Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network PlayStation Store Remasters & Retros Sale Discounts Old Favorites and New Classics https://www.gameskinny.com/m77iu/playstation-store-remasters-retros-sale-discounts-old-favorites-and-new-classics https://www.gameskinny.com/m77iu/playstation-store-remasters-retros-sale-discounts-old-favorites-and-new-classics Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:30:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Another day, yet another PlayStation Store sale. This time, the PS Store is discounting dozens of retro and remastered games, including Resident Evil Triple Pack, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, MediEvil, Dead Cells, and more through February 10.

Here's a sampling of what's on offer during the PSN Remasters & Retro sale.

PlayStation Store Remasters & Retro Sale

Game Sales Price Original Price
  Resident Evil Triple Pack  $19.63  $59.49
  Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection  $9.99  $19.99
  MediEvil Digital Deluxe  $19.99  $39.99
  Valkyria Chronicles Remastered + Valkyria Chronicles 4  $15.99  $39.99
  Spyro Reignited Trilogy  $15.99  $39.99
  Jak and Daxter Bundle  $14.79  $39.99
  Devil May Cry HD Collection  $14.99  $29.99
  Katamari Damacy Reroll  $20.99  $29.99
  Dead Cells  $12.49 $24.99
  Castlevania Anniversary Collection  $4.99 $19.99
  Gravity Rush  $9.89  $29.99
  Streets of Rage 4  $17/49  $24.99
  Dark Cloud  $5.99  $14.99
  Dark Cloud 2  $5.99  $14.99
  Ys Origin  $7.99  $19.99
  Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition  $4.49  $14.99
  Ape Escape 2  $4.99  $9.99
  Okami HD  $9.99  $19.99
  Metro Redux  $5.99  $29.99
  Resident Evil Raccoon City Edition  $31.99  $79.99

 

The full Remasters & Retro sale list is over on the PlayStation Store. PlayStation Plus subscribers get an extra helping of discounts in February with three free PS Plus games.

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Sony Changes Uncharted Movie Release Date Yet Again https://www.gameskinny.com/0lhze/sony-changes-uncharted-movie-release-date-yet-again https://www.gameskinny.com/0lhze/sony-changes-uncharted-movie-release-date-yet-again Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:23:44 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Uncharted movie's history is long and torturous, spanning multiple directors, revisions, and delays before landing on a setup even the actors are excited about. Now, Sony has even more good news. After being delayed to October 2021, the Uncharted movie release date was pushed up to July 2021.

The news comes from an updated Sony film release chart IGN spotted.

It lists the Uncharted movie's release date as July 16, 2021, three months earlier than the previous October 8, 2021 release date.

Naturally, this release schedule is highly likely to change at any moment, depending on how COVID-19 impacts the Uncharted movie's filming schedule and general production. If it does stay like this, though, Uncharted movie is taking the untitled Marvel Spider-Man Far From Home sequel's release spot; the Spidey film is now slated for a November 5 release date.

Delay or not, at least there's finally a set cast and director, which is more than we could say a few months ago.

The original story is over on IGN.

If you can't get enough Uncharted, you still have some time to download Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for absolutely freesies as part of the PlayStation Play at Home initiative. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted movie news as it develops.

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Uncharted, Bloodborne, and Persona 5 PC Ports are Not Happening https://www.gameskinny.com/x44wd/uncharted-bloodborne-and-persona-5-pc-ports-are-not-happening https://www.gameskinny.com/x44wd/uncharted-bloodborne-and-persona-5-pc-ports-are-not-happening Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:40:12 -0400 Josh Broadwell

You might have heard we're getting Bloodborne on PC, along with Days Gone and even the longed-for Persona 5 Royal PC port, among others. Sony and Atlus say those Amazon France listings allegedly leaking these ports are dead wrong, though.

The original news came from Twitter users Nibel and Wario64, who both picked up on a number of Amazon France listings for PS4 properties heading to PC, including the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection and Gran Turismo. After learning Death Stranding is coming to PC and Horizon: Zero Dawn is also headed to PC, these listings were believable.

However, Sony told outlets like Polygon and GameSpot these have nothing to do with official Sony announcements or plans.

"The listings are not accurate," Sony told Polygon. "We have made no announcements to bring these games to PC."

Atlus told GameSpot, "That listing is an error and we’re looking into having it taken down and how it happened."

Amazon France also has a posting for Super Mario Odyssey for PC now, and there's pretty much no chance of that being true. So while it's possible the aforementioned Sony and Atlus title could make their way to PC at some point in the future, every possible sign points to this current set of listings as being false. 

We're rather inclined to agree with NPD market analyst Mat Piscatella's take on this.

You can check out the full Polygon and GameSpot stories on their respective sites. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 4 news as it develops.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Multiplayer Impressions https://www.gameskinny.com/pf2tp/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-multiplayer-impressions https://www.gameskinny.com/pf2tp/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-multiplayer-impressions Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:21:21 -0400 Donald Strohman

Just like almost any video game developer, Naughty Dog wants to ensure their production is as fantastic as it can possibly be. One of the best ways to determine that any game with multiplayer in it will be enjoyed by the fans is to release an open beta. Users to get a sneak preview of the game they've been waiting for, and the developer can fix the kinks experienced in the beta before release day. Everybody wins.

The Uncharted 4 open beta may have closed back in March, but now that the game's release date of May 10th is almost upon us, it feels like a great time to talk about the impressions we were left with during the short time we were given to play.

The good news is that Uncharted 4's multiplayer appears to be as fast paced and fun as ever. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception were highly regarded not only for their single player stories, but additionally for the action-packed multiplayer modes included.

It's not necessary to have multiplayer in already fantastic game, most players would agree that they'd rather have one amazing campaign or multiplayer mode in a game than both being mediocre, but if both just so happen to be fantastic, everybody's happy. 

With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End expected to have another incredible fortune hunting adventure for Nathan Drake, it's all about how the multiplayer is going to play out, and it appears the deathmatch modes are going to be just as fun to play as the last games.

