Uncharted 4 isn’t the best in the series. That honor, in my mind, goes to Uncharted 2. This title, though? It belongs in our rundown of the best games released in 2016.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End marks the end of Nathan’s Drake story as we currently know it. Could he be back? Sure, maybe in some capacity, but the game does a wonderful job when it comes time to put a nice bow on his tale.
It does so while avoiding a lot of cliché, too.
Uncharted 4 is a long ride packed with lots of changing mechanics. It’s also one of the most beautiful games ever released, packing some stunning vistas and unbelievably good effects into its package. It’s also a beautiful work of character for folks like Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher.
Admittedly, I look back on 2016 and find that Uncharted 4 doesn’t stand out as well as other games on this list. Then I sit and think on it. I think about the segments with the jeep. I think about Nate and Sully. I think about Nate’s brother. I think about when Elena joins the group. I think about all these moments that really made me smile, and I realize that Uncharted 4 was actually pretty darn good.
If I had to pin down its worst moment? That would have to belong to the “boss battle,” if that’s what you’d call it. The game puts you on a burning ship and throws completely new mechanics at you, and that includes a tutorial of sorts. For the final encounter. Seriously.
That slight aside, Uncharted 4 was one of the most complete and ultimately rewarding narratives I played this year. I’ll miss Nate and Sully, I know that much, and I’m glad we had this ride in 2016.