We’re closer than ever, but it still seems so far away. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End hits PS4 consoles across the globe this coming May 10, and after no less than three separate delays, an action-packed global launch will soon be upon us.
The trouble with hype and anticipation is that they both make that wait feel longer. The key is to find something that effectively takes your mind off the game you’re awaiting – and in the case of many seasoned PS4 fortune hunters, that’s Nathan Drake’s final adventure.
So, to make the wait feel a little more bearable, you have to play something that scratches that Uncharted itch. Luckily, the PS4 is positively swamped with a fine number of action-packed, exploratory third-person shooters that will put that rugged treasure hunter straight to the back of your mind. At least, until May 10. Or, until you read this. Sorry.
1. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
When Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was first unveiled at E3 2006, it drew many comparisons to Lara Croft and Tomb Raider. In fact, Uncharted even earned the nickname ‘Dude Raider,’ and the masses were only silenced when the game launched in December 2007.
Flash forward to 2013 and the Tomb Raider reboot, and how the tables have turned. Lara’s brand new adventure pulled no punches with its similarities to Uncharted, featuring a larger emphasis on shooting and many cinematic moments. This in mind, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – an up-rezzed and polished PlayStation 4 remaster – is an excellent way to gain an understanding of how the wider industry can shape the path of a particular franchise.
Plus, it’s just a damn good game. It features arguably the most engaging story of any Tomb Raider title to come before it, and its addictive, semi-open world exploration and combat are fine tuned to perfection. At this point, the game is probably available in most good bargain bins, so have a shop around!
2. InFamous: Second Son
The inFamous franchise is widely regarded as Uncharted’s younger brother. It hasn’t enjoyed as much time in the spotlight as it arguably deserves, and that’s in large part to the PlayStation dominance of Uncharted developer Naughty Dog.
That being said, inFamous: Second Son is absolutely worth your time. If superpowers are your jam, or you just enjoy open-world action adventure titles, there’s plenty to adore here. From the witty, likeable protagonist Delsin Rowe to the cool use of different elements that constitute your powers, Second Son is a beautiful title that makes the most of the 8 gigabytes of RAM afforded by the PS4.
The third-person shooting mechanics don’t feel a million miles away from the ones found in Uncharted, so it’s a good game to play to get a feel for the latter franchise. Aside from this, it’s a good idea to sink your teeth into a meaty, mission-packed sandbox that can fill those hours leading up to May 10, and then some.
3. The Order: 1886
One of the best reasons to pick up The Order: 1886 is the fact that it’s the personification of ‘short but sweet.’ For those gamers who are hesitant to commit to a lengthy open-world title of any description, The Order affords you the ability to be done with it in a matter of hours. And, in terms of pure gameplay, this is the one non-Uncharted entry on this list that most closely resembles that franchise.
The Order utilises a well-implemented cover mechanic that allows you to pop over walls and around corners to fire off those headshots, before dipping back behind your protective object. You’ll pop these headshots with the impressive array of firearms found at your disposal, and this is one of the highlights in a frustratingly brief experience.
And, in all honesty, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was revealed that Nathan Drake is a descendant of the Knights of the Round table, the very organisation that the characters in The Order so mercilessly represent.
4. The Last of Us: Remastered
If you were to tell me that the developer of Jak X: Combat Racing would produce a game about a forty-something Texan who would have to burn, beat and stomp his way through an army of thugs and zombies in order to transport a passive-aggressive teenage girl across a post-apocalyptic United States, I’d have laughed in your face.
And then, The Last Of Us happened.
To this day, it’s clear that the gaming community at large wasn’t ready for this one. It launched in June 2013, right at the end of the PS3’s life cycle and a mere five months before the launch of that console’s successor, the PS4. Nobody was expecting such an emotional, violent, tense and gripping story to land so close to the end of a console’s run, but that’s exactly what The Last Of Us was.
It was remastered and re-released – complete with every single DLC pack – on the PS4 in July 2014, and to this day it’s one of the finest games you can pick up on Sony’s dominant current-gen platform. Featuring some stellar third-person shooting mechanics and some of the most hair-raising stealth sections in recent memory, The Last Of Us: Remastered will surely prepare your steady trigger-finger for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
5. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Lastly, and most obviously, you do have the option of playing some silky-smooth 60fps Uncharted action right now. Awesome right?! Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection launched last October for PS4 owners across the globe, and IGCritic loved it.
If you were eyeing Uncharted 4 as your first experience with everyone’s favourite mass-murderer, then you should probably consider starting with the original trilogy first. Besides giving you some background on the series’ most popular characters, you’ll get a feel for where this final game is headed and it’ll probably make A Thief’s End more emotionally resonant as a result. And as an added bonus, you’ll get to play three damn awesome games.
So, whether you enjoy teabagging shouty COD-bros or bashing neanderthals on the head with your club (no euphemism intended), be sure to pick up that one game that passes the time quickly. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will launch globally on the PlayStation 4 this coming May 10 – may the fortune be with you! Keep it locked to IGCritic’s