1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Was there any question that Naughty Dog’s hit franchise would not make it to the number one spot? Uncharted 4 features Nathan Drake in his final canonical adventure for the heavyweight developer. In Uncharted 4, Nathan’s long lost brother, Sam Drake, comes back from the dead to persuade Nathan into an escapade to find a long lost treasure the brothers had searched for since their childhood. Of course, things don’t ever go as planned for Nathan, and the adventure that ensues is one worth experiencing. With new gameplay mechanics and excellent refinement of old, Uncharted 4 would stand alone on these premises.

But Naughty Dog brought in Neil Druckman to finish the great Amy Hennig’s work, allowing him to add his dark narrative touch to Hennig’s exciting characters. The end result is a treasure hunt grounded in more reality than previous entries, and a serious examination of Drake’s life. This game was the first Uncharted to really delve into exposition before casting players straight into an adrenaline filled storyline, and it’s something that I, personally, found myself engulfed in. When examining critic scores for Uncharted 4, numerous perfect scores can be found. After playing the game, many would agree that it tops the 2016 releases so far.

~Evan Schwab

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