For the few days I was able to experience it, there was never a moment I wasn't having a blast. Even if the teams were deadlocked at the center of a map killing each other, it all felt as thrilling as ever before -- and truly of Naughty Dog quality. Frantically avoiding incoming RPG fire, using special moves to hurt your foes (such as throwing out an old cursed relic)...it was all so much fun. It made me sad to see the open beta close so quickly in a matter of days.

However, as fun as the beta was, I am extremely thankful Naughty Dog chose to release a beta to test the bugs, because there were quite a few.

The biggest complaint I had with the multiplayer was the rope swinging. During the matches, you could use a rope to swing to further parts of the map or reach higher locations. This is awesome in theory, and when it's done right, it contributes to the thrill of being a fortune hunter. However, when it's done wrong, it hurts the experience more than helps.

I'm hoping Naughty Dog took this into account, but almost every time I chose to use my rope and swing across maps, I almost always fell to my death. Whether it was my fault or some kind of error in the physics, I never really got enough momentum to clear pits. This became so commonplace that I opted to just only use the rope when I was above land, and couldn't risk falling to my death in the process. 

Lastly, this feels more like a gripe than anything else, but I also had a small problem with the melee. In the single player campaign, hand to hand combat serves as the melee attack and adds some fun in taking down enemies. In the multiplayer, however, it's your standard "use butt of gun to hit enemy till they go down" technique.

Perhaps this is best to keep the players balanced and ensure nobody has an unfair advantage, but just imagine how much more fun it would be taking down real time players with a well-timed attack. Even the Uncharted 3 multiplayer had some variety in the melee take-downs, so I'd love to see them explore it more in the sequel. 

However, this is exactly what a multiplayer beta is for, to test out the kinks. Regardless of these minor gripes, I am still beyond excited for the fourth and final installment in the Uncharted series, whether it's through the fast-paced multiplayer or the heart racing narrative. Whether or not you have found yourself with a Playstation 4 thus far, many are predicting this to be the definitive killer app for the system, thanks to Naughty Dog's continuously amazing track record.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is set to release on May 10, 2016 exclusively for the Playstation 4. If you would like to find the best place to reserve your copy, be sure to read our pre-order guide article here. If you have no idea what Uncharted is, (have you been hiding a under a rock all your life?) be sure to watch the TV spot for the game below.

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Sony's 12 Deals of Christmas Deal 3, Nathan Drake Collection 50% off https://www.gameskinny.com/rovdo/sonys-12-deals-of-christmas-deal-3-nathan-drake-collection-50-off https://www.gameskinny.com/rovdo/sonys-12-deals-of-christmas-deal-3-nathan-drake-collection-50-off Sat, 05 Dec 2015 16:40:54 -0500 Samantha Wright

So far Sony EU has put Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max on sale for 50% off this holiday season as part of their 12 Deals of Christmas sale. Since each sale only lasts two days, that begs the question: what deal starts today? Well you might want to jump to on this one fast. You have the chance to get three games bundled together in a collection for the price of one discounted game.

From today until December 6th at 11:59 pm, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is on sale for an amazing 50% off. If you're in Europe, that is 30 Euros in comparison to the original 60. 

Don't forget, if you're a PlayStation Plus member and own Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, you will get access to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta which runs until December 13 (you only have 8 days!). 

If Uncharted doesn't interest you, Sony's 12 Deals of Christmas features a whole ensemble of games for under 15 Euros. These games include everything from Assassin's Creed to Ultra Street Fighter VI and this sale lasts until December 24. Be sure to check out the full list over on PlayStation's official blog.

If for whatever reason you don't have access to your PS4, PS3, or PS Vita to purchase any of these games, you can pick up any of them over at the PlayStation Store.

Are you going to buy Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection while it is 50% off? Are you going to buy any of the games for under 15 Euros? Be sure to let us know your savings in the comments below!

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Game of the Year Intern's Pick - Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection https://www.gameskinny.com/yhmp6/game-of-the-year-interns-pick-uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection https://www.gameskinny.com/yhmp6/game-of-the-year-interns-pick-uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection Thu, 03 Dec 2015 19:02:38 -0500 BlackTideTV

Before we get ahead of ourselves, I know what you're thinking. How could I possibly give a "remastered" game the award of Game of the Year? I'll tell you how. The Uncharted Collection is a masterful blend of nostalgia for longtime fans, discovery for new gamers, and hype for the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

If you have never played an Uncharted game, let me tell you -- this series holds a special place in my heart for a reason. The games aren't even games. They are cinematic masterpieces. Often more impactful on its audience than movies are, Uncharted is action packed, emotional, witty, and downright amazing. The soundtrack alone is enough to make a player burst into tears.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes the PlayStation 3 trilogy of Uncharted: Drake's FortuneUncharted 2: Among Thieves (my personal #1 game of all time), and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Let's start from the top. 

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

When the original Uncharted came out, I was not a fan. I still think that the first game was the worst to this day, though the Collection has drastically improved it. Despite amazing visuals, a great storyline and some intense action sequences, the gameplay was unresponsive and the controls a bit wonky. 

The Uncharted Collection remastered the visual again, making the vibrant greens of the jungle atmosphere jump out in realism. It brought the dated controls into the future by featuring a similar layout to what we saw in the rest of the series (a much needed improvement). Apart from the improvements, this game is as naturally beautiful as ever and really connects with its audience. 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Holding the number one spot on my greatest games of all time list, Uncharted 2 features an enthralling storyline, tons of setting changes that keep the gameplay fresh and invigorated, amazing controls that made it simple to understand and communicate with the environment, an epic cast of voice actors making every scene believable, wittier writing that added hilarity through and through, and -- of course -- non-stop action. 

Uncharted 2 opted for a stealthier approach to third-person gameplay, giving more opportunities to players. The sheer variety of choice when it came to massive battle sessions made the game infinitely replayable, and the story is too good to not watch a second time. Between Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and your best pick for an awesome action movie, I'd rather watch Uncharted anytime.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Tossing up the story yet again, Drake's Deception starts a few years after the ending of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Players are confused at first about what happened between screen time. But the story slowly unravels, forcing them to make the conclusions before the game tells them itself. 

