Nathan Drake has become somewhat akin to the Master Chief of the PlayStation platform in the sense that his franchise is synonymous with the platform. Nathan Drake’s story began in November of 2007 and is still relevant today in a similar way in which Mario and Link are. While his character is just under 10 years old, it is likely that he will be a classic character known for years to come.
It is for this reason that he deserved this remaster. These three beautiful games from the PlayStation 3 have now made their way to the PlayStation 4. As a new adopter of the PlayStation 4 and mostly an Xbox gamer for the past decade, this was my first experience with the character and I was not let down! Nathan Drake takes the concept of Laura Croft and mixes it with Indiana Jones to create a fun filled experience with outlandish and incredible set pieces. Though these games are old, they look incredible in their remastered form. Naughty Dog has proven time and again that they know how to create an amazing video game.
The story of each game is enjoyable and scales across multiple locations with Drake and company getting into all sorts of mischief. Sully, Elena, Chloe and Charlie are all fun characters that enhance the story which is led by Drake. Though the player is taking on armies worth of baddies throughout the campaign in a very unrealistic manner, it is forgiven by just how fun and extravagant it is! From climbing a train that is falling off a mountain to jet skiing amid gun fire in between temples, this franchise is a blast!
Where it gets a bit drab and annoying is the same plot line in every game where Nathan decides to quit and is convinced not to. It was a fine plot point for the first game but was used in the next two games to my annoyance. Perhaps this was less noticeable when playing the games several years apart as they were released but playing them all within a couple week’s time, the plot point in each game just became a hindrance. Further, the first two games lacked any real sense of development for the villains. They were pretty generic bad guys that didn’t have any layers to them. The third game did a slightly better job but I still wasn’t invested in the villain. While the saying, “a hero is only as good as his/her villain” is true, Drake’s ultimate villain was usually something more supernatural or mystical revealed in the third act of each game.
My time with these three games was a treasure. I’m glad I waited to play them all in remastered HD where they look absolutely beautiful! Though the villains weren’t fleshed out much, Drake and co are funny, charming, engaging and delightful characters to engage with! Now on to Uncharted 4!
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions