Naughty Dog is one of Sony’s most celebrated developers with franchises like Crash BandicootJak and Daxter, The Last of Us and Uncharted under its belt. With the Uncharted franchise, Naughty Dog gave us the swashbuckling Indiana Jones adventure we’ve been yearning for a very long time. The game offers an enticing treasure hunting story, constant plot twists and action set pieces to give Hollywood blockbusters a run for their money. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s end and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy launched for the PS4 and were two of the best in the franchise. The stories are self-contained enough for newcomers to enjoy and have enough of a backstory to keep fans of the franchise happy. While we won’t dive deep into the story of the two games remastered for the PS5 (review), in this review we will go through what’s new and answer the most important question – is the Legacy of Thieves Collection enticing enough for you to revisit this swashbuckling adventure once again?
Plenty of graphical options for PS5 gamers
One of the main reasons to revisit Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection are the upgrades you will get for the PS5. All of these are directly linked to the gameplay mechanics. First up we have the DualSense Controller. While Astro Bot Playroom dialled things up to 11, Uncharted’s implementation of the DualSense features is more in line with what we’ve seen on Ghost of Tsushima (review). There is tension in the triggers when you fire a gun and when you interact with a puzzle or even drive the jeep on different terrain there is unique feedback on the controller to add to the immersion. Every interaction feels slightly more immersive thanks to Sony’s new controller.
If you fired up Uncharted 4 or the Lost Legacy on the PS4, you were greeted with a loading screen that took its own sweet time to fire up the game. Granted there are no loading screens throughout the game unless you decide to skip a cutscene. Both these instances of loading are converted into a flash of a black screen for merely a second thanks to the PS5’s SSD.
Last but not least are the graphical options. On the PS4, players enjoyed the game in 1080p 30FPS on the base PS4 and 1440p checkerboarded to 4K 30FPS on the PS4 Pro. However, we finally have not only a smooth 60FPS mode on the PS5 but also a 120FPS mode for those with compatible displays. Sony says that in Fidelity Mode you can play the game in 4K at 30FPS while performance mode renders the game at 1440p upscaled to 4K and gives players 60FPS. The 120FPS mode renders the game in 1080p. While I did try out all the modes on an LG B9 OLED TV that supports 120FPS, I ended up sticking to the Performance Mode that offers 60FPS as it gave me the best of both worlds – smooth frame rate along with good visual fidelity.
Two swashbuckling stories with some of the best action set-pieces
This part is important for those of you that are new to the franchise. In simple terms, if you like cinematic third-person action-adventure games, then this is definitely one for your collection. The story, and more importantly, the gameplay in Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy has aged like fine wine.
While the gameplay mechanics are simple third-person cover-based shooting, it is the environments and enemy AI that forces you to move around the relatively large combat zone keeping you at the edge of your seat. The puzzles, though simple, will still make you scratch your head and the set pieces (which this game has quite a few off) will get your heart racing.
The chase sequence in Uncharted 4 where Nate tries to reach Sam involves a walk through a market, then a jeep ride through a city, getting dragged in the mud while clinging to a train and hopping between trucks to get to the front of a convoy. It’s just exhilarating and looks stunning. In the Lost Legacy, the ending train sequence which is essentially a homage to the fantastic Uncharted 2 on the PS3 is one sequence I think all gamers should experience.
So, while the story is typical of an Indiana Jones adventure, it is the characters, the plot twists and above all the cinematic set-pieces which will ensure you don’t put the controller down till the credits roll.
Easy save transfers
Speaking of revisiting the adventure, when you fire up the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection for the first time, it will ask you if you want to import your PS4 saves. It’s as simple as hitting yes and you can literally pick up right where you left off on your previous-gen console. All your, trophies and even extras are all unlocked just as they were when you finished the game for the first time. And the beauty is that you can jump back into any chapter you like (provided you’ve finished the game) to experience a specific section if you don’t want to play the complete game all over again.
Coming to PC in 2022
We know that the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection is coming to the PC in 2022, but we don’t know the system requirements for the game. But looking at the recent God of War 2018 PC port (review), we can safely assume that this will be one that PC gamers will enjoy. So, if the stock shortages are preventing you from getting your hands on a PS5 and you have a decent gaming rig, you can enjoy this game in 2022.
Aged like fine wine!
While finishing both Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy can take about 20 hours, the one thing I kept reminding myself of is that the games were released in 2016 and 2017 respectively. That’s five years ago. While 5 years isn’t a long time, we have games like Dishonored 2, Gears 4, Hitman and Forza Horizon 3 all released in 2016 and are still enjoyable even today. But the remaster for the PS5 can stand toe to toe with any game launched in 2020 which makes it easy to recommend for anyone rocking a PS5.
Sony has Implemented two strategies with PS4 games on the PS5. We have games like Days Gone (review), God of War 2018, The Last of Us Part II, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more that have received a free patch to enable the game to run at 60FPS on the PS5. Then we have the likes of Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut, Death Stranding Director’s Cut, Spider-Man Remastered and more that go beyond the resolution and framerate bump but come at an upgrade cost. They offer additional features like new content, support for PS5 specific features and more. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection falls in the latter. If you haven’t played either of the games or are looking to revisit them in glorious 60FPS then I recommend you add them to your collection.
PS4 to PS5 Upgrade
As far as upgrades are concerned, Sony says, “Players who purchased Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, or Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Digital Bundle have the option to pay an additional fee (Rs 500) to upgrade to Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. The upgrade will be available starting at launch on January 28, 2022.
Owners of PS4 disc copies must insert them into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the PS5 digital versions. PS4 game disc owners who buy the PS5 Digital Edition disc-free console will not be able to get the PS5 version for the discounted price.
PlayStation Plus members who claimed Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End via their PlayStation Plus subscription are not eligible for the digital PS5 upgrade”.
Tested on: PS5
Developer: Naughty Dog, Iron Galaxy Studios
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Price: Rs 2,999
We played a review copy of Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection on a PS5.