Sam just seemed dull as a character. So was whoever that new enemy guy was. So was the African woman. None of them won me over the way Chloe, Cutter, or Marlowe did (the other post-Nate, Sully, Elena characters.) To be fair, it could be because they never had the chance to shine in such a dull game.
For me the story pacing was definitely below the amazing gameplay sections, Madagascar was incredible and the second half had better game design but the exposition and amount of padding in the first half and even in the second half dragged it down.
I liked the story itself, but I can name more than one chapter that could have been greatly pared down or even cut completely. But when it's actually moving and trying to be a videogame, it's absolutely top of the class stuff. ND really needs to figure out how to balance these things out as pacing is absolutely tantamount to this style of thing.
As for the people asking why people dislike Sam, the whole story trends in one direction emotionally and morally and then Sam doesn't get dealt with in a way that reflects said direction. There is one specific moment near the end of the game where Sam makes a decision that should be pretty final regarding how his story arc plays out. Instead we get cop-outs.
Sam is selfish, secretive, jealous and annoying, and if that wasn't enough he's an ugly fucker too. (Assuming it's okay to say that about fictional characters.) And considering the story was more Sam's than Drake's, all of this was a massive problem.
Really baffled by how much hate Sam is getting. I mean sure, he's an arragant, slapable goit, but that's older brothers in a nutshell, and I'm incredibly excited for another story with him, especially alongside Sully.
Uh it explains in the beginning that Nathan did all he could to find him. Nate didn't give a fuck? I think you're taking liberties of rewriting the story. Obviously Rafe would have more resources to get information than Nathan.
Rafe wanted to kill Sam because Sam dicked him over and was competing to find the treasure that Rafe was basically building his reputation on. Sam betrayed Rafe because he wanted to find the treasure with his little brother, not a psychopath who got him shot up and stuck in prison. Rafe didn't care about Sam, he just wanted his help to get the treasure. Nate cared about Sam but he thought he was dead.
You think they worked well as a trio? Did you miss the part where Nate thought Rafe was a prick, and Rafe then psycho murdererd a dude which led to Sam "dying".