Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection review: No movie tie-ins, no sweat


Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection — out Friday on PS5 and later in 2022 on PC — brings the acclaimed action-adventure franchise to its third-generation PlayStation console. After starting life in the late aughts as the PS3 before delivering a total of four titles over a four-year period (including one for the handheld PS Vita), the Uncharted series ended in style with its fourth and final mainline entry – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – released on PS4 about five and a half years ago. Except a year later, what was meant as Uncharted 4 DLC did another spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, released as a standalone expansion. Well, as Uncharted makes its way to PlayStation 5 (and theaters), two — Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy — are being offered together.

Except the PS5 versions of the two most recent Uncharted games are not identical to their PS4 counterparts. In terms of content, ie. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection includes only the single-player campaign portions from both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. For those looking to dive into the multiplayer side of Uncharted on its flashy new PlayStation 5, well, you’re out of luck. Naturally, this also means no co-op survival mode in Uncharted 4. You can only do that with Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection Experience the adventures of Nathan, Sam and Sully from Scotland to Madagascar as they chase a pirate’s fate, and Chloe and Nadine’s southwest in coastal India and As they travel around the Western Ghats they look for a Ganesha artifact.

And in that regard, Uncharted: Legacy of the Thief Collection (Obviously) Unknown 4: A Thief’s End (Review) and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Review) are the best ways to experience both. technically speaking. There’s high dynamic range across the board, and you can see a lot in dimly-lit areas where previously blacks may have been crushed. Yes, HDR was introduced with the PS4 Pro version of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End — but here, it’s undeniably better. There are more details in the texture, be it faces, objects or surroundings. And the updated The Lost Legacy – the latest title and the only spin-off in the Uncharted franchise – is appropriately rich and colourful, steeped in South Konkan roots. And you can capture all that glory with the built-in photo mode (which can be toggled on or off).

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That said, this isn’t the first time we’re getting a 4K HDR remaster for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Is it really that much better than the PS4 Pro version? Yes, because the PS4 Pro 4K upgrade was in some ways a false advertisement. Although it claims to offer 4K resolution — that’s 3840 x 2160 pixels, or in other words 2160p — Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End tops out at 1440p on the PS4 Pro. That is far away. Multiplayer didn’t even try to scratch up to full-HD 1080p (less than 900p on the PS4). In short, the Uncharted franchise isn’t really offered in 4K at all. So far.

Unknown: Legacy of Thieves Collection boasts a total of three graphical modes: “Fidelity” (that’s native 4K with a 30fps target), “Performance” (60fps target boosted to 4K at 1440p), and “Performance+” (1080p). at 120fps target). Unfortunately, despite the power of the PlayStation 5, there’s no 4K 60fps mode or ray-tracing functionality here. Of the three available modes, I could only experience fidelity and performance while watching the TV – and of those two, I definitely preferred performance, as the difference in quality perceived to my eyes was minimal.

Remasters are better to be seen, which is why I’ve attached gameplay videos from both Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy captured on PS5 over the past week with the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection. As you’ll find out for yourself, load times are near instant.

Additionally, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection also brings support for the PS5’s fancy DualSense controller features. You’ll feel haptic feedback in both Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy, and there’s a lot of adaptive trigger tension when you’re driving a 4×4, shooting with a pistol and machine gun, or swinging with your grappling hook. offer varying degrees. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection also makes use of spatial 3D audio – Sony’s own take on Dolby Atmos – available through both stereo speakers and headphones. The first (DualSense features) is more immersive and felt instantly than the second (3D audio technology).

Structurally and narratively, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection returns the same two games we got five or so years ago. All that can be said about them has already been said. Neither of these titles are helped by the fact that at the end of the day, they feature mostly white people going around the world looking for treasure in exotic locations—and causing all kinds of chaos and mayhem in the process. Causes – How they affect the local people and their lives without any acknowledgment. Previously, white people benefited from colonialism and now they are back for the “adventure”. Like uh, go to Nathan Drake and Chloe Fraser’s house, process your guilt and daddy issues another way.

