Elena is real mad at Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Extended gameplay demo

Sony showed off Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End yesterday to end its conference with a bang. A lot of them as a jeep careened through an entire city.

In today’s behind closed doors session, we saw creative director on Uncharted 4 (and The Last of Us) Neil Druckmann play through that same section of the game live, and then some. Even the beginning portion was a bit different, though, as Druckmann took different routes through the city. “We’re playing it one specific way but there’s all kinds of options,” he explained.

Plus Nate didn’t freeze this time nor did the demo need to be restarted.

At the end of this, Drake goes crashing through the wooden plank, skips across the water, and ends up getting dragged through the mud on the other side. All the while he’s shooting with one hand, hanging on for dear life with the other, because he is very strong. It’s not quite just a set piece set up as that grappling hook is a huge part of Uncharted 4‘s gameplay systems and you’ll always be able to shoot from it.

Drake pulls himself up onto the crane truck that’d been dragging him and so begins a long series of shooting with assumed bad guys on motor bikes as Drake tries to work is way to the front of the convoy chasing his brother, Sam. After hijacking a jeep and catching up, the two argue over who should jump to the other’s vehicle. A little brotherly conflict. Then Nate gets blindsided by a truck and there’s a nice, quieter moment of being pinned underneath a flipped over van that is increasingly on fire.

Nate hops on Sam’s bike and that armored truck returns with a vengeance in a Sonic Adventure 2 style chase sequence towards the camera. Eventually, of course, they escape.

This is when we got wind of some story elements. Sully, Sam, and Nate are after collected treasure from a pirate commune, Libertalia. Someone named Rafe, presumably from Days of Our Lives, is trying to kill them. They chat up plans on the way into their motel and suddenly there’s Nate, rarely tongue tied, as a very upset Elena is standing in the room. She hints that Nate was lying about being on a job in Malaysia and, as you can see above, she is pretty damn pissed off. It ain’t anger, it’s that, “I’m so hurt and disappointed in you” look that just cuts deep.

Nate fucked up. We’ll know how bad next year.

Steven Hansen