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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a great history lesson

Oct 16 // Mike Cosimano
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)Developer: Naughty Dog/Bluepoint GamesPublisher: SonyReleased: October 9, 2015MSRP: $59.99 Drake's Deception manages to outdo its predecessors in one area: the interplay between its characters. In a franchise known for witty, naturalistic dialogue, the conversations in Uncharted 3 still manage to stand out. It's hard to nail down exactly why this is the case (change in development staff, practice makes perfect, etc.), but I believe it has something to do with the mechanics of the story. A popular complaint in sequel-driven franchises is the perceived lack of stakes -- "We know the hero isn't going to lose/die for real, so none of this matters." This is self-inflicted misdirection. What matters isn't the particulars of the plot, it's the characters. A story is only tense if the audience cares about the people who inhabit it. Yes, Nathan Drake's gonna make it through the conflict de jour with all his limbs intact. But what kind of emotional losses will he suffer along the way? That's a reductive way of putting it, but you get what I'm going for, right? The humanity on display in Uncharted 3 starts and ends with the relationship between Nate and Sully. There are shades of this in Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves, as is to be expected with such excellent character work, but it's given a proper analysis in Drake's Deception. Origin stories for established characters are so often either redundant or blunt, so it's pleasantly surprising that the flashback sequence manages to add real, genuine depth to Nate and Sully's partnership. The knowledge that Sully was practically a father to Nate re-defines both of their relationships with the other characters, and proves that both of them are some of the most meaningful people in each other's lives. [embed]315656:60750:0[/embed] Not to say the rest of the characters get the shrift, either. Nate's team is expanded with both old and new faces, all of whom feel both compelling and rounded -- especially Cutter. Oh man, do I love Cutter. Every scene with that wonderful man was nothing short of rapturous, and when he was away I prayed to any deity that would hear me voraciously for his return. Every time he was in danger (physically or emotionally), it felt like I was on the verge of death. The big, bombastic, cinematic moments that give Uncharted its fame? They mean so much more when I care about the people involved. Although Drake's Deception is the most successful on the story front, the other two games are still worth seeing. Playing all three Uncharted games in a relatively short timeframe is fascinating. From the moderately awkward post-Jak and Daxter lessons of Drake's Fortune, to the brilliant iteration of Among Thieves, to the thematic and character evolutions in Drake's Deception, there's so much work to appreciate here -- especially in the context of Naughty Dog's history. The games also look fantastic as well, and not just thanks to the fresh coat of paint. It's amazing what a great lighting engine can do, especially when applied to a franchise that is partially remembered for pushing what we thought the PS3 could output. Bluepoint Games does fantastic port work, and The Nathan Drake Collection is another win for the studio. There were zero framerate drops and only the occasional walk animation freakout on the part of your compatriots. Nothing game-breaking. The Uncharted series is ostensibly about one adrenaline junkie (the man that gives The Nathan Drake Collection its name) and his failure to evolve. When Indiana Jones resets his love life at the beginning of every Indiana Jones adventure, it's a way of starting from scratch. When Nathan Drake starts every post-Drake's Fortune game separated from Elena, it's a commentary on his immature refusal to move past the treasure hunting that defined his childhood and teenage years, especially in the third installment. The first two Uncharted games are roller coaster rides that are a bullwhip away from a Lucasfilm lawsuit. Drake's Deception, comparatively, spends its time applying those time-worn stereotypes to some degree of reality and is all the more compelling as a result. You should play The Nathan Drake Collection if you're one of the many Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4 transplants, or even if it's been too long since you last spent time in the Uncharted world. The first game doesn't really hold up, but Among Thieves and Drake's Deception are certainly worth your time -- especially you're interested in the latter's more complex thematic work. And based on what we've seen of A Thief's End's darker tone, this history lesson might just be mandatory.
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Cutter needs to be in Uncharted 4, right?
In a sea of PS3/Xbox 360 to PS4/Xbox One ports, The Nathan Drake Collection is one of the few that actually makes sense. Many former Xbox 360 owners made the jump to PlayStation 4 this generation; as a result, they've mi...

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Deals

PS4 deal: Uncharted bundle now only $310


For those who can't wait 45 days
Oct 13
// Dealzon
Update: Welp deal's dead. All 570 units sold. When I think of Monoprice, I think of cheap price, quality HDMI cables -- not PlayStation 4 console bundles. That said, the electronics retailer is unloading last Friday's Unchart...
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Uncharted

Nolan North reckons you don't want an Uncharted movie


Is he right?
Oct 12
// Vikki Blake
Nathan Drake's voice actor, Nolan North, reckons we don't want to see an Uncharted movie. In an interview with GamesNewsOfficial, North said that fans are so invested with the Drake we know and love (and lust after - although that might just be me), "no matter who's the star of it," we just don't want a movie. 
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Deals

$350 PS4 arrives, Bloodborne coincidentally 50% off


Why how did that ever happen
Oct 09
// Dealzon
Everyone holding out on buying a PS4 the past few weeks has won the waiting game, as the PS4 price drop went official starting today. Most major retailers have the bundles on sale at the $350 starting price tag, so if you've ...
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Uncharted

Uncharted's Brutal difficulty is no joke


It's in The Nathan Drake Collection
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
I've never cared much for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but I can relate to this video of someone banging their head against the game's hardest difficulty mode. I'm having Call of Duty flashbacks. Brutal is a new option found in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and it's an even greater challenge than the fresh hell that was Crushing difficulty. Take a look for yourself:
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The original Project Big pitch video
This is an early animation test for Uncharted's Nathan Drake wherein he looks much more like a YouTube celebrity, a version of Sunset Overdrive's lead who missed the punk-by-way-of-Blink-182 phase, than the classically rugged...

