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Here Are The Original Review Scores For Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection’s Games

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: Among Thieves – 10

"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

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception – 9.5

"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? – The Feed

Uncharted PlayStation 4 Bundle Arrives Oct. 9 With Nathan Drake Collection

This fall is going to see a number of bundles from both Sony and Microsoft. The latest to be announced is a standard black PlayStation 4, complete with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

The $ 399 bundle includes a 500 GB PlayStation 4 and a digital copy of the game. Additionally, Sony dropped an early look at a commercial for the bundle that will be premiering on television soon.

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For more on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, check out our previous coverage. The bundle and the standalone game will be out on October 9.


Our Take
I expect that we’ll see more bundles like this (standard console plus game) from all three hardware manufacturers this year. It’s an easy way to nudge interested customers without committing to a price cut. – The Feed

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Arrives At The Dawn Of Spring

If you are eagerly anticipating Nathan Drake’s next adventure, then you can now mark your calendar for March 18, 2016, just two days before spring is officially sprung. That’s the day that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to launch on PS4. In addition, if you’re an especially big fan, you can now make a decision regarding whether one of the more expensive editions of the game is right for you.

Sony has detailed a bevy of pre-order options, so strap in. 

If you’d like more than the $ 59.99 game, a $ 79.99 Special Edition of the game includes the Blu-ray disc, a collectible steelbook case, a 48-page hardcover art book, a sticker sheet, and a pack of in-game currency for use in purchasing multiplayer content.

For the true connoisseurs, $ 119.99 will net you a hoard of treasure as part of the Libertalia Collector’s Edition, including everything that is part of the special edition above, plus a 12” Nathan Drake figure from Gentle Giant, three multiplayer outfits and two weapon skins, along with a ball cap and Madagascar sidekick outfits. 

You thought we were done, but we’re not. 

The digital deluxe edition includes a digital copy of Uncharted 4, as well as what Sony is calling the Triple Pack, a set of upcoming content akin to what many companies have called a season pass. With the Triple Pack, you get future access to a single-player story add-on and two future multiplayer packs that unlock rare and legendary items. In addition, the digital deluxe edition includes two undetailed multiplayer-customization items.

Players who want to buy the Triple Pack separately can do so for $ 20, an offer that is also available to folks who have already pre-ordered.

I wish I could tell you that's everything, but there's so much more.

Sony has also revealed that anyone who pre-orders any version of Uncharted 4, whether digital or physical, will also get a bonus pack that includes the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune multiplayer customization options, the golden weapon customization, and a pack of Naughty Dog Points for use in multiplayer.

If you’re still reading, then it’s clear that you care deeply about Uncharted 4. And so, I’m happy to tell you that Sony is also exploring separate pre-order bonuses for different retailers, on top of everything listed above. 

Pre-order at GameStop, and you get a Multiplayer Booster Pack that includes a bunch of one-time multiplayer boosts, as well as a special dagger inspired by Uncharted 2. [Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer]

Assign your pre-order to Amazon, and you pick up a Snow Camo weapon customization along with a reskin of Drake in multiplayer that has the intrepid explorer decked out for desert discovery.

Turn in your pre-order through the PlayStation Store, and you get an Uncharted 4 Dynamic Theme to grace your PS4’s home screen, along with some desert weapon customization options in multiplayer.

[Source: PS Blog]


Our Take
That’s too many pre-order bonuses for me to keep straight without a reference guide (which I’ve just written for you). It seems like a lot of options to ask your consumer to keep track of. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Naughty Dog and Sony are hoping that multiplayer cosmetic items are intriguing enough to fuel some big pre-order numbers. For my part, they had me at "new game from Naughty Dog." – The Feed

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Gets Speedrun And Casual-Focused Explorer Mode

While Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection won’t be coming with the series’ multiplayer affairs, it is getting beefed up in other ways. The three-game story collection is getting a host of new modes targeting a trio of different play styles.

For those who just want to cruise the stories (and bounce from one near-death experience to the next), there’s Explorer mode. Here, you’ll get the full effect of the puzzle-like platforming, but combat is significantly easier.

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If you’re at the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll be happy to know that after beating the appropriately-named Crushing difficulty, there’s a new challenge. Brutal difficulty should keep you busy on your quest to break a PS4 controller, especially as it only unlocks after conquering Crushing.

For speedrunners, there’s a timer you can toggle on to keep track of your pace. (How come more games aren’t doing this?)

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be out on October 9 for PlayStation 4. – The Feed

Game Critics E3 Award Winners Announced, Fallout 4 And Uncharted 4 Each Win Three

The winners of the Game Critics E3 awards have been announced, and some of the categories aren’t likely to surprise you much. Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4 tie, with each coming away winning three categories.

Here’s the full rundown:

Best of Show
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Original Game
Horizon Zero Dawn
(Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Console Game
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertianment for PlayStation 4)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
(Nintendo for 3DS)

Best PC Game
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
Oculus Touch
(Oculus VR)

Best Action Game
Star Wars Battlefront
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Role Playing Game
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Racing Game
Need for Speed
(Ghost Games/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game
(EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Family/Social Game
Super Mario Maker
(Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)

Best Online Multiplayer
Star Wars Battlefront
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game
No Man's Sky
(Hello Games for PC, PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Graphics
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

For the complete list of nominees, you can read up in our previous coverage. – The Feed

Check Back At 3 P.M. Eastern For The Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End E3 Demo

Update: Sony will be posting the Uncharted 4 demo at 12 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Eastern. Check back then if you missed the Twitch stream or want to see it again.

