“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is the final chapter Naughty Dog’s series about the life and times of Nathan Drake. It is also arguably the biggest PlayStation 4 exclusive to date. The long running action-adventure series made its debut on the PS3, and all three releases on the console were top sellers. The new game is already the fastest selling first-party game for the PlayStation 4, and will likely set even more sales records for Sony’s home console. To help with the new action-adventure game, Prima has released two versions of their guide book.
“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” takes a slightly different tone than previous entries. This is in large part due to a change in creative directors. Neil Druckmann, of “The Last of Us” fame has put his stamp on the new game. Prima has also tied their “Uncharted 4 Collector’s Edition Guide” to the “Last of Us” by including a small keepsake. Where “The Last of Us’” “Collector’s Edition Guide” book included a Firefly keychain, this book includes a silver variant of the Pirate Sigil Coin. This important artifact from Nathan Drake’s latest adventure, is exclusive to the Collector’s Edition Guide.
While the prior “Uncharted” games ran the player through some pretty narrow corridors, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” features more wide-open areas, allowing for a great deal more exploration. This is where the guide book is most useful. Known, for its collectibles, the “Uncharted” series and “Uncharted 4” have a lot of treasures to find. In the new game, those treasures can be used to unlock in game features, for a second playthrough, as well as the more typical gallery screens and models. Both the hardback Collector’s Edition and standard guide do a great job showing where these can all be found. They are all shown in the course of the walkthrough, as well as an index at the end of the book.
Except for the choice between hardback and a softcover, and the collectible pirate coin, Prima’s “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Collector’s Edition” and the “Standard Edition Strategy Guide” cover all of the same material. From the detailed maps to the collectibles guide, the book provides both detailed traversal routes, and shows every collectible treasure, trophy, weapon, journal entry, and conversation opportunity. The book presents most of the information in the course of a step-by-step walkthrough, that leads you through the entire adventure, providing stealthy alternatives to earn special Trophies for sneakiness.
Besides guiding you through the single-player campaign, Prima’s “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Guide” offers thorough enemy and weapon data, multiplayer coverage, treasure and trophy checklists, and character profiles. Purchasing either guide book also entitles you to code to access the eGuide, the web based version of the complete guide, which can be handy while you’re knee deep in action, on your couch. The book is just over 300 pages long, and well put together. As far as guide books go, I really have no complaints. Everything you need to know is easily accessible and well represented.