Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review

Relived the classics.

Uncharted The Nathan Drake CollectionI have never played an Uncharted game before the Nathan Drake Collection.  There, I said it.  However, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the success and impact Uncharted has to the gaming scene.  The series is easily one of the best action adventure franchise out there, and the new remastered collection is the best way for newcomers to get into the franchise, and old fans to reminisce the classics.  I regret I didn’t have a chance to play Uncharted all those years ago, but I’m glad my first try is on such a beautiful 60 fps and 1080p.

The remastered collection comes with all three main Uncharted games: Drake’s Fortune, Among Thives and Drake’s Deception.  All three games feature our hero Nathan Drake, and his friends and allies, trying to uncover secret treasures at uncharted places (see what I did there?) and saving the world at the same time.  The characters are great, and Nathan himself is instantly likeable.  Not to mention, the games have wonderful, compelling stories that have you wanting for more, it’s like watching a movie trilogy and I finish all three games in one weekend.  Yes, the games are a bit short, but they’re story-driven, so too long is not actually a good thing either.

Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection 1The gameplay is mainly a mix between platform jumping and shooting.  Puzzle-solving is a big part of the game too, but it’s mainly in the form of figuring how to jump from point A to point B.  There are plenty of smaller gameplay elements, including stealth, brawl and more.  However, these smaller elements are not fully developed until future games.  This is why the franchise is such a success.  Each installment improves on the gameplay formula already established in the previous game, and it offers new ways to approach the situation previously impossible in the previous game.  You can also tell developer Naughty Dog is getting more familiar with the available technology, and the games features more dynamic situations for Nathan to show off his parkour skills.

My biggest problem with the game is the repetitive shooting.  This is mainly a problem in the first game, as the only option to fight off enemies is a shoot-off, as both stealth and brawl are not good enough to fend off enemies yet.  This problem is eventually solved when Drake’s Deception comes around, and there are plenty of option to approach your opponents creatively.  Although, the stealth is still kind of buggy, and it’s something that needs to be fixed in future games.

Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection 2That’s my overall review on the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.  The games are great, and the 60 fps is smooth and beautiful.  This review is many about the collection as a whole, and such a wonderful franchise deserves to have individual reviews, so that’s what I’m going to do in the future.  Stay tuned.

– The Good:

  • Beautifully remastered.
  • Smooth gameplay.
  • Compelling story.
  • Lovable characters.
  • All great games.

– The Bad:

  • Gameplay a bit repetitive at first.

– Overall Score: 9.5/10

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