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Uncharted

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundles coming to Europe too


Yay!
Sep 18
// Vikki Blake
Sony has confirmed that the 1TB and 500GB Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PlayStation 4 bundles are coming to Europe. Originally, the bundles had only been earmarked for North America, but Sony has confirmed to Eurogam...
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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4 launching worldwide on March 18


Bring it on
Sep 15
// Laura Kate Dale
A few days ago in the run up to Tokyo Game Show, we got news that Uncharted 4 would be launching in Japan on March 18. Today, during Sony's TGS conference, we got confirmation that March 18 is the worldwide release date for t...
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500GB

Uncharted PS4 bundle coming October 9


Why is the 1TB PS4 not sold in the US?
Sep 04
// Steven Hansen
With Uncharted 4 pushed into 2016, the Nathan Drake Collection needs to prop up as pulp adventure tent poles. Sony would have you think these beams are appropriate substitutes, going so far as to bundle a (500GB, since Sony d...
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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4's getting single-player DLC because it worked in The Last of Us


'We rose to the challenge'
Sep 03
// Brett Makedonski
Naughty Dog will try something new with Nathan Drake's adventures in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End -- a story outside of the base game's story. Earlier this week, the developer detailed Uncharted 4's downloadable conte...
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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be released on March 18, DLC detailed


A Collector's Edition, too
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which I really hope is better than the disappointing Uncharted 3, will be released on March 18, 2016, on PS4. Collector's ($119.99), Special ($79.99), and Digital Deluxe ($79.99) editions have been...
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Nathan Drake Collection

The Nathan Drake Collection goes to the ends of the earth for you


Just like Sully does for Drake
Aug 17
// Brett Makedonski
Aww, they grow up so fast, don't they? I mean, one day little Nate's lifting his first ring, the next he's tearing down ancient ruins in search of treasure. Precious moments. Hold onto them. Cherish them forever. Of course, ...
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Destructoid

Take a look at some recent bad asses in gaming


From Destructoid's video team
Aug 17
// Chris Carter
The Destructoid video team has whipped up a look at some recent badasses in gaming. from all walks of life. Out of everyone, I'm still looking forward to playing as Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V. It feels like I've been waiting forever, but Phantom Pain is nearly here. Drake can definitely still be considered a bad ass, but I'm over Uncharted a bit after playing through the last game.
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Uncharted

Uncharted movie pushed back again


What a shock
Aug 06
// Vikki Blake
Sony has once again pushed back the release of the Uncharted movie, this time until June 2017. We've been talking about the film since the dawn of man (well, 2009), but Sony insists the film is still on the table, despite the...
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Nathan Drake

Sony announces meh Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection special edition


'Handful of stickers'
Aug 03
// Chris Carter
Sony has revealed its special edition set for Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection in Europe, and it's pretty meh. It comes with a 48-page Art of Uncharted Book, a steel case, and "a handful of stickers." Haha, stickers. O...
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Uncharted

Yep, Nathan Drake still destroys everything in the Uncharted remaster


That helicopter never stood a chance
Jul 16
// Brett Makedonski
Much like Kratos' continued penchant for yelling at every opportunity, it's nice to see that reckless destruction doesn't just stop following Nathan Drake now that he's moved to PlayStation 4. A visit by him is a guaranteed ...
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Playstation Now UK

PlayStation Now is finally available in the UK


The beta has begun
Jul 16
// Laura Kate Dale
Attention UK PS3 and PS4 owners with a fast internet connection, PlayStation Now is finally available for you to try. It's time to stream games over the Internet in what is likely to be lower than native quality and with addi...
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Uncharted

Grab the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection demo soon


Demo will be available in Q3 2015
Jul 16
// Vikki Blake
Want to try Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection before committing your cold, hard cash to it?  The demo will hit the PS Store later this summer, although how much of each game we'll get to sample in this free taster h...
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Uncharted influence

Goes both ways: Uncharted inspired Mission Impossible 5 chase


Cargo plane chase
Jul 13
// Steven Hansen
In the immortal words of PFT Commenter, "goes both ways." Uncharted owes itself to Tomb Raider, sure, but both owe to the adventure films. Indiana Jones, of course, but Indy owes to a wealth of pulp, colonial adventure novel...
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Shenmue 3

