Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a wonderful thing to behold. It’s the first game I preordered and quickly completed in years. It’s such a good game, that we gave it a 9/10 in our review and even went into excruciating analysis on all the aspects that make Uncharted 4 great. Nevertheless, like any video game, Uncharted 4 is not flawless. And considering how few those imperfections might be, they are even more interesting to delve into.

The Performance

Uncharted 4 is a gorgeous game, but that’s not news to anyone. The Uncharted series has always been breathtaking in terms of its presentation. But unfortunately, Uncharted 4’s single player mode runs at 30fps. This is understandable, given that Naughty Dog chose to allocate resources elsewhere, but perhaps had the multiplayer mode not been included, they would have been able to have more time to work on making the single-player 60fps.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s by no means a disaster, but when you see how well the game could have run by playing the 60fps multiplayer mode, it is a bit of a downer. Exploring the expansive vistas would have been mind-blowing if it had all been achieved in 60fps.

The Banter

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While interesting, the banter, the dynamic between Nathan Drake and his various companions, never quite hits the heights it could. Needless to say, Nate’s dynamic with Elena is as good as it’s ever been, made all the more convincing by the magnificent facial animations. Despite this, the game unfortunately falls short when Sam, Nathan’s brother, is by his side. Sam is the companion who joins Nathan for the majority of the game, and that is a real problem.

Voiced and acted by Troy Baker, it’s reasonable to expected an awful lot more than what we get in the end with Sam. His character is incredibly monotone and the quips between the brothers don’t manage to be as heartfelt as you might expect. There were no laugh out loud moments or even moments that just make you snigger. Playing through the incredibly long Scotland section (more on that later) is made all the more painful by the totally uninteresting script given to Sam and Nathan throughout the sequence.

Nolan North and Troy Baker can make people laugh by just being themselves and it wasn’t too much to hope Uncharted 4 would allow them to do just that. But it seems as though the pair were told to follow a strict script and barely given room to bring their own personalities into the performance. Again, this is a shame given the high hopes the combined acting pedigree engendered.

The Marketing

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This is a fairly strange one considering it is a criticism more aimed at Sony and Naughty Dog’s advertising team, rather than those who actually made the game. Because I knew this game would be great I didn’t want to indulge too much in watching footage on YouTube. Nevertheless, I allowed myself to consume the odd trailer or two just to be sure that this is a game that I would get behind. Unfortunately, Naughty Dog dropped the ball by spoiling some of the games major plot points in their main trailers.

Whoever thought this would be a good idea needs to consider that the moments like meeting Elena when she flew out to find Nathan would have had so much more impact if they were not spoiled before we even went hands on with the game. I felt nothing when the duo met in that moment because I already knew it was coming. As for Sam, his ‘death’ at the beginning of the game also felt