Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Reviews overall reception: Highly positive – excellent all round with minor criticisms about pacing.
|Amazon (customer reviews)||4.6/5.0|
The final edition of the Uncharted saga, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has received universal acclaim from critics. Concluding the epic story of adventurer Nathan Drake, Naughty Dog’s Playstation exclusive action/adventure game earned a highly impressive score of 94 on Metacritic, although various reviewers found criticism in certain parts of the game.
IGN’s review was, overall, decidedly positive of the concluding part of the Drake saga. Describing Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as ‘a remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty’, IGN thought the game was a mostly satisfying end to one of Playstation’s most popular exclusives.
Particular praises were given to the game’s ‘tightly directed cinematic flair’ and a solid level of ‘polish and slickness’ that was present throughout the game. However, IGN’s reviewer found criticisms in A Thief’s End’s ‘lack of imagination’ in some set piece sequences, predictable puzzles and repetitively slow third act.
“A remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty.”
GameSpot’s review gave equally high praise to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, calling it ‘a powerful game about loss, betrayal, regret, and redemption’. GameSpot found the action to ‘flow seamlessly’ amidst ‘vibrant’ and ‘majestic’ locations. The multiplayer component of the game was found to be an enjoyable and worthwhile aspect of Uncharted 4, although they said that it was not the big draw.
Describing A Thief’s End as a ‘thrilling adventure’, GameSpot also found the story to be a human, relatable and self-examining narrative which they described, in conclusion, as a ‘shining example’ of a videogame story.
“A powerful game about loss, betrayal, regret, and redemption.”
Similarly, Gamesradar’s review was, on the whole, strongly praising. The mechanical aspects of Uncharted 4 were thought to be the most confident of the whole series. Hub-like areas with ‘spectacularly pretty’ visuals ‘revitalised’ the game in comparison to previous entries. New mechanics, like tagging enemies, improved stealth gameplay and added more viable approaches to combat. Minor criticisms were made about the story’s pacing and momentum.
Overall, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was found to be a great conclusion to Naughty Dog’s series. A touchingly human story, excellent visuals and satisfying gameplay overrode a few minor complaints.