Uncharted 4 concept artist creates Shenmue print


Buy a print before July 17 to support the Kickstarter appeal
Jul 09
// Vikki Blake
Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us concept artist, John Sweeney, has produced an exclusive print to support the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter.  There are eight large prints (24H x 47W) and 100 smaller prints (16H x 31...
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Game Critics Awards

Fallout 4 wins E3 2015 'Best of Show'


Game Critics Awards
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Fallout 4 nabbed the Game Critics Award for "Best of Show" during E3 2015. Each year select outlets vote to award the best games that are in, "hands-on playable form" at the show. See a collage here of voting outlets. We're o...
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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4 extended trailer: Drake is a Terminator


Kill me? No thanks!
Jul 01
// Steven Hansen
Hey, remember when I crouched in a bush beside skating teens and told you about the extended Uncharted 4: A Thief's End demonstration I saw at E3? (I wrote about it, too.) Now you can watch that extended gameplay and see jus...
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The Last of Us 2

Nolan North lets slip The Last of Us 2 is coming


Nolan North's a pretty fun-gi... eh...
Jun 30
// Joe Parlock
I know most of us assumed it was coming after the massive, massive popularity and success of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, but Nolan “The Voice of Fucking Everything” North has accidentally let slip The Last...
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Visceral Star Wars

Visceral's Star Wars has hints of Uncharted and 1313


Uncharted writer lost 8 months of work
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Visceral Games' (Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline) Star Wars game was noticeably absent from EA's E3 showing this year. I thought there was a chance we'd see it, anyhow. Uncharted voice actor Nolan North did give some hints ...
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Uncharted

The Uncharted movie project loses yet another director


Pictured in the background -- the movie
Jun 29
// Chris Carter
Let's start from the beginning. Back in 2009, it was announced that an Uncharted film was already in development. Famed hot-headed director David O. Russell was tapped to direct, and everything seemed to going swimmingly -- u...
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Uncharted at E3

Video impressions: Uncharted 4's extended E3 demo


Sneaky sneak
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
I got to see another large chunk of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End from after the trailer cut off at E3. I wrote about that a bit here. I've also written a bit about why I think Uncharted 4 has the potential to be much better than Uncharted 3's poor showing. Anyways, if you want to see the video we shot in conjunction where I crouch in some bushes as teens do skate tricks nearby, here's that.

Elena is real mad at Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Jun 16 // Steven Hansen
[embed]294098:59077:0[/embed] At the end of this, Drake goes crashing through the wooden plank, skips across the water, and ends up getting dragged through the mud on the other side. All the while he's shooting with one hand, hanging on for dear life with the other, because he is very strong. It's not quite just a set piece set up as that grappling hook is a huge part of Uncharted 4's gameplay systems and you'll always be able to shoot from it. Drake pulls himself up onto the crane truck that'd been dragging him and so begins a long series of shooting with assumed bad guys on motor bikes as Drake tries to work is way to the front of the convoy chasing his brother, Sam. After hijacking a jeep and catching up, the two argue over who should jump to the other's vehicle. A little brotherly conflict. Then Nate gets blindsided by a truck and there's a nice, quieter moment of being pinned underneath a flipped over van that is increasingly on fire. Nate hops on Sam's bike and that armored truck returns with a vengeance in a Sonic Adventure 2 style chase sequence towards the camera. Eventually, of course, they escape. This is when we got wind of some story elements. Sully, Sam, and Nate are after collected treasure from a pirate commune, Libertalia. Someone named Rafe, presumably from Days of Our Lives, is trying to kill them. They chat up plans on the way into their motel and suddenly there's Nate, rarely tongue tied, as a very upset Elena is standing in the room. She hints that Nate was lying about being on a job in Malaysia and, as you can see above, she is pretty damn pissed off. It ain't anger, it's that, "I'm so hurt and disappointed in you" look that just cuts deep. Nate fucked up. We'll know how bad next year.
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Extended gameplay demo
Sony showed off Uncharted 4: A Thief's End yesterday to end its conference with a bang. A lot of them as a jeep careened through an entire city. In today's behind closed doors session, we saw creative director on Uncharted 4 ...

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Uncharted 4

Nathan Drake goes for a wild car ride in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


Duck n' shoot, duck n' shoot
Jun 15
// Ben Davis
Sony rounded out its conference with a demo of the upcoming Uncharted game, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Lots of shooting, parkour, and driving action, with Nathan performing some pretty crazy stunts, so it looks to be p...
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LA E3 ads

Uncharted 4 ad spotted as LA gets all dressed up for E3


Banner? I hardly even know her!
Jun 08
// Steven Hansen
Oh boy oh boy, I'm a week from making Jordan breakfast every morning and talking about the '97 Colorado Rockies in person with Brett Makedonski. E3's back, baby, like the Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bender the robot, Godfather III...
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Get your tentacles ready!
We are back with another episode of Newstoid, your favorite video game news show. On this episode we discuss all things Fallout 4, dogs, and Splatoon takes over. I might be a bit biased, but I think this is our best episode ...


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