Up until recently, it was quite hard to claim that the PS4 was worth buying solely on the strength of its exclusives. Sure, the console itself is slim, quiet, lightning-fast and well-designed, but those exclusives, unlike on its predecessor the PS3, felt lacking.
But then came the double whammy. Ratchet & Clank launched in April, and IGCritic loved it – suddenly, that PS4 was looking a little more enticing to those who’d gone without thus far. Then, in the following month – on May 10 – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launched, to near-universal critical acclaim and commercial success.
But is Uncharted 4 worth buying? That depends on several factors. Uncharted 4 is a superb, superb game, that’s for sure – but in order to see whether it’s worth buying for you personally, you have to ask yourself a number of questions.
Have you played the first three Uncharted games?
Uncharted’s Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception are now available on PS4 as a part of the beautifully ported Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (you can get it here). So whether you own a PS3 or a PS4, you’ve no excuse to not play them!
Uncharted 4 relies heavily upon the familiarity of certain characters and objects throughout its chapters, so a basic knowledge of the first three games would make you appreciate specific moments more. However, the narrative of Uncharted 4 is relatively self-contained, which means a newcomer could feasibly jump right in and have a great time.
Overall though, I’d recommend playing through the Nathan Drake Collection first. It should be quite cheap now (it launched last October), and each game is around 10-12 hours long – you’ll be able to blast through quickly. This way, you’ll be able to play Uncharted 4 from the standpoint of a fan – and ultimately, that’s who the game is for.
Do you enjoy linear, story-driven experiences?
Because it seems like they’re a dime a dozen nowadays. The market is saturated with expansive RPGs and multiplayer shooters which means that the type of narrative that Uncharted 4 presents could feel too slim for some.
There are no side-quests here, no true boss battles, no statistics and no upgrading equipment. There’s just you, your gun and the story. If you like your singleplayer campaigns to last you hundreds of hours, Uncharted 4 is not the game for you – but if you’re in the mood for a good ol’ fashioned adventure tale that’s packed full of humor and emotion, it’s worth the money.
Do you own a PS4?
It may seem like an odd question to ask, in an article about a PS4 exclusive. But the reason I do so is this; if you haven’t bought a PS4 yet, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the best reason to pick one up (if you like you can pick up the Uncharted 4 PS4 Bundle here).
So if you’re reading this and are still purely in camp Xbox, now’s the time to start batting for both teams. Purely in the gaming sense, of course. Uncharted 4 is one of the best-looking games of all time and it presents one of the strongest stories ever put to the medium, and it sells the console off its own back.
Do you enjoy online multiplayer games?
While it’s predominantly known for its singleplayer chops, the Uncharted series has, since the second game, boasted an online multiplayer component. This is a fast, frantic third-person cover based affair, and is unlike anything on the market.
Uncharted 4’s multiplayer has you reviving downed allies, spawning sniper and machine-gun AI sidekicks, teleporting around the map and taking part in intense gun battles. It’s certainly fun stuff, and just because multiplayer isn’t generally associated with the series, doesn’t mean we can’t consider it a part of the package.
So when you’re looking to make your purchase, ask yourself if multiplayer matters. It’s online competitive only – co-op is coming in an update this fall – and it’s certainly meaty enough to warrant your attention. If multiplayer doesn’t bother you, then make sure you’re ok with paying full price for a pure, albeit fantastic, singleplayer campaign.
Is Uncharted 4 worth buying?
So you’re out game shopping – should you pick this one up? In short; yes. It’s a beautifully designed, silky-smooth, action-packed third person shooter that truly displays the power of this current generation of consoles. The multiplayer component is extremely fun, and could feasibly add hundreds and hundreds of hours of Uncharted action to your already worthy purchase.
In fact, if you don’t have a PS4, you should pick up a console just to play it! While you may be a tiny bit lost if you haven’t played the first couple of Uncharted games, and Uncharted 4 doesn’t offer nearly as much content as, say, The Witcher 3, if you have a weekend to kill and want to fill it in a fun fashion, you can’t go wrong here.
Or, if you’re in the market for a different kind of game entirely, perhaps Overwatch will be more your jam.