Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
REMAPPING FAMILIAR LANDS Sometimes, we pick up older games simply because of the nostalgia we may have for them. These days though, more often than not, we don’t do it because it hurts our eyes to do so, metaphorically speaking. That is, as we see it, the whole point of remasters. And what a remaster happens to be.
First things first: this is nicely called
because in it are the first three games in the Uncharted series. In essence, you’re getting three games for the price of one, which makes it a pretty good deal, especially if you’re new to the Uncharted series and became interested after watching this year’s jawdropping E3 trailer of
Even for old-timers of the series, it’s a good way to revisit the previous adventures with new visuals.
Going into the details, those who have played
will notice that quite a fair bit of the in-game assets have been completely redone. Considering the massive improvement in visual details from the first game to the second, this was necessary so that the transition between titles feel as smooth and seamless as possible for the remastered editions. The graphical improvements for the later installments are not as immense, but the eagle-eyed among you will be able to discern the fine texture improvements and much more realistic lighting. The pre-rendered cutscenes also get their share of textural refinements, but the art style does serve as a reminder that these are games that are at least five years old. REFINING ROUGH EDGES Of course, visuals are not the only thing that is improved. Gameplay has been made smoother, with many updates to to make all three games feel like a singular experience. The result is a more consistent experience across the three titles, with less frustration and a more rewarding experience overall, especially where combat is concerned. Don’t be expecting anything vastly different from their original incarnations, like being able to throw back grenades at enemies, even if that would be a muchwelcomed improvement.
Of course, fitting three games’ worth of data into the size of one means it comes at a cost and that is the cutting off of multiplayer content for
and If multiplayer is what you’re after though, you’ll be getting multiplayer beta access to when it comes about.
The first gets the most ‘remastering’ treatment, looking comparable now to the later two titles.