“Uncharted”: Legacy of Thieves Collection PC Review

“Uncharted”: Legacy of Thieves

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC is among the top PlayStation ports to date making it a more modern classic for a variety of hardware.

There’s been eight weeks since Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection launched on PS5 which updated the game’s predecessor of six years Uncharted 4. with a few minor visual tweaks , but providing a an enormous boost in performance. Since the game’s release PC gamers have been eagerly awaiting the game to arrive on the PC storefronts since it’s among the most popular PlayStation IPs that aren’t yet released on the platform. After a few false release dates announcements throughout the year, as well as the announcement and the release of God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man shortly in the wake of Uncharted‘s PC launch the Legacy of Thieves Collection has finally arrived. It was worth it.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection includes the critically acclaimed Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as well as The Lost Legacy standalone expansion into a single, convenient package. Naughty Dog’s acclaimed action-adventure series sets the standard for gaming, combining third-person shooting with exciting gameplay and solving environmental puzzles and telling a captivating story that features well-defined characters and cinematics that are of a movie. Any gamers who are attempting to play The Uncharted to the very first time, but aren’t familiar of Nathan Drake and his quippy supporting cast are sure to be pleased to learn it’s the Legacy of Thieves Collection is still an excellent collection of games that perform very well independently of the earlier games in the series.

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It’s a questionable choice to release Uncharted 4 and its DLC to PC as the platform significantly lacking the previous three games making some players hesitant to get in to the game. But, even though it is this is final installment of the Unchartedfranchise PC gamers can play The Legacy of Thieves Collectionwith the basics of the series, and be entertained because of the great writing that fans enjoy of Naughty Dog. Nathan Drake’s journey to discover Henry Avery’s legendary treasure is set a few years following Uncharted 3, usually feeling like a win lap of the series instead of being a linear sequel. There are numerous rewards and callbacks scattered throughout the two games that will be most sweet to those who played through Nathan’s story from the beginning. But, the game’s core story and plot beats are just as emotional, thrilling and well-earned for new gamer as to fans of the series.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC is similar to the game that came out on PS5 earlier in the year. It’s an improved version of the game released in 2016 called Uncharted 4 A Thief’s Ende and the accompanying DLC. However, naturally, the move of consoles to PC will be a sign that Legacy of Thieves will come with new features and bells which would improve the game’s performance over the already excellent PS5 version, which has an uncapped level of performance as well as some brand new visual delights.

 Legacy of Thieves

Before its launch, there was some doubts from the PC community regarding the inclusion of the support studio Iron Galaxy on this project. Anyone who has been around for long enough can recall the terrible Batman: Arkham KnightPC port which Iron Galaxy spearheaded. It’s not the situation with Uncharted. In actual, Iron Galaxy might very likely be placing itself behind Nixxies in the rankings of top ports and support studios around currently with this release. Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection performs like a dream on PCs, and could be the most efficient PlayStation Studios port from an outside-of-the box performance perspective.

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On two test benches as well as on two test benches and the Valve Steam Deck, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection was an extremely efficient port that offers excellent scalability and amazing graphics. Beginning from the Graphics menu it’s clear that the Legacy of Thieves Collectiondoes tend to be a little less powerful in terms of graphic settings, with less options to play around with than the extensive set of options found within the Marvel’s Spider-Man. But, it provides the essential settings to boost performance by offering options for Model Quality, Textures Anisotropic FIltering Reflections, Ambient Occlusion with each one scaling from Ultra to Low. AMD FSR as well as NVIDIA the DLSS are also available for PC gamers looking for that additional boost in performance. People who keep up with the most recent PlayStation ports are sure to see that these options are the same as the fantastic PC version from God of War chose to use earlier in the year.

The most powerful test bench that played the game Legacy of Thieves consisted of an RTX 3080 and an i9 10900k running at 4k. In every Ultra setting and Native rendering the game never dropped lower than 60 frames/second even in the most demanding scenarios. It generally stayed around 70-80 frames per second. Indoor environments can go up to 100 frames per second, and even exceed 120 frames per second in certain instances. Switching on DLSS removes the fluctuating frame rate, and allows the same 144 frames per second while scaling up to 4K at the performance setting. In the upper end the PC gaming system equipped with an RTX card or an up-to-date AMD card will play Uncharted with the most advanced settings without issue.