Original Story:

You’ve seen small bits and pieces of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but today you’ll you can check out what we saw at E3. Don’t worry if you can’t tune in live, though. We’ll have it available for you right after.

You can tune into Naughty Dog’s Twitch channel for the presentation beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern. After that, we’ll have the video right here.

For more on Uncharted 4: Among Thieves, check out our coverage from E3. You can also read up on the game in our coverage hub from the February 2015 issue.


Our Take
I’m looking forward to checking this out, as it had quite a lot of buzz during the show. – The Feed

Naughty Dog Teasing Uncharted 4 Extended Gameplay Stream Next Week

Sony's press conference stage was home to a few minutes of Uncharted 4 gameplay, and Naughty Dog is teasing more footage for July 1.

The remainder of the demo was showcased at E3, but it was shown behind closed doors. You can find our write-up of the demo by heading here. Along with the details of the live stream happening on July 1 at 11 a.m. PT, Naughty Dog also showcased a short animated GIF of Nathan and his brother riding a motorcycle, but clearly not understanding how roads are supposed to work.

[Source: @Naughty_Dog]


Our Take
I didn't get a chance to see the behind closed doors extended demo of Uncharted 4 demo at E3 even though I was at the show, so I am looking forward to tuning in on Wednesday. – The Feed

Extended Uncharted 4 Sequence Finds The Drake Brothers In Trouble

Like it normally does when it's at a Sony press conference, the latest Uncharted title, Thief's End, took the audience on a thrill-laden rollercoaster ride. What they didn't experience, however, was a large chunk of action that occurred after the screen went black. Today we saw more of the game's impressive action sequence, the motive's behind Sam's quest, as well as the return of Nathan's wife, Elena.

The trailer below show at the press conference dramatically stops when Nate's about to crash into wooden scaffolding while he's grappled to a crane truck chasing the escape of his brother Sam. Needless to say Nathan survives the ride and is dragged on the ground on the opposite bank, where he starts firing on an enemy jeep racing alongside. The jeep explodes and crashes, flipping up in a ball of fire and debris. Like in many other parts of the video, the onscreen spectacle of particles, dirt, and any other objects affected by the physics of the explosion is very impressive. 

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Nate climbs up the crane cable and finds firm footing on the back of the truck as enemies continue to fire at him.. He shoots his way clear and jumps up to the lead truck chasing Sam, who is busy holding his own on a motorcycle at the head of the pack. Nate leaps from the truck into the passenger seat of a nearby jeep. He struggles with the driver and commandeers the vehicle.

As Nate argues with Sam as to whom should jump onto whose vehicle, Nate is suddenly t-boned by a charging truck. The scene is a violent and jarring end to the chase. Nate gathers himself after the accident, upside down in the flipped-over jeep and trapped. A fire breaks out in the vehicle and the player has to QTE Nathan out of danger. As he starts to crawl out, some of Rafe's thugs from the chase approach, guns drawn, unsure if anyone survived the crash. Nate surprises them and guns them down before they can fire.

Sam then rides up and gives Nate a lift on his motorcycle. The reprieve is short lived, however, before the armored truck in the video starts the chase anew. What follows is a classic Uncharted sequence where Sam is driving the bike toward the camera while the pursuing truck is hot on their heels. Nate fires back at it, but it doesn't do much good.

Sam makes his way onto a loading dock full of cargo trailers and stevedors. The chase ends as Sam skillfully slides the bike under a cargo bed as the truck crashes and explodes magnificently.

Both Sam and Nathan chuckle, unfazed at what has been another in a long line of adventures between them.

The pair reunite with Sully at their hotel, and Sam is excited at what he's found in his escape – clues that reveal the location of the mythical colony of Libertaria, just northeast of King's Bay. This was a sort of pirate's commune, where they lived in a supposed utopian society. The best part for Sam, Nate, and Sully is that like many utopias, personal wealth and possessions were apparently shunned. Thus, they pooled all their pirate riches in a single building. Sam is giddy at the thought of so much gold and treasure stashed in one central place.

Nate is also swept up in the revelation until he enters his hotel room. Elena is there waiting for them, and she is clearly very hurt that Nate has lied to her about his whereabouts. – The Feed

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New Devices And Games (Including Uncharted 3) Added To PlayStation Now Service

Sony has announced the introduction of five more PlayStation 3 titles to the PlayStation Now service. Additionally, you can now access the streaming service on more devices.

Coming to the service this month are the following titles:

  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
  • Hustle Kings
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The PlayStation Now service is available on more devices this month. Sony announced that its 2015 blu-ray players in the United States and 2014 televisions in the U.S. and Canada now support game streaming.

PlayStation Now is available as a monthly subscription program (for $ 19.99 per month or $ 44.99 for three months) or a la carte with per-title rental fees for various periods of time. For more on the service, check out our past coverage, including Sony’s recent buyout of OnLive’s assets and patents.

[Source: Sony]


Our Take
Even with the OnLive assets (and loss of a meager competitor), I have a hard time believing that game streaming is a viable service. The library has a lot of room to grow, and a wider range of titles from across generations need to become available before it becomes too good to pass up. – The Feed