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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection's new modes make it easier, harder or faster

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will include unique modes meant to entice existing fans to return and welcome newcomers to the fray, co-developer Naughty Dog announced today.

Naughty Dog and port developer Bluepoint Games are adding three additional modes of play to the three games in the package. Explorer Mode makes combat much easier so beginners and casual gamers can comfortably step into Nathan Drake's shoes. Speed Run Mode doesn't change the games, but slaps a timer onto the screen so players can track how quickly they're making it through. And the most skilled Uncharted fans will have a new challenge: Brutal Difficulty Mode, which is even tougher than the existing "Crushing" setting; it's unlocked in a game only after finishing the same game on Crushing.

All three titles — 2007's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, 2009's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and 2011's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception — will also include new Trophies and a Photo Mode, as was revealed when Sony officially announced the Collection in June.

Uncharted publisher Sony Computer Entertainment released a new trailer for The Nathan Drake Collection today, editing together some of the series' most action-packed and emotional cutscenes to focus on Drake's relationships with his mentor, Victor "Sully" Sullivan, and his love interest, Elena Fisher. You can watch the trailer above, or at 60 frames per second on YouTube.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will bring the PlayStation 3's Uncharted games to PlayStation 4, in 1080p at 60 fps, when it launches Oct. 9. The $59.99 package will include access to the multiplayer beta for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

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