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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Review

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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 12 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

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

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

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

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: You can play this with 10 players online. In the online multiplayer mode, up to ten players engage in co-operative and competitive modes.

CostsCosts

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

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Digital Edition

PS4 £15.99

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. In-game purchases are for the multiplayer modes in the game only.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

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: This game is enjoyed by 14-18 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
 
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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Accessibility Report details 32 accessibility features:


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