Uncharted 4, Round 2: Headed down road to platinum

June 8, 2017

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that I write about Uncharted a lot. Last year around this time, I wrote about how it was going to take me a long time to earn the platinum trophy for Uncharted 4 because I wasn’t ready to let go; I didn’t want to say goodbye to this series that is so near and dear to my heart.

Uncharted 4 came out on May 10, 2016, I completed it two days later on May 12, and then I took a long break from the game. I tried to immediately jump in and start working on the platinum, but I stopped almost immediately because I wasn’t enjoying it. I needed time to recover, emotionally. The game is an absolute work of art, and if you’re a fan of the series, it’s inevitable that you will feel very emotional at the end of the game. If you’ve completed it, you know what I am talking about.

This past weekend, I had some free time and was trying to decide what to play. I got up and went over to see which physical games we had on the shelf. I picked up the Uncharted 4 steelbook and looked at it for a few seconds, and then said to myself, “It’s time.” I know this seems overly dramatic and silly, but this game really means that much to me. Until that moment, I hadn’t felt emotionally ready to jump back into the game after completing it upon its release.

I started the game on Crushing difficulty, and I am enjoying every second of it...even more so than the first time I played. This time around, I am really taking my time; I wasn’t able to do this before, as I was trying to finish the game as quickly as possible in order to limit my chances of seeing spoilers online (that actually would have completely devastated me). I am really taking advantage of the game’s Photo Mode, and I am spending much more time walking and driving around and seeing all that the game’s world has to offer. I am still amazed at how gorgeous the game is. All Uncharted games are visually stunning, but A Thief’s End takes it to another level.

After I finish the game on Crushing difficulty, I will begin a new playthrough on an easier difficulty to collect all treasures, and then take care of miscellaneous combat-related trophies. I am enjoying this game so, so much. Please pick it up and give it a try if you haven’t already; I just can’t recommend it enough. Naughty Dog are truly masters of their craft.

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  • Cassie Gotto-White is a gamer, communications professional and coffee lover. She discovered her passion for video games at age six when she was given an NES Top Loader. Her current main console is a PlayStation 4, but she also owns a Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. She considers herself to be a single-player games advocate, and some of her favorite games are The Last of Us, the Uncharted series, the Yakuza series and Night in the Woods. Follow her at cgottowhite on Instagram and Twitter, and add her on PSN: unleash-the-bats.

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