Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone, lower priced, new adventure that started off as downloadable content for Uncharted 4 but quickly turned into its own game. While it does feel a lot like Uncharted 4 in terms of gameplay, its shorter and the story is more focused without any filler segments. The problem that Uncharted 4 had was that there were certain parts that were not necessary or just dragged on for a little bit too long. The Lost Legacy does away with segments like that and is an exciting adventures from beginning to end without slowing down.

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You play as Chloe, who teams up with Nadine, the mercenary from Uncharted 4. Together they are exploring western India to find the Tusk of Ganesh. This time around the villain is a man named Asav, who Nadine knows by working for him in the past. He doesn’t seem like a typical villain and he doesn’t look it either. But you quickly learn how much of a psychopath he is, and kind of badass too in the way he fights.

Throughout the story we learn more about Chloe and her past and family and why exactly she is trying to find this ancient Tusk. It’s nice learning more about a character that we already had two adventures with but didn’t know much about her, it makes her more likeable and relatable. We also learn why Nadine is working Chloe, although I don’t think she is as much of an interesting character as Chloe. As the story progresses and the ladies get to know each other there is a lot more banter that starts to happen as Chloe is helping Nadine transition into being a treasure hunter. 

The biggest difference in the story is that Nathan Drake isn’t here. It might seem a little off-putting to some people that the game won’t be the same, but I didn’t really miss him. He is mentioned a few times throughout the story (since both Chloe and Nadine know him) so its interesting hearing them talk about him, especially since they have contradicting opinions on him.

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The gameplay here is the same as it is in Uncharted 4. The rope makes a comeback, as does the jeep and the driving sequences. In terms of gameplay there is nothing new here except for a few new guns, which are fun to shoot. The puzzles are a fun break from all the driving and shooting. They require careful observation of the world around you because lighting and small details often provide the solution. While The Lost Legacy doesn't bring anything new to the table in terms of gameplay, the game is still a lot of fun to play through. It wouldn't be an Uncharted game without any set-pieces, and there are plenty of them here. Without going into detail they all had me on the edge of my seat, and honestly I enjoyed them a lot more than the ones in Uncharted 4. 

It goes without saying, but this game is gorgeous. I often found myself stopping just to take a good look at the environments and the world I’m in. Naughty Dog recreated India with beautiful skylines, giant waterfalls, impressive structures, and expansive vistas. The performances by actors is also great, from the serious moments to the lighthearted moments, you really feel what the characters are going through. Even though this started off as downloadable content, it doesn’t feel like. No shortcuts were taken when it came to performance and the beautifully crafted world.

Verdict

If Naughty Dog ever decides to make another Uncharted game without Nate, they are more than capable, and the series doesn’t necessarily need him to continue. Even though this was made by Naughty Dogs “B” team (since the rest of the studio is busy making The Last of Us Part II), it doesn’t feel like. It feels like another entry in the Uncharted series, just a little shorter and at a discounted price. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy should be played by all Uncharted fans.

8.5/10