Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review

The Uncharted Series is one of the top reasons to own a PS4. There are three games in the series so far: Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception, with the fourth installment being released in March 2016. The series is exclusive to the Sony Playstation so you won’t find the titles on any other platform. I have friends that have never played the Uncharted series because they are loyal to the Xbox or the PC Master Race. To them I say, boy are you missing out.

Naughty Dog has done the smart move of re-releasing all three titles of the Uncharted series in a single package. Using the additional horsepower of the PS4, the games have been upgraded with cleaned up visuals, but are otherwise unchanged. The original games were all released on the PS3, with the original Drake’s Fortune being released only one year after the PS3 debuted. That means Drake’s Fortune is nearly a decade old, and yet this game and its sequels continue to thrill as if they were released yesterday. The series broke new ground in the industry, proving that video games could be more entertaining and immersive than anything the movie industry had to offer. Naughty Dog suddenly set the new bar for storytelling in video games that has yet to be matched.

Updated visuals brings an older game closer to today’s graphics capabilities

My personal favorite in this series is the second installment, Uncharted: Among Thieves. This particular entry took everything that worked with the first game and progressed everything. New game mechanics, a killer story, and fantastic character relationships and development all came together in what ended up earning it multiple Game of the Year awards in 2009. I was able to spend the time to replay through the game, and I was immediately drawn in by the character relationships and banter, while the beautiful sets and environments kept me gawking at the screen. One last tip of the hat to Naughty Dog is their ability to create tension in these games. Whether it be through playing the stealth aspect of the game, the frustration of characters betraying one another, to multiple “oh shit” moments, Naughty Dog does an incredible job of entertaining the player in different ways.

The Verdict

Buy it. These games are worth the price of entry. The convenience of having them all available on the PS4 is great, and it’s a great segue to the upcoming release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

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