Game Review – Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

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Back when the PlayStation 3 was in its infancy, there was one game that became a game-changer for the struggling console. That game was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That game would go on to spawn 3 sequels in Uncharted 2: Amond Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (which will be released next year for the PS4. The game’s became blockbusters for PlayStation and were, arguably, the most important games of the last console generation and a reason for Sony’s success. It only makes sense then that we would get remasters of the games on the PS4. What makes the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection worth it for people who have already gone through the series though? That’s what we’ll aim to tell you in this review.

I’ll start off by saying that I’m going to outline more of the changes than anything because nearly everyone knows the premise of Uncharted and what these 3 games are all about by now and I’d rather review the 3 separately later on. The team tried to make the transition between the 3 games as seamless as possible and making it a joy to play each of the 3 in the collection. When I played the original Uncharted and then went on to Uncharted 2, it was a pretty big step up and a new learning curve for some of the aspects of the game. UC2 is still a big step up from UC1, however the controls and gameplay are unified and it feels more like an extension rather than a sequel. They even added the grenade baseball throw from the two sequels into Drake’s Fortune which was a very nice touch. Crushing difficulty is also available right from the beginning which makes it a lot better for people who don’t want to play the game a bunch of times to get the platinum trophy.

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The shading and textures have been improved, as have the character models.

There are some great brand new additions to the series that Uncharted vets and new fans alike will love. Explorer mode becomes the easiest difficulty making combat slightly easier. Brutal difficulty becomes the highest difficulty level and is described as “the ultimate challenge”. It will only unlock after beating the game on Crushing difficulty, so gamers are looking at at least 2 playthroughs of each game to obtain every trophy. There are also sets of brand new trophies for each game as well as adjustments to the original trophies.

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The explosions and special effects look better than ever.

A cool addition, in my opinion, is the speed run timer. Uncharted now keeps track of how long your game-time is versus that of your friends adding some competition factor to your playthroughs. There’s also a Photo Mode that has been added to the 3 games to capture all your best moments. That one seems a bit unnecessary considering PS4 has a native screenshot feature, however this is a lot more polished than that. Render mode adds around 80 new skins allowing you to be pretty much anyone you want to be which is a great option to have that I really enjoyed in UC 2 and UC3 on the PS3.

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The famous beginning of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

All 3 games have been updated visually and look the best the ever have. Bluepoint definitely put a lot of love into this collection and it shows. The original soundtrack has even been upgraded to 7.1 surround sound. The shadows look much more realistic than I originally remember them being and the character models seem to have been upgraded slightly as well. These games are certainly the best they’ve ever been and I, for one, am glad that Sony took the time to get them remastered by the talented team at Bluepoint.

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is the perfect lead-in to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, out in March 2016.

I would certainly recommend Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to everyone with a PS4. The games were the standout of the PS3 library and it is a wonderful thing to have them on the PS4. The new additions to the graphics, gameplay, difficulty levels, and trophies make this game easily the best collection to come out in the last little while. It also includes access to the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Multiplayer beta in December so that seals the deal right there! Go out and grab Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, you won’t regret it!

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