Uncharted Review: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Sony shows the power of PS5 with the best Naughty Dog adventures
The adventure on PlayStation has its own first and last name: Nathan Drake. And its next-gen debut also marks the return of some of the best action scenes ever seen on Sony consoles. A déjà vu from what we’re experiencing so intensely in The Thief’s End, yes, but from this point we have to make one thing very clear: Uncharted: The Thieves’ Legacy Collection is not a deployed remaster, it’s the new reference, like PS5 Technology can improve two games that were already perfect on PS4.
Two games. Two grandiose adventures, it has to be said, that shine in a new light on the new Sony desktop. Because neither Uncharted 4 nor Uncharted: The Lost Legacy had time to age and, to be fair, they already looked scandalous on PS5. Among other things, because the studio Naughty Dog knew how to use the generational leap of the PS4 Pro very well, this does not mean that there is still an interesting scope to give new nuances and additional thrills to the greatest treasure of the brothers hunt Drake and the spectacular Odyssey the no less ruthless Chloe Frazer.
After all, the PS4 catalog is and will always be one of the best ambassadors for the PS5, and Playstation Studios has made a special effort to dress up all their hits for the occasion. Whether it’s through free updates with exclusive expansions, special editions and director’s cut, and even next-gen remasters like Marvel’s Spider-Man. In fairness, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection’s treatment fits the wall crawler, for example, a little better, although as we’ll see there are aspects that make it a special case.
And it so happens that video games’ most villainous treasure hunter triumphs by debuting in Sony’s new generation with a double bet on action and adventure. And not only that, because Sony will provide all possible facilities so that those who have already played it in their day can rediscover it through the visual and audio power of PS5. Let fans of the series and new players take advantage of DualSense’s dynamic adaptive triggers. And the way he achieves that is compelling. It’s almost as if both titles were made specifically for next-gen consoles.
And most importantly, the door will be opened for everyone to experience one of the best games released in the history of PlayStation, with the same treatment that is (and must be) required of the games called, to define the generation that just booted up. Everyone in general, of course, but especially the Dream Team that has gathered around PlayStation Studios.
The first PlayStation Ball of 2022? More of an entrance through the front door of the Uncharted saga on PS5. A rare opportunity to relive the original excitement of DualSense or discover a saga that is part of PlayStation history. A re-evaluation of The Thief’s End, Naughty Dog’s masterpiece, and The Lost Legacy through an essential lot, which, moreover, obeys an even greater additional purpose: to show everything that distances the new Sony console from its predecessor.
Legacy of Thieves: The essence of a PlayStation style adventure
Speaking of Uncharted means referring to the show in its purest form. To real emotions, inviting us to deal with adversity and the unexpected. To the mystery that surrounds every great treasure worth fighting for, and to the determination of those determined to achieve the impossible. And in that respect, Nate and Chloe are the legitimate heirs to the great action and adventure cinema. From the ruthless heroes of each and every ambitious blockbuster where entertainment reigns supreme. One of those stories that ends up being worth more than the treasure it’s about.
For more than a decade, Naughty Dog has been dedicated to experimenting, conquering and bringing to the big screen the best cinematic narrative from the so-called blockbusters, as well as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy from them. Of course, there’s a lot of Indiana Jones in Drake, but the PlayStation icon isn’t a tailless replacement for the well-known archaeologist: he’s an adventurous treasure hunter with a special penchant for getting into trouble.
And despite the fact that Drake has a variety of partners in his adventures, his greatest accomplice is always the player. Both in engaging with nature and avoiding dangers and traps set up hundreds of years ago with the aim of guarding the greatest riches and relics ever found. Captivating landscapes to cross on foot or at the wheel of all types of vehicles. I drive desperately most of the time.
Well, not all dangers come from the environment: sooner or later it will be time to use bullets and aim to save the skin of all sorts of villains, and that’s what makes the magic of DualSense from Uncharted: Legacy Collection of Thieves . Because at Naughty Dog, they are fully aware that although it’s a remaster of two of their best games, it’s also their debut on PS5. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Santa Monica residents didn’t want to pass up.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy are action-packed adventure games that emphasize cinematic narrative. The interplay of gameplay scenes and story sequences is as fluid, subtle and natural as it is exquisite, and that there is no gameplay interface beyond certain action icons at certain moments (so players don’t disperse too much when moving forward) prefers a narrative that within the confines of the action genre can only be described as impeccable.
Of course, The Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy aren’t movie games: despite the fact that much of the exploration stages may be linear, they are adventures created and designed specifically for play. With huge, detailed and fully interactive scenarios and amazing environments where it’s a pleasure to get lost for its build quality or its magnificent views. And also with its challenging puzzles and its explosive action sequences, chases and fights. Moments that will make us addicted to the controls as the hours pass easily. And in that regard, PS5’s technology makes the original two adventures even better than they already were.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was a console seller and remains one of PlayStation Studios’ flagship games on PS4, but its improvements become apparent as soon as the game begins: the first boat chase in the middle of a night storm and besieged by enemy boats, unfolds on screen with mind-blowing performance and visual quality, but the real novelty isn’t on screen, as the Thieves Legacy Collection makes excellent use of DualSense’s haptic technology, and the same goes for the type of shooting and customization triggers.
Uncharted’s gunplay isn’t quite the same as Ratchet & Clank’s, of course, but the jump in quality is there. This is noticeable from the first minute and with every shot. And then, at the end of the prologue, we encounter the following pleasant surprise: once the input menus are over, the loading times have practically disappeared. And that makes the already flawless cinema experience just perfect. But how well does the PS5 fit into the adventures of Drake’s villain!
At this point, it’s time to address the situation a little: how the hell did we get here?
Uncharted 4, the best Naughty Dog adventure
If you thought Nathan Drake was little ashamed, get ready to meet his older brother Sam. He’s a hooker from head to toe, yes, but the kind of hooker you’d probably go to the ends of the earth with. Another thing is to come back from there in one piece.
After the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the ruthless treasure hunter who found El Dorado, explored Shambhala and even discovered Iram of the Pillars decided to settle down indefinitely. A quiet life with his wife, a steady job and the responsibilities of someone approaching 40. At least that was Drake’s plan until Sam knocked on his office door.
A vast pirate treasure awaits discovery in Libertalia, and Sam has a clue to finding it. However, they are not the only ones on the trail of one of the greatest loot in human history. Old enemies and new threats will face the Drake brothers, placating a whole carousel of emotions and adventure.
Between fifteen and twenty hours of adventure and masterful action await you on huge stages scattered around the world. From exotic islands of the Mediterranean or the east coast of Africa to some of the darkest corners of Central America, with the occasional stop at a Boston orphanage reminiscent of the first rooftop escapades of the very young Drake brothers.
Uncharted 4 debates with Kingdom of Thieves for the honor of being the best part of the entire saga. big words. Of course, the ambition and emotional charge of El…
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