The core gameplay is more difficult, making it a great game for a seasoned Uncharted veteran. The perfect conclusion to a non-stop playthrough of the entire trilogy on the Uncharted Collection. The graphics were unbelievable before the remaster for PlayStation 4, so they now look realistic. If I didn't know any better, it could pass for a live action movie instead of a video game. 

The storyline touches the player's heart, but with that Uncharted charm.

The Collection at a Glance

The Uncharted Collection is the best remastered edition I've ever seen. It offers a seamless playthrough of all three titles, with epic graphics, improved controls, extra goodies, superior trophy support, and more. 

As stated above, the gamers that fell in love with the original series on PlayStation 3 can relive their greatest gaming memories on PlayStation 4 in higher definition. And players who never owned a PlayStation 3 can finally learn what all of the fuss is about, and everyone can get hyped for the upcoming Game of the Year 2016 release of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Naughty Dog can re-release this trilogy a thousand times and I will buy it again and again. May Nathan Drake never die. 

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PlayStation's Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundle Black Friday deal https://www.gameskinny.com/l50it/playstations-uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection-ps4-bundle-black-friday-deal https://www.gameskinny.com/l50it/playstations-uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection-ps4-bundle-black-friday-deal Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:31:30 -0500 Zanne Nilsson

Black Friday weekend is coming up, and while some retailers (such as Target) have already announced their deals on consoles and games, the PlayStation Blog posted an announcement about their Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundle, which will be available for $299.99 USD (MSRP) from Thursday through Cyber Monday. The bundle will also be available in Canada for $369.99 CAD (MSRP) from Friday through Monday.

The announcement included the following details about the bundle:

The bundle includes a 500GB PS4 system and the single-player campaigns for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Take some time over the holidays to play the first three, critically-acclaimed Uncharted games with beautifully remastered graphics and brand-new game modes for PS4, right before the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on March 18, 2016.

Of course, you'll have to check with your local retailers to see how each of them is handling the bundle sale and plan accordingly. It does sound like a good deal, and may lure in a lot of holiday shoppers.

So, would you buy the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundle if you had the funds? Or would you have preferred that PlayStation focused their Black Friday efforts on something else instead? Let us know in the comments!

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Where to find the Strange Relic https://www.gameskinny.com/i90p2/uncharted-2-among-thieves-where-to-find-the-strange-relic https://www.gameskinny.com/i90p2/uncharted-2-among-thieves-where-to-find-the-strange-relic Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:20:40 -0400 BlackTideTV

(If you'd rather watch this guide, check it out on my YouTube Channel)

When Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection came out on October 7th, 2015, a whole new group of treasure hunters joined the throngs of thirsty adventurers already seeking to achieve one hundred percent completion in the classic PlayStation 3 game series. One of the most frequently sought after baubles of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the coveted "Strange Relic". Today, you're going to learn where to find it. 

The Strange Relic appears in-game as a treasure like any other, but counts as the 101st treasure - an item in a whole other league. Although it plays the same role as common treasures (it's purely cosmetic), it will reward you with a bronze "Very Rare" PlayStation 3/4 trophy, an in-game medal, and official bragging rights.

How To Get It

Start Chapter 5: Urban Warfare. Once you get past the running-and-shooting-the-truck bit at the start and kill the enemies that come looking for you, head to the area beyond the exploding bus, seen below.

Once you scale a few signs, break through a bathroom floor, and criticize some poor parking, you'll arrive at the following location.

Eliminate the guard standing watch, as I have done, and proceed to street level. Instead of following the enemies to the left (the direction the game wants you to go), turn right to an oft-overlooked back-alley. The area is easily recognizable with a bright blue garage door at the far end. In the corner of the street between two trikes is an open manhole. 

A brief jaunt to the sewers below will reveal the long awaited Strange Relic. Bask in the glory of this wondrous... thing.

Unfortunately, the Relic is only one of one hundred and one treasures to be found in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I'm just glad I could help you on this one. Good luck with the rest, you'll certainly need it!

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Review https://www.gameskinny.com/fr0oo/uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection-review https://www.gameskinny.com/fr0oo/uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection-review Sat, 17 Oct 2015 07:40:08 -0400 Matt_Paprocki

Nathan Drake came to embody Sony's console doctrine - a sarcastic, witty, and charming lead. Drake would fit within the cartoon realms of Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter, Sly Cooper, and others. His creation teases Microsoft's SpikeTV-esque, gruff-spoken masculinity. Microsoft's Master Chief and Marcus Fenix may well be brothers in the downtrodden.

Lara Croft's British pompousness did not carry the same appeal as Indiana Jones. Nathan Drake does. Suddenly, the interactive side of artifact-nabbing and subsequent close calls had a sarcastic blockbuster clone, but one willing to engage with the idiocy prevalent within: massive concrete monuments which still work after thousands of years; somehow still-undiscovered myths which cut a path hundreds of miles wide in forests; legions of thugs who can athletically climb and shimmy with the grace of a young 20-something; expository dialog stuffed with surprise discoveries.

I Need a Hero; I'm Holding Out for a Hero to End of the Night

What's interesting is how Drake may be the villain of his own series. Unlike his theatrical progenitor, who punches indefensible Nazis in the early days of WWII, Nathan Drake ceaselessly murders those in a contemporary time. Between three games, the number rises to over a thousand lives ended in a search for wealth or personal gain. Drake shoots, people die. It's normal to him. Rational concern is discarded for complacency. Uncharted refuses to provide necessary context. In all of the series' well-groomed, brain-at-the-door entertainment spectacles, killing exists because it's what video games do.

Even in circumstances where Drake is meant NOT to kill, he does.

Underneath a series which otherwise shows an unusual knowledge for cinema's editing, form, and narrative flow, it still reveals bone-headed contextual simplicity. Even in circumstances where Drake is meant NOT to kill, he does. Sneaking through a museum in the opening chapter of Uncharted 2, the “hero” slings an innocent museum guard from a roof to his death in the ocean below. Drake's thieving partner makes a funny quip rather than acknowledge the loss of innocent life. Death is covered by an affable personality and showmanship.

