As far as we know, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is our final adventure with Nathan Drake. His presumed dead brother Sam and longtime treasure hunting partner Sully are along for the ride. Nate is reluctant to go back to his old life, but feels duty to his brother. Twists and turns put characters into new light, and ultimately we have satisfying closure to Nate and Elena’s story, brought to life by some of the best acting this medium has seen so far.
The new rope swing mechanic was endlessly entertaining. I never tire of swinging off the rope into a flying punch to take out an enemy. Naughty Dog pays special attention to small details throughout, and in my 5/5 review, I called Uncharted 4 “the best looking video game ever made.”
Uncharted 4 has the best gameplay in the series, the best visuals, and possibly the best story. Even if it’s not your favorite Drake tale, it’s in the conversation. Though the multiplayer wasn’t even on my list of best multiplayer games this year, I did have fun with it for the short time I stuck with it.
Along with the overall Game of the Year win, Uncharted 4 took home a slew of other VGN awards. It won our Best PS4 Game, Best Visuals, Best Story, and Best Acting awards. Best PS4 nominees included Ratchet & Clank and Street Fighter V. Best Visuals contenders were Final Fantasy XV, Gears of War 4, and The Last Guardian. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, Ratchet & Clank, and Batman: The Telltale Series were the other nominees for Best Story. Finally, the Best Acting category was rounded out by Titanfall 2, Batman: The Telltale Series, and Quantum Break.
What was your personal Game of the Year for 2016?