Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection bundles two of Naughty Dog’s finest outings with 2016s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as well as Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Without giving too much away, the story of Uncharted 4 tells the tale of Nathan Drake having one last hurrah. Struggling with the quiet life, Drake takes on one last heist, accompanied by his father figure, Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Sam, Drake’s brother. The mission is to discover and retrieve the long-lost plunder of pirate Henry Avery. However, as you can imagine, not everything goes according to plan. Though if that was the case, it would be one hell of a boring treasure hunt.
Next Friday, UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection is arriving on PlayStation 5!
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) January 21, 2022
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is set after the events of Uncharted 4. So, make sure that you play Lost Legacy last. In The Lost Legacy, series favourite Chloe Frazer returns, however, this time she’s starring in her own game. Fun fact, this is the first Uncharted mainline game not to star Nathan Drake. Chloe is joined by badass Nadine Ross, who fans of Uncharted 4 will be familiar with. Chloe and Nadine are on the hunt for the Tusk of Ganesh, located somewhere within the ancient Hoysala Empire. Unfortunately for Chloe and Nadine, the ruthless Asav wants to beat the duo to the punch. No matter the cost.
By now, if you’ve played any of the recent games in the Uncharted series, then you’ll know what to expect. High octane action, crisp shooting and risky platforming that could spell doom with a single miss-timed leap of faith. The Uncharted series has come a long way since the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune in 2007. Both Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy is just about as good as a third-person action-adventure gets. Shooting, rope swinging, punching enemies in the face and a spot of treasure hunting, the Uncharted series just about has it all.
Audio is also an area in which this series shines and the Lost Legacy Collection is no exception. Nolan North (Nathan Drake), Sam Drake (Troy Baker), Richard McGonagle (Sully), Emily Rose (Elena Fisher), Claudia Black (Chloe Frazer) and Laura Baily (Nadine Ross) all do an amazing job. In fact, so too does all the support cast. Furthermore, everything from the memorable theme music and the fantastic sound effects is a joy to hear. The audio of the Lost Legacy Collection is amplified to near perfection with the PS5s superb 3D audio.
In terms of visuals and performance, the Legacy of Thieves Collection shines as vibrantly. Before now I’ve been playing the PS4 versions of Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy via backward compatibility on PS5. If you were new to this series and someone told you that these were native PS5 games, I don’t think most people would argue. In fact, I’ve also recently re-visiting both games on PS4 Pro for the benefit of this review, and they still look amazing on last-gen consoles.
That being said, these PS5 remasters now look even better than before. Sure, they might not quite pass as first-party AAA Sony games for the PS5, but they’re not far off. This isn’t too shabby for titles that are essentially five-to-six-year-old PS4 games. However, the PS5 remasters come with three different graphic modes to tickle your fancy.
We have Fidelity Mode which puts out a 4K resolution with a targeted 30FPS, and Performance Mode has a 1080p resolution with a super smooth 60FPS. However, if you have a compatible TV (which I do not), you can even access the Performance+ Mode. This mode keeps the resolution to 1080p but performs at an ultra-slick 120FPS.
Overall, while I usually favour 60FPS for most games, especially Marvel’s Spider-Man, Fidelity Mode is my personal favourite here. The game looks gorgeous at a 4K resolution with its sharp textures and visuals. Furthermore, the 30FPS is fine too. Though the 60FPS is pure joy, especially during the more intense sequences. But at the end of the day, it’s all about personal choice.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection also makes wonderful use of the DualSense controllers Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers. Feel the pull of each gun trigger, the bumps on the muddy roads and the impact of intense explosions. Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers are quite difficult to explain if you’ve never experienced them before. But once you do experience it, you’ll quickly notice the difference between the DualSense and the DualShock 4.
For those that are jumping from the PS4 to PS5 versions, you will be happy to know that transferring your save data is a straightforward process. As long as you have PS4 save data on your PS5, you can import your progress from the main menu of Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy, respectively. As an added bonus, you’ll even automatically earn new Trophies. So, if you earned the Platinum in the PS4 versions, you’ll get them here too. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to transfer your data here. Additionally, if you owned the previous two games on PS4, the PS5 upgrade will only cost £10. Which is excellent value in my book.
Seasoned fortune hunters! Ready to reunite with Nathan and Chloe in UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection?
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) January 24, 2022
If I was going to have one criticism with the Legacy of Thieves Collection, it would be the lack of multiplayer. Sure, Naughty Dog would have to keep the servers running, but it’s a shame that this fun element of Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy never made the new-gen jump. Whether it’s the PvP multiplayer or the co-op horde mode, they were a lot of fun and if they made the PS4 and PS5 versions cross-platform, it would have been a fantastic way to keep the online player numbers up.
I could also say that it’s a shame that the original PS3 Uncharted games weren’t also included in this collection. Thankfully, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as well as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. This collection has an RRP of £15.99 and is backwards compatible on PS4.
When I first played Uncharted 4 on the PS4, it was one of the very few games that I’ve bothered to get the Platinum Trophy for. Before now, I expected not to give Uncharted 4 on PS5 a second thought. As for The Lost Legacy, I thought I’d just return to mop up any remaining Trophies. However, within mere seconds of playing each of these amazing games, I was immersed as much as I was in 2016 and 2017, respectively, as I am now.
Simply put, I just love these games. It doesn’t matter if you’re new or a returning fan, I wouldn’t overlook these PS5 remasters. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves bundles two of the PS4’s best games, but now on PlayStation 5 they look and play better than ever before. Now if you excuse me, I’ve got a spot of treasure hunting to do.
- Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will also be released this year for PC.