UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION
From brown coat in Firefly to brown undies in Castle,
we’ve always liked Nathan Fillion.
But that’s not important
right now, for we’re talking Nathan Drake, descendent of Sir
He may not be blue, spiky and speedy, or
coolly rock a cap ‘n’ dungarees, but ever since his first Indiana
Jones-like adventure Drake’s Fortune hit the PS3
exclusively back in 2007 he’s become the closest thing to a mascot
that Sony has. Now he’s back in not one, not two, but four
adventures. Well, it’ll be four when A Thief’s End hits
Now that the PS3’s ancient history and the PS4’s
the go, Drake’s Fortune, 2009’s Among Thieves and
2011’s Drake’s Deception have been given the shiny HD
treatment before being shoehorned onto one ace value disc.
As with most older games – remember, game years are basically double
dog years, which are seven to our one - there are signs of their
times, however we’re also talking three of the greatest games to
have graced any console.
More’s been done than simply
prettifying the graphics to 1080p/60fps. Characters have been
gussied up, textures have been bolstered and lighting’s been
improved. Even the sound’s been bumped up to 7.1 for the handful of
people with that sort of equipment. More critically, a certain
amount of equalisation has been instigated which makes Drake’s
Fortune like its successors weapons-wise.
‘Crushing’ mode’s now available from start-up, with an even
more hellish ‘Brutal’ difficulty added for dedicated masochists. You
can also speed run the games if you’re feeling cocky, with your
friends’ times shown to let you know your relative craptitude. This
makes up a little for the removal of multiplayer.
played them originally you’ll still get a blast revisiting the
trilogy. But if you’ve never had the pleasure, the name’s Drake,
Nathan Drake, and he’s well worth getting to know.