GSY REVIEW | PS4 Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 4:00 PM

We reviewed The Uncharted Collection

We reviewed The Uncharted Collection

After 5 days playing Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, we can now tell you what we truly think about this remaster of Naughty Dog's iconic series. Inside you'll find our verdict, the +/- section, a bunch of pictures from photo mode and a few more videos of the three games. Enjoy!



Verdict


One could debate the value of these remastered hits from the previous generation for quite a while, but regardless, The Nathan Drake Collection proposes high quality content both in form and substance. For those who have not yet experienced Uncharted on PS3, there is no better time to jump in. Even with their shortcomings, the adventures of Nathan Drake are more than worth the time and money investment. For others, there will likely be split opinions on the matter. The hardcore fans will be delighted to rediscover one of their favorite games with a resolution and frame-rate boost, though they may also lament the removal of multiplayer. Those that don't feel the need to revisit these games won't find much new and can safely skip it. The good news is that, whether or not you're interested in replaying Drake's original adventures, Uncharted 4 is just around the corner next year. Until then you have been given the gift of free will regarding the collection, so do as you please and enjoy!


On the plus side


+ Three great games on a single disc
+ Endearing characters
+ Fantastic port quality
+ 60fps and 1080p
+ Frame-rate is nearly perfect
+ Lovely visuals
+ Great soundtrack
+ UC2 and 3 still look remarkable
+ Incredible remastering of the rather old UC1
+ Good length
+ Great balance between different types of gameplay
+ Quick loading times, even when switching between games


On the down side


- The AI is too static
- Floating character movement
- Still a few collision related bugs
- No Multiplayer?
- Platforming just isn't challenging enough
- Not much in the way of new content (one new difficulty setting, a speed run mode, an explorer mode - aka very easy mode - and a photo mode)
- Cannot purchase games separately in digital form


Useful link

Our full PS3 review of Uncharted 3

Uncharted 1
Uncharted 2 - Nepalese city
Uncharted 2 - The train
Uncharted 2 - Nepalese village
Uncharted 3 - The château
UNcharted 3 - Syria

All comments

Commented on 2015-09-30 16:05:30
well the no multiplayer part doesn't bother me at all since I never liked the gunplay anyhow, it was always about the story and presentation, not the combat. The shooting always looked, sounded, and felt weak anyhow, almost like it was trying to keep the series more toned down in violence.

But the graphics look really damn good in 1080p so I'm happy to try the game again even though I think a full asking price of $60 is a little lame with no MP for those who want the feature.
Commented on 2015-09-30 17:06:32
No multiplayer is a plus for me. That means not wasted HDD space for a mode I never play.
Commented on 2015-09-30 17:21:22
Thanks for the review! This sounds really good so far. I'll definitely be getting the collection since I skipped PS3.

Anything big going on from those videos? They're really tempting to watch but I'd like to avoid spoilers.
Commented on 2015-09-30 17:32:07 In reply to GibsonX
Well, if you have never played any of the games, then at least don't watch the Train and Nepalese village videos. I really enjoyed discovering them myself back on PS3. As for spoilers, nothing story related, though of course the presence (or absence) of certain characters could be considered as a potential clue. If I were you, I would just watch these:

Uncharted 1

http://www.gamersyde.com/hqstream_uncharted_the_na...
http://www.gamersyde.com/hqstream_uncharted_the_na...

Uncharted 2

http://www.gamersyde.com/hqstream_uncharted_the_na...

Avoid our UC3 footage. The videos don't spoil much really, but like I said, if you see or don't see a character who was there in the previous games, you might think it's a spoiler.
Commented on 2015-09-30 18:13:20
Don't forget in the minus section: enemies are bullet sponges.
Commented on 2015-09-30 18:17:08 In reply to Driftwood
Thanks, I'll check them out!
Commented on 2015-09-30 18:27:31 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
Don't forget in the minus section: enemies are bullet sponges.
they don't seem to be anymore? plus the game was centered around headshots anyway, which was always 1 bullet kills.
Commented on 2015-09-30 19:23:54
I must be one of the few that loved UC multiplayer. Played it religiously every night forever.
Commented on 2015-09-30 19:51:25
I tried to trade in my PS3 versions of the 3 Uncharted games, and gamestop is only offering...44 cents credit, for each game. Wow.
Commented on 2015-09-30 21:40:31
Like the rest of the remakes, I'll pass. Not worth the price of re-admission.
Rather wait for 4, since Tomb Raider will keep me well entertained along with a host of other games.

To many games coming out now to be bothered with remakes especially if you have both consoles.
Commented on 2015-10-01 01:34:39
NOOOAAAAIIIICEEE ....
Commented on 2015-10-01 11:03:37
Great impressions. No multiplayer is definitely a plus for me personally.
Commented on 2015-10-01 14:16:47
I just happened to stumble upon Amy Hennig's name because I looked at the credits for the story-heavy Soul Reaver 2 (2001) which I'm playing from GOG currently. She was the writer on that one, too. Just a nice little coincidence and a recommendation for people who like to play older but good games now and then. Soul Reaver 2 has also excellent voice acting by high-profile actors, which was not a common thing back then.
Commented on 2015-10-01 14:21:20 In reply to der_ton
And top-notch lip sync.

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