Developer – Naughty Dog
Publisher – Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s) – PlayStation 5, PC (Coming 2022)
Release Date – January 28, 2022
Disclaimer: Review Copy was Kindly Provided for this Review
Uncharted is up there with franchises like God of War in terms of original PlayStation IPs that have had tremendous success in sales and reception. With 4 mainline games, a standalone expansion, a spin-off for the PS Vita, and even a movie coming next month, the Uncharted brand is a juggernaut for PlayStation.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves features two games in the Uncharted series, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Uncharted 4 follows Nathan Drake searching for the treasure of Henry Avery along with his previously presumed dead brother, Sam. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy follows reoccurring character in Uncharted 2 & 3, Chloe Frazer as she searches for the Tusk of Ganesh with Nadine Ross, who first appeared in Uncharted 4.
The collection is on PlayStation 5 and will be available for PC at a later date in 2022. This remastered collection features a host of new features across the board. From graphic updates, upscaled FPS, improved loading times, DualSense adaptive triggers and haptics support, and 3D audio.
This review is mainly going to focus on the upgrades and features that are new to this collection. The majority of people playing this collection on PS5 will have already know the narrative and gameplay elements for both games. So, I’ll give brief thoughts on these specific aspects and then move on to the primary components of this collection.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is up there with God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, & Spider-Man: Miles Morales as my favorite exclusives from PlayStation Studios. It’s my 2nd favorite game in the Uncharted series behind Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Apart from a poorly-paced chapter here and there, I enjoyed my time immensely with this game. Gameplay is fast, fluid, responsive, and Narrative-wise, it’s one of Naughty Dog’s best games and it has one of my favorite villains in the franchise with Rafe.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy isn’t in my top 3 favorite Uncharted games, but it’s still a really good game. The game takes place sometime after the events of Uncharted 4. Bringing back Chloe was a choice I was more than happy with considering how of a fan favorite she was among me and many others. Combat is improved upon a bit in this game from Uncharted 4 and therefore more opportunities to pull off special moves. It says something about this series when one of my least favorite Uncharted games still is held in favorable regard.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the actual features included in this collection. Firstly, let’s start with adaptive triggers and haptics with the DualSense. In combat, you’ll feel the tension in L2 on your DualSense when aiming and each time you fire a bullet, R2 will rebound back. The driving sections in both games have tension in both triggers when you’re using acceleration and brake.
Haptics are apparent in every scenario in these games. Whether you’re punching, climbing, sliding, driving, jumping, or even writing in Nathan’s journal, each feedback feels vibrant. The DualSense is one of my favorite things about the PlayStation 5. I know some people aren’t the biggest fan of the controller, but each time I play a game that supports the controller features I get a bit more eager. While I wish the game made a bit more use of the adaptive triggers, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection makes great use of the DualSense. I can’t wait to see what other PlayStation studios such as Guerrilla and Santa Monica Studio can do with Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok.
I know there are those wondering how carrying saves over from your PlayStation 4 save will work. If you have an old save for either game present on your PS5 console, you can import it which in my experience was an easy and nonchalant process.
When you import the save, any trophies you acquired in those previous saves will automatically pop. For those that previously earned the platinum trophy, it’ll work the same way it did in the Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, the platinum will be present as soon as you load up your save.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves has three different graphics modes for you to choose from. There’s Fidelity Mode at 30 FPS for those who have a 4k display and want to experience the environments in more detail. Performance Mode is at 60 FPS which is what many will want this collection for. There’s also Performance Mode+ that targets 120 FPS, please note that this mode is only available if you have a 120hz display.
I played the majority of my time with this collection in Performance Mode at 60 FPS. I know some find some games hard to go back and play at 30 FPS, In Performance Mode, this collection is smooth and sharp. I didn’t use Fidelity Mode too much because I found that this mode tends to cause the game to stutter a bit in some parts plus there’s also the motion blur. If you ask me, I think the way to play through this collection is at 60 FPS and if you have the required set-up you should go up to 120 FPS.
Loading times aren’t as impressive as games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. At the same time, Rift Apart was made with only the PlayStation 5 in mind. Both Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy were made originally on PlayStation 4 hardware, so I can cut it slack in that department. I think we’ve all been extremely spoiled in this regard considering how near-instant loading times will be once more studios move fully into the current generation.
One negative of this collection is that it doesn’t have the multiplayer modes that were previously in both games. I know these multiplayer modes didn’t exactly reach mass appeal among many, but I still felt they were fun. I wish I could’ve gotten the chance to play the multiplayer mode in 60 FPS but I don’t think it was too high on the priority list for this collection and as a result, it was cut.
That aside, I can’t think of any real problem I have with the Legacy of Thieves Collection. Both games were already quality in their own right and these additions are just the cherry on top. It has all these new features that I’ve gone over and each one is implemented well.
If you’re a hardcore Uncharted fan and have been patiently waiting for these remastered versions, I’m sure you already have the game pre-ordered. I’d like to assure you that this collection delivers on what was promised. The missing multiplayer is a bummer but as for the campaign for both games, I think fans of this series should feel satisfied. As for newcomers, this will be the definitive version to experience these games for the first time.
Rating - 9/10