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Watch: New Uncharted 4 Trailer Promises A Thief's End

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After endless delays fans of the critically acclaimed Uncharted series were treated to a pleasant surprise on Wednesday 24th February.

This pleasant surprise came in the form of a brilliant story trailer for the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.  

The game tells the story of retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake, whose long-lost brother re-enters his life in the most dramatic of circumstances. Suffice to say this was not the family reunion Drake was expecting and he is quickly thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. However, balancing the needs of his brother Sam with the needs of his wife Elena isn't the only thing Drake will have to contend with, as a ruthless gang of thieves and mercenaries are racing Drake to the treasure in his final outing.

The Uncharted series has always managed to incorporate interesting and relevant themes among its trademark rick rollicking action and adventure, most prominently about family.

This new trailer gives us no doubt that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be continuing this trend.

Where, the second game in the series explored the battle between two women for Drake's heart and the third game explored Drake's relationship with his surrogate father Victor Sullivan, the fourth and final game seems to be taking the approach of exploring Drake's split loyalties to his surrogate and biological families. What's clear is that the clash between his surrogate family's concern for his safety and his biological family's lust for adventure, will be the central conflict of the game.

Moreover, the trailer indicates that the familial theme won't be the only trend continued in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. The outlandish action setpieces which typified the previous three games were on show in the trailer, as there were glimpses of a car/motorcycle chase, Drake hanging on a crumbling ceiling and plenty of gunfire.

The flashbacks which debuted in Uncharted 3 also seem to be making a comeback, shedding some much needed light on a mysterious protagonist. The Bondesque villain/henchman duo of antagonists which has been present in every Uncharted game, is also showcased in the trailer, with a slight variation in the form of the series' first henchwoman in Nadine Ross.

A henchwoman isn't the only new thing promised in this trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. 

The trailer seems to allude to the fact that the game will have a darker tone than its predecessors. Considering the guys who made The Last of Us are behind this game, this isn't a massive surprise. The title of the game is a fairly ominous one and does hint at the death of at least one of our main protagonists. However, it's too early to get any sort of an indication on what overall tone the finished game will have. Additionally it's worth not reading too much into the distinct lack of the classic cheesy and pulp comedy associated with the Uncharted series, as there's only so much they can fit into a two minute trailer.

As has always been the case with developer Naughty Dog's games, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End seems to be exploiting the full technical capability of the PlayStation 4. Graphically the game looks absolutely gorgeous in this trailer and whilst it's always important to remember that trailer footage doesn't necessarily represent actual game footage, this trailer is very encouraging. Coupled with the promise of real time cutscenes made by developer Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is shaping up to be very technically impressive.

Ultimately, this trailer couldn't have come at a better time for the millions of fans whose frustration has grown with the announcement of every new delay in the game's development.

Long live Nathan Drake! Could this particular thief's end be a glorious one?

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be released on PlayStation 4 on 29th April 2016.

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