Nathan Drake is soon to undertake his final adventure that will see his story draw to a close in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. It will be the end of an era for PlayStation fans as the leading man of the format is looking to bow out in most spectacular fashion.Anticipation for the game’s release has been high, with players hoping their copy is not one being stolen from trucks and that when they do get their hands on it, it will be able to live up to everyone's lofty expectations.
Reviews for the game have begun to emerge, with plenty of time for fans to digest them before launch day. So far, many of the early reviews have been positive, with some critics saying the game is the complete package from design down to it storytelling. That's good news for die-hard Uncharted fans as well as gamers who might have been on the fence as to whether or not they should pick up a copy.
Here’s a roundup of what the critics have to say about Uncharted 4:
Giant Bomb – Dan Ryckert
“The jump in quality from Uncharted 3 to 4 is similar to the ways the second entry trounced the original. It’s still the same Nathan Drake partaking in the same ludicrous, death-defying action as before, but everything is done with so much more panache… This is one of the most fully-realized action campaigns of all time, and it sets a new bar of quality for what’s possible in the genre.” Score: 5/5
GameSpot – Mike Mahardy
“In its writing, in its design, in its understanding of what makes games unique, Uncharted 4 is something to aspire to. It's a shining example. And we'll be talking about it for years to come.” Score 10/10
Game Informer – Andrew Reiner
“A Thief End’s is the best Uncharted yet, delivering a story I didn’t want to end, and an adventure that concludes with a hell of a payoff. The “wow” factor of the world exploding under Drake’s feet has diminished in the years following Uncharted 2, but those moments are still effective, and a true showpiece of the developer’s exquisite craftsmanship for world and gameplay design.” Score: 9.5/10
Polygon – Griffin McElroy
“There is nothing cheap about how Naughty Dog has decided to retire this franchise… Every other Uncharted game has, to varying degrees, posed a question — "can a thief be good?" — and summarily moved on without wagering a guess. In finding an answer, Uncharted 4's story soars, and presents a moving, fulfilling finale.” Score: 9/10
Gamesradar+ - Leon Hurley
"It’s a good conclusion for the series overall. Sure, it’s a little loose at the start, and tonally it tries hard to be so serious and grown up, but once it gets all that out of its system the Uncharted-ness comes through and we get to take Nate for one last spin, ‘Oh Craps’ and all." Score: 4/5
IGN – Lucy O’Brien
"A remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty. Though it’s let down by a lack of imagination and some self-indulgence, especially in a third act that drags on far too long, Uncharted 4 carries on the series’ proud tradition of peerless polish and style. Most importantly, it’s a gentle sendoff to the rag-tag group of characters we’ve known for nine years. A worthy thief’s end, indeed." Score (in progress): 8.8
Destructoid – Steven Hansen
“It does feel weird to keep using the word "restraint" in praise of a violent action-adventure romp about a worldwide race towards hundreds of millions in pirate treasure, but in A Thief's End, more than ever in the series, Naughty Dog has done the little things right, using well-written dialogue and strong performances to tell a deeply personal story among a beloved, connected cast set against a larger-than-life backdrop… A thief couldn't ask for a better end.” Score: 9.5/10
Overall, praise is being heaped on Drake’s swan song. In fact, at the time of writing, the game has a 94 on Metacritic, which makes it the third highest rated PS4 game behind Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us: Remastered. It is, however, the highest rated PS4 exclusive to date, displacing Bloodborne (that game has a 92). Uncharted 2: Among Thieves still remains the highest rated in the series, though, with a Metacritic score of 96, but clearly, the debate of which installment will wind up being the best has just begun.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is available from May 10, exclusively on PS4.