Game Review: Uncharted – The Nathan Drake Collection

Total Score
83%

Game: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Developer: Naughty Dog
Reviewer: Stephen Raynes

 

There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory – Sir Francis Drake 1587

If you haven’t played the Uncharted series, now would be the perfect time. If you have, you may be curious as to whether the soon to be released trilogy on Playstation 4 is worth your time (and money).

Often referred to as a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, this 3rd person gaming trilogy has totaled a huge 21 million dollars in sales and rightfully so. The comparisons are a tad lazy, as Uncharted stands on its own, achieving a fast pace and world immersion that Tomb Raider has only recently caught up with. You play as Nathan Drake , a treasure hunter, superbly voiced by voice over veteran Nolan North. Drake may be able to perform death defying jumps and solve ancient puzzles, but most importantly, he represents the every man. Complicated, flawed, annoying at times and physically vulnerable, our hero doesn’t come across as ‘super’ and that is appealing.

With the 4th game in the series, Thief’s End, scheduled for March 2016, Naughty Dog has released Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – A collection of the first three games, remastered for the Playstation 4. If you already own or have played through the series on PS3, you may be struggling to justify the purchase and question the benefits.

The news, however, is good. The conversion to PS4 is exceptional. All three games feel as though they were built from the ground up specifically for the new generation console. The textures are exquisite and whether you’re working your way through a dense jungle, built up city or barren desert, you can’t help but slow down to admire the fine detail that has been achieved here.

Of course this isn’t the first game to get the remastering treatment for PS4. 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot and The Last of Us were both solid conversions, but the conversion work for Uncharted by Bluepoint games is one of the best remastering of any studio to date. The fluidity provided by the high frame rate is evident. The ability to perform a tricky jump or accurately shoot an enemy is vastly improved by the smooth 60 frames per second (plus it’s easier on your eyes when playing for hours). While there is the occasional frame drop, this is rare and seen only briefly when exploring vast new areas and easily forgiven.

The ill-fated cargo plane falling from the sky sequence featured in Uncharted 3 is a vertigo inducing sight to behold in full HD.  The sheer adrenaline that encompasses that particular play sequence is phenomenal.

If you own a PS4, and are currently on the fence about re-treading what may be familiar territory, take it from us – this is one of the finest conversions we’ve seen and it can hold its head up high among the new generation of PS4 games.