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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection gets a few welcome upgrades on the PS5

By Tim Augustin - 21 Jan 2022

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection gets a few welcome upgrades on the PS5

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I am a man of fortune, and I must seek my fortune.

The moment Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End opens with this quote, you know you’re in for something special. Naughty Dog is bundling up its last two Uncharted games (Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy) in one special package for the PlayStation 5 titled Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Not only does this collection contain two of the best PlayStation 4 games in existence, but packs in a few upgrades that take advantage of Sony’s next-gen console too. 

So what’s new in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, and is it worth the purchase? 

 

One thief’s end is another thief’s beginning

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Naughty Dog has a proven track record of pushing out unmissable games on PlayStation consoles and these Uncharted games are no exception. Even on the PS5 six years after its release, Uncharted 4 looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous and that’s before its new upgrades are taken into account. Both Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy have received near-instant loading times thanks to the increased horsepower of the PS5. Shorter loading times are always nice to have when revisiting older games. 

The cut-down loading times are not as much of a big surprise as the new haptic feedback and adaptive trigger support for the DualSense controller. Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer are constantly finding themselves in tough spots - whether a building is crumbling to pieces around them or they’re ducking away from armoured mercenaries with miniguns.

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More intelligent vibrations and additional tension on the triggers allow you to immerse yourself better in these intense situations - but they’re not going to blow you away. Recent Call of Duty games for example, take much better advantage of these features in their gunplay. The controller’s triggers rattle when you fire off a gun, and rumble differently according to each weapon. In the Legacy of Thieves Collection, this feature is just a fun little bonus you might actually forget about from time to time - not nearly detailed enough to make it worth the purchase alone. 

These games also come with Spatial 3D Audio, which is most noticeable when using headphones. This was a really nice addition, considering the action-packed nature of these games. There’s always another shootout, explosion or car chase right around the corner - and all that mayhem sounds that much better now. As for visuals, you can now select from a few graphical modes depending on where your priorities lie. Fidelity mode lets you play at 4K resolution with a 30fps framerate. Performance Mode targets a 60fps framerate, while Performance+ Mode goes for 120fps at 1080p. This is one of the rare few times you can actually play a triple-A game on the PlayStation 5 at 120fps, making it a welcome option.

 

But are the games good?

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Should you get the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection if you haven’t played these games before? Absolutely. Uncharted 4 is one of the best PlayStation games ever made, with incredible action sequences, gorgeous visuals and the best writing the franchise has received to date. Even if you haven’t played previous Uncharted games (though you should), you should have little trouble getting invested in Nathan Drake’s story - which not only ends with a decent amount of closure, but just as much adventure as it began with. 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a spin-off centered on Chloe Frazer, a fan-favourite character from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Nadine Ross, who makes Drake’s life difficult in Uncharted 4. While the game doesn’t quite reach the storytelling highs of Uncharted 4, it’s yet another example of PlayStation 4 games at their graphical peak. Having played it before, I still couldn’t help but stop and take in the breathtaking views of the ancient Indian temples and monuments Chloe and Nadine stumble across. Without giving anything away, this story also sets up the future of the Uncharted franchise nicely. 

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Bundle all this goodness up with some sweet PS5 upgrades, and you have a no-brainer purchase for new players. Returning players on the other hand, might not be so tempted. These are still the games you’ve played before and while the next-gen upgrades are nice, they don’t freshen up the experience enough to justify the extra purchase. Sony has announced that owners of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy can pick this bundle up at a discounted price (US$10), so it’s up to you to decide if these upgrades are worth it.

One big downside for new players buying this bundle is that the games’ multiplayer modes are not included. That’s a shame, considering that the Uncharted 4 multiplayer experience was actually a lot of fun, and the natural next step if you weren’t ready to move on after wrapping up the story campaign. Still, I would recommend these games to anyone who hasn't played them - or anyone who just wants to catch up before the new Tom Holland joint drops. 

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