There’s a little trilogy of games coming out in just over a week, something from some studio that goes by the name of Naughty Dog. Apparently it’s a big deal.
Of course it is: it’s Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Every PlayStation 3 owner worth their salt has given the original trilogy a go on the old-gen system, but the PS4 collection promises to deliver all three games in their best possible form. It’s no small feat, either.
There’s a demo available on the PlayStation Store right now, but for those who can’t try the demo, we’ve given it a run and recorded some gameplay footage, some pictures and even tested it with the PS Vita. It’s about as close as we’re ever going to get to another Uncharted on the Vita…
First off, there’s a few minutes of video down below showing the start of the demo. As you can most likely tell, it’s been a while since this scribe has played Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. First impressions are that it’s a good effort by Bluepoint and the firm should be proud of what’s been achieved. Still, we’ve only managed to play the demo level so far, so perhaps it’s a bit too soon to be singing them praises.
One of the first things that immediately jumps out (other than the updated graphics) is that it controls really, really well. The PS3 versions suffered a little from input lag and the aiming wasn’t perfect, not even in Uncharted 2. However, Bluepoint has managed to refine the controls to a point where it just feels good. No doubt the extra 30 frame-per-second is helping in some form, too, as the game runs at a fluid 60 with very few dips, at least as far as we can see in the demo – the full picture may paint a different story.
One thing that many PS Vita owners find a pain in the neck is that not every demo comes with PS Vita Remote Play support. Why? No idea, but it’s a crying shame and for Vita owners it could be the deciding factor between buying a game on day one, or waiting it out for a few months to get it on the cheap. For those who rely on Remote Play to get a few hours of play time in when the kids are hogging the telly or the other half is engrossed in crappy soaps, it’s a life saver. Thankfully, the Uncharted demo does give you the opportunity to see how it runs on the system.
As you can see in the amateur video down below, it’s pretty slick. Obviously the Vita’s sticks aren’t quite as good as the DualShock 4, but it’s manageable. You’ll also want to go into the menus (as shown in the video) and change the aiming/firing controls. By default they’re mapped to the touchscreens bottom quadrants, but you can shift them back to the triggers and use the touchscreen for reloading/lobbing grenades.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection’s demo has left us pretty impressed, even if it was a little on the short side of things. Have you had a chance to give it a go? If so, let us know what you think about it down in the comments section below, once you’ve had a gander at the gallery of images, of course.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is out on October 9th for PS4. You can pre-order your copy here.