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Video GameUncharted 4: A Thief's End Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into another final adventure for Nate and stretches his commitment and relationship with Elena.

You run, jump, explore and fight your way through rich environments to search for clues for the location of Henry Avery's long-lost treasure. This involves solving puzzles and using guns and fists to combat enemies.

As well as the excitement and fisticuffs, this game brings to culmination Nate’s obsession with treasure hunting, and the price the people in his life have to pay for this. We revisit why father figure Sully is so important to him and how he has been shaped by his difficult relationship with his brother and the broken childhood they shared. Between the fighting, this brings moments of real humanity that intelligently and playfully use the medium to communicate love.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1 (10 online)

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)




Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete. To complete the game will take around 14 hours. To find all the treasures will require repeated playthroughs and take upwards of 30 hours.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game. In the online multiplayer mode, up to ten players engage in co-operative and competitive modes.

You can play this game in the following styles:

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:



This game has helped players develop their Experience and Relationships as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent realistic violence. The game features frequent violence against human characters. Characters may fight with bladed weapons, guns or just with their hands. They react realistically to violence and injuries and blood can be seen. The game features frequent mild swearing, with words like ‘crap’, ‘*!@?*’ and ‘ass’. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence. Players use pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill enemy thugs, soldiers, and mercenaries. Players can also use stealth takedowns and melee attacks (e.g., choking, neck snapping, fist fighting) to incapacitate enemies. Firefights are highlighted by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and blood-splatter effects. A handful of sequences depict characters getting stabbed or beaten with clubs; one sequence depicts the shooting of a defenseless guard during a prison break. During the course of the game, characters can be seen smoking cigarettes or cigars; a handful of scenes depict characters drinking bottles of beer or glasses of scotch. The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to have the patience to take your time in some encounters, as well as the patience and emotional maturity to appreciate the themes and dialogue that develop.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 15 - 21 year-olds play this game:


Uncharted 4: A Thief's End usually costs £15.99.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Digital Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
In-game purchases are for the multiplayer modes in the game only. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Accessibility Report documents 34 accessibility features:
Uncharted 4 on PlayStation 5
Uncharted 4 in Legacy of Thieves Collection on PS5 offers some additional enhancements. Onboarding is provided for setting when the game starts. You can also select Mono Audio and Persistent Dot Reticule.

The game uses the Dual Sense haptics to indicate a lot of interactions: shooting, environment and climbing. This can offer some additional indication of visual feedback, although it is intense and includes incidental aspects like vibrating when it's raining.

You can opt to use either tap or holds for moments that require these interactions. However, you still need to time button presses for jumps in game sequences.

Uncharted 4 on PlayStation 4
Here are the notes for Uncharted 4 on PlayStation 4 that also apply to the PlayStation 5 game. While earlier Uncharted games required the use of the motion controls, fine control of two joysticks and quick button presses during combat and cut-scenes, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is designed to be more accessible.

There is a wide range of difficulty settings, although it's still quite hard on the easiest. Tips appear in the game if you get stuck on a puzzle or direction of travel.

There's a "Lock-on" option to automatically target enemies when you press aim. You can adjust how strongly this is applied. There are different shooting modes that don't require holding buttons. You can disable the need for rapidly pressing buttons. You can control how the camera moves and use "Camera assist" to help you look in the right direction.

As this GameAccess article says: "By having the stick functions as default and sticks while aiming as flipped, the need for right stick is reduced greatly, so you can play through most of the game by using a single stick. However, if you are wanting to play with a single stick, then your character would not be able to walk around whilst in aim mode."

Enemies are highlighted with tags and colour. You can control contrast. There are unlockable game visual effects that enable you to apply a high contrast and other effects that (aren't designed for this purpose but) aid the visibility of the game greatly. In the same way you can unlock a slow motion or infinite ammo enhancements.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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