A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Explores concepts of friendship, trust, love, as well dangers of obsessive behavior. Glamorizes adventure by dismissing danger, trivializing deaths of many nameless human enemies.
Positive Role Models
Drake is charming, funny, generally tries to do right by those he cares about, though he sometimes becomes so fixated on his quests that he puts friends in danger. He solves many problems through logic, ingenuity, but just as often resorts to violence, kills hundreds of enemies.
Ease of Play
Intuitive controls, multiple difficulty levels let players choose appropriate level of challenge. Some puzzles will take a bit of head-scratching to figure out.
Violence & Scariness
Players use pistols, shotguns, rifles, machine guns, grenades to shoot, kill human enemies. Small splashes of blood accompany some bullet strikes. Also includes punching, kicking, choke holds, heads being slammed into walls, bars.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild sexual overtones, some clever double entendres in dialogue. Occasional kissing.
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Drake lets slip the occasional "s--t" but usually opts for milder language, such as "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A major character frequently smokes a cigar. One scene set in a bar with alcohol lining shelves, drinks on tables.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a compilation of three third-person-shooter games starring charismatic treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Play comprises a mix of exploration, puzzle solving, and frenetic melee combat and firefights. Nathan uses a variety of weapons to shoot and kill hundreds of ill-meaning human enemies over the course of all three games, rarely expressing remorse over his actions. He's also a very likable guy who generally tries to do right by his friends and those he cares about. His romantic relationships, while an important part of the narrative, result in nothing more physical than kissing and a bit of innuendo. Light profanity occurs occasionally in dialogue, and a major character is fond of cigars. Note that the online play originally found in the second two games has been removed for this release.
Is It Any Good?
As this game was launched only months before the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, it would be easy to write it off as a promotional tool designed only to build hype for the next game in the series. But to do so would be to ignore that the three games in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection were among the very best ever to come to PlayStation 3. These were filled with fun exploration, smart puzzles, fast-paced action, and Hollywood-style storytelling made all the more memorable by a talented cast of voice actors who breathed life and personality into great characters. These games are about as close as the medium of games has ever come to giving audiences interactive Indiana Jones movies.
Plus, it's clear that no small amount of work went into this remastered collection. These three games can't quite compare to the most visually sophisticated games designed specifically for PlayStation 4, but the characters and the worlds they inhabit are nonetheless loaded with fresh detail and an impressive crispness absent in the original games. The only real downside is a lack of additional features, such as actor and writer interviews, retrospective mini-documentaries, or an analysis of developer Naughty Dog's growth as a studio. That's a missed opportunity. Still, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be tons of fun for any fan of epic adventure, new or returning.
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