Game Review – Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
PS3 owners will fondly remember the Nathan Drake series as the Indiana Jones-a-like that helped put the system on the map. Blue Point games have handled the remaster brilliantly, and while they haven’t made any major changes to the core of the games beyond some tightening up of ageing controls it would be selling their work short to call these just ports.
Each title now runs natively at 1080p and textures have all been bumped up in quality to match. Combat across titles has been given a shot in the arm with everything running at a silky smooth 60 frames a second, but this can work against the immersion in some of the cut scenes. Some might be annoyed at the lack of multiplayer in these versions, but that’s what Rocket League is for.
The first Uncharted shows its age more than the other two. Pacing issues with unnecessarily prolonged combat encounters are still prevalent. Newcomers should still play through for the story, and to get familiar with gameplay, but if you already charted this course on the PS3 there’s only really nostalgia to be found here.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves stands as one of the best games of the last generation. If Blue Point had only remade this one, it would still be easy to recommend picking up. Issues with combat were ironed out, perfected and integrated into an engaging yet unobtrusive narrative brilliantly. Same deal in 2015 but now it looks jaw-dropping. This is the definitive version of the definitive third person action game.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception kind of jumped the shark. It looked, and now looks, incredible from start to finish. But combat seems simpler and far more disjointed from an annoyingly self indulgent story. It’s worth finishing off, but after the achievement of Among Thieves it never feels like the satisfying coda to the trilogy that its predecessor demanded.
If you haven’t played any of the series, now is the time to play one of best series of single player action games out. If you beat them on PS3 it’s really only a cosmetic upgrade you’ll be getting, but damn if it isn’t pretty.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is out now through Sony.