If you have not completed Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, do not continue, unless you do not care about spoilers.
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Naughty Dog’s newly released Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a masterpiece; it is the best game is the critically acclaimed series, and is one of the best video games of the last few console generations. It is a technical marvel, and its storytelling is one of a kind. There are plenty of things to like about Uncharted 4, but the one thing that puts all of it over the top is the Epilogue.
If you have completed the game already, you know how high the stakes were for Nate on his last adventure, and how his marriage to Elena is teetering on the brink of disaster, because of that promise to get into normalcy. It is a tale that has weight to it, especially if you have played the previous installments; I always felt the tension between Nate and Elena, and the urgency to save Sam, and, after he lies to you, the urgency to rescue Sam. I felt the sadness in Sully because of what Nate was doing. Narratively, it had my hooks in it from step one.
The Epilogue is the perfect cap to the narrative, and the perfect way to end (maybe?) the Uncharted series. It starts off in a mysterious way; I was in an unfamiliar room playing Crash Bandicoot (A+ for this Naughty Dog, by the way), and I had the biggest shock of the entire series when the camera turned around and I wasn’t Nate. I was a teenage girl. And my mind started racing.
As I wondered around the house, and following the dog, I was completely thrown for a loop. What was this? Where are Nate and Elena? Who was I controlling? I eventually put the pieces together; I was their daughter.
Immediately I started to interact with everything I could, and getting more and more pieces to how life was for the Drake family nowadays. It was fantastic.
Then, after I left the house, and found myself on a deserted beach, I began to get nervous. Seriously, where is Nate and Elena? I wondered to myself as I explored the beach, starting to actually get worried. Was this really a thief’s end, like the title suggests?
Then, after getting the optional conversation with Vicky, the dog, I found the other house, equally as empty. However, it was full of items to interact with, mostly explaining what Nate and Elena do for a living (If they’re still alive). Then, I found the cabinet.
It was full of what I have been collecting, exploring, seeing, and experiencing since 2007, when Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune debuted. It was amazing to see their daughter see all of this for the first time, and for me to see it all over again (just like the attic scene).
And finally Nate and Elena walked in, and were forced to tell their adventures to Cassie.
The twenty-or-so minute Epilogue was a roller coaster of emotion, and it ended the Uncharted saga perfectly. It ended how it was supposed to; Nathan and Elena living happily, Sam and Sully as well, and moving forward with their lives. But, it also opens the possibility of returning to the series. Will Cassie, enthralled by her parent’s adventures, set off on her own? Will we see what Sam and Sully are up to? Who knows if we’ll ever see Uncharted again, but if we do not, we have the perfect ending for it.