E3 2015: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Preview
Uncharted 4 is coming in 2016! We’ve been given two amazing gameplay demo videos, one in December last year and another during 2015’s E3 Press Conference. Before I delve into what I saw in those gameplay videos, I will tell you that Naughty Dog is helping you prepare for Uncharted 4 by releasing Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection! Due out 10/09/2015, this collection is the full single-player adventure of the first 3 titles; Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake’s Deception. If you have not previously played these titles, I would highly recommend picking up this collection and catching yourself up on the franchise’s story. Even if you have, purchasers of this collection will receive access to Uncharted 4’s Multiplayer Beta.
Drake’s Fortune was a lengthy introduction to the franchise, introducing characters that would become favorites such as Drake himself, his mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and journalist Elena Fisher. Pursued by both pirates and mercenaries, this first adventure carries you mainly through the jungles on the Amazon seeking the lost treasure of El Dorado.
Among Thieves is without question my favorite installment of the series to date. Beginning with a cliffhanger -literally- and bringing stealth and sneak attacks into the series, along with past lover Chloe Frazer, this is an adventure I can’t forget. UC2 also has a long story, carrying Drake and friends on a journey across Nepal and the Himalayan mountains in a search for the lost city of Shambhala.
Drake’s Deception was a fun title, just as enjoyable in gameplay as the previous two, though in my opinion, easily the shortest of the three in it’s campaign. This one focuses a lot on the relationship between Drake and Sully and takes the duo across the desert to the Arabian Peninsula in search of a lost city, known (with translation) as the Atlantis of the Sands.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has no set release date (apart from 2016) currently and it is said to be Nathan Drake’s biggest adventure yet testing his limits, resolve, and what he’s willing to sacrifice to save those he cares for. Now, there isn’t much else of story that we’ve been given, but the two gameplay videos that have released suggest that you can do just about anything imaginable in this latest installment with all the realistic detail we have come to know and love.
The first video from December, shows Drake standing on a cliff looking over at the lands before him. He moves into a cave and begins making his way through, sliding down waterfalls and climbing up cliffs. He comes to a smaller enclosed area with a lower ceiling and as he makes his way through, finds an exit. On the other side, he picks up a piece of paper that looks like a map and puts it into his journal before beginning a platforming sequence that seems like another day in the life of Nathan Drake.
You’ll know you’ve approached the end of the platforming sequence because you’ll hear voices which lets you know a firefight is moments away. This part really impressed me because it takes place very high above ground on a series of island platforms. Sneaking along the edge, an enemy sees him and begins shooting. “Ah crap!”, he exclaims before dropping down and knocking the guy below him. He begins to move around and get this – throws a rope out to an outstanding branch and while swinging, times it so he lets go to punch an enemy in the face on his way down! When I saw that, I began drooling and knew I was sold. That’s enough for that video.
The second video was from Monday night’s E3 Sony Press Conference, as it came to a close. “The game that needs no introduction” said the presenter before letting the video begin. This one finds Nathan and Sully in a marketplace looking over a balcony to a tower. They begin to make their way through the marketplace before being ambushed. You see the firefight happening, both Drake and Sully going in and out of cover as the cover they are using gets visually torn apart and blown to pieces by flying ammunition. The commentary throughout the event is entertaining and suits the situation. They escape by climbing out of the window and around the edge of the building jumping into Nate’s jeep. Their attackers pursue. What follows is an amazing experience as you watch the duo drive through a village, unfortunately demolishing parts of it in the process, but the detail is brilliant as you see carts, fences, and buildings just get torn to pieces, the debris flying in every direction. It feels like I’m watching a movie that’s CGI rather than playing a video game.
Sadly, that’s all we have on this game for now, but it looks very, very promising. I look forward to bringing you more information on Uncharted 4 as it’s released. Once again, if you have not played the Uncharted series at all, I recommend picking up the Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection and if you have played them, you may want to pick it up anyway just for the enhanced graphics and exclusive UC4 beta.
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