Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

When it comes to iconic PlayStation series, they don’t come much more iconic than the Uncharted games. Now, the single-player campaigns from two most recent entries are reborn in finely polished PlayStation 5 style.

If you’ve never embarked upon an Uncharted jaunt, expect third-person action-adventuring with a stealthy, puzzling slant – plus melee combat and a veritable cavalcade of weaponry. Then there’s getting friendly with vehicles, and climbing – lots of climbing! Oh, and of course there’s plenty of treasure hunting – ooh, shiny!

Original series star Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted: A Thief’s End. We find his adventuring amounting to mere salvage work, but with the carrot of going home and snuggling with the lovely Elena, to whom he’s now hitched. However, preventing this from being a domestic bliss simulator is Nate’s long thought dead big brother, Samuel, who returns owing megabucks to a drug lord, and begging his little bro for help. Itching for action, Nate agrees. Cue globetrotting adventure…

Some may miss the multiplayer action of A Thief’s End, but if it’s that much of an issue you can still play it on the PS5 via the PS4 backwards compatibility. If it’s the campaign mode you’re after though, once you’ve experienced this PS5 upgrade, there really is no going back.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

In Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Nate takes a break and leaves Chloe Frazer on heroic – and photographic – duties. She’s following in her daddy’s footsteps by travelling to India looking for booty, specifically the legendary tusk of Ganesh. She’s enlisted a familiar face in Nadine Ross to assist her and, once they procure a map, they’re on their way to adventure, treasure and… pursuit by a nasty militia leader. Hey, nobody said it would be easy!

The Lost Legacy isn’t quite as long as the previous, Drake-led Uncharted adventures, but it’s never even remotely flabby – some of Nate’s adventures could have been compacted a little without any great loss. From the Chloe ‘n’ Nadine dynamics to the incessant just-can’t-put-it-down addictiveness, this still serves as a fitting farewell to the Uncharted series.

“Ooh, shiny!”

These two games were polished shinier than the shiniest of rare and valuable artefacts back on PS4, yet Naughty Dog have managed to up the ante with the extra oomph that the PS5 offers. Play in glorious 4K, at 60fps or 120fps depending upon mode, revel in the graphical improvements and the gameplay that’s even more seamless than ever, even between cutscenes and gameplay. There’s next to no downtime, as the stories trundle on in an enveloping movie-like fashion. Then there’s the DualSense controller side of things, with the triggers and variable rumble particular highlights.

Another nicety is the ability to load up your old PS4 saves should you have them, although let’s be honest, it’s probably a while since you last played, so why not go back and experience these wonderful stories afresh?

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is available now on PS5.star 4 and a half

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