If nothing else, Uncharted 4‘s gameplay trailer has proven that older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has just gotten a 15 minute trailer that showcases both platforming and combat footage for the upcoming Uncharted game. Nathan Drake seems to be up to his old tricks again, climbing cliffs, seeking treasure, getting shot at, throwing people from cliffs. Pretty standard fare for an Uncharted title.
That said, there are a few new details tucked away in the trailer. Nathan Drake seems to have gained a few new tricks in his advancing age. In combat, he’s gained little opportunities for stealth and manipulating line-of-sight. He can use dust from grenade detonations to mask his movements, foliage to take cover, and blind corners to blindside his enemies. Stealth takedowns have gained a bit of expediency, and the opportunity to play merry havoc by introducing enemies to sheer cliffs from surprise attacks seems like a satisfying way to clear a threat quickly. He’s also learned a trick or two for climbing, including a few new tools such as a grappling hook he now wears on his belt.
However, for the most part, the trailer mostly promises more Uncharted. Combat seems lively and quick, climbing has the same dramatic flair that the occasional scripted falling rock and sudden slip in footing that has long been a part of the game’s character. For its heavily scripted criticisms, Uncharted has always had a solid sense of timing, and the new enemy movement and coordination has done a lot to give the otherwise script-heavy moments a lot of freedom. Coupled with beautiful visuals and the same kind of Indiana Jones-esque action players can count on, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End looks poised to deliver when it’s released in 2015.