Platforms PS4
Developer Naughty Dog
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date May 10, 2016

I was late in getting around to the adventures of Nathan Drake, owing to my lack of a Playstation 3. As such I actually experienced the entire Uncharted series in the first half of 2016, blasting through the Nathan Drake Collection in preparation for the release of Uncharted 4 in May.

While there’s a lot of great stuff in Uncharted 4 (and the series as a whole), it’s the cast of characters that are a true stand out. Uncharted 4 is the most character-driven entry in the series, with the actual main plot of Henry Avery’s lost pirate treasure taking a backseat to the excellent individual character stories. The game also has one of the best endings to a long running video game series I’ve ever witnessed.

In Uncharted 4, incredible performances combine with excellent writing and fantastic visuals to create an endearing, emotional and fun treasure hunting romp. It’s also one of the most fluid platformers you’re likely to find. The way you’re able to string together Nate’s various hops, jumps and swings is a testament to some great animations and solid controls.

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Uncharted 4 follows the formula laid out by its predecessors fairly closely, albeit with a slower build up to its main action. It makes the gameplay a tad predictable, but this is a game that’s firing on all cylinders, packed with some fantastic set pieces that make this familiarity fade away. Every part of the game comes together to create one of the best games of the year.

Uncharted 4 is filled with all the blockbuster action set pieces, treasure hunting and third-person platforming you’ll be expecting if you’re in any way familiar with the series. But it’s the quieter moments, where Uncharted 4 allows its excellent characters and breathtaking environments to breathe, that elevate it from a great game to one of the best games released in 2016.

Check out Gary’s review of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End here.

The List So Far:

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5) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
6) The Last Guardian
7) Stardew Valley
8) Oxenfree
9) Doom
10) Aragami
11) Quantum Break
12) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
13) Watch Dogs 2
14) The Flame in the Flood
15) Forza Horizon 3
16) The Banner Saga 2
17) Planet Coaster
18) Gears of War 4
19) Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
20) Batman: The Telltale Series

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