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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review

Naughty Dog’s popular Uncharted trilogy has finally arrived on the PS4. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes remastered versions of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. All three of them were fantastic action/adventure titles on the PS3, so deciding on whether or not this collection is worth it would depend on the quality of the remasters and other inclusions.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007):

The original Uncharted is still worth playing, but it has aged poorly in a few ways. Compared to the sequels, gameplay can be quite stiff as the platforming and combat still have some flaws that Uncharted 2 ironed out later. There are also some pacing problems, as there are too many shooting segments compared to the pure adventure elements. Although Nathan Drake and company are still very entertaining (and the voice acting is incredible), the story is somewhat mediocre, and the villains are completely forgettable. The game also ends with a terrible final boss that sadly reverts to an out-of-place QTE.

However, Uncharted is still an overall great action/adventure game that should be played especially to see how much of a huge improvement Uncharted 2 is. The game’s visuals are gorgeous to this day, and, regardless of the negatives, there are still more high points than low in Uncharted’s action.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009):

Uncharted 2 is the best game in the trilogy and quite possibly one of the best games of the last generation. It has an entertaining and intense story, unforgettable action set-pieces, and a higher variety of beautiful locations than in the original. Nearly all the original game’s flaws are fixed and improved upon, we get some awesome new characters, and the characters of the first are given more development than before.

Other than a few frustrating difficulty spikes, it’s difficult to bring up any real flaws with Uncharted 2. It’s a near perfect adventure that really showed off all of what the PS3 could do.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011):

Uncharted 3 is nearly more of the same from the second game, but that really isn’t a bad thing. Uncharted 3 has refined animation, even tighter controls and combat, and a darker tone compared to the first two. Gameplay-wise, it is the best of the trilogy. It’s also the only game in the series that has puzzles that are any challenge to complete (they are hardly worth mentioning in the first two as they are very simple).

Sadly, despite being the best in the gameplay and graphics department, Uncharted 3 suffers from some major pacing issues. The game takes detours showing Nathan and his father figure Sully’s past and small segments featuring some forgettable minor villains. There are also a lot less memorable set-pieces compared to the second game. Uncharted 3 is still fantastic, but it doesn’t quite reach the incredible heights of Among Thieves.

The Collection Itself:

The Nathan Drake Collection only includes the single-played campaigns of the Uncharted games, which removes the multiplayer components, of Uncharted 2 and 3. Although that is a bit of a shame as they both had enjoyable multiplayer modes, the pure quality of the remasters makes up for it. All of the games are in 1080p 60fps which makes the action even more buttery smooth than ever before. Each game also has largely improved textures, which are most noticeable in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

There are not many added features to the collection that weren’t already in the original games. There are some new trophies, the new “Crushing” difficulty for series veterans for an extra challenge, and a neat photo mode which lets you take pictures of your game at any time while you play. The additions are minimal, but they are nice to have.

The Uncharted series is such a great trilogy of action/adventure games that I must recommend that everyone play through. They are true thrill rides that are even better than ever now on PS4. The Nathan Drake Collection is worth the price simply based on how well done the remasters are done. If you haven’t played the Uncharted games before, or you’re just eagerly waiting for the release of Uncharted 4 this year, The Nathan Drake Collection is the perfect way to experience Nate’s grandiose adventures.

Gameplay 9
Graphics 9
Sound 9
Overall 9