Being a first time player of the video game series, I came into the Uncharted series completely blind. I had seen a few trailers on tv and the internet over the years, but for some reason, it just never fully clicked with me. It came and went through my mind, like any other commercial.
That was until Playstation released the story trailer, for the collection, back in August.
I was instantly hooked after seeing the trailer. There was something so compelling to me, that it just completely changed my opinion of it and made me say, "I must have this game and play the hell out of it."
Was it the music? The action? The characters? The damn gorgeous look to it, that made me think it was a trailer for a movie, instead of a video game? Probably all of the above.
Fast forward a couple months later, the day has finally come to pick up my pre-order of the game. GameStop tells me to be at their store at 9pm, the night before the official release date to pick it up but my excitement and anticipation for the game gets the best of me -- I arrive at 8pm. Finally the clock strikes 9pm, the clerk hands me the game, seeing that I've been waiting far too long for this and wishes me the best of luck.
Seeming like I was a little boy on Christmas morning, receiving the exact gift I had wanted for so long, I arrived home and popped in the disc for the game.
A couple weeks after first picking up the game, after many bullets have flown, thousands of bad guys have fallen, and we have averted the end of the world on three separate occasions, the end has come to what I can only call, an epic storytelling of Nathan Drake's adventurous, dramatic treasure hunt around the globe.
From the tropical, humid island off the coast of South America all the way to the scorching, everlasting sands of the Rub' al Khali desert, this trilogy will definitely involve you directly into the game, on a visual and emotional level as much as possible.
You'll hear the bullets flying past you as you take on Marlowe's Agents on the side of the Syrian Castle, feel the sense of relief when you narrowly escape from the Descendants on the cursed South American island, and have your heart-broken when (SPOILER) you hold on to a critically damaged Elena (Nathan's main love interest) as you take her back to safety from the secret city of Shambhala. This game will pick you up, out of your couch, and hurl you straight into the action filled, adventurous ways of our beloved treasure hunter and his ever loving allies.
Although the repetitive run-and-gun aspect to it did get a bit tiresome at some points, the story and puzzles to each game were what kept me so hooked, to the point where I wanted to run out and try some parkour on my rooftop. (Please don't try that. Didn't end well for me.)
What clutched my attention more, throughout each game, was the father-son relationship between Nate and Sully that grew so much, all the way to the finale of Uncharted 3.
A two-man wolf pack out for their score, but knowing that in the end, it's their relationship that matters more than any treasure. I was even more excited when I got the chance to play as a younger Nate and see exactly how he happened to meet Sully (which is actually quite the interesting story).
Overall, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is an outstanding, cinematic video game that surpasses all others. It was a phenomenal, exploration masterpiece that every gamer or adventure seeker should experience.
I cannot complain at all about this game trilogy and it even makes me happier (yet sad, at the same time) that we'll be receiving the final installment to the series this upcoming year. One can only imagine what Nate and Sully have gotten themselves into, that has forced them both out of retirement from the hunt, and back into their perilous ways...