Game Review: Uncharted 4 – Grounded excess
Uncharted is often held up as a console-defining series, the PlayStation's answer to the likes of Mario and Master Chief. In a world with less and less exclusives, Uncharted is one of the few big, critically acclaimed titles Sony still has a hold over. Despite this, it's never quite taken my fancy. Nothing against the franchise, I just never got around to it. I figured I should probably do something about that, so here we are I guess.
As the name might suggest, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is meant to be the last game in the franchise. At the very least, the last game following the story of Indiana-Jones-meet-Malcolm-Reynolds treasure hunter Nathan Drake (the series seems far too successful for Sony to simply let it end, although that's just speculation). While the last game isn't an ideal place to jump into a franchise, I found Uncharted 4 quite accessible as a standalone title. If you're in the same boat, there'll be a few times where you'll wonder if you're meant to know "who that is" or "what happened there", but more often than not, the answer is "no".
Uncharted 4 introduces Nathan's brother, Sam Drake, to the franchise. Without going into too much detail, the game follows Sam and Nathan hunting down a long lost pirate treasure in order to repay the debt Sam owes a drug baron.