Bluepoint Games had quite a task at hand when it stepped up to the podium to remaster three of the PlayStation 3’s most beloved action-adventure games in the shape of the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. After all, the trio, developed by the talented codehouse of Naughty Dog, have garnered a reputation among gamers and critics alike as some of the most accomplished titles in their genre, setting the benchmark for console visuals and third-person adventure games.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune kicked started the series back in 2007, and for many was among the first must-have PS3 titles to spend your hard-earned cash on. Its seamless marriage of action-packed combat, exploration and cast of colorful characters endeared Nathan Drake and chums to gamers around the globe, and it was quite clear from the start that this was to be the beginning of a huge franchise for Sony going forward.
2009’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves took things to another level entirely, offering pitch-perfect pacing, a solid multiplayer component and an even more compelling narrative to catapult the series to multi-million selling success, cementing Uncharted upon the public consciousness in ways that took everybody by surprise—including Naughty Dog.
By the time Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception rolled into town in November 2011, the Uncharted brand stood shoulder-to-shoulder among Sony’s tentpole franchises, such as God of War, Gran Turismo, Resistance and LittleBigPlanet. The stakes were raised again in Drake’s Deception, which saw our cocky fortune hunter embark on a globe-trotting adventure taking him from London to the baking deserts of the Rub’ al Khali in his search for the mythical lost city, the Iram of the Pillars. Set pieces became more extravagant (who can forget that cargo plane moment?) and the action more intense as Drake battles legions of heavily-armed foes alongside his long-time comrades, including Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan and Elena Fisher.
All three games make the transition to Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, albeit minus the multiplayer modes featured in Uncharted 2 and 3. However, the game comes packed with remastered 1080p visuals and a silky-smooth 60fps, plus a new difficulty setting and Photo Mode. The bundle is due for release next week in the U.S. and U.K., although reviews have already started dropping online, including PSU’s definitive verdict.
What did the rest of the critics say, however? Read on to find out.
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God is a Geek – 10/10
IGN – 9/10
CheatCodeCentral – 4.5/5
Hardcore Gamer – 4.5/5
USGamer – 4.5/5
EGM – 8.5/10
Metro – 8/10
Attack of the Fanboy – 4/5
Digital Spy – 4/5
GameSpot – 8/10