In times where it's difficult to travel, games like the remastered Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection offer a great way to take a trip virtually. This bundle contains 2016's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and 2017's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It features improved performance, instant loading, haptic feedback, and 3D Spatial Audio. But most of all, you will have lots of fun visiting exotic locales in both games.
- Visit gorgeous ruins and drive around landscapes
- Excellent movie-like story adventure
- Pretty linear and easy to play on the default difficulty
- Satisfying conclusion
Gameplay-wise, Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy offer a pretty linear experience. You play as adventurer Nathan Drake in the main game and Chloe Frazer in the expansion. Both are standalone games. You'll trek through jungles, drive 4x4s, climb cliffs and ruins, shoot enemies, and most importantly, find treasure. You can sneak past enemies or engage them in gunfights. I don't like the combat in the game though. You're often hiding behind cover trying to return fire while ton of enemies pepper you with bullets. Luckily, dying in the game is trivial as you can quickly restart from a checkpoint. The puzzles in the game are fun to solve, and you can get hints if you're stuck. While it's mostly linear, some parts of the game and the expansion open up, letting you drive around to explore.
Unfortunately, the PS5 remaster has no ray-tracing, but not that it needs it. Uncharted 4 is without a doubt one of the best-looking games for the PS4, and the remastered version is gorgeous. To be fair, I don't think there was much added — I checked the PS4 version and it looks the same to me. What's improved is that the games can now output in 4K at 30fps (Fidelity mode), or a supersampled 1440p resolution to 4K at 60fps (Performance), and 120fps at 1080p (Performance+). While Fidelity looks the best, Performance gives you that extra smooth panning at 60 FPS. It makes Fidelity feels sluggish in comparison. As for Performance+, you'll need a 120Hz TV such as the LG C1 OLED 4K TV or the Sony Bravia XR A80J. It doesn't look as good though. I recommend sticking to Performance.
Other enhancements include haptic feedback for the DualSense controller. The triggers also provide resistance, so you feel like you're pushing down on a gun's trigger. Like Returnal, the game's little bits of vibration will easily make you feel like you're inside the game. The 3D Spatial Audio feature offers the best experience with a headset. When donning one, the world comes alive — from ambient jungle noises to bullets zipping by.
The PC version of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection offers some new things, such as an ultra widescreen mode that shows how gorgeous the game is. If you're worried your PC isn't capable, there are a plethora of options for you to raise or lower until the game is playable. We were easily able to get 60fps on our midrange Aftershock test rig. Of course, if you want 4K resolution, then you may need a more powerful PC to keep things running smoothly.
Retailing at S$67.90, the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) is a worthy buy if you have yet to play the original games. You may want to play the first three titles in the series to get invested in the story and characters though. They are available in the S$29 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which was given out for free in 2020. Owners who have bought Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, or Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Digital Bundle can upgrade for a small fee. Get it from the PlayStation Store, or snag the physical discs from Lazada, Shopee, and Amazon. The PC version is also available on Steam and Epic.
Note: Review copy provided by Sony.
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