Uncharted has been a flagship title for the Playstation ever since Uncharted: Drake's Fortune first released back in 2007 for the Playstation 3. Not only was it an incredible experience gameplay-wise but also a stunning powerhouse, back then, when it came to the visuals. Since then two more games has dropped in the series Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. All games managed to push the power of the consoles and improved both visuals and gameplay mechanics to the brim, so it goes without saying that the before the fourth instalment of the series Uncharted 4: A Thief's End drops early next year we get a bundle with the previous three games revamped for the Playstation 4 called Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
First of all getting all three games for the price of one is already a steal, let me just start by putting that out there. Each and every one of the three games have enough content to last you till Christmas, and if you haven't already played an Uncharted game now is the time to dive back into the series and see why this is one of the most beloved franchises on the Playstation. If you have played the games previously there is enough here to get you going again with improved visuals, new difficulty modes “Explorer” and “Crushing”, and also added is a Speed Run mode. However the multiplayer mode has been removed.
The thing about Nathan Drake isn't that he is a powerful hero like in other game franchises but he is more of an average Joe with an incredible snarky attitude, at times Nathan will throw one-liner comments regarding missions he is currently on or objectives he is about to conquer or have just conquered that hits home with you as a player. It is almost like he is breaking the fourth wall at times without looking directly into the camera which is why I think so many people love the character and why the games are so enjoyable. Think of Nathan Drake as modern day mix between Lara Croft and Indiana Jones.
It is easier to judge the games now that you have all of them right in front of you and you are free to switch between the three whenever you want by going into the menu and choosing one of the three. This gives you a great look at who different the three games are now that some years have passed since the first one was hailed as one of the greatest games ever. In my eyes, the second one has always been my favourite but that is not saying the other two aren't great, because they are, but out of the three Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is my favourite, visually though Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception floors the previous two and the first game is a nice introduction to the series.
But you can clearly see that with Uncharted 3 the gameplay mechanics have all been fine-tuned and it is by far the easiest game to control, however the gun mechanics seems to be the only thing that still haven't evolved which is a bit sad but it still works well enough and never becomes a problem, while the hand to hand combat seems as close to perfection as you can get it in the third game, at least compared to the first game.
Now lets talk graphics since that is the real overhaul for the Playstation 4 release, and judging from the way the games looked on the Playstation 3 (I actually went back and replayed a small portion of all three on the Playstation 3 before doing this review) they have really done a beautiful job rendering the games for the current-gen console. They looked amazing previously but with the additional hardware they look even better now. So it is clear to see that this has been a revamped and improved release unlike some other ports which seems to just have been rendered and slapped a new number on the box. Although, as you might have suspected, the first game still looks like a previous generation release but if you compare the original release to this you will clearly see the difference, Uncharted 3 however looks absolutely stunning.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a bargain for anyone who is into adventure/action games. It comes with three of the most classic PS3 games ever released with revamped visuals and added modes. There is enough gameplay in here to keep you playing for a long time and with the work that has been put into this package there is enough improvements for older fans of the series to have a reason to once again jump into the series. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a great way to pass time until the Fourth game releases early next year.