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POSTED 18/5/16


UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

Naughty Dog/Sony



We’re setting sail, to the place on the map from which no one has ever returned...

The fourth part of a trilogy can be challenging – just ask Douglas Adams. Well, you could if he hadn’t tragically dropped dead while gymming it. Bastard exercise.

While Drake’s Deception appeared to wrap everything up in a neat little package, Naughty Dog decided that their fortune hunting descendent of Canadian chart-stormer Drake (well, he might be if time travel is sussed and, well, look, it’s all fictional, OK?) needed to go round again. So they concocted a tale where a life of adventure has been replaced by the drudgery of salvage work, but with the carrot of going home and snuggling with the lovely Elena, to whom he’s now hitched.

OK, so far, so whatever. However, far from being a domestic bliss simulator, A Thief’s End quickly introduces Nate’s long thought dead big brother, Samuel. Years back the pair got holed up in a Panamanian prison. During an escape attempt, Sammy was shot. Nate hightailed it out, believing his bro was now pushing up daisies – or whatever flora springs up wildly in South America. Then he shows up in the now...

Owing shitloads to a drug lord, he begs little brother for help. Itching for action, Nate agrees. Cue globetrotting adventure – Sully included - in search of their own pirate Idaho in Libertalia.

If you’ve played one Uncharted then you’ve played this. But you also haven’t, as given the freedom of sprawling resolution, beefier processing and ND’s incredible knack for storytelling while keeping action bubbling, this goes beyond anything preceding it, including The Last of Us.

Sure, if you plug into reality you realise you’re almost entirely riding rails, bowing to ND’s whims at every turn like helpless meat puppets. But when the resulting experience is among the greatest gaming blasts you’ve ever encountered, you can forgive such limitations.

Cue Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’...

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