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.
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.
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
Whilst the price is a little steep, I can't deny the fact that the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection provides the best way to play two of PlayStation's best games. Naughty Dog's finest shine on the PS5 hardware and if you haven't played these games, you're in for an absolute treat, and if you're returning to these games, you can expect to be blown away all over again, if not for the enhanced visuals alone.