On a lower-powered ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop equipped with an AMD 6700s GPU, the game played at 50-60 fps while rendering at native resolution of 1600p. AMD’s FSR option with the Balanced setting dramatically increased those frames to 80-90 frames per second. Overall, it’s an excellent performance of the Legacy of Thieves collection, since it is clear that the game makes the most of NVIDIA as well as AMD hardware, permitting mobiles with lower power to play at native resolutions over 1440p at a silky smooth 60 frames per second.

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Even though The Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collectionperforms very well in the majority of situations however, it doesn’t always operate with a fixed frame rate for every player. It’s odd that the PC port does not include an option to limit the frame rate at any frame rate other than 30 frames per second. This poses a problem since there aren’t many users with G-Sync or FreeSync monitor, which can help to reduce screen tear when frame rates change which can result in unsteady frame-pacing and a less than optimal experience. Fans must look for frame-limiting solutions from outside to ensure the highest quality frame rate or reduce the settings and then use DLSS and FSR to reach their monitor’s refresh rate limits.

The players should be aware that, in contrast to many PC games, which require gamers wait for shaders to complete before they can play in the game, Legacy of Thieves Collection offers a tiny announcement in the bottom right-hand part of the menu, indicating that it’s constructing shaders. However, it allows players to enjoy the game until the process is completed. The game should complete its compilation prior to starting another game, as they’ll be compiling while the game is playing which will impact performance. The players will need to perform this each time they update their drivers for their graphics cards and if they fail to do this will result in Uncharted use up a lot of power from CPUs and consumption constantly and this is crucial in relation with the Steam Deck.

When it comes to the renowned Steam Deck is concerned, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is just as good there. After shaders have been compiled and players start playing their game Unchartedcan play at medium settings using FSR setting to quality and 40-50 frames per second Sometimes, it can go over 50. For a more smooth experience, gamers can set the game at 40 frames per second and the game will be stable for decent amounts of time. The handheld has the greatest difficulty when playing high-action games with lots of particles and AI enemies however, it will stabilize as the scene progresses. For the most smooth and smoothest Steam Deck experience, try the Unchartedexperience available on Steam Deck gamers can limit the game to 30 frames per second using the High graphical setting. Since Steam Deck is Steam Deck is essentially a handheld PS4 in terms of performance, 30 frames per second at high settings is a good idea as a PS4-like experience. It also shows how extremely flexible the PC port really is.

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On the PC quality of life front, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection includes all the PC-specific options you need to customize the game for any configuration. The game is compatible with ultrawide 21:9 and 32-inch monitors and comes with a full set of rebindable keyboards and mouse controls that are connected intuitively right out of the box. Any PC player using the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is able to benefit from its trigger-adaptive functions provided that it is linked to USB-C. Furthermore this game’s Legacy of Thieves Collectionhas also been among the glitch-free PlayStation ports in recent times. To date, the most significant issues that the game has are minor issues with frame stuttering which tend to happen during scenes, mostly in the Steam Deck. In general, Uncharted has been a solid game from beginning to end.

PC gamers will be going to be treated as Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will be available in the Epic Games Store and Steam along with The Epic Games Store on October 19. The long-awaited launch of an Naughty Dog classic on PC couldn’t have been executed better, with excellent performance across a variety of PC setups , with the most up-to-date scaling technology to let the experience run, feel and appear as stunning as is possible. It’s the Legacy of Thieves Collectioncontains two of the best Sony exclusive games of the last 10 years. The version on display is at the same high the quality Uncharted has set in its 15 years of existence. In the event that Naughty Dog, and the supporting studios keep putting this great effort and care into PC ports in the future the PC gamers should be able to find plenty to be thrilled for in the near future. The Final of Us Part 1 is set to leap from television screens to monitors on computers at some point in the near future.

Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collectionis available on PS5 and is scheduled to launch on PC on the 19th of October. Game Rant was given with a PC code to use for the purposes for this article.