Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End isn’t out to the public until May 10th, however, reviews for the game have already begun to crop up online, giving us an early sneak peek at what the game is like.
And if these reviews are anything to go by, Uncharted 4 is probably a masterpiece.
Here’s the full roundup:
“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.”
“There is nothing cheap about how Naughty Dog has decided to retire this franchise–no door is left open for a crass surprise sequel–and there’s nothing ambiguous about its resolution. 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.”
“As accomplished as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is – as heroically as it bests its predecessors, as gracefully as it sidesteps their pitfalls – it’s not possible for it to have the seismic impact and far-reaching influence that Uncharted 2 did. Nor does it redefine the storytelling scope of the blockbuster action game like The Last of Us. It still does something remarkable for a major franchise video game, though: it doesn’t overdo its exit. It doesn’t immolate itself in a blaze of glory, it tells a story about people and finds peace in its resolution. It just ends. Fin.”
“So there goes Nathan Drake, off into the sunset, and with him a whole generation of memories and other lies. The first three games haven’t aged well, and so it’s a relief that Uncharted 4, base similarities aside, feels markedly different to them. It’s a confident, assured, and rather more intelligent game than it first appears, and a strong end to the series.”
“Uncharted 4’s gameplay pushes the narrative forward, the narrative feeds off its gameplay, and every detail coalesces to create something bigger. Uncharted 4 bounces between set pieces and personal moments with such grace, with such skill and poise and affection for its characters, that you don’t mind when the guns stop firing, and the smoke clears, and Nathan gets a moment to breathe.”
“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is 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.”
“It’s the most appetising game smorgasbord we’ve ever had the good fortune to sample, with just the right blend of impactful storyline, cinematic cutscenes, explosive set pieces, exploration, discovery, puzzle solving and good old shootouts. Uncharted 4 is the perfect ending to this console-defining series.”
“A hallmark of excellence. It may have some flaws, but they are negligible to what is otherwise a supreme title.”