Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Released: October 9th, 2015
The Uncharted series was one of the best action adventure franchises in the PS3 library. If you’ve somehow snoozed on all three titles, The Nathan Drake Collection which bundles the original trilogy on one disc, is a great way to redeem yourself and get aquainted with this fantastic adventure. For the players that are veterans to the series and are wondering if the Collection is worth revisting, the remastered visuals for the PS4 and tweaked controls just might entice you to make another run.
Bluepoint Games has rapidly made a name for itself for its outstanding restoration work and they have upheld that standard with this Unchartered remaster. Running at a crisp 60 frames-per-second in 1080p, the textures look buffed and the lighting improvements are noticeable right away. Something else that I really enjoyed was the ability to capture in-game screenshots without having to use an external capture device like I had to do on the PS3. There’s also the new Photo Mode, which lets you pause the game and manipulate the camera to snap the perfect action shot of Drake and friends. The improvements aren’t limited to just its presentation though, the erractic and floaty aiming of Drake’s Deception has been replaced by an amalgamation of the best input algorithms from the previous two games. Out of all three titles, I’d have to say that the first one in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is where you see the biggest graphical upgrades. Most of that game’s major presentation issues have been eliminated: the screen-tearing is gone, and the sometimes muddy textures have been eliminated.
In addition to the upgraded specs, The Nathan Drake Collection incorporates several brand new game modes. Two of these come in the form of extra difficulties: Explorer difficulty, which is an easy mode for heads who just want to enjoy the story without any battle related stress, and then there’s Brutal, where Drake dies from only one or two hits (Brutal is only unlocked upon completion of Crushing in each game). Lastly there’s a Speed Run Mode which simply tacks a timer onto each game and lets you challenge your friends to see who can run through from beginning to end the fastest. As with the series’ story, Bluepoint Games left much of Uncharted’s gameplay as it was. The second and third games’ multiplayer has been axed in favor of remastering the campaigns, but I can’t say that I missed them.
If you skipped this series on the PS3, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is your opportunity to experience what you missed out on. While understanding that some of the gameplay mechanics are dated since the title first game out in 2007, that didn’t mar it’s transistion to PS4 in any way. Bottom line Uncharted Collection is a blast to play.. – written by DJRhude (@DJRhude)
BMR Rating: 8.8
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was reviewed on a retail copy provided by the publisher