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Uncharted On PS5 Shows How Impressive TLOU 2 Was On PS4

Higher resolution and frame rate helps the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, but The Last of Us Part II is still graphically more impressive.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection has delivered a dedicated PlayStation 5 port for Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy, but neither are as visually impressive as The Last of Us Part II still is on the PlayStation 4. Both Uncharted games look incredible on PS5, with resolutions and frame rates up to 4K and 120fps respectively, but comparing them to Naughty Dog’s latest shows how far the developer came in animation quality in just a few years.

Naughty Dog has long been on the cutting edge of gaming technology, with even the first Uncharted displaying advanced mechanics and animation for its time. Uncharted 4 was one of the best-looking games on the PS4 when it came out in 2016, boasting not only detailed character models, but comprehensive environments as well. Just over a year later, The Lost Legacy delivered similarly impressive visual fidelity, but since it was originally intended to be an expansion for Uncharted 4, it didn’t really make any significant strides.


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Three years after The Lost Legacy, Naughty Dog released the highly anticipated sequel to The Last of Us. A five year time jump brought protagonists Ellie and Joel to a new point in their lives, but seven actual years between the games resulted in a massive upgrade to character model fidelity and animation quality, though The Last of Us‘ alleged remake may steal its sequel’s better graphics. Even today, with Uncharted games now officially ported to the PS5, Naughty Dog’s most impressive game is The Last of Us 2 on the PS4.

Uncharted On PS5 Shows How Good TLOU 2’s Animations Are

Uncharted's characters may be just as detailed as The Last of Us 2's, but their animations are not as realistic

It should be noted that the Legacy of Thieves collection looks amazing; Uncharted has never looked better, and Naughty Dog’s use of light especially comes through beautifully in 4K. The character models are also extremely detailed, but their animations don’t quite feel natural when compared to those of TLOU 2. This isn’t especially surprising, since upgrading animation wasn’t on the list of changes for Legacy of Thieves, but it makes what Naughty Dog accomplished on a PS4 with TLOU 2 all the more astounding. Uncharted‘s Nathan Drake really is rendered in stunning detail, but his facial animations are not nearly as realistic as those of Ellie or Abby in TLOU 2.

The Legacy of Thieves Collection still has a plastic stiffness to its characters’ faces, where they don’t have the same range of motion as a real face. The Last of Us 2‘s animations might not be perfect imitations of real faces, but they’re incredibly convincing. Combined with realistic fabrics and hypnotizing rope physics, The Last of Us Part II is still Naughty Dog’s most visually impressive game. There’s no doubt that the developer’s first genuine PS5 game will surpass it, but Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection still doesn’t quite stack up.

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