Make no mistake; both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy still stand as two of the best games ever to grace the PlayStation 4 console. Given their earlier availability on the PlayStation 5 and Sony’s newfound love for PC with the introduction of many of their greatest hits to a new platform, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is now available on the PC, complete with new graphics enhancements and hardware support that make it arguably the best way to play these two games yet.
Same Thieves, New Platform
We reviewed the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PlayStation 5 earlier this year, which you can read here. Within those reviews, we’ve also included our initial reviews of both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for even more in-depth opinions on both games. That said, our opinion on both of these games and their eventual PlayStation 5 remastering, still stands. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, takes players on Nathan Drake’s final journey, as he reunites with a long-lost family member to find a pirate treasure they’ve always dreamed of. The story provides enough emotional depth and some absolutely mind-blowing set-ups to boot that pulled me back in more times than I’d like to admit.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy picks up after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and follows protagonists Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they butt heads with a ruthless warlord to find the coveted Fang of Ganesh. A much smaller story in scale and length, it still packs a serious punch and proves the validity and importance of the series without its protagonist, Nathan Drake. Both stories, as diverse as they are, still hold a special place in gaming even in 2022, as examples of great single-player storytelling.
Play It Your Way
Aside from the fact that story and gameplay remain relatively untouched, the PC port still has more than a few tricks up its sleeve should your platform prove strong enough. The inclusion of both AMD Fidelity FX Super Resolution 2 and NVIDIA DLSS software makes for a smoother, more consistent experience that enables 4k/60fps gameplay consistently. For context, I reviewed the PC port of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Collection on my RTX 3070, with little to discuss. If you were running a newer setup with the proper monitor, 4K/60fps feels like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.
Textures and lighting also look absolutely stunning, full of detail and vibrancy, adding to the already visually stunning world and character models. Fortunately, the computer version of the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection also includes many customizable options to improve visuals and tune gameplay, be it resolution or texture detail for the optimal experience, depending on your setup. Unfortunately, the lack of any ray tracing support feels like a miss for what would otherwise be considered a setup for a game of this level of fidelity on such a versatile and powerful platform. Although, the lack of such ray tracing in the PlayStation 5 version makes this feel a little more understood. The addition of ultra-wide monitor support also goes a long way in providing an added sense of versatility and immersion to a wider audience.
The only real downside to Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on a computer is that it’s just not as fun to play with a traditional mouse and keyboard. Controls are functional, but it just feels awkward and awkward. Fortunately, full controller support is available, and DualSense support makes for the ultimate experience. The immersion that the DualSense controller provides with finer vibrations and trigger sensitivity is just divine, and considering it was fully realized in the PlayStation 5 remaster, it just feels essential here.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on the PC lands as an otherwise expected home run, given the recent range of Sony PlayStation releases on PC as Horizon Zero Dawn and Spider-Man. Two amazing stories combine with the same solid gameplay, plus a bunch of new customizable options that cater to a range of settings and preferences based on frame rate, resolution, and detail. The lack of ray tracing seems like a bit of a missed opportunity, but overall controller and DualSense support more than make up for it from a gaming perspective alone. If you don’t have a PlayStation console, or if you’re getting into the series for the first time, there’s no doubt that Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC might be the best way to play a compilation of undeniably incredible games.
FIVE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
Highlights: Same, incredible games on another platform; Many configurable options for both performance and fidelity; DualSense controller and ultra-wide monitor support
Darkness: No ray tracing options to be found; Keyboard and mouse controls feel a little awkward
Developer: Iron Galaxy Studios, Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: Windows computer
Review performed on a Windows PC via Steam with a pre-release code provided by the publisher.
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