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.
NOT EVERYONE HAS SAMPLED A DRAKE’S DELIGHT
Uncharted may have flogged millions of copies around the globe, but PS3 has an 80 million+ user base; there’s still a heap of gamers out there who haven’t soaked up even one of Drake’s wise-cracking, adrenaline-fueled adventures. As pointed out by Naughty Dog’s community guru, Arne Meyer, an Uncharted Trilogy Remaster would be ideal for attracting punters who haven’t ever played any of the Uncharted games, or even owned a PS3 at all for that matter. In fact, this is the target group that Sony will no doubt be fixing its crosshairs on if they do decide to release a PS4-powered package of Uncharted games. Of course, those of us who want to experience the trilogy all over again with a spot of 1080p make-up will be more than willing to plonk down our cash, but the real money’s going to come from those who have yet to find out what all the fuss is about.
UNCHARTED IS, LIKE, ONLY ONE OF SONY’S MOST BELOVED FRANCHISES
Uncharted launched in 2007 and has quickly established itself as one of the tent pole franchises available on the PlayStation brand. Its marriage of high-octane combat, exotic locations, eyeball-popping graphics and blood-pumping set pieces has endeared it to gamers of all generations; it’s a multi-million selling franchise, and Sony knows it. With Uncharted 2 and 3 remaining some of the most highly-rated games on Metacritic, the series is the quintessential example of a Triple-A product, and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of other third-person juggernauts, such as Gears of War, Resident Evil, and God of War. If there’s any franchise that warrants the 1080p/60fps treatment on PS4 based purely on critical acclaim and sales alone, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Uncharted.
A GREAT PRECURSOR TO UNCHARTED 4
The fourth – and if Nolan North would have you believe, potentially final – installment in the Uncharted franchise is due out exclusively on PS4 some time in 2015, and what better way to whet our appetites than a spruced up version of the original trilogy? Naughty Dog doesn’t exactly need to generate hype for Uncharted – the brand name alone is powerful enough to see to that itself – but offering remastered versions of some of the PS3’s finest action-adventure games for newcomers to catch up on, or current fans to enjoy with a fresh coat of paint, would ensure excitement for A Thief’s End would reach fever pitch. Providing it’s priced accordingly and positioned on the market at just the right time (perhaps six months before Uncharted 4’s launch), Naughty Dog will have another sure-fire hit on its hands.
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