Reality is often too difficult for this medium to confront. Then again, Uncharted's goofiness may not be the proper discussion space. In three games – four counting the Vita's Golden Abyss - Uncharted never addresses Drake's special ops-esque gun use. He's American. Apparently it comes natural at birth.

Wow Factor

From the rather plain jungle-hunting original to the set-piece driven sequels, Uncharted has the capability to “wow”. It's so easy to be taken in by technical splendor. That's okay. Sony built and marketed PlayStation 2 on the premise of an “emotion” engine, believing empathy and feeling would be created by a chipset instead of storytelling. The logic was inherently faulty. While Sony's other series tried, Uncharted is the one-generation-late realization of that punchy marketing angle.

Scenarios across Uncharted construct a determined character who, when close to the people who matter to him, flexes legitimate feelings. Superficial or not, Drake is likeable as a lead. Banter is sharp, wit is high, and comedic timing is precise.

Puny and superficial as death seems in an era of checkpoints and restarts, building tension with the knowledge that Nathan Drake cannot be killed is an admirable attribute. The same way that Jeff Goldblum's character will never plummet to his death while hanging from a trailer in Lost World: Jurassic Park, Drake will endure while dangling cliffside from a derailed train. The key is instilling a “just maybe” sense of doubt. Uncharted 2 uses loose pipes, the vocal nature of strained metals, and ever-loosening screws. Their use and placement is superlative, genuine in their drama. In comparison, countless arenas primed for predictable shoot-outs become arbitrary. Escaping near death proves spectacular.

Third Down and a Fumble

For the scaled up inroads made by Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3 becomes a bogus imposter. While 2 dodged some gamification (as much as is allowed in mega-budget, first-party spaces) the third is a collapse of those ideals. Drake bar-brawls against muscular, seven-foot giants with inexcusable repetition. Brandished scale is needless – an admittedly delectable, sinking shipyard escape is wholly disconnected from narrative purpose. As it closes on references to David Lean's desert beauty in Lawrence of Arabia (too near to self-referential, in-joke satire), Uncharted 3 is too far gone to care, even if some of the survivalist splendor is the series' peak.

“Explore Nathan Drake's work with cleaner, less smeary textures and more resolution.” Not as succinct, but truthful.

Now all of this is in HD. Or true HD. Or, whatever marketing formality Sony boasts.

“Explore Nathan Drake's work with cleaner, less smeary textures and more resolution.”

Not as succinct, but truthful. Then, an unneeded frame rate boost which makes Uncharted feel less like the films its copping from and more like a cheap documentary. Choices like this resign video games to their own technical oblivion. It happened to Halo, too.

Whatever the case, each Uncharted carries the same flow, opening with dripping optimism, instilling Drake's doubt as stakes become concerning, then falling into reassured, theatrical heroics to save Earth. Maybe that's why Drake gets away with murder – he saves us all, even if his proof will sink into the planet's core at each end. Uncharted 11: Drake's Pre-Trial. It would still sell.

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Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection demo available https://www.gameskinny.com/g2t4s/uncharted-nathan-drake-collection-demo-available https://www.gameskinny.com/g2t4s/uncharted-nathan-drake-collection-demo-available Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:45:10 -0400 Dalton White I

The Nathan Drake Collection's release date, October 7 (EUR) and October 9th (NA), in is almost here. But for those who are still on the fence about whether it's really worth your money, you can always check out the recently released demo.

The demo has been available to European gamers since Monday, and it is now available to North American fans as well. It's completely free and takes up about 6.9 GB of memory. The demo features one chapter from Uncharted 2, called Urban Warfare which takes place in Nepal. It seems that this chapter might feature a co-op multiplayer mode, which is a nice addition. As a fan of the Uncharted series, particularly Uncharted 2, I have to say that this section of the story has some intense fights, beautiful scenery and witty one-liners. Some gaming websites have already reviewed The Nathan Drake Collection, and so far it seems like it is receiving decent scores. 

Nathan Drake Triology

The Nathan Drake Collection was developed by Bluepoint Games and has updated versions of all three Uncharted games. Something extra that comes with the Collection is a voucher allowing the player to access the beta for Uncharted 4's multiplayer. It is also possible that this game might be a good filler until Uncharted 4 comes out next year. Maybe playing through a small section of the collection will settle your mind on whether this collection is worth the admisson price.

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The Bundle Bundle: Console bundles for PS4 available for the holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/2umxb/the-bundle-bundle-console-bundles-for-ps4-available-for-the-holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/2umxb/the-bundle-bundle-console-bundles-for-ps4-available-for-the-holidays Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:14:23 -0400 Andrea Koenig

It's that time again. Halloween is coming, and that means the holiday deals and bundles have arrived as well. Bundles are big this year, and its a rough console war ahead as Xbox One and PS4 have a battle of the bundles this season.

Below are the upcoming PlayStation 4 Bundles that will be available before December. If you're both a PS4 and Xbox One gamer, you can check out the upcoming holiday Xbox One bundles right here.

Star Wars: BattleFront Bundle

  • Limited Edition, Customized Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Console, 500GB
  • Limited Edition, Customized DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Deluxe Edition
  • Star Wars Classics Voucher for 4 games: (Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars Bounty Hunter)
Limited Edition Destiny: The Taken King Bundle
  • Custom PS4 Console, 500GB hard drive
  • Custom PS4 DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller
  • Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition in Amaray
  • Destiny: The Taken King Digital Collector's Edition Upgrade on Digital Voucher

Available: Order it now

Price: $399.99

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Limited Edition Bundle

  • Custom PS4 Console, 1TB hard drive
  • Custom PS4 DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game
  • NUK3TOWN bonus multiplayer map

Available: Nov 6, 2015 (pre-order now)

Price: $449.99

Limited Edition Gold PS4 Bundle

 

  • Limited Edition Gold PS4 Console
  • Limited Edition Gold PS4 DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection video game
  • 1-year voucher for a PlayStation Plus Membership

Available: Win from your local Taco Bell between Sept 24 and Nov 4

Price: Your choice of Taco Bell Big Box meals that contains the code

Military Appreciation Bundle

  • PS4 Console, 500GB hard drive
  • 2 DUALSHOCK Wireless Controllers (1 Camo, 1 Black)
  • Mono Headset
  • The Last of Us: Remastered digital game voucher
  • NBA 2K15 video game
  • PlayStation Plus 3-month Membership voucher

Available: Order it now

Price: $399.99

There is no news yet if PlayStation will be releasing other bundles in time for Black Friday, but there will certainly be special deals awaiting customers at that time. 

