Today marks the release of Sony's Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for PlayStation 4. This collection of Naughty Dog's first three Uncharted games boosts them up to 60 fps and also offers up two new difficulty modes that either make the game easier or harder (read more about other changes here). To ring in Nathan Drake's current-generation bundle, we've gathered together our original review scores and highlighted some of our thoughts for the original three titles.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune – 8.75
"Uncharted [Drake's Fortune] isn’t destined to be a classic; I don’t think there are enough new ideas here to put it in the genius category. However, this is game that is very sure of its identity and does the things that it set out to do very well. It’s a fun, fast, and memorable thrill ride, and perhaps the closest video games have come yet to approximating the experience of an interactive summer blockbuster." – Matt Helgeson
"Uncharted 2 is a masterstroke of game creation. This is the killer app PlayStation 3 owners have been waiting for, and I’d even be saying this without the outstanding competitive and co-op multiplayer. Given the complexity of the character relationships, I urge players to play the original game before venturing into the sequel. Some of the jokes and references fall flat if you don’t have the knowledge of Nathan’s previous exploits.
Uncharted 2 is a ringing testament to the power of both games and storytelling. It pulls you in, keeps you engaged, and concludes with a thunderous bang." – Andrew Reiner
"Around the edges of Uncharted 3, there’s the vague sense that things are a bit too pat, that it’s all beginning to feel a little formulaic. You could draw comparisons to Call of Duty, another series that relies heavily on high production values and popcorn-movie bombast. However, Uncharted 3 still affects me, not only because it’s such sublime fun, but because it’s telling the tale of characters I have a real affection for. In the end, you hope Drake makes it out of his latest impossible predicament, that Sully lives to deliver another wry one-liner, and that maybe – just maybe – Drake and Elena will finally settle down. Uncharted 3 is one of the biggest, most impressive games ever made, but the scene that stuck with me the most was a small one: a tired Drake resting his head on Elena’s lap and saying, 'I’m sorry.'" – Matt Helgeson
What were your initial thoughts on the Uncharted games when they first came out? Have they all held up against the test of time?