Review Roundup: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection brings his roguish charm to the PS4
Charming the critics across all three games apparently
While Sony doesn't have a brand mascot anymore (RIP Crash Bandicoot), one would consider Nathan Drake to be a close contender. So then it makes sense to bring his original trilogy to the PS4, especially considering those who have never previously owned the PS3.
The Uncharted games, while not all equally as great, are regarded as action-packed, cinematic masterpieces, with a main character you not only root for, but can somewhat relate to.
But one has to wonder, how does the trilogy stack up to games nowadays? Sure, it runs at 1080p and at 60fps, but are Nathan Drake's adventures worth re-telling, or re-experiencing?
Well, we'd love to tell you from our point of view, however, our review copy must have gotten lost in the mail somewhere, right Sony? So instead, we'll link some of the other guys in the industry, so you can get an idea of whether you should be picking up this remastered trilogy for your PS4.
If you're looking to revisit the Uncharted franchise before Uncharted 4: A Thief's End drops in March 2016, this is a worthwhile purchase. This is probably the best Remastered Collection I've ever played, outdoing Bluepoint's own older work. The Uncharted games themselves are great, so having them all in a single package on PlayStation 4 is a definite winner.
Missing bells and whistles aside, these three exemplary games have never looked or played better than they do here, so whether you’ve played them before or not, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection should be in your library. These games have aged remarkably well, they’re still an absolute blast to play, and their characters are as charming and memorable as ever.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is an exercise in reestablishing familiarity with one of Sony’s most recognizable faces. Almost everything new in the game is ancillary, but what makes this retrospective collection worth consideration is the the quality of design the original games brought to the table.
With Uncharted 2 and 3, though, Naughty Dog transcended Drake's own small beginnings. The Nathan Drake Collection is a firsthand account of Naughty Dog's growth as a storyteller, and this collection is the best way to relive that history, and witness its transformation up close.
If you were already a fan of the series, this remastered bundle will be worth picking up. Those who are a bit more cynical, as I was, may very well find themselves surprised by the time they’ve slogged through all three of them. Pleasantly so.
“Greatness from small beginnings” is a phrase that runs throughout the Uncharted series.
Nothing typifies that phrase more than the series itself.
Playing every boisterous Uncharted back-to-back results in a pleasant sort of exhaustion, and maybe an unhealthy impulse to sidle alongside your bathtub and use it for cover. The narrative arc of Nathan Drake’s games pair with a technological arc of sorts, starting with the small beginnings of Drake’s Fortune and ending in the ‘climax’ of Uncharted 3’s stunning desert canyons and how’d-they-do-that lighting. If you value the craft of games and appreciate how they evolve, here’s your chance to see how Uncharted grew up.
Time has not been kind to Uncharted, then, but the latter two games are still enjoyable, despite their many flaws. The obvious influence of Saturday serials of the 50s (and the films which were inspired by them from the 80s) is interpreted well, dragging players through to the next big set-piece, and while he is a serial killer and mad war/conflict profiteer, Drake is also a somewhat charismatic shit-eating grin of a man, as are his friends. It's like an ultraviolent travel show, presented by three or four people who seem to be having a great time. It's just a shame the player has to slog through so much nonsense to join them.