Today we tested the brand new for you Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, remastered version of the first three chapters released on PlayStation 3 of the famous Nathan Drake saga, which began eight years ago.
Most likely there is no need to give you explanations or recall everything that the Santa Monica studio has produced for this saga to date, but anyway we will try to do a Spoiler-Free review in case someone has not yet touched any of the titles.
For this we will try to basically analyze everything that has been added on a technical level in the brand new Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, giving you an overview of the box set.
I start again from three
While the whole world is waiting for the release of the new and perhaps last chapter of the saga, Unchared 4: A Thief's End, the boys of Naughty Dog have seen fit to cheer the expectation of the fans and grab new ones, taking up the first three chapters of the series by inserting them in a respectable Remastered version.Let's start by saying immediately that the American studio has left behind three really well-packaged titles, and it is perhaps for this reason that from the first minutes of the game of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, one immediately realizes that in terms of gameplay there was no need for a lot of work. The only title of the three that has undergone a work of covering some gameplay dynamics a little dated was perhaps only the first Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, which in addition to having, like the other titles, acquired a role graphics enhanced to 1080p and 60fps has seen some minor tweaks in the controls that respond better to the pressure and timing needed to close the combinations available in the melee sessions. But this certainly could have been the most obvious thing since the first Uncharted: Drake's Fortune being the progenitor of one of the most loved series in the world was originally produced and marketed in 2007.
The real title to dominate the entire saga was the second Uncharted 2: Lair of Thieves, which was in its time counted as one of the most beautiful titles of all time, not only for exaggerated graphics but because it possessed and has even better today all the dynamics and requirements to best mix action, adventure and exploration, giving new life to the entire genre. The second chapter of the saga consecrated Uncharted in the Olympus of video games, setting it among the most beautiful pearls of the gamers' collection. This does not mean that the first title was not up to par, but rather it was the prelude to an adventure of the highest level that has fascinated and enchanted millions of players all over the world, on the other hand, a good day starts in the morning. . Returning to the purely technical analysis of the Collection this second chapter received a moderate gameplay makeover adding only more capacity to the weapons and some additions such as dodging in melee. While for the graphic sector there has not been a particular work, the resolution increase and the improved fluidity work perfectly with theincreased particle effects, higher quality textures and enemies with many more polygons.
Let's move on to the third and final chapter in the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, that is Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Even in this amazing chapter the restyling work has only seen small tweaks, this is also due because the title published in 2011 was still very contemporary today. So also on this occasion we found ourselves faced with a gameplay almost identical to the original, with a greater fluidity of the game sequences, an almost imperceptible aliasing, particle effects worthy of the latest generation titles, reaching a truly remarkable level of enjoyment.
Not negligible details
Most likely not many will know that the restyling work Naughty Dog has decided to entrust it to a third company, more precisely to Bluepoint Games, already known for having worked on some of the best remastered. This is a not insignificant technical aspect, because the company has improved the graphics by bringing all three titles to very high levels, but which has perhaps sinned really juicy additions regarding the gameplay. That's not to say that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection isn't worth playing, but it certainly given the not insignificant price it could be worked in a more meticulous and painstaking way, worthy of the work to which Naughty Dog has now accustomed us. Another aspect that in my humble opinion does not strongly affect the value of the Collection, and which certainly did not make the fortune of the Uncharted saga is the absence of a multiplayer mode. The multiplayer sector has never been the strong point of the series, but it certainly would have lengthened the overall longevity of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection even more, and would certainly have pleased all the pro players of the title.
The Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is certainly a precious casket for all lovers of the saga and not, this is because beyond the small graphics defects scattered during the gameplay and the absence of multiplayer replaying three giants that have made the history of the PS3 is always a great pleasure. In addition to the improved graphic sector in the Collection two new difficulty levels have also been added: one "explorer", very easy, and the other very difficult where it is enough to receive even a single well-placed blow from the enemy to die instantly, called "brutal". The absence of multiplayer mode has been replaced as far as possible by the new "Speed Run" mode, which will lead us to face the campaign with an omnipresent stopwatch, which will indicate the completion time of each chapter, so that you can always question yourself and compare your results with your friends. Another last great strength of the new Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, is thefully remastered audio and perfectly voiced, capable of enveloping us and making us actively participate during the entire adventure carried out in the three chapters, also the inclusion of selecting the 7.1 output gives an audiovisual experience of great impact.