Has it really been nearly 6 years since Uncharted 4 was released? That’s 6 years during which we have dealt with global pandemics, collapsing economies and more stressful events than we could have ever imagined. It’s little surprise that replaying the Drake swansong provides such familiarity, comfort, warmth and a reminder of how incredible gaming can be as a form of escapism. It’s nearly 5 years since The Lost Legacy was released - a game of equal quality to the main Uncharted franchise. A brave decision from Naughty Dog to turn DLC into an expansion AND focus it upon a different character - Chloe. Both games were magnificent and at the time truly showed off just what the PS4 was capable of. Now, years later we get to see how it handles on the PS5.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection combines both games into a single offering. As a little reminder (you can read our full review here) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes us on a journey with Nate and his long lost brother, Sam. In true Drake fashion, the two seek lost treasure and stumble upon more than they anticipated in the form of deathtraps at every turn, enemies from all angles and maybe just a bit of sibling rivalry. Chasing down a Pirate’s fortune, the Drake brothers and a host of other characters play their part in some of the most incredible set pieces to ever appear in gaming, some gruelling gun and fist fights, and of course that high risk platforming.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (review here) features Chloe Frazer and Uncharted 4’s Saffa bad-ass Nadine Ross as they go in search of treasure themselves. I was quickly reminded just how brilliant the chemistry is between the two as we explore their individual backgrounds. The dialogue is almost more engaging than the actual adventure… of course though, nothing can touch the big piece events and the equally excellent soft, quiet moments for quality. The experience is truly immense.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection retells these brilliant games while also utilizing the PS5’s capabilities. The remaster promises a number of upgrades which truly highlight the power of new-gen gaming. The first is the loading times, or rather the complete lack thereof. It’s impossible not to notice the difference SSD storage makes when it comes to gaming, and going from the PS5 menu into Uncharted and then to your last save happens almost instantly.
For those who remember, the loading on Uncharted 4 (and The Last of Us) took a long time initially, but got faster over time as it pre-loaded, however with the PS5 there is no hanging around - so don’t put the kettle on while you are loading up. It’s even more impressive if you are one of the people who likes to explore certain areas and has a higher chance of winding up dead as you thought you could jump off a mountain to another area. Those respawning moments are done instantly too, and really makes for a far less frustrating time.
The remaster promises a number of upgrades which truly highlight the power of new-gen gaming.
It still blows my mind that the type and intensity of vibration can reach a level of accuracy that makes you feel like you are controlling whatever is on screen.
There’s still a bit of break in immersion when your AI controlled characters run into full view of the enemy and are not spotted.
Sarcasm and irony are his greatest tools, sport, adventure and shooting all the fools. Platformers =admiration, horror games = contempt, plans to live forever or die in the attempt.
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26 January 2022
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