The Nathan Drake Collection review
Improve three great games to work on PS4 and up them to work in 1080p resolution, removing the multiplayer and add some new stuff is fantastic – still easy money though, but acceptable.
While I’m generally against remakes/remastered/definitive editions, console exclusive remakes I can stand behind – there is after all a lot of people who can’t afford more than one console at a time, and a lot of people switched brands with the latest change of console generation. Others just didn’t get around to play the Uncharted games on PS3, and now they get the chance.
I’ll skip covering the stories in these three games collected into one disc, as I don’t see the need to do so. We’re back with Nate and the mixed company of friends he treasure hunts with – some looking for their own kind of treasure, while some goes far to get their ways.
It’s fun to be back with Nathan and friends, going treasure hunting in the jungle, on mountains, in bombed cities, tiptoing around in temples, and what else these three games put you through. Each story is just as good as I remember, along with the variation of the gameplay, from finding the right path, climbing walls and sneaking around taking down enemies with stealth attacks, to wide-open firefights in attempt to take over an area or just to clear the area from enemies.
This collection includes all three single-player campaigns from the three games in the series, leading up to what seemingly seems to be the last one in the series. There is no multiplayer included at all (but the collection will grant you access to the beta of the multiplayer in the upcoming game, A Thief’s End).
While most of the trophies are the same as the original games, some trophies had to be cleared due to no multiplayer, and new trophies for the new modes has been added: explorer mode, which is a mode for beginners (or those who just want to experience the story without too much hassle in combat), a speed run mode, which adds a timer for you to compare how fast you are against your friends, and brutal difficulty mode which will make a challenge for long time gamers – this is unlocked once you’ve beat the crushing difficulty.
A photo mode has also been added, which makes it possible for you to pause the game at any time and grant you control of the camera to capture the best moments to share with friends and fellow gamers.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Faces in cutscenes looks weird. especially the eyes, but my best bet is the updated graphics and lighting making the effect. Also, getting used to great facial expressions and movements makes older animations (even remade ones) off and ugly, and weird.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
As expected, it looks better than Drake’s Fortune. Lighting seems off, too bright with high contrast, especially in scenes at sundown. Granted, the effect is valid, but it’s over the top. Shadows also seems off, but we need to remember that it’s a remake of an oldish game. Bluepoint did do some decent work to make the game look better, but there’s only so much you can do without reanimating the whole thing from scratch.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Original review here)
As the other two games, some parts of the graphics has been getting an overhaul – but not in the depths – for example, it absolutely lacks new facial animations as well as several layers to make skin look real. Then again, that would require what I said before – same work (without storyboard and manuscript) as making a new game. Lighting and shadows is of better quality as well as some structures – but it’s essentially the same game.
All in all, this collection is mainly made for those who made the jump from Xbox to Playstation over the generation shift – but of course, the fans of the series that want to revisit the adventures with Nate is also the target group. The added modes, photo feature and enhanced graphics justifies a buy for most gamers, and if you haven’t played any of the games yet, this is the time to grab the chance – three games for one games price, without the tacked on multiplayer, and access to the uncharted 4 multiplayer beta when it goes live.
The stories you will experience in these three games are memorable, intense and does make use of real life facts – like Sir Francis Drake and Lawrence of Arabia. Weather or not these guys are connected (or was) like Nate finds out in the games, I can’t say. But they are believable, so if you are just a teeny bit interested in history and old treasures, and how some very famous people from the 1200 to the 1600 are (or could be) connected, you will love the details you get on your way to find the treasures with Nate and friends.
Miss; Faces in the first game should have been made better.
Need; Maybe some missions and spoken lines could have been added – scenes and missions who never made their way into the original game.