Where did all the time go? I ask you. It doesn’t seem like so long ago we were given that first teaser for Uncharted 4 back in 2014, when we were just at the beginning of our wait for one of Sony’s most anticipated games for the PS4. Yet here we are, on May 8th 2016; nearly two years and three delays later, with the game’s release on May 10th less than two days away. Where did all the time go…
Unlike with the previous entries in Naughty Dog’s series, I have chosen to stay away from much of the gameplay footage, trailers, previews and the such in an effort to keep this game as fresh as possible. It’s been hard, but I always found that with Uncharted 2 and 3, I would watch the big gameplay reveals, be totally awe struck with the crazy set pieces and action scenes, and then just want to watch more, and more and more, until suddenly the games out and many of the biggest moments in the game have had the curtain lifted already, leaving you expecting them and second guessing what’s going to happen next.
That’s not what I want for Uncharted 4. If this truly is to be a fond farewell to Nathan Drake, and possibly to the Uncharted franchise as a whole (at least as we know it) then I want to go in blind, I want to experience it as organically as possible and be surprised and intrigued by everything. Will Drake die? I doubt it. Will his brother double cross him? It wouldn’t surprise me. Will there be a randoms third act supernatural element? I hope so. But I have literally no idea.
This has not been easy. I’ve been so hyped for this game for so damn long, that I’m literally itching to watch streams, read reviews and just see the game in action, and the only way I’ve been able to do this is by reminding myself how much better it’ll be for not doing any of that.
The reviews that have come out so far have made it that much harder. I haven’t seen reviews this positive since Naughty Dog’s last spectacular, The Last Of Us launched on PS3 in 2013 to pretty much astronomical acclaim, and U4 seems to be following suit. Currently sitting pretty at 94% from 71 reviews, this has cemented Naughty Dog as one of, if not the most prolific and successful game developers currently working in the industry.
I have less than 48 hours to go until I can finally get my hands on this game, and I don’t have a goddamn clue about what’s gonna happen. I guess that means I succeeded.
Surprise me Drake, surprise me…
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launches exclusively for PlayStation 4 on May 10th 2016.