Fans like me can now re-play 2 thrilling tales with updates of the most recent Uncharted titles in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
The first title included in the aptly-named Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. You play as adventurer Nathan Drake who's drawn into the search for pirate's booty by his brother Sam. Nathan has settled down with his wife Elena but he's pulled away from the simple life when his brother shows up asking for help to get him out of debt. v1d30chumz 34-231-247-88
The hunt for Avery's treasure takes the pair on a lengthy journey across a multitude of destinations including climbing elaborate yet dilapidated mansions, driving in crowded cities, basking in the sun of tropical islands, and hiding in the heather of the Scottish moors. These locations really come to life on PlayStation 5 with a sometimes shocking amount of detail but the gameplay doesn't really change much from previous games in the series as you'll be climbing, jumping, and rope-swinging across the scenery until you're interrupted by gunfire. There's a smattering of puzzles that are a nice break from the standard gameplay formula but it could have done with more.
Overall, Uncharted 4 is a solid title for any action adventure game fan and it will keep you hooked until the end credits roll.Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Review
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The second game included in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is Uncharted: The Lost Legacy where you play as Nathan's buddy Chloe Frazer who has paired up with mercenary Nadine Ross. Although Nadine made an appearance in the previous game as an antagonist, you start to learn more about what drives her in The Lost Legacy.
Unfortunately, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is about half as long as Uncharted 4 but on the plus side, I found that the increased presence of large puzzles and the engaging story around the 2 main characters helped make up for that. The variety of locations is lacking but driving around the wilderness of India is certainly breathtaking, especially when you start to notice the atmospheric details around you such as a flock of peaceful colourful birds which suddenly scatters as you approach.
As I played both titles back-to-back, I decided to take a more stealthy approach when dealing with enemies and discovered that it was actually more satisfying to do so. This tactic also matched nicely with Chloe's lock-picking ability which helped me find various rare weapons such as a silenced pistol. In other words, I found it more rewarding to play in a way that complemented the narrative.Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review
PlayStation 5 enhancements
As previously mentioned, both titles in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection look pretty amazing on PlayStation 5, especially while playing on an OLED TV with 4K resolution. This collection also supports 3D audio for any audiophiles out there and it sounds great.
Another noticeable upgrade is the loading times. I was able to quit and launch either game with just a couple seconds of waiting and any time that I fell to my death, it was barely an inconvenience as it sent me back to the previous checkpoint almost immediately.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection makes use of the DualSense controller's adaptive triggers when aiming and firing a gun which adds to the immersion (albeit only slightly) and its use of haptic feedback has a bit more of an impact on the experience as I felt the rumble of the vehicle when driving over rough terrain and when climbing and swinging on ropes.
Although these enhancements are appreciated, they're quite minor to the overall experience. Thankfully, owners of the original titles can purchase an upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version and also transfer their saves so they can continue where they left off. However, they might be disappointed that the multiplayer in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is not available in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Apparently, the servers are still up for the PS4 edition so not being able to play it after upgrading is definitely a letdown.
I should also note that there are some inherent issues with the original games which obviously remain such as segments that overstay their welcome and combat that doesn't really do anything noteworthy while also feeling a bit out of place at times.
Fans wanting an excuse to re-play the 2 most recent Uncharted titles on a current-gen console finally have incentive to do so. The breathtaking scenery looks awesome on PS5 and I thoroughly enjoyed playing through these memorable adventures again.
- + Stunning and varied scenery that really pops while playing on PlayStation 5
- + Memorable adventures and interesting stories
- + Large-scale puzzles are fun to solve
- - Not a huge step-up from previous iterations
- - Multiplayer support is completely removed
- - Issues from the originals remain