UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on October 19, 2015
Finally, October is here! That means I can finally play Uncharted again. As a big fan of the Uncharted series I played the storyline of each of these games, including the PS Vita title 'The Golden Abyss', at least ten times. For the release Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, I promised myself back in August that I wouldn't play another minute of Uncharted games until this collection was released. Let me tell you folks; it was torture! There were times that I thought: "Ah, what the hell!", and almost gave in to temptation, but I managed to keep my promise. But now, ladies and gentlemen, Uncharted is finally here!
The Uncharted Collection contains Uncharted: Drakeís Fortune, Uncharted: Among Thieves and Uncharted: Drakeís Deception. So, of course, I started with Drake's Fortune and worked my way up from there. Pretty soon, I played through the entire campaign of all three games and felt completely satisfied. But were these games better than their original counterparts? Does this collection add anything to the Uncharted universe? Well, just keep reading, and I will tell you what I think. The first thing one has to notice is the difference in graphics quality between the PS3 and the PS4 version. Now, don't get me wrong; you wonít hear me saying that the graphics quality of the PS3 version was crap. Quite on the contrary, actually; It was already great! But, nevertheless, the PS4 version does look better; everything looks brighter, more vibrant, more detailed and Drake looks more handsome than ever!
A few game mechanics got an upgrade as well. Again, just like the graphics, the original game mechanics worked fine as they were, but after playing the overhauled version of the games, I must say the controls in these remastered games really handle quite a bit smoother. Some small things even got omitted from the games all together. For instance: in the original Drakeís Fortune, you had to keep your balance, using the motion sensitivity of your controller while crossing a narrow wooden beam. I always thought that this was a bit unnecessary; it didn't actually add anything to the game. For the most part, it only annoyed the hell out of me! So you can imagine my sheer joy when I saw this mechanic removed from the game! Drakeís Fortune was the first installment in the series and therefore the oldest. That is why it serves as a perfect example for every enhancement, incorporated into the remastered Uncharted Collection. It's also the part that featured the least smooth gameplay out of all three games. But now, in the remastered game, that's a thing of the past! At this point I'd like to add that what goes for Drake's Fortune, also goes for both Among Thieves and Drake's Deception.
Especially the hand to hand combat handles a lot better than it did before. Granted, Drake's Deception already featured fluent and fast hand to hand combat, but now all three games are in excellent shape when it comes to beating your enemies senseless. With ease, you'll be able to jump at someoneís back to perform a stealth attack or just kick somebody's ass with due grace.
For many gamers, the absence of the multiplayer mode is something to be sad about. Personally, Iím not a fan of multiplayer modes, so it doesnít bother me. I would have loved to see PS Vitaís Golden Abyss added to this collection, but as we all know, you canít please everybody no matter what you do. To make up for the absence of the multiplayer mode, when you purchase the Uncharted Collection, Sony and Naughty dog offer you an exclusive Beta access of the Uncharted 4: A Thiefís End multiplayer between December 4 and December 13, 2015.
But wait, thereís more! They've added are a couple of brand new trophies and you can share the greatest Uncharted moments, using the all new Photo Mode. There are also extra modes to play; The Explorer Mode is an all-new mode for beginners where combat difficulty is significantly reduced. The Speed Run Mode adds a timer that allows players to track their gameplay time against their friends as they play through sections of the game. And finally, there's the Brutal Difficulty Mode, the ultimate challenge as the difficulty will be even more punishing than when playing the games on Crushing Difficulty mode.
So, with all these awesome upgrades, are there any points of criticism on this whole newly released series? Well, although it saddens me to say this, I have to admit that there are. Sometimes, I wasnít able to pick up weapons, while I could definitely see them lying around. At other times, the subtitles were a bit early or a bit too late. And although these are valid points, I would like to add that, for me in any case, they absolutely didn't ruin the game in any way! I mean, come on; weapons and ammo are not that scarce in the Uncharted games and I can understand English, so I do know what they're all talking about without use of subs. And, especially in my case: Itís not like I donít know what the games are about.
So yes, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection offers us the same great games that we've experienced before. But the graphics and gameplay are improved and this collection comes with more trophies and modes to discover and play. All of this, combined with the exclusive Beta access, makes me convinced that the Uncharted Collection is a box, designed for the fans. If you happen to own a PS4 and you've have played an Uncharted game before, this collection is a great way to get to know the series. And it's something to keep us occupied until Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be released in 2016.