July 7, 2022

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection deserves to be on PS5 – but the PS5 and the Collection deserved better

Naughty Dog really knows how to make an action adventure game. Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy are two of the best the genre has ever seen, and both dazzled on PS4 in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Smart, funny writing combines with superb production values and thrilling gameplay to deliver blockbuster gaming at its best. But these are PS4 games. They are super impressive PS4 games that hold up brilliantly today, but they are PS4 games, and this PS5 double port does little to improve them – at least at a glance. These are bare bones ports that scrape by on Naughty Dog’s expert use of the previous generation’s hardware.

There’s not a whole lot of point dwelling on how good each game is, for there are a million thoughts already readily available to read. Alex was impressed in his Uncharted 4 review, while our friends/enemies/rivals/colleagues at Eurogamer were equally impressed in their Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review.

For my money, Uncharted 4 takes a little too long to get going, but is a huge improvement over Uncharted 3 – a game that seemed to ride on the coattails of the incredible second game and that impressive plane cargo bay sequence. The Lost Legacy is a tighter production, and introduces more of an open-world feel, but does feel a touch slight when put alongside 4. It makes sense to view them as one complete package, so the pairing here makes perfect sense, even if the entire five-games series would have been very welcome on PS5.

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