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Review: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

by onOctober 23, 2015
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For the past years, we got used to the fact that remastering titles does not add much, and are sometimes even completely botched missed. And here comes Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Naughty Dog’s famous trilogy now fully enhanced by the work of Bluepoint Games, for the PlayStation 4.

Bluepoint are not new on the scene, known for remastering titles such as God of War Collection, ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD or even the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. It is probably why the Californian developer wanted to use their services, to ensure the highest quality tuning of their prized franchise, especially considering the attention in detail that Naughty Dog are praised for. Beside, I highly doubt the Dogs would have that much time taking care of this, with the upcoming release of Uncharted 4.

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Of course, there’s nothing revolutionary here, since Naughty Dogs titles are already considered high quality on each of the original consoles (the PlayStation 3), yet you feel the years have not been so kind to 2007s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and certainly needed a facelift to appeal to the new PlayStation generation of gamers.

You can easily see the quality of the three games enhanced, and not only in the cutscenes, coming to life at a 1080p and 60 frames per second clarity, revealing quality skin textures, while technical defects that were painful to the eye are now erased. Thus, the tearing are now gone from Drake’s Fortune, with enhanced texture resolutions and clean geometry. All is well smoothed with lighting effects now fit of a next-gen console, giving a different face to the well known environments.

How can we forget the journey into the Borneo forest in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves?

In total, over 65 improvements have been made on all three Uncharted and were unified in the same gameplay changes and enhancements. The shooting and aiming mechanics have been set to the same on all three titles for example. In addition to the gain of graphic and technical technology, as it is accustomed, all extra contents and DLCs were compiled in this neatly packaged collection. In addition of the extra level of difficulty, one way more challenging, called “Brutal”,  as well as Time Trial mode. The latter available from the start of the game, allows you to time your performance, giving a fun personal challenge to veterans of the game. Finally, in the same vein, an “Explorer” mode makes its appearance, made for newcomers to enjoy the story in a very easy difficulty setting.

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Fans of social media sharing, PlayStation seems to have pushed the team to add a Photo mode (unlockeable after you finish the game though) like in Infamous Second Son, and all existing trophies were topped by new ones. There’s also a fun “Render Mode” which allows you to change the appearence of Nathan in the game to Elena, Sullivan and others, not to mention a remastered sound catalogue and soundtrack, with 7.1 settings and the cherry on top for fans: exclusive access to the beta of Uncharted 4.

It’s fine to talk about all these technical and graphical considerations, but let’s not forget that the saga Uncharted remains the one fans loved throughout all episodes, from 2007 to 2011, and is one of the most successful PlayStation titles in the history of gaming. Because besides the pleasure of playing this game, this trilogy (even if I personally don’t “adore” it) has some great memorable parts. How can we forget the journey into the Borneo forest in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves? Or even my favorite, Nathan’s long walk in the desert in Uncharted 3 or the mythical – and sometimes dirty – conversations between Drake and Sully.

Bluepoint has completed a faultless remastering job, and helped beautify the three Naughty Dog masterpiece, at a time when some gamers complain of the lack of titles this season. This is the perfect opportunity to start the adventure, or refresh your memory, years after the last chapter of Uncharted 3.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was reviewed using an PlayStation 4 media pack provided by PlayStation Middle East. The original games in this compilation were released in 2007, 2009 and 2011 on the PlayStation 3. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published

What we liked

• Three iconic games.
• A masterful remaster of textures.
• Additional bonus such as new difficulty level, time trials and trophies.
• 1080p and 60 FPS.
• Technically astonishing.
• Perfect refresh course before Uncharted 4

What is not fun

• I still hate how Nathan walks
• Some small tiny bugs here and there.
• Still some camera problems.

Editor Rating
 
Concept
9.0

 
Graphics
10

 
Sound
9.3

 
Playability
8.8

 
Entertainment
9.0

 
Replay Value
8.0

Final Score
9.0


Our final verdict
 

Blessed are those who have never tried a single episode of the Uncharted series! With three games in one, they can discover the series with all enhancement done throughout the years, and great additional bonuses. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is worth the money for three PlayStation iconic games. As much as I'm not that much of a fan of the series on a personal point of view, It was a pleasure to dive back into the three adventures, especially before the arrival of Uncharted 4.

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