Developer Naughty Dog will have already gotten one PlayStation 4 game under its belt by the time Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End running-jumps its way onto shelves in 2015, thanks to its hotly anticipated revamp of last year’s smash hit, The Last of Us. The graphical might of Sony’s next-generation powerhouse has allowed the first-party studio to give the already-stunning visuals a 1080p/60fps makeover, as well as packaging all the DLC onto the disc - plus a few extras to boot. To put it succinctly, it looks lush and plays beautifully.
Of course, remasters are no stranger in this day and age; the PS3-era was chock full of spruced up ports of classic PlayStation franchises, from God of War and Sly Cooper to Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. As such, it seemed inevitable that Sony would employ a similar strategy going into the latest hardware cycle. However, no other series is perhaps more deserving of the PS4 treatment than Naughty Dog’s poster boy, Uncharted.
Fortunately for us, everyone’s favorite misbehaving pooch has already expressed interest in an Uncharted Trilogy Remaster, suggesting it would be a ‘good candidate’ for a PS4 overhaul. While nothing has been confirmed, we’ve decided to compile a list of five reasons it just has to happen.
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VALUE FOR MONEY
One of the main bugbears punters have with remasters, specifically standalone titles, is that they’re often positioned near the price of a full retail game. However, with Uncharted, you’d get three classic games for a single price, and we can’t imagine Sony asking for anything more than $49.99 for a potential collection of Nathan Drake’s PS3 adventures. Furthermore, you wouldn’t only be getting the single-player games either; Uncharted 2 and 3 come packaged with a full-fledged multiplayer component, which Sony will no doubt continue to support should the games make the transition to its latest home console. In our eyes, that’s an absolute bargain.
UNCHARTED IS CRYING OUT FOR A VISUAL/PERFORMANCE FACELIFT
All three Uncharted games (Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake’s Deception) were noted for packing some truly sumptuous visuals at the time of their release, particularly Uncharted 3, which really squeezed some serious juice out of the aging PS3. However, looking back with a critical eye, the first two games in particular would highly benefit from a bit of spit and polish courtesy of PS4. Smoothing out the graphics, upping the resolution and a silky smooth 60fps would do wonders for Drake’s inaugural romp, while the sequel’s majestic landscapes and high-octane set pieces would look fantastic with the benefit of a PS4 makeover.