Gamers have been treated to a fair amount of great games this year. Not only did we receive Until Dawn as an exclusive on the PlayStation 4, but we also had the opportunity to venture back into the God of War series with God of War 3 Remastered.
Fast forward to October 2015, and we now have the opportunity to revisit the adventures of one of the most iconic video game characters to date… Nathan Drake. As you would expect, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection comes packed with the first three titles in the Uncharted series, which includes: Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake’s Deception.
Each title has been remastered for the PlayStation 4, which means that the already beautiful set-pieces, featured in the previous gen version of each game, have received a well-deserved graphical make over. Each title now runs at 60-frames per second, which adds to the overall fluidity of Unchartered’s already impressive gameplay. While the remastered version of each Unchartered title is not as visually spectacular as a native PlayStation 4 title, such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it is still one of the most visually impressive remastered collections that we have had the pleasure of experiencing.
Apart from visual improvements, the developer has also balanced out the aiming mechanics featured in all three titles. This makes gun battles in all three titles a little less haphazard and ultimately more fun this time around. When looking back at Uncharted on the PlayStation 2, we found it rather difficult to land seven to eight head shots in a row during gun battles; however, with these mechanics being improved upon, we found this to be a much easier task to complete with the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection.
While Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection showcases vast visual improvements, as well as improved gameplay mechanics, this is about all you will get with the collection. The new modes, which includes speed run and an overly easy mode don’t entirely add much to the series and simply feel tacked on. What did disappoint slightly was the fact that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection has completely done away with each title’s multiplayer mode. Granted, this may have been due to technical difficulties when porting the title to the PlayStation 4, but it still feels like a missed opportunity.
Overall, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a must have in any gamers video game library. To add to this it also gives players, who have not yet experienced the brilliance that is Unchartered, the opportunity to dive into the classic adventures of Nathan Drake on the PlayStation 4.
Reviewed by Darryl Linington