Be sure to keep an eye on the PlayStation 4 items through GameStop or the PlayStation blog.

For Xbox One Bundles, click here.

 

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Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta starting date https://www.gameskinny.com/jwjvv/uncharted-4-multiplayer-beta-starting-date https://www.gameskinny.com/jwjvv/uncharted-4-multiplayer-beta-starting-date Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:36:16 -0400 Jason Green

Get ready to run, jump, climb and shoot because the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta begins on December 4th. Access to this beta is included with pre-orders of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection. The beta will last for ten days and end on December 14. 

Uncharted 4's multiplayer hasn't been touched on too much, but coming off the heels of the multiplayer for Uncharted 2 and 3 it will most likely be an upgrade. A player can choose either Drake or any assortment of characters in an online deathmatch, team based match, or capture the treasure. 

The Nathan Drake Collection holds the first three Unchartedgames: Drake's Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake's Deception. These titles follow an Indiana Jones-style story as a thrill seeker named Nathan Drake and his companions travel the world for spoils and riches. 

The finale, Uncharted 4: A Thieve's End releases next March only for PS4. Too anxious to wait? Purchase the Nathan Drake Collection and gain access to the multiplayer beta beginning on December 4th. 

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PAX 2015 Footage of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection https://www.gameskinny.com/9qz0k/pax-2015-footage-of-uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection https://www.gameskinny.com/9qz0k/pax-2015-footage-of-uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:13:22 -0400 Dalton White I

So it seems that we get to see some gameplay from the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection and hear about some of the technical enhancements it over at PAX 2015.

Naturally the game looks very gorgeous, even for Uncharted which is saying something, and that makes a lot of sense seeing as Naughty Dog usually delivers with gorgeous visuals for their games. The specific section shown in the video covers a small section of Uncharted 2. I will agree that the footage of the Nepal City stage is a strong and colorful section of the original game, but it did not exactly show off the gameplay enhancements that were discussed while the gameplay was shown.

Nepal stage in uncharted 2

Although some of the information revealed during the playthrough of Nepal was new and interesting, it seems that all three games will have the shooting mechanics from Uncharted 2, the best of the best. It also seems that the water tech for all three games will be updated to a level befitting a console of the eighth generation. One interesting fact about the Nathan Drake Collection will have Drake look like he does during cutscenes, something that will also be a feature in Uncharted 4.

Some other additions that might appeal to Uncharted fans is that the Nathan Drake Collection will feature a new difficulty, for those confident in their gaming skills, and different skins that you can use during story mode.  What really got my attention was the fact that buying the Nathan Drake Collection gives you early access to the beta multiplayer for Uncharted 4. The idea of having access to the multiplayer, with all the new tools and gameplay Naughty Dog has shown could be amazing.

In the end the Nathan Drake Collection is yet to show off any of the new gameplay improvements and proven that it is a gorgeous game, something we already knew and expected from Naughty Dog. I am a huge fan of Naughty Dog, but so far they have yet to show off anything that has convinced me to buy the collection, hopefully Naughty Dog will show something soon that really demonstrates the uniqueness of this re-mastered collection.

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Get Primed for Uncharted with The Nathan Drake Collection Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/94ck9/get-primed-for-uncharted-with-the-nathan-drake-collection-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/94ck9/get-primed-for-uncharted-with-the-nathan-drake-collection-trailer Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:53:47 -0400 Anthony Jondreau

Although it will be a few more months before Naughty Dog releases the next installment of its critically-acclaimed Uncharted series, the new Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection story trailer offers fans of the series their first taste of Drake on the PlayStation 4.

For returning fans, the trailer promises to bring together the story you know and love, combining scenes from all three games as you watch Nathan first meet Sully and follow him on his adventures. For newcomers to the series, the trailer will make you glad (or wish) you bought a PS4. By bringing all three games together at once, you can experience the story more fluidly, without the years between that cause memories of the last game to fade.

The game's graphics will reflect the PS4's improvements over the PS3, but the game isn't just about looks. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection appeals to a variety of players by adding new modes. Newcomers to the series who want to get acquainted with the game can start with Explorer Mode, which reduces the amount of combat you'll see and allows you to explore with greater freedom.

After all, part of being the greatest explorer is being the first one to get there.

On the opposite end of that spectrum is Brutal Difficulty Mode, which is for players not satisfied with beating the game on Crushing Difficulty (the prerequisite for unlocking Brutal mode). There's also a speed run mode, which times how quickly you get through the game. After all, part of being the greatest explorer is being the first one to get there. You'll also be able to go through the game with whichever Drake you see fit, including the very unfit Doughnut Drake.

With the newest collection, you'll also get access to Uncharted 4's multiplayer beta, if you really just can't wait until March. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is scheduled to come out on October 9th.

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More PS3 remasters likely for PS4, says PlayStation EU President https://www.gameskinny.com/kg8m3/more-ps3-remasters-likely-for-ps4-says-playstation-eu-president https://www.gameskinny.com/kg8m3/more-ps3-remasters-likely-for-ps4-says-playstation-eu-president Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:30:24 -0400 Curtis Dillon

PlayStation Europe President Jim Ryan has said that more PS3 games are likely to make their way to the PS4.

