According to Naughty Dog’s communications director, Arne Meyer, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will open with a sequence stronger than that of The Last of Us. Bold words, as the opening of TLoU evoked plenty of emotion; for many gamers, tears were involved.
“In my personal opinion this is our strongest beginning, opening sequence for games since The Last of Us, which was obviously very emotional, but I think this is probably one of the best opening sequences as well. That feeling of wanting to keep playing and wanting to know where it goes continues the entire game.”
Could this really be Naughty Dog’s best intro yet? Anything is possible. After the stunning train sequence in Uncharted 2, arguably one of the best directed scenes in gaming, no one thought the studio could possibly top it. Then The Last of Us raised the bar. The perfect set up, excellent writing and stellar acting culminated in what most gamers cite as their first time crying while playing a video game. In both the aforementioned moments, Naughty Dog was able to accomplish what few other developers have–making you forget you are playing a game. They’re that talented and tell stories that emotionally resonant. Who’s to say they can’t do it again for Nathan Drake’s last go at an adventure?
Uncharted 4 will ease itself into PS4s worldwide on May 10.