Fans have been enjoying Nathan Drake and his Uncharted adventures for quite some time now. The series had an epic finale in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the Spin off The Lost Legacy. The success of these two titles led Sony and Naughty Dog to combine both and release them as a remastered title on PS5 called Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection. And this title is now on its way to PC.
Like so many Playstation titles, the Uncharted titles were also reserved for the Playstation. But given the success of the franchise, it was quite logical that this series would also make the move. It could thus reach more fans. But how and what may have raised some questions. For example, only the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection has been made available on PC, no mention of the previous installments. So you actually board a train that has already reached its final destination, so you miss the entire journey.
Just briefly for those who have been living under a rock, Uncharted is basically Sony and Naughty Dog’s answer to Tomb Raider, or perhaps more accurately, it was inspired by it. The game has good gameplay, good action scenes and a good story. It is a third person action game and you travel everywhere with it, from temples, dark caves, castles and mountains, you go everywhere. And you do all this with Nathan Drake. Maybe nice, check out the Uncharted movie, it’s a wonderful adaptation of the game. Anyway, back to the game.
The Legacy of Thieves collection comes with two titles in one, which is great for fans of the series. Uncharted 4 is supposedly the last piece of an impressive story, we now also see Nathan, who is a bit older and happy with his life. He has a wife and child to take care of, the days of adventure are over. But another adventure awaits. The game is good, Nathan often reflects back to his youth, the loose ends are nicely tied up here and you get a little explanation of the previous development he has gone through. The game is pretty linear and has a semi-open map structure, but really you just step into a minecart and you end up at the end point. Nice and easy, except for some puzzles.
Then we have Lost Legacy, a standalone expansion, a spin-off so to speak. Here we see Chloe Frazer, who can regularly be seen in the series. Again, the structure is the same as the previous titles. It sometimes remains a little strange that there isn’t much attention to the past in this title. Players who have nothing to do with Nathan or Chloe will probably miss this game because why do you start at the end and how much do you want to play part 1,2,3. This issue is not addressed at all in this release on PC.
But what does the PC version do? Should I have him? Well, you get a graphically enhanced version of the remaster for the PS5 version. The gameplay is the same and so is the story. There are almost no load times and the titles will hold up well on most computers today. This is the first time the franchise is playable on PC, and it also requires some improvements from the PS5 version.
What you should take into account is that the PC port comes with significant texture packs and graphical improvements. For example, you have the release of the frame rate, support for wide screens, next-generation resolutions and support for Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR 2.0. However, there seems to be no support for ray tracing.
The released frame rate is something you need a PC for, modern games today also have support for NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR. These are the strongest methods for scaling up and also actively developed by the parties. Thanks to this, you really get the best quality out of your games, also with this title. Which looks great for an older polished title.
Depending on the PC you have, loading times and texture streaming will vary. On console we have almost no load times anymore, but it really depends on what rig you have. But please note that we had quite a few startup issues with the game at first, it crashed several times and we were also able to restart when switching between games. Well, once in the game it runs fine, but it’s the run up that’s annoying.
I think it’s a great concept from Sony to bring their exclusive titles to the PC because you just tap into a bigger audience and score more points. But what I then wonder is what the motive was for porting only the last part and not the first three parts as well. For me it is the biggest stumbling block in the story, otherwise I think the game is good, except for the crashes.