Ryan was asked in a Gamescom interview with PlayStation Germany if there will be more remasters coming to PS4, he had this to say:

All the time we’re looking at our great library – we’re now 20 years old and we have some great games over the various generations – looking at what might make sense to transition from PS3 to PS4. Because we know that there are many PS4 owners who either have never played games before, or used to have an Xbox, used to have a Nintendo, who haven’t had the chance to play something like the Uncharted trilogy.

You can check out the interview below, where Ryan tours Gamescom answering questions about Street Fighter V, Until Dawn, Project Morpheus, Horizon: Zero DawnUncharted 4: A Thief's End, and more.

The interview is worth checking out if you missed Sony's presence at Gamescom:

Sony has been avid about bringing PS3 classics to the PS4 so far this generation, with The Last of Us, Journey, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, The Unfinished Swan, God of War III, Flower, and the upcoming Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

And that's not to mention the third-party remasters; Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Metro Redux, GTA V, Borderlands, and many more.

Fans have been critical of the abundance of remastered games on PS4 and Xbox One this generation. Much of the criticism seems to originate from wanting new games, however, it's important to keep in mind that the studios making said games, i.e. Bluepoint Games, are often dedicated port studios; these studios don't make original games anyways.

Naughty Dog isn't wasting valuable time by remastering the Uncharted games, Bluepoint is working on that.

So, given that more remasters are very likely coming to the PS4, which games should be ported? Our picks are the first two Infamous games. These are prime candidates because the Infamous series is one of PlayStation's crown jewels and a large audience that jumped from 360 to PS4 probably missed out on Cole McGrath's adventures. For more potential remasters, check out our list of games that should be remastered!

Which games do you think should come to PS4 next? Are you happy with remasters or really sick of them?

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The Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection will get a demo https://www.gameskinny.com/z0ltx/the-uncharted-nathan-drake-collection-will-get-a-demo https://www.gameskinny.com/z0ltx/the-uncharted-nathan-drake-collection-will-get-a-demo Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:34:28 -0400 Jason Green

If you're excited to replay Nathan Drake's harrowing adventures, but don't want to wait several months, don't worry because the Nathan Drake Collection will be getting a demo.

According the official PS Blog, PS4 owners will be able to get a glimpse at Drake and friends in beautiful 1080p very soon. The demo climbs its way into the PS Store later this summer.

Blue Point, the studio behind a number of other video game remastered editions, such as the Metal Gear Solid Collection, is remastering Drake's previous adventures. SCEAs Social Media Manager Sid Shuman states: 

The studio is upgrading character models, environmental textures, lighting and special effects across the board bringing all three games as close to visual modernity as possible while ensuring they remain true to their original creative direction.

Naughty Dog, the developers behind the Uncharted games, made their debut in the 1990s with the popular platformer Crash Bandicoot. Over a decade later they released Uncharted: Drake's Fortune to critical success and quickly spawned two sequels. The Uncharted series put Naughty Dog on the map as a top-tier developer and proudly showed off the hardware of the PlayStation 3. Their final Uncharted game, A Thief's End comes out in 2016. 

For now, though the Nathan Drake collection releases on October 7th in the Europe and the 9th in America. It contains all three Uncharted games: Drake's Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake's Deception and is only on PS4.

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Why You Should (and Shouldn't) Be Excited for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End https://www.gameskinny.com/qagn2/why-you-should-and-shouldnt-be-excited-for-uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end https://www.gameskinny.com/qagn2/why-you-should-and-shouldnt-be-excited-for-uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:09:10 -0400 Elijah Beahm

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I realize I'm usually the guy who picks Uncharted apart limb from limb, but I really think there's a chance this one might turn out decently. With actual gameplay innovations (and we haven't even seen what they've done with the multiplayer yet), a potentially intriguing story, and a refocused design that recognizes player agency... yeah, I'll admit it, I'm cautiously hopeful. Here's hoping I don't eat these words, come 2016.

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Be Excited For: A Story That Won't Pull Its Punches

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Despite facing a pirates, a totalitarian dictator, and an evil Illuminati-ish organization, Nathan Drake's lived a pretty charmed life. Women have found his constant whining charming. He's got a fantastic partner and mentor to fall back on whenever he's confused. He's had people nearly die for him, all while he is completely self-interested unless the plot demands he pretend to be heroic (ignoring the fact he's killed upwards of a thousand people by the start of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End).

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Finally, that train of inconsistencies is catching up with Nathan, in the form of his far less lucky brother Sam. Not only does Sam provide someone who can out "Nathan Drake" Nathan Drake, but he also is a temptation, showing that Nathan would throw a happy life away just for "one last time" treasure hunt. Whereas Elena has been there as the angel on Nathan's shoulder, Sam is the devil on Nathan's shoulder, guiding him down a darker path.

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Now, when the original Uncharted creative team was writing the story, one would expect something fairly rote and predictable about Nathan maturing and growing up and his brother either failing to do so or finally accounting for his actions. Except, now this is being written by the team behind The Last of Us, which means this might actually get treated with a grain of sincerity and credibility.

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Don't Be Excited For: Mud

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It's just mud. MUD. It doesn't even impact Nathan's grip or maybe cause a weapon to jam. This is not some major gameplay innovation here people, this is just tech demo reel shlock. It might be impressive to anyone wanting to license Naughty Dog's engine, but it in no way will improve your experience playing the game. It's about as pointless as the custom ragdoll engine in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Years from now, you will not look back on Uncharted 4 and say "man, that game had great mud".

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Be Excited For: Dynamic Set Pieces

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You can't go ten minutes (sometimes literally) without encountering a set piece moment in an Uncharted game, so it's about time they started making them actually be influenced by player choice. Previous entries expected you to follow a path so scripted that you were more less just enacting a quick time event.

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With the most recent demo, during the car chase sequence, we see Naughty Dog finally diverge from this mentality and let the players navigate an open-ended level with branching paths. This echoes a similar sentiment in games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, that are trying to make set pieces be more about what the player wants and less about purely being there for spectacle. While it remains to be seen how often this will be the case in Uncharted 4, it seems like they've taken a step in the right direction.

