Uncharted 4 is a Lock For Game of the Year 2015
We’re speaking strictly from a statistical viewpoint, of course. Examine the evidence, if you will:
The Uncharted franchise has earned some of the highest review scores in industry history. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves still holds one of the highest average Metascores ever recorded (96) and the franchise average (excluding the Vita iteration, Golden Abyss) sits at 92. Even the esteemed Halo series can’t quite reach these lofty numbers, and Halo 5: Guardians may be the biggest competition in 2015 for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Furthermore, let’s not forget that developer Naughty Dog has become the “critic’s darling” over the years. Between Uncharted and The Last Of Us, no other studio even comes close to matching the review scores Naughty Dog’s productions have earned. It seems like everything they touch turns to gold, and we fully expect to see more perfect 10s when The Last Of Us: Remastered launches at the end of this month.
Of course, we’re not privy to every last game that is scheduled to release in 2015 but given these statistics, it almost doesn’t matter. Some may mention new IPs like Bloodborne, but new IPs rarely score so unbelievably high…well, unless their name is Journey. Actually, if you really think about it, Uncharted 4‘s biggest competition may come from the smaller “indie” scene next year, as that section of the industry has been blowing up lately.
We think it’s safe to assume that, given the legendary status of the Uncharted franchise, and the fact that it’s arguably the first superior AAA exclusive for the PlayStation 4, A Thief’s End will do extremely well. It’s not unreasonable to add that if the Metascore comes in at anything under a 90, the game in question will be viewed as a colossal disappointment. Hell, considering the scores these titles typically receive, anything not a 9.5 or above might be greeted with derision.
Such is the pressure one puts upon oneself for succeeding at such a high level for so long…