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Game of the Year 2016

The votes have been counted; the verdict is in. Here is Gamereactor UK's top ten games of 2016.

  • Text: Gamereactor Staff

2. The Uncharted series has always been consistently good, and so has developer Naughty Dog, who quietly and confidently deliver hit after hit. Building on the brilliance of The Last of Us, we weren't all that surprised then when it turned out that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was yet another show-stopping classic. It's an amazing entry into the already glossy Uncharted series, but we were nevertheless blown away by the quality it showed throughout.

Developer Naughty Dog is known for creating extremely detailed and very realistic looking visuals, and with Uncharted 4 they turned up the visual quality to 11. A Thief's End hasn't just got the best graphics we've seen in a PS4 game to date, but some of the best we've seen in a game overall. Character models look more real than ever before, especially those of the main characters, with each one brought to life thanks to a dizzying level of detail. The locations look wonderful, vibrant and exotic, with everything from realistically animated foliage through to heart pounding set-pieces that unfold from behind the wheel.

The gameplay has been refined and gunplay has been tightened and improved to provide the best experience in the series so far. Guns have a bit more weight to them now and the recoil is more realistic too, although there's also an emphasis on stealth in Uncharted 4. We've seen it in previous Uncharted games and it hasn't worked brilliantly, but Uncharted 4 does it rather well. Naughty Dog seem have taken what they learned from The Last of Us and applied their knowledge to Uncharted 4, and the result is intuitive and accessible stealth. The game also has multiplayer which is quite a bit of fun, especially when played with friends, with players swinging between platforms while playing as customisable characters drawn from the solo campaign.

It's Uncharted 4's story that steals the show, though, and in it we get to see more of Nathan Drake's past; the additional insight being something that fans of the series have long been asking for. The main story primarily focuses on Nathan Drake after his brother, Sam, shows up out of the blue. Series regulars show up and do their bit to help add depth to the game's story, and of course help the Drake brothers on their adventure. The story that plays out is deep, emotional, well-written, and well thought out. Despite it having a more serious tone than its predecessors, the clever and witty humour that the series is known for is still there, this time adding more depth to the cast of characters. A Thief's End is a fitting title, and it serves as an equally fitting conclusion to one of the best series in gaming.