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Don't Be Excited For: More QTE combat

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It feels like everyone in the games industry had short term memory loss and forgot about The Order: 1886, and it's quick time event heavy melee combat. Uncharted did this first, even though it tried to fix it with an Arkham-inspired flair in Uncharted 3, and there looks to be no change here. Whether the quick time events will match the integration they had in The Last of Us is up for debate, but all current demos have made it look like the exact same song and dance.

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Be Excited For: Larger, Less Linear Levels

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Anyone who has scoffed at the Uncharted series for its extremely linear levels can breathe easy now. While it's far from Deus Ex (or even Crysis), Naughty Dog is finally giving Uncharted 4's levels a scale more in tune with their last project, The Last of Us.

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There will also be a stealth system that combines ideas from Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed III, and the action combat is distinctly punchier and more dynamic as well. Nathan's even been given a new tool, a hook rope, that will let him swing around like Indiana Jones. Baby steps by comparison to a lot of other franchises, but it's definitely a move in the right direction for the series.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a game a lot of Sony fans are hoping will bring them the next-gen experience they were hoping for on PlayStation 4. However, the coverage has been a bit... let's say, ill-focused on the wrong aspects of Uncharted 4. Here are the things you really should actually be excited (or not so excited) for in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

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The Nathan Drake Collection will have a demo out this Summer https://www.gameskinny.com/u7rkg/the-nathan-drake-collection-will-have-a-demo-out-this-summer https://www.gameskinny.com/u7rkg/the-nathan-drake-collection-will-have-a-demo-out-this-summer Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:00:01 -0400 Dalton White I

A post by Sid Shuman on the PlayStation blog discusses how well the Uncharted Trilogy has stepped up to the next generation of consoles and confirmed that a demo for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be out this summer.

The Nathan Drake Collection is a re-mastering of the Uncharted trilogy for the PS4 and a collaboration between Blue Point and Naughty Dog. The specifics on how updated these games will be is that all three will run on 1080p resolution with no framerate sacrifices. So basically it’s a collection of PS3 games ported for the PS4 with some enhancements.

Shuman stated that he had played a section of an “unfinished code” version of the Uncharted 2 section of the collection. Although he describes that it had a few minor visual effects, the game in general is as visually lovely as when it first graced the PS3. He particularly describes the “upgrading character models, environment textures, lighting, and special effects across the board, bringing all three games as close to visual modernity as possible while ensuring they remain true to their original creative direction.”

It is gorgeous sights like these that help get the treasure hunter up in the morning.

It also seems that some of the gameplay will be tweaked for the better. It seems that control schemes are being adapted, gameplay is being refined and various mechanical upgrades are being made to all three different adventures of Nathan Drake. This would definitely be a welcome addition to the some-what experimental style found mostly in the first Uncharted game.

It seems that this collection might be worth the price of admission for fans of the series and newcomers. Also the fact that PS4 gamers will be getting their hands on a demo sometime this summer is another plus. Fingers crossed that it comes sooner rather than later. The full game has a release date on October 7 in Europe and October 9 in North America, so it is well on its way to those who are interested. What do you think about this collection? Are you interested in, at least, checking out the demo? Leave a comment and as always, for all your gaming news and articles check out GameSkinny.com.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to feature real-time cutscenes https://www.gameskinny.com/23cnl/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-to-feature-real-time-cutscenes https://www.gameskinny.com/23cnl/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-to-feature-real-time-cutscenes Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:47:17 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Naughty Dog developers have revealed that the cutscenes in the game will occur in real-time, thus further blending gameplay and story.

Speaking to Will Wheaton on PlayStation's Conversation's with Creators, Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley, Anthony Newman and Evan Wells discussed everything about Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us. Newman, co-lead designer on the game, said the power of the PS4 has allowed them to do lots of new things in the series, one of which is the use of real-time cutscenes.

"You're not going to see those black bars that we used to have in between gameplay and cutscenes." Said Newman. "That's going to let us be so much more expressive and really get that seamlessness between the storytelling and the gameplay. Which we already do very well, but it's going to allow us to take it to that next level."

And the higher fidelity doesn't just mean the cutscenes could look better, it means the Drake you see in the cutscenes is the same one you get to play with. "That super great-looking Nathan Drake that's in the cutscenes--that's going to be the guy you have the whole time." Confirmed Newman. "The lighting model is nearly identical. All of that emotion you get across in the cutscenes, you'll have in gameplay all the time."

You can check out the entire conversation above, which is 100% worth watching if you care about Uncharted or The Last of Us.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is due out in Q1 2016, after being delayed from November 2015. In the meantime, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is out on 7th October and brings the first three games in the series to the PS4. Should you decide to pick up the Uncharted Collection you will also get a multiplayer BETA code for Uncharted 4, and there will be a demo for the collection coming to PS4 in the next month or so.

For all of your Uncharted, PS4, and general gaming news, keep it tuned to GameSkinny.

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There are real problems with remasters https://www.gameskinny.com/qj7lr/there-are-real-problems-with-remasters https://www.gameskinny.com/qj7lr/there-are-real-problems-with-remasters Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:28:19 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

Remasters are all the rage nowadays and show no signs of going away anytime soon. This E3 brought news of even more remasters, and we still have more of E3 to see. You can just look here at GameSkinny to see a number of articles concerning the topic of remasters posted within the past month alone. However, of these articles, only one by Elijah has expressed any qualms with the remaster practice, and he even urged players not to buy the new Uncharted Collection (an attitude I heartily echo).

Let me be frank, I have no issues with the idea of remasters or re-releases in general. However, like anything that is remotely profitable or good, in theory, it has been abused by the AAA world to the point of saturation. Right now, there are four main issues with “remasters” which I will delve into here:

 

  1. Most “remasters” are simply re-releases with the bare minimum of work invested into them pushed by greedy publishers eager to make a quick buck.
  2. Many of these “remasters” change bugger all from the original release, ship with missing content, or are inferior to the originals.
  3. Most “remasters” are being sold at ridiculous prices.
  4. The games that are getting the “remaster” treatment. 

