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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection PC Review – An Exquisite Set of Adventures

An ultra-fine way to experience two Naughty Dog classics

They say good things come to those who wait, and it’s been a mighty long wait for the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection to come to PC. The good news is that the wait’s been worth it as the series’ maiden voyage on PC is excellent, complete with a range of PC-specific tools to play around with and excellent performance across the board.

The collection, which includes Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, comes via Iron Galaxy, who have done a stellar job in bringing the two games to the platform. Both can now be played at 4K/60fps provided you have the specs to run it, while ultra-wide monitor support makes for an excellent way to experience the swashbuckling adventures of Nate and Chloe.

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As well as this, the inclusion of both AMD Fidelity FX Super Resolution 2 and NVIDIA DLSS provides a welcome boost to performance across the board. This was especially handy when I was getting the games to run on my Aya Neo Next (which performed admirably), hovering around 30fps on low settings at 1200×800 resolution. 

As has been the case with PlayStation’s PC ports of late, DualSense support also makes its way to the Legacy of Thieves Collection, alongside RGB support for those that have specific peripherals from Razer, Logitech or Corsair. 

Other notable additions come via enhanced textures and model quality, anisotropic filtering, better shadows and ambient occlusion. Somewhat disappointingly, there’s no ray tracing options in the collection, though I expected that would’ve been the case given the lack of ray tracing in the PlayStation 5 version. And while it’s still a looker, even on ultra settings the collection doesn’t look as good as Marvel’s Spider-man Remastered or Horizon Zero Dawn on PC.

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That said, it all comes together to form a fairly cohesive package, with the game performing really well on my RTX 3080Ti running at 3440×1440 with vsync disabled. 

Performance specs for an i7 8700K, 3080Ti-powered rig:

3440×1440 Ultra: 95fps average
3440×1440 High: 100fps average
3440×1440 Medium: 110fps average
3440×1440 Low: 118fps average 

It’s worth noting I struggled to enjoy playing either game with a mouse and keyboard. Like many third person action adventures, a controller felt like the best way to play through both A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy. That said, both games are certainly playable if you don’t have a controller lying around or prefer a mouse and keyboard for all of your games.

If you haven’t played any of the Uncharted games before, this certainly isn’t a bad place to start. And playing both on PC with the ability to finetune graphical fidelity and performance makes it easily the recommended way to experience them. 

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You can find our full review of the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection below. 

Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy were two of my favourite games of the last generation. Uncharted 4 took the cinematics and set pieces of the PS3 trilogy to a whole new level, which is impressive looking back considering it was on the base PS4. On the other hand, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy pushed Nathan Drake to the side, and still managed to deliver and incredible gripping story, that was shorter, but very well crafted.

To be totally honest, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves is one of the harder “remastered” collections that I’ve had to review. Uncharted 4 in particular is one of very few games that I have given a 10 and it’s very impressive looking back to know that this game was running on a base PS4.

It’s very clear that this is Sony taking advantage of the Uncharted movie, which with the likes of Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg will no doubt bring newcomers to the gaming franchise. On one hand, $80 does seem like quite a lot of money for a game that’s available for free to any PlayStation Plus subscriber on PS5 as well as an expansion, but if you’ve not played these games, then you’ll definitely be satisfied, and even more so, if you pickup a cheap pre-owned copy of Uncharted 4 and pay the $15 upgrade free (unfortunately you can’t upgrade from the PlayStation Plus version). If you do purchase the game digitally or upgrade, you can get a free ticket to the Uncharted Movie which makes the upgrade fee sting a little bit less.

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If you haven’t played these games before, and you are coming off the movie. it’s absolutely safe to say that both of these games are accessible to any gamer and the epic set pieces that you see play out in the movie will feel very familiar once you boot up the game, with some very impressive visuals and additive gunplay to boot. I do also recommend picking up the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection as well, which are the PS4 versions of the PS3 Trilogy (yep, it’s confusing at this point).

Unlike the likes of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut or Death Stranding Director’s Cut, there isn’t any new content on offer here. What you’re getting is two games that looked great, looking better than ever with a plethora of visuals options on offer.

Both games have three visual modes. Fidelity Mode runs at 4K at 30FPS, Performance Mode runs at 1440P and 60FPS and there’s also a Performance+ Mode which runs at 120FPS. I played most of my replays with the game utilising Performance Mode, but there’s no doubt that these games look absolutely stunning at 4K. I still wish that I didn’t have to choose, especially when this is an early PS4 game.

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Aside from that, there’s obviously extremely fast loading, which is useful for jumping around chapters after you’ve finished the game, and also getting back into the action when dying (which will happen a lot). Then you’ve got the standard PS5 features such as 3D audio and the game utilises the DualSense controller for adaptive triggers and such. I’m sure both of these things improve the immersion, but these game were very enjoyable without those back on the PS4.

If you’re looking for my in-depth thoughts on both Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, you can go back to my original reviews HERE and HERE. I absolutely adore both of these games and if you haven’t played them, I definitely recommend it. Unless you see the Uncharted movie and have an absolute hankering to replay these games, I can’t see a whole lot of people replaying them both, even with the visual niceties, but it is worth checking out the visuals on PS5.

Thankfully, you can easily pull your PS4 saves over for both games and trophies will automatically pop based on what you’d unlocked on the PS4 version. This makes messing around in these games a lot more accessible, even if you’re not wanting to replay them both from start to finish.

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC performs admirably. While it doesn’t quite offer the slew of visual options in the Spider-man Remastered PC port, there’s still enough here to tinker with to get the best balance between performance and visual fidelity. Ultimately, this is the best way to play both A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy.
Two classic Uncharted adventures
Enough graphical options to play around with
Inclusion of AMD FSR 2 and NVIDIA DLSS
No ray tracing options
Mouse and keyboard controls are a bit clunky