-free.

 

The multiplayer in the game feels like an after-thought however, with maps being lifted from the campaign and it not offering anything really unique. Mystical powers aside, you have side-kicks that allow you to spawn an AI companion such as a Brute that is tough to take down and welds a heavy machine gun or other more nimble classes such as a saviour that is a medic in the field. There are four side-kicks in total and whilst they mix up the combat up, they don’t really change the dynamic in the game immensely.

As is the norm in multiplayer shooters these days, you can create load-outs, unlock weapons and attachments through xp progression and through micro-transactions or points that you are awarded for completing daily challenges, the off-line mp challenge mode or completing matches. This is really your staple mp mode added to the mix and there really is nothing notable other than the fact that it is robust and smooth and will entertain many for a few hours. The usual character customisations etc are here to ensure that dedicated fans of the mp have an incentive to play for days.

Conclusion

Uncharted 4 delivers exactly what many expected and that in itself is an incredible achievement considering the high stakes placed on Naughty Dog to deliver. Whether or not this is the best Uncharted game in the series is debatable, but it is a great way to conclude the series, which now appears to have used up all its ideas to deliver a final farewell to Nathan Drake. One of the best looking titles out there complimented by a great story, great voice acting and robust gameplay, Uncharted 4 does not disappoint. A fitting way to end a now classic series.

Review Score:

8

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Gaz

Proprietor of www.gameondaily.com and a die-hard gaming fan since I was old enough to hold a controller.

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2 Responses

  1. guest says:

    Cool story bro. Now tell one that’s true.

  2. Xbox One is da best says:

    This game an 8???
    Not in your dreams. A friend of me has a PoS4 and invited me to play the dammed “game”.. After level 4 … O boy… whe said to each other wat a boring game, what a really bad gameplay what a bad camera standpoints, what a bad story. And the graphics are not good like you said. The Gears of War graphics are miles and miles better..
    After this disapointment my friend an I get to a gamesshop he sold his PoS4 and bought a new Xbox One. He will never by a PoS console again in his life.

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