Since 2007, the Uncharted games have been captivating gamers from all around the world. In this PlayStation exclusive series, developer Naughty Dog perfectly combines platforming, gun play, and exploration that will keep you on your toes. As you jump, swim, climb, and move across ledges you follow treasure hunter Nathan Drake, and his mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan as they travel around the world to uncover, solve mysteries and discover lost treasure.
With the recent rise in popularity of HD remasters such as The Last of US, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and God of War III it was inevitable that we would see Nathan Drake’s adventures remastered on the PlayStation 4. This past June, fans rejoiced when Sony announced that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was in development and coming October 2015. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes the award winning single-player campaigns for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
Sony has high hopes for this collection, as Naughty Dog recently reported that approximately 80 per cent of PlayStation 4 owners have never played an Uncharted game. Completely rebuilt by Bluepoint Games using the power of the PlayStation 4, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is set to wow both new and returning fans to the series.
Bluepoint Games have upgraded the visuals in all three Uncharted games, as they now run at an eye pleasing 60 frames per second and 1080p resolution. Textures, lighting, rendering and even the audio have been improved to add a new coat of shine to Nathan’s adventures. Screen tearing is no longer an issue, the character models have been enhanced with greater detail, and the improvement in the environmental detail is a sight to behold. Thanks to the upgraded frame rate, aiming in all three games has also been improved.
Three new game modes have been added to this collection, accommodating beginners and veterans alike. Explorer mode is geared towards those who are just starting out, or for the casual gamer who just wants to experience the story. This is a smart move by Bluepoint Games, as it will draw in players who would not normally play these types of games, due to the difficulty. Take for example my daughter, she is more of a casual gamer, but has always been intrigued with the story in the Uncharted series. She was easily able finish the games without any difficulty at all, and enjoy the story.
On the opposite side of the tracks, for those gamers looking for the ultimate challenge, a new Brutal difficulty mode has been added. Let me tell you this, Bluepoint Games got the name of this new mode right. Make no mistake, it is absolutely geared toward the gamer that has already saw and done everything in the collection of games, and is looking for a real challenge.
The third new game mode added is called Speed Run mode, here you can compare gameplay time on levels and areas against your friends. I found this to be a pretty cool feature, it gave me another reason to go back into the world of Uncharted, and see if I could one-up my friends.
Looking to get into the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Multiplayer beta? Then you have come to the right place! Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection gets you exclusive access to the beta that begins December 4th and runs through December 13th.
Surprisingly, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection doesn’t contain any of the extras that other remasters contain. If you are looking for exclusive director’s commentary, character bios, behind the scenes footage, or concept art you won’t find it here.
Missing from the collection of Uncharted games is the PlayStation Vita entry into the series, Uncharted: Golden Abyss. As a fan of the game, I was looking to this title getting the HD remaster treatment. After doing some digging around, I came across the following statement (reported by Power Up Gaming) out of EGX 2015 made by Arne Meyer, Community Strategist for Naughty Dog.
“It was definitely under consideration, because we were trying to see how we could collect all of the Uncharted games,” he said. “But when we went back and looked at what we were trying to do with the Nathan Drake Collection, we realised that those three games – the trilogy – actually provided a particular narrative arc that led into Uncharted 4. We wanted to keep that as a holistic collection for that reason, and Golden Abyss kind of lives a little bit outside of that.”
Although I won’t miss these modes, some fans might be upset that the multiplayer and co-op modes from Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3 are not included.
My Final Verdict
As a fan of the Uncharted series since its debut in 2007, I had an absolute fantastic time replaying each of the three Uncharted games. I was just as excited, thrilled, and impressed playing each game in this collection as I was the first time. Aside from a few very minor details, all three games stand the test of time and are worthy of your time.
If you are one of the 80 per cent of PlayStation 4 owners that has never played an Uncharted game, or you’re a longtime fan, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a must have for your gaming collection.