 

 

1. “Remaster” is a false moniker

The process of remastering has its origins in the music world where new master recordings of songs are made in an effort to improve the quality of the sound. This was great for landmark albums released on vinyl or cassette or otherwise hard to track down, allowing fans new and old to experience albums which would otherwise be lost to the passage of time. With games, we have something completely different. Most games released under the moniker of a “remaster” are simply a re-release instead of an actual remaster. 

What exactly do I mean? Well if you go by the musical standard, most of these remastered games have the bare minimum of effort invested into them. They are usually a simple upscale in the resolution and framerate released onto the new consoles. That’s it.

Most games released under the moniker of a “remaster” are simply a re-release instead of an actual remaster.

There is no special treatment to these games being ported to a new console; they just make it playable in 1080p resolution and finally allow you to have 60 fps framerate on a console (took long enough).

 

The Last of Us Remastered was a game with an increased framerate and resolution. Yes, some additional content was added but was the game truly remastered? Not really.

Now let’s look at Homeworld Remastered Collection, this is an example of an actual remaster. If you compare the original game to the remaster, the difference is staggering.

So much of an upgrade it's hard to even tell it's the same game.

You can see the improvements made by the developers in bringing this classic to the modern age. They didn’t just make it look like a modern game though. They also improved the UI, gameplay, and multiplayer.

The team actually worked on this, and as a result, it is a substantial release able to compete with anything on the current market instead of a greedy cash grab.

2. This is even a remaster? 

This is perhaps the most egregious practice with the remaster craze: content missing or the remaster being inferior in quality to the original. The most infamous example of this is the Silent Hill HD Collection, and for damn good reason.

The SH Collection was not only inferior to the original games; it was also a dreadful release in its own right. The only code Konami only provided the developers was an unfinished build of games, resulting in all sorts of technical issues plaguing development and release. In fact, the issues were so prevalent, the game was so broken, and player outcry was so overwhelming that Konami actually came up with a replacement program for players who purchased this pile of drek. 

Another recent blot on the practice of re-releases is the Heroes of Might and Magic III: HD Edition. Not only does this release have plenty of its own technical issues, but it does not include the expansion packs.

Now, yes, expansions are not considered part of the main game, but considering this game is available on GOG.com with all of the expansions for less money than the HD version, this is a severe problem since the expansions add a lot to the experience.

 

What is the point of releasing these games if they are missing content or add nothing to the experience?

Again, like The Last of Us: Remastered bugger all was added to the experience. Sure some maps were added and an unnecessary Photo Mode was along for the ride, but was there anything that different between the original game and remaster? Elijah has already pointed out the Uncharted Collection will be shipping without the multiplayer and some other content found in the original games. What is the point of releasing these games if they are missing content or add nothing to the experience?

3. You want how much for this??

Another issue occurs when remasters are sold at the full retail price of $60. This is especially egregious when you consider missing content or bare additions to the original releases. The Uncharted Collection is selling for $60. $60 for a rehash of highly linear campaigns you have likely already played with no cooperative modes or multiplayer with the exception of the limited multiplayer beta for Uncharted 4.

So what in the hell are you paying for here? 1080p resolution? A 60 fps framerate? The Uncharted 4 beta? None of these justify the pricing of $60, especially when you look at remasters that are done correctly, like Metro: Redux.

 

Consider Metro Redux. 4A Games revisited Metro 2033 and not only brought the game up to date visually, they also added numerous fixes and gameplay improvements found in the sequel Metro: Last Light. For all of their work and improvements made, the Redux version of the games are being sold for $30 apiece and go on sale for quite a bit less. How can you justify asking $60 for an incomplete game with minimal effort invested when developers like 4A are actually pouring time and effort into a remaster and put an asking price of half that?

The same thing applies to Homeworld Remastered Collection. The developers completely remade not one, but two games, included the original, unaltered games as well as multiplayer and only asked $35 for their efforts. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a complete, ethical remake of one of the most beloved games of all time and is being sold for $20.

If a greedy publisher wants to push a shell of an experience for $60, then by all means, please do. As consumers though, we need to speak with our wallets and not allow these hollow, over-priced products to be rewarded with success.

 

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty set the bar for remasters. 

4. Can we at least remaster games that deserve it?

Let’s be honest, most of these games released as a remaster do not deserve the re-release. They may be good games or even great games, but do we really need a re-release of the Uncharted series (which is rubbish) or Dishonored (which was good, but so recent)? This E3 has brought news of Gears of War also receiving this treatment as well as Darksiders II.

What about the games which are classics or will be lost to the passage of time unless we set about preserving them?

 What about the games which are classics or will be lost to the passage of time unless we set about preserving them?

The release of the Silent Hill HD Collection and Heroes of Might and Magic III HD should show how important it is to preserve classic games. Both of these remakes suffered because the source code could not be found. Remasters could be a way to prevent this problem by preserving the original experience as well as bringing classics up to speed for modern gamers. Forget Borderlands, Uncharted, and Gears of War, why can’t we get more remasters of things like Thief, Legacy of Kain, or Day of the Tentacle?

 

I understand there are licensing and rights issues that stem from these projects.

However, we have seen remasters of Homeworld, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, and Grim Fandango. Classics games can and should be preserved for generations to come. The recent P.T. debacle has shown the problems with a digital distribution system where a publisher can revoke our access to a work of art if they please. Remasters could prevent this problem, but we should be remastering classics instead of rehashing games that have yet to be potty trained, much less hit puberty.

 The recent P.T. debacle has shown the problems with a digital distribution system where a publisher can revoke our access to a work of art if they please.

At the end of the day, I like the idea of remasters, and game preservation is important to keep classics that could be lost to the passage of time. Like all good ideas though, we have seen this great idea used by greedy publishers to make a quick buck and constantly rehash properties. Games are being released with no effort invested or in broken states. These practices are unacceptable and should not be encouraged. Instead of buying the Uncharted Collection or Gears of War Ultimate Edition, we should support worthy remastering projects such as Homeworld and Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. Until we show we won’t support these practices, they will continue.

Now how about some Legacy of Kain & Soul Reaver in HD, eh?

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