The Uncharted series is one of the PlayStation 3’s most recognisable and most highly regarded group of titles and all of them recently got re-released on the PlayStation 4 in what is known as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Players who’ve played the game before will be able to go back and play them again, with updated graphics and a new speed run mode available for players to enjoy.
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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review
The Uncharted games were my favourite games on the PlayStation 3 and ones that I played over and over again, even getting a platinum trophy in them as well. They are all highly regarded and reviewing each of the titles over again in this review would be silly as they are all top notch titles. Number 2 and number 3 in particular stand out as the best of the series for me and I never really get bored playing them. The first in the series is quite good as well and it brings back memories for me of when I first got my PlayStation 3 as it was my first game with the system many years ago. Replaying these games is like playing an old favourite, I like the new designs and look of these on the PS4, playing these games will always bring back a bit of nostalgia, for me and for many others.
The updated graphics are the biggest selling point of this game. Should you purchase this collection if you have all three games already though? I’d say only to do it if you truly love the series. Graphics look beautiful on the PS4 and everything looks ten times better, especially in Uncharted 1, which is the oldest in the series and needed an update the most. But if you’ve replayed these games so many times over and over, it’s not the best thing in the world, sure it looks nice but it’s still the same game at the end of the day.
There are new game modes in the collection which include a much harder difficulty option which you unlock after finishing the game and there is also a speed run for those who like to try and finish it as quick as possible. These are fun and higher difficulties are always welcome, although it’s quite difficult and may drive a few people mad as they try and complete it at that high level. Disappointingly though, there is no multiplayer in this collection, unlike the PS3 versions for Uncharted 2 and 3, this collection only contains the single player options. Multiplayer was something that was quite fun back in its day and I was look forward to getting into it, only to discover a few moments later that it’s not even there, it really is quite a shame.
I love everything about these Uncharted games, the music is excellent, the stories are witty and well told, the gameplay is marvelous and the updated graphics are very impressive on the new system. What’s not to love for a newcomer? Nothing to be honest, you won’t really miss the multiplayer I guess and the single player experience really is the best part of these games. On top of this, if you haven’t played these before, it’ll prepare you for Uncharted 4 when it comes out which is likely to be quite good (if Naughty Dog can keep up the quality its been known for of course). On top of this, it’s three games for the price of one new release title and if you haven’t played them before the value delivered is quite high. I can’t see how I could not recommend the game to this audience.
On the other hand if you’ve played these all multiple times, it all depends on how much you love the series and if you’re willing to put money down to play it again for the updated visuals. If you’ve played the games before you don’t need me to tell you how good the games are because you have your own memories and judgments when it comes down to the three titles. If you’ve played the games many times, it’s not necessarily going to make you more ready to play Uncharted 4 but it might get you in the mood for it. I feel slightly uncomfortable pushing this audience into purchasing the game because I myself, while I enjoyed the game a lot, got slightly bored having played them too much in the past. It doesn’t take long to get over the visuals and it just feels like the same thing I’ve played many times after a while, but everyone is different.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review
Overall Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is certainly value for money for anyone who hasn't played the games in the past and wants to see what they're all about before diving into Uncharted 4 in 2016. All three games provide many hours of content and they are all re-playable, even more so now with the speed run options as well as the harder difficulty. The voice acting, graphics, gameplay and sound come as good as you can get, even when comparing with many current generation titles. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is just a lot of fun and there's not much else to say about it.
- The trilogy is wonderful
- Great characters
- Excellent gameplay
- Great music
A great bunch of games for your gaming collection