Uncharted The Lost legacy Review
Only last year the great folks at Naughty Dog brought out Uncharted 4 and in doing so it has raised the bar on what the ps4 is capable off with other titles like horizon zero dawn with some one the greatest views you likely to ever see in a video game ever. The Uncharted series has always delivered in my opinion in terms of visual effects and of course story lines and the voice acting has been top notch from the very first game.
I have been playing video games since 1997 so as a gamer your mind rarely gets blown when a game comes out but I have to admit when I purchased Uncharted 4 in 2016 I was in awe of how beautiful this game was I must have spent 30 minutes alone just looking at the views it was that beautiful and not just views but also the character animation and the environment effects all added to the whole feeling and it was a memorable gaming experience I have not had in years.
The only really disappointing thing about the latest Uncharted was that it would be the final chapter of Nathan Drake’s story – he was hanging up his guns for real this time, not just telling Elena he was doing so and going back on his word. No, this time Nate was out for good, which was sad news for any Uncharted fan, especially after experiencing the spectacle that was A Thief’s End.
So lets fast track to December 2016 Sony threw us all a lifeline, announcing a new Uncharted chapter, this time not featuring the much loved Nathan Drake as the protagonist. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy would place Chloe Frazer at its centre; a character that played a big part in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and appeared once more in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in a smaller role then in number 2.
Now While we see Chloe giving the reins and that was not a bad idea really she is a much loved member of the Uncharted family, but bringing in Nadine Ross as the main supporting character did feel a bit odd; after all Nadine spent much of Uncharted 4 trying to kill Nate and his brother Sam! So, while I was excited about playing a new Uncharted game, I was also a little worried to be honest but now that I’ve played Lost Legacy through to the end, I can honestly say that I needn’t have worried.
It took me about 2 days to finish The Lost Legacy that is due to collecting all collectibles so if you want to just complete the game it will only take you 10 to 14 hours so basically one full day. Now it is well shorter then Uncharted 4 but the price is very reasonable at €40.
Taking on the role of Chloe doesn’t feel particularly different this is a character that any long term Uncharted player will be very familiar with, and if you’ve only ever played Uncharted 4 you won’t be as tuned into Nathan Drake as the hero anyway.
The action takes place in India, where Chloe is following in the footsteps of her father, himself an experienced treasure hunter who mysteriously disappeared while on an expedition. It smells of Tomb Raider but we can forgive that right?
It’s easy to like Chloe, just as it was when we first met her in Uncharted 2, but Nadine is harder to get along with, especially after the events of Uncharted 4. But don’t forget that Naughty Dog is simply brilliant at character development, and I think that Nadine could turn out to be one of its finest moments and I personally would love to see more of Nadine in future games.
The scripting of Lost Legacy is almost perfect. You’re not expected to suddenly forget how much you hated Nadine; instead you’re slowly introduced to new facets of her character, most notably her vulnerability and fear of trusting and relying on anyone other than herself. The developing relationship between Chloe and Nadine is arguably the most impressive aspect of the game, and certainly one that I wasn’t expecting was expecting them to just kill each other from the first minutes of the game.
Visually Lost Legacy looks every bit as breath-taking as Uncharted 4 did, although with slightly less environmental variety – you spend pretty much the whole game in the jungle, as opposed to some many different locations seen in Nate’s last adventure. Despite the lack of visual variety, this is still a game that will make you stop and stare; there’s a reason why you’re prompted to take photos throughout the adventure!
Game-play follows the tried and tested mix of running, jumping and climbing, along with a smattering of puzzle solving. Of course, that’s when you’re not fighting for your life against the army of an evil dictator – there seems to be no end of these guys.
Combat is well handled, and there’s enough variety of weapons to deal with the bad guys the way you see fit. You’ll even win a trophy for taking out all the enemies in an encounter silently, which isn’t easy given that you need to get up close and personal with each of them.
One new aspect is lock picking, which doesn’t require a huge amount of skill, but does take a bit of time – something you don’t always have. There are various locked boxes scattered around, which usually contain special weapons, one of which is a silenced pistol, which can come in very handy.
There are nine chapters to play through Uncharted 4 had 22 each of which drives the story on convincingly. However, the big set pieces that elevated Uncharted games above the competition are conspicuous by their absence. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great challenges to play through, from taking down a helicopter or APC, to chasing a train, but there’s nothing on the scale of, say Uncharted 2, where the tower block you were standing in was destroyed right from under you.
And that’s perhaps my biggest disappointment with Lost Legacy, the fact that it hasn’t moved things on in any discernible way. It’s essentially more of the same, and while part of me is happy to lap that up and enjoy it for what it is, another part would like Chloe to bring a bit more depth to the Uncharted universe.
All that said, it’s unfair to have expected Lost Legacy to bring major game-play changes given that it’s essentially an extension of Uncharted 4, and while it doesn’t deliver anything you haven’t seen before, it’s still beautiful to behold. Add to that Naughty Dog’s customarily superb storytelling and character development, excellent performances from both leads and copious amounts of action, you’d be foolish not to grab Lost Legacy, especially considering the bargain price.
Game Rating 8/10