Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a fantastic enhancement of the original trilogy of Uncharted games that takes away the age of the games while having the player not have to worry about turning on the PlayStation 3 to enjoy three fantastic story driven video games.
The stories of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection are some of the best storytelling in any platform of media, even up there with the best of literature as well as cinema. The story stars Nathan Drake, an even more sarcastic, arrogant Indiana Jones, and similar to Indiana Jones, Drake is in search of treasures beyond his wildest dreams. Each of the three games included in the bundle puts Nathan Drake with a unique to the game supporting cast that is phenomenal. The trilogy is possible to play in any order but to fully get the best experience and understand things such as the relationships between Drake and Sully or Drake and Elena, the order the games are numbered would be the best way to play the games. Each game practically feels like a big budget blockbuster that can be controlled. This being said, the second and third games of the trilogy do feel larger budget in terms of action sequences and set pieces.
The characters of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection are truly the source of most of the charm that comes with the trilogy. Nathan Drake is one of the most likable and relate-able characters that everyone would love to be. Sully, Drake's partner in crime, plays the cool uncle role and is just as lovable as his counterpart. Elena gives the games a side story as her character is supposed to be the main love interest Nathan Drake seeks. These three main characters mixed with other very likeable cast members, and fantastically created villains make for an enormous amount of possibilities in stories that Naughty Dog capitalized on.
The gameplay is another highlight in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Picture Assassins Creed climbing mechanics mixed with a solid 3rd person shooter mechanic. The gameplay is split into three parts: puzzles, gun fights, and exploring. All three aspects do not feel as though they take too much of the roughly 10 hours it takes to beat each game. The puzzles are smart, with dynamic ways to solve each one, all while not being too difficult. The gun fights vary immensely due to different landscapes, coverage, and enemies as the games go on making each fight all new. The exploring parts are the parts between the fights and the puzzles and they get to show off the beautiful game to the players.
The sound in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is well crafted and implemented in every aspect. The orchestration used for the background music in some parts of the game are memorable and a big aspect of the games altogether. The guns and weapons all sound great with no real down side visible. The voice acting is where the sound shines most of all. Nolan North leads the game into success in voice acting with supporting voice actors that make the story telling well done with great execution.
A few very notable absences in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection are the multiplayer from Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3, as well as the PlayStation Vita exclusive game, Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The multiplayer was never essential to the Uncharted games but led to hours of great fun and frankly, could very well stand up on its own. Uncharted: Golden Abyss was a prequel to the Uncharted trilogy that was good, but also not necessary for the story.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was made with the simple purpose of bringing the main Uncharted stories to the homes of PlayStation 4 users that never got a chance to play them in their releases on PlayStation 3. The purpose was met and then some, bringing some of the best stories told in any medium of entertainment to the PlayStation 4, just in time for the series finale, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.