Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection Review (PS5)

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There are moments in the game where you reconnect with your first experience with a franchise, and even better moments that shape your interests in the game going forward. Unexplored was one of those games for me. I remember going to my friend’s house in November 2007 because he had this new game he wanted to try called Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Everything changed after that, and my love of story-driven narratives and elaborate settings grew from there. Which brings us to today, and the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection.

The thing about Unexplored series is that they stick to what they know. And what Naughty Dog knows, especially with the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, is how to create a beautiful environment, an elaborate but believable story, and characters that the player actually cares about. I identified with Nathan Drake almost immediately, because he’s every bit as funny, sarcastic, capable, and heroic as I want a main character to be. At each new Unexplored game I played in the series, I found that Naughty Dog kept improving on this formula.

Let’s move on to the games themselves. the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection consists of two games in the series: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Having only played one of those two games (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, with platinum trophies no less), I thought I’d go in there and see what this is like. remastering.

The game opens with Nathan and someone named Sam (we’ll learn who he is later), on a speedboat in perilous weather. They try to reach an island in the distance but are chased and pulled by an impressive number of other boats. This scene lasts a bit and ends quite abruptly.

“The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection consists of two games in the series: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

Another time jump takes us back to the present day, where Nathan and Elena (She’s back for another entry in the Unexplored franchise and is married to Nathan) have given up treasure hunting and lead a quiet, comfortable life where Nathan works as a marine lifeguard, and Elena still writes. Various events vital to the story occur and Nathan is once again sent on an adventure that sees him visit Scotland, Italy, Madagascar, and more. to find a very specific treasure that is thought to be lost or non-existent.

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It’s a remaster, and in short, it’s stunning. Uncharted 4 was a visual masterpiece when it released on PS4 in 2016, and this update for the PS5 is even better. The character models look as real as any I’ve seen in Naughty Dog, and there were no frame issues, or any other type of graphical glitches that I could see. As for the scenery, there have been more than one times where I have stopped to look around to take in the scenery, especially in Madagascar, as there are a number of very high points to climb to so you can see the incredible landscape they have established.

Every place feels like it could be a real place, especially the Madagascar market. It bustles with life, as there are vendors, tourists, locals, etc., creating the feeling of being in a real market. Add that to the already gorgeous graphics, and you’d almost think you were watching a live action movie instead.

“As for the scenery, there were more than once where I found myself stopping to look around to take in the scenery.”

In terms of gameplay, it’s just as good as the original version. Nathan moves with a level of fluency expected of a veteran treasure hunter. It doesn’t really sprint like you’d see in other types of action-adventure games. He is quite happy to move forward at a jogging pace. This suits me perfectly, because I like to admire the landscape anyway. It climbs exceptionally well and can hold its own in a shootout.

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Everything I liked about the original version of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is there: the captivating story, the amazing voice acting, the amazing visuals and locations, the enjoyable gameplay, everything. This next-gen remaster really made this amazing game feel like it was made for the next-gen. I can’t find anything mechanically or visually wrong, and I couldn’t have been happier to play one of my favorite games again.

After all that, we can now move on to the other game of the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection: and it’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Now full disclosure, I have never played this particular game in the Unexplored series. It was one of the couples that I had missed. I even played Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS Vita, but not this one.

“I can’t find anything wrong, either mechanically or visually, and I couldn’t be happier to be playing one of my favorite games again.”

Now one of the things I didn’t like Uncharted 3: The Drake Illusion was that it didn’t include Chloe Frazer, one of the characters from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and my favorite part of this game. Chloe is basically the female version of Nathan, in that she’s equally sarcastic, charismatic, heroic, and a myriad of other character traits that I love. She teams up with Nadine Ross to search for the defense of Ganesh in the mountains of western India.

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This particular game is not a full game in the same way as Uncharted 4 is. It only has about 9 chapters while Uncharted 4 has 22, and that would be my only complaint about this game. I needed more! That’s not to say the game lacks things to do. There’s treasure to find, a fully open map to explore for much of the game (a first for the series), and plenty of fantastic dialogue between our two main characters.

Visually, this game is stunning. The mountains of India make for stunning backdrops as we explore the map. Naughty Dog absolutely did not disappoint with the quality presented here. There was a moment in the middle of Chapter 4 where I found myself standing on top of a very tall tower, slowly turning the camera to take in the vastness of the area and the beautiful landscape around me.

“Visually, this game is breathtaking. The mountains of India make for stunning backdrops as we explore the map.

This game is played like any other Unexplored games, in that you climb ancient structures, try to find treasure, shoot loads of dudes, occasionally spout hilarious banter. There is more to one Unexplored game than these things, but these are a few standouts.

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection brings new things to the table. For starters, three different graphics settings are available. However, one of them depends on whether you have a 120Hz capable display. The three graphics settings are called Fidelity Mode, Performance Mode, and Performance Mode+.

Fidelity mode is designed for gamers who have a 4k screen and want to prioritize that crisp resolution and are comfortable playing at 30fps. Performance mode is designed for a frame rate of 60 fps. Finally, Performance+ mode is for gamers who have a compatible 120Hz display, are happy to game at 1080p resolution, and want to enjoy a 120fps frame rate. Personally, I couldn’t try Performance+ mode because my TV doesn’t support 120Hz, but I was pretty happy playing in Performance mode and getting a 60fps frame rate.

“There are three different graphics settings available.”

Besides graphics settings, another big addition to this collection is using the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. One of the first things I noticed when I started playing was that when you’re holding a gun, press the L2 button to aim and the adaptive trigger provides resistance, so you do not accidentally press it while sneaking, thereby alerting all enemies. existing in your presence. Plus, they’ve tuned the rumble features so you can almost feel the terrain while driving, hitting (or getting hit), and firing your guns.

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Finally, Spatial 3D Audio has been added (requires compatible headphones or TV speakers), so you’ll know exactly where the guy filming you is on your 11and Attempt to deadlock the boat on Crash difficulty. To be honest, it absolutely got me through this part, because I remember exactly how painful it was in the original version. It still took me several tries, but I was able to work out where I was in relation to the person shooting me, whereas in the original I had to navigate based on the visual feedback the game gives when you get shot.

These features added in the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection take advantage of the incredible capabilities the PS5 has to offer, add to that the super-fast speeds of the console itself, and getting back into the game has never been faster.

the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection brings two great games to the next generation and somehow made them even better. The combination of amazing storytelling, amazing graphics, and easy to use controls made the Unexplored series what it is, and this release is the culmination of everything the series has to offer. It belongs to the next generation and it fits perfectly.

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