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Uncharted 4 Could Be Longest Game in the Series

A common concern when it comes to games that focus heavily on single player is that the games will be short in length, or not offer a lot of replay value. Those looking forward to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End apparently won’t have anything to worry about on that front, as Arne Meyer of Naughty Dog has explained that Uncharted 4 could be the longest game in the series to date.

Meyer made this claim during a livestream of Uncharted 4, in which he discussed a number of details about the upcoming game. When referring to its length, Meyer described Uncharted 4 as a “pretty meaty game,” and said that it will probably take longer for players to complete than the previous games in the series. However, Meyer did not offer an exact number of hours that he expects players to complete the game on average.

Of course, with Uncharted 4 having 10 times the playable space of the games that preceded it, it’s no surprise that it is a longer adventure. To that end, the game’s story will offer more replayability than the first three games in the series as well, thanks to Uncharted 4‘s branching dialogue options along with the usual batch of hidden treasures for players to discover.

Another way that Uncharted 4‘s length will be increased is with its higher difficulty modes. Meyer touched on the game’s difficulty settings during the livestream as well, saying that there are some enemies players will only encounter on the Hard and Crushing difficulty levels. Meyer did not specify whether or not Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection‘s Brutal difficulty will be appearing in Uncharted 4, however.

During the livestream, Meyer gave specific examples of the types of enemies that players may encounter on the higher difficulty settings. He referenced a point in the game where players have to deal with snipers in Madagascar. When playing the game on the Crushing difficulty, there are also enemies with rocket launchers at this section, making it much more challenging to complete. Moreover, Crushing difficulty removes helpful enemy location indicators while also making enemies much more aggressive, which should provide a stiff challenge for even the best Uncharted players.

With multiple difficulty settings, branching dialogue options, plenty of collectibles to find, and a multiplayer component, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is shaping up to be a fully-featured adventure when it releases next month. And with Uncharted 4 being the last game in the series, it’s good to see Naughty Dog end Nathan Drake’s adventures with a bang.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available on May 10th, exclusively for PlayStation 4.

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