Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Action game with a great story, but also bloody gunfights.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

Explores bond of brotherhood, the stress lies put on marriage, duties of love, friendship, nature of people who seek thrills for sake of being thrilled. Sensationalizes both gun-based combat, dangerous acrobatic climbing where one slip can be fatal.

Positive role models & representations

Nathan comes off as a good buddy who would do almost anything for friends, family. But he's also an admitted thief with cavalier attitude when it comes to lethally dispatching those who would do him harm.

Ease of play

Four difficulty settings allow players to set own challenge. Easiest setting makes combat much easier, enables occasional navigational hints, but some of the harder puzzles come without clues.

Violence

Players kill hundreds of human enemies (mercenaries, prison guards, criminals) with pistols, shotguns, rifles, grenades. Shouts of pain, small bursts of blood accompany most hits. Stealth play involves choking enemies to death, pushing, pulling them over cliffs. Melee combat scenes include intense punches, kicks that leave heroes bloodied, bruised. Ancient bones of people who died in battle scattered through many environments, with swords, spears still embedded in them.

Sex
Language

Occasional occurrences of "s--t," "a--hole." One character says "crap" frequently.

Consumerism

Some Sony product placement, including a phone.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters -- including hero -- drink beer, whisky but not to intoxication. One of primary protagonists frequently smokes a cigar; another smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a third-person action game. Players take on the role of a thrill-seeking treasure hunter in search of a lost pirate city who kills hundreds of soldiers working for a competing treasure hunter. Combat involves a broad array of guns, stealth choking, and intense melee combat that often leaves fighters bloodied and bruised. Nathan Drake is likable, a reliable brother, and a good friend, but he's also an admitted thief who shows little remorse for most of the enemies he kills and endangers his marriage by lying to his wife. Players will also see characters drinking, smoking, and occasionally using mild profanity.

User Reviews

Parent Written bygamerdad711 May 10, 2016

Amazing story, jaw dropping graphics!

Uncharted 4 is an outstanding action game. This game is fine for people 12 and older. It does not contain extreme violence like call of duty black ops 3 where y... Continue reading
Adult Written byEpicGameReviews May 9, 2016

Amazing Game

Graphics are unbelievable, really good story. There is some blood and violence, but otherwise a great Indiana Jones type game.
Teen, 13 years old Written byAram Rajabpour May 12, 2016

Best game I've played in a while

This game is very good, but it is pretty violent. The game has quite a bit of action sequences(not as many as previous games), which you are encouraged to kill... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2016

Depends on the kid

This game is VERY good and makes you feel like your watching a movie. There is some swearing and violence but if they could handle avengers or any movies like t... Continue reading

What's it about?

Potentially the final chapter in Naughty Dog's popular action-adventure series, UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END finds treasure hunter Nathan Drake a bit older and settled into the life of a working husband. But when his long-lost brother turns up in desperate need of help, Nathan is drawn back into his old life exploring ruins and seeking fortune -- and feels compelled to lie to his wife, Elena, about it. The adventure that follows sees Nathan spelunking Scottish caves and exploring the wilds of Madagascar. He gets to make ample use of his famous climbing and traversal skills, which for the first time include a grappling ability that lets him climb and lower himself, swing over perilous gaps, and run along walls. He also gets into plenty of firefights with enemies, though this time there's a greater emphasis on stealth, with Nathan taking advantage of tall grass to hide before striking silently. As usual, there also are plenty of treasures and notebook entries for players to find and optional conversations Nathan can have with his traveling companions. Multiplayer, meanwhile, provides a quartet of traditional competitive team-based modes spread over eight maps designed to encourage Nathan's climbing and grappling skills.

Is it any good?

Few games tell a story as compelling as this adventure, which truly sums up the franchise well. A combination of exceptional graphics -- including immersive performance capture -- a smart and compelling script, and some terrific performances from an all-star cast of video game voice actors help to emotionally engage players in a manner akin to a great movie. Nathan and his brother have terrific chemistry, and scenes shared between him and his wife feel intimate and authentic. The frequently funny offhand chats, which all the main characters engage in while climbing, driving, and exploring, help make it feel like you're right there with them, a part of the experience. It's about as close as a game gets to feeling like an interactive Hollywood blockbuster.

And the action is a blast, too. Exploration and traversal are a joy, thanks to tight controls and brilliant level design. Several chapters are set in something close to an open world that begs us to investigate every nook and cranny, partly because we want to discover any treasures and secrets they contain and also just because grappling, climbing, and leaping our way there is so much fun. If Uncharted 4 has a weak spot, it's combat. But it's not weak so much as it is merely average -- competent and polished but not particularly original. And most firefights come in quick bursts, leaving us to spend the bulk of our time on all the other parts of the game -- story and exploration -- that are truly amazing and verging on unparalleled. This is one adventure PlayStation 4 owners won't want to miss.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. This game has characters who seem charming and relatable but who also kill their enemies with little remorse. Do you think games would be more believable and/or enjoyable if they were designed so players avoided enemies rather killed them?

  • Talk about respecting the people we love, including siblings, friends, and spouses. What does lying do to these relationships? How can trust be rebuilt once it's broken?

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