Are Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection’s Upgrades Enough?

The upcoming Nathan Drake Collection for the PlayStation 4 will feature the first three games in the series in glorious 1080p/60fps. The general requirement for an HD remake will “makes a huge difference” to the updated versions of Uncharted 1-3 according to Scott Rohde, development head of Sony Worldwide, but will an updated frame rate be enough to convince players to travel back in time for one more go around with Sony’s prized mascot?

“We talked about 1080p/60–that makes a huge difference in any game. I think you’re going to really appreciate that,” said Scott Rohde during the latest PlayStation Blogcast. Although all fans of the series are looking forward to 1080p/60fps, this was kind of expected; if the game wasn’t in the required HD format many players would have probably reached for the pitchforks at the site of unchanged Drake’s Fortune graphics. Surely this couldn’t be all that gamers have to look forward to in the Nathan Drake Collection, could it?

Fortunately, it was not as later on during the podcast Rohde teased that Sony still has “so much more” to divulge about the Nathan Drake Collection as the marketing team gets closer and closer to their release in October. Although Rode didn’t give considerably much of anything away, he did in fact end up teasing the control enhancements that were put into the earlier Uncharted games. Nothing particular was revealed, but Rohde insured that more news regarding the refinements plus other new additions to the games are coming very soon. “There are buckets more to come. I’m not calling this a tease; it’s a super-tease,” Rohde said. Could we possibly be seeing Uncharted 3 gameplay implemented into Uncharted 1-2 such as the aiming/shooting mechanic that was overhauled in Uncharted 3?

Rohde had also established that the Jet Ski set piece from Uncharted Drakes Fortune will not be altered and will be kept as it was originally intended to be played. “It’s not too hard–it’s a challenge,” Rohde said, and he is right although on crushing mode the level is excruciating. On hard, however, it is a worthy challenge that isn’t impossible to traverse through with fine tuned patients. Uncharted 3 gets a bit unfair with its crushing mode, however, as the game seems nearly impossibly to complete even on hard, but crushing is an even and seamless balance between skill and challenge in Uncharted 2.

The Nathan Drake Collection, will feature the amusing and artistic Photo mode as did in 2014’s The Last of Us Remastered which will make for many hours of pausing playthroughs to capture and refine some iconic and explosive moments with the players personal original twist as a video game screen shot photographer. The player friendly Photo Mode will be implemented to the collection in the final game, but it will also be accessible through the forthcoming demo later this summer. It is doubtful that all of the HD remakes secrets will be revealed through the demo, but maybe players will get a taste of what’s to come just enough to leave our mouths and our imagination watering with the buckets of possibility’s that are to come.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection makes its introduction to store shelves on October 8 while the entrée of the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta (which is included with the game) has not yet set a release date, but it is said to be open to purchasers of the HD Collection sometime before the fourth and final entry to the series arrives in spring 2016.