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But the bigger issue is how Sony – which owns PlayStation – is handling the PS5 upgrade of the PS4 release. While Microsoft — which owns its rival Xbox — offered free Xbox Series S/X upgrades to Xbox One titles around the console’s launch, Sony’s strategy has been to charge existing owners as well. Those who have purchased Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, or the combined digital bundle can purchase the PS5 version for Rs. 500 / $10 / €10 starting Friday. For what it’s worth, it’s better than Ghost of Tsushima’s PS5 upgrade that costs Rs. 2,497, which developer Sucker Punch seemingly justified by tying up with additional content. In front of that, the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection’s upgrade asking price seems modest.

But that’s only for those who “own” either game. If you have an Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End by PlayStation Plus subscription, there’s no upgrade route for you. Like all those who have never played Uncharted 4 or The Lost Legacy, you will have to pay full price for the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection – it costs Rs. 2,999 digitally and on disc. If you’re in this situation, I believe the best approach might be to buy a disc and then follow the upgrade route. Assuming you don’t have a PS5 Digital Edition (like me), in this case: you’re out of luck. What are discs? Playstation Store for Life???? And it won’t surprise you to learn that thanks to the release of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy can no longer be purchased digitally standalone.

Meanwhile on Xbox, you can get the latest version of an Xbox Game Studio title through your arguably-better subscription Xbox Game Pass at no extra charge. (Sony reportedly plans to rival Microsoft’s offering later in 2022, but we’ll see how it fares in that regard.) Since the Series S/X’s launch, Microsoft has given us the Gears 5’s launch. Free 4K 60fps upgrade for choice. , Forza Horizon 4, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. On top of that, Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system means you can enjoy titles as you move between Xbox and PC. Meanwhile, when Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection arrives on PC later in 2022, all PS4 and PS5 players wanting to play the game on PC will have to pay for the game wholesale. once again.

That — the arrival of Uncharted on PC — is naturally a more exciting development for the franchise, as it opens Uncharted to a whole new player base. Since its origins in 2007, Uncharted has only existed on the PlayStation platform. (I’m forgiving the mobile puzzle game Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, which has nothing to do with the series from a gameplay standpoint.) That’s about to change in 2022 when the giants deliver the PC remaster to Iron Galaxy. Unknown producer Naughty Dog says the PC version will release “soon after the PS5 version.” I’m also hoping that Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection brings the much-anticipated 4K 60fps gameplay to Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy, considering the unlimited resources in hand with modern computers.

And maybe now that some Uncharted games have been updated for PS5, we could be getting a sequel to The Lost Legacy at some point. However, the timing of Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection’s release makes me think about something else. In about three weeks’ time on February 18th, Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions are set to unveil the first Uncharted film, which is headed by Tom Holland, Spider-Man himself. With the film expected to draw inspiration from Uncharted 4, the arrival of its remaster seems more than a bit of a coincidence. After all, Sony doesn’t have a new Uncharted game for the PS5, so it’s like the next best thing. Is that why it exists? Corporations can be very cynical, mind you. In addition, Sony is offering movie tickets in select regions with the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection.

Sony Pictures is clearly hoping that Uncharted will turn into a long-running successful film franchise, which is why it has cast Holland, 25, and the first film is set before the events of the first game. Although Naughty Dog is unlikely to be persuaded into tie-in games—and a studio of its caliber shouldn’t be wasted on such feats anyway. Sadly, this is happening in a way. A report from last year claimed that Naughty Dog was working on a remake of its zombie survival horror title The Last of Us — the original 2013 game in the series — that could potentially be coming to the Pedro Pascal-led HBO in 2022. May line up with the show. There’s apparently a standalone multiplayer in the works on The Last of Us Part II as well.

Instead of a new Uncharted game, what’s more likely (unfortunately) is the PS5 version of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, the PS4 remaster of the first three Uncharted PS3 titles. A studio like Naughty Dog shouldn’t turn to remasters of its old games — it should be looking forward to new entries or new IP. But that’s just the world we live in.

Pros:

  • looks, feels, feels great
  • Much better than the PS4 Pro version

Shortcoming:

  • no free upgrade
  • no multiplayer
  • No 4K at 60fps
  • PC port will be sold separately

Rating (out of 10): 7

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is out Friday, January 28 on PlayStation 5. It will release for Windows PC later in 2022. Unknown: The cost of inheritance of thieves’ collection is Rs. 2,999 on PlayStation 5


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