ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Naughty Dog's impending return to the Uncharted franchise in 2015, is one of the many reasons that players are finally considering the move over to the PS4. But I must say that Bloodborne would have had me there months before the release date of Uncharted 4 ! But now, with [The Last of Us](movie:1190382) director Neil Druckmann steering A Thief's End onto the PS4, what kind of changes are we likely to see for Nathan Drake and the Uncharted series?

The Uncharted games have always granted players the ability to explore the areas a little bit. But they are very much linear experiences. Could Uncharted 4 be moving more towards an open-world setting, and would you want that as a fan of Uncharted?

Uncharted 4
Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: More Linear or Open-World?

There's one thing that we can be sure of with regards to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, it will most certainly not be giving us an open-world experience akin to that of a sandbox title. However, Naughty Dog have shown off in their trailers and gameplay clips the progress that the series has made in terms of its exploration.

Druckmann and his team are aiming towards a world that grants the player numerous options in terms of figuring out how their task can be completed. We've seen this at the Playstation experience and the numerous paths that Drake could take in his attempt to reach his brother on the far side of this open area.

Uncharted 4 Compressed Comparison
Uncharted 4 Compressed Comparison

But the question remains; how close to an open-world adventure is Uncharted 4? And even more importantly, are you pleased with the series moving in this direction? Personally, I've become so jaded with open-world games as of late. In the last few months I've played a ridiculous amount of them.

Dying Light, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, AC: Unity, Shadow of Mordor, GTA V, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes to name a few. Personally, I'm dying to play a linear game at the moment. One that will push me down a corridor and tell me where to go. The Order: 1886 looks like that perfect break at the moment, I sincerely hope that all of its controversies turn out to be rumours and unjustified attacks.

Uncharted 4
Uncharted 4

Therefore, while I embrace that Nathan Drake is having a little bit more room to explore in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, I sincerely hope that the series doesn't fall into the traps of other open-world games and litter its world with useless content for you to pick up.

Be sure to let us know what you think about the new direction of the Uncharted series and whether you'd like to see Uncharted 4 be more linear or open-world on its exclusive release date for the PS4.


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