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"Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves" review

Updated: Jan 30, 2022

Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy aren't exactly games that needed a remaster of any kind, they're still two of the best PlayStation games of all time. But even if they don't need it, a bit of a polish up for any game is always welcome. Especially when it comes for only £10 (if you already own either game for PS4).

This edition is exactly what you would want, it runs smoother, looks nicer, and utilises every function of the dual sense controller. There's no extra levels or extra story content, so if you're not fussed about graphical and performance upgrades there's no new incentives to jump back in. But then nobody expected anything more so that's no problem.

The Legacy of Thieves games looked amazing when they came out so don't expect to be too blown away by the visual. That doesn't mean there aren't changes though, everything looks a bit more polished, leaves/grass, hair, and skin are all the most noticeable changes and look more in line with how the last of us 2 looked (quite possibly the best looking game on either of the last gen consoles). It looks even better in fidelity mode with all of the consoles extra power being put into the graphical output to make it look as real as any game out there (and best of all it comes with very little sacrifice to frame rate).

There's no actual gameplay changes, but Uncharted's gameplay is some of the strongest out there and is still an absolute blast to play. Again though nobody expected any changes to gameplay so there's nothing wrong with nothing new.

It runs smoother, especially in performance mode which gives a consistent 120fps performance which is perfect if that's what you look for. Performance mode does give a slight hit to the graphics but they'll still look at least as good as when they originally hit stores in 2016 and 2017. They also load faster than ever. You'll be straight into the action only seconds after turning your console on, which is excellent when compared to the old loading time of about a minute from menu to game. There are no loading screens at all so no time for going on your phone in between cut scenes this time.

Maybe the best features though are the haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and 3d audio compatibility. With the new dualsense you'll feel it every time you mercilessly swing Nathan or Chloe into a cliff face over and over again. The triggers will push back against you whenever you spin your Jeep's wheels in the Madagascan and Indian mud, making what were already the best locations in those games even better. And for full immersion plug in your 3d headphones while you play, the work they've put in for this is by far the most impressive bit of these games.

Uncharted 4 and the Lost Legacy are 10/10 games on there own they're easily my favourite games on the PS4. The collection only scores itself a 9 though, not because it does anything wrong but just because it doesn't bring a huge amount to the table that wasn't already there. These games are well worth playing more than once so it's definitely worth doing on PS5 but if the idea of performance and graphical updates don't excite you then there isn't too much here for you.

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