Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Game Review | Games

Platform: PS5

The same, but better. That’s it – if you want the shortest possible summary of Sony’s glossed collection of 2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and 2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy“the same, but better” is about as succinct as it gets.

This is not to underestimate the quality of the games included here. Uncharted 4 is the perfect send-off for series lead Nathan Drake, a slice of globe-trotting action that weaves its story through the protagonist’s life, from his time in an orphanage, to his early misadventures as a hunter of treasures, passing through the memories of days gone by, before sweeping Nate – and the player – in one last great adventure.

lost legacy, meanwhile, focuses on regular supporting character Chloe Frazer, with a shorter but tighter story following Frazer’s quest to find Ganesh’s tusk, but getting embroiled in a budding civil war. Originally introduced as a standalone extension for The end of a thief, lost legacy also serves as something of a backdoor driver for the future Unexplored games without Nate – a case he makes admirably.

Visual brilliance is Legacy of Thieves’ main selling point

On the decline, The Legacy of Thieves has no native form of the multiplayer modes that adorned the original PS4 versions of the games. Although the PS5 collection also includes PS4 versions, which can be downloaded and played on PS5 with multiplayer intact, the storage requirements of having two installs of essentially the same game are far from an ideal solution.

Instead, visual brilliance is the main selling point for The Legacy of Thieves, both titles benefiting from three screen modes: Fidelity, Performance and Performance+. The former is aimed at gamers with 4K HDR TVs, offering native 4K resolution at 30fps. While 4K60 would be ideal, Fidelity makes this remastered duo look fantastic. Performance delivers a balanced experience, similar to how both games ran on a PS4 Pro, with a target frame rate of 60fps and upscaled checkerboard 4K resolution from a base of 1440p. This strikes a good balance, delivering a smoother experience with only a negligible drop in resolution that’s barely noticed in the middle of the action.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves

Performance+ offers a target frame rate of 120fps but only at 1080p resolution. With no multiplayer to really take advantage of the high frame rates, where it could be the difference between a winning shot or a complete miss, it looks like something odd – with the games’ story-driven PS5 collection, most gamers are going to have a better experience with one of the more cinematic and visually impressive modes.

The real attraction, however, is how both games make use of the PS5’s hardware features. The DualSense controller is the star here, with its advanced haptics that pushes the player deeper into the game. Melee thrown punches land with a thump, gunfire has a satisfying rumble and recoil, and landing one of the series’ many daredevil jumps over a daunting chasm or the like almost feels like you’ve made the jump yourself. Even the rope swings have some added gravity, thanks to the controller’s resistive triggers adding a literal feeling of tension to the ropes. Elsewhere, 3D audio through supported TVs or headsets – such as Sony’s own Pulse – makes everything that much more immersive.

Although the lack of native multiplayer may frustrate some, The Legacy of Thieves is truly a story-centric collection, and in that sense it excels. For those with the home cinema setup to best enjoy these action epics, this is the definitive way to experience two standout entries in the Unexplored series.