A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sometimes people have to put their lives and reputations on the line for family, and to fulfill promises made to their families. Though in these games, that requires the player to commit crimes as well as acts of violence.
Positive Role Models
In one game, the hero risks life and limb to help his brother. In the other, a woman is trying to fulfill her father's dream. But in both, they use violence and such illegal acts as lockpicking, pickpocketing, and destruction of both public and private property to achieve these goals.
The hero of one game is an Indian/Australian woman, while her sidekick is a South African woman of color. Both games take place in various cultures, and often talk about those cultures, both past and present.
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Ease of Play
The game's controls will be familiar similar games, with the differences explained adequately. The game has five difficulty options: "Explorer," "Light," "Moderate," "Hard," and "Crushing."
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, explosives, and hand-to-hand combat to kill people, resulting in some bloodshed and cries of pain. There are also some dead bodies left lying around or used as decorations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the characters can be a bit flirty.
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The dialog includes frequent use of profanity such as as "a--hole" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown smoking cigars and cigarettes. Some scenes show people holding glasses that, it's safe to assume, contain alcoholic beverages.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is a set of two third-person action/adventure games for PlayStation 5 and Windows PCs. This is the latest remade chapter in the long running series. Using guns, explosives, and hand-to-hand combat that sometimes includes items lying around (such as bottles), players kill numerous people, resulting in bloodshed and cries in pain. There are also times when dead or bloody bodies -- some old, some new -- can be seen. Characters are shown smoking cigarettes and cigars, as well as holding bottles and glasses that, it's safe to assume, contain alcohol. The dialog includes frequent profanity as "s--t" and "a--hole," with one character being a bit flirty (though never to the point of being sexually suggestive or explicit).
Is It Any Good?
Though the lack of new content makes this unnecessary for those who've already played or own the earlier versions, people who missed these epic action/adventure games need to get this two-fer. With Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, Sony brings the final two games in the Uncharted series -- 2016's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and 2017's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy -- to the PlayStation 5. Epic and cinematic third-person action games in the vein of the Tomb Raider series, both have you running, gunning, and puzzle solving as you try to find ancient artifacts before the bad guys catch you and grab the treasure for themselves. In other words, they're like great Indiana Jones movies, but with you calling the shots.
That said, this collection is only worth getting if you haven't played these games before, as they don't add anything new of substance. While they do look a little better, it's only a little, but aside from that, they still play the same. Well, unless you want to play their multiplayer modes, because those aren't included. But if you didn't play the originals, this double shot is essential. The action is top notch, the situational puzzles are clever, and the story is epic and engaging. They also add some fun new mechanics to this already versatile series, such a rope you can use to swing like Tarzan, and more open areas that give you more ways to explore and approach your targets. All of which makes Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection unnecessary as a double dip, but doubly necessary for series newcomers...well, after they play the first three games, of course.
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