Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review

If you have never played an Uncharted game now is the best time to do so and Naughty Dog, Sony, and BluePoint have really flexed their upscaling muscles on this collection.  Uncharted has been regarded as some of the best games ever made and has been a bar for action games ever since Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was releases.  With winning countless game of the years its no wonder why these games are getting a collection and with Uncharted 4 due out in February there is no time to waste experiencing these games.  From visuals to gameplay to new trophies The Uncharted collection is a must own for newcomers and has some overhauls that will get veteran players back.

maxresdefaultThe visuals in the collection have almost been completely overhauled, with texture and depth as well as graphic fidelity.  Uncharted was always regarded for its graphics however, with the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on PS3 Drake was left a lot of the time looking unnaturally smooth and almost waxy.  Bluepoint addressed this issue by implementing a Drake that closer resembles the Nathan from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.  With a complexion that more closely resembles a natural skin tone and Drake’s now signature five o’clock shadow, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune looks like a brand new game.  This is not the only thing they added to the collection, combat was also re-tooled for a new generation.  BluePoint looked at all three games combat systems and took the best parts to make a hybrid system that they implemented to all three games.  This has not only modernizes the games but it also keeps the game feeling like Uncharted while pulling them all closer together so you don’t feel like these are different games, but a story that keep going.  Along with these technical improvements the collection also adds a good amount of new features such as photo mode and new game difficulties such as Explorer and Crushing.  Explorer mode is now the easiest mode to play Uncharted and it is for players who just want to explore the world and experience the excellent story without having to worry about combat, however this mode disables trophies.  The second new mode is now the most difficult mode to play on.  This mode is called Brutal and has a new gold trophy to add incentive.  Another new feature and one that has almost become a standard in PlayStation games is photo mode.  By pressing down on the D-Pad you can enter photo mode at any time in the game including cut scenes.  Photo mode includes filters, camera angles, borders, and much more.  Lastly there is a new feature that brings in that competitive nature that the lack of multiplayer leaves.  As you play you are pit against your friends in almost every aspect.  From head shots, to silent takedowns, you are tracked and shown in the bottom right hand corner how you stack up against your friends.  This adds a competitive element to Uncharted as you play.  This mode is surprisingly engaging and fun as you and your friends compete for who played Uncharted the best.  These new features add enough to the game to make it feel fresh and new without taking away from the game itself.  The enhancements to graphics and in crease to 1080P has somehow made these games look better then they ever have.  Uncharted_2_UNDC_Warzone_Demo_Pool_1436528259The gameplay to Uncharted has never felt better in 60 FPS, however there are some areas that has Drake jumping a direction I did not intend.  In Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune this was a fairly common occurrence and while out of all three remastered games it happens the most in Drake’s Fortune.  While playing through Uncharted series on PS3 I was blown away by the detailed and beauty of the locations in the series, and with the collection I was just as amazed.  The way water moves on a sinking ship, or the way sun light filters through tree leaves in a jungle, to how individual grains of sand fill in footsteps, Uncharted is just as amazing now as it was at first release. With Uncharted 4: Thieves End on the horizon now is no better time to get back into Uncharted or experience it for the first time.  This is a must play game for PlayStation 4 owners.

Pros and Cons

+ Enhanced visuals and gameplay                                                    – Some difficulties climbing

+ Engaging new features

+ Three amazing games


Mark Kriska

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.