The Uncharted series has been an icon of the PlayStation brand ever since it was released back in 2007. With the release of Uncharted 4 last year, we have seen the conclusion of Nathan’s Drake story. That being said, we can now expect the series to broaden its horizon and explore new stories and characters – and that’s what Naughty Dog exactly did with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. While the game is not exactly a full Uncharted game, it’s a meaty standalone expansion that focuses on the series veteran Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. At first, fans might miss Nathan Drake. Not to worry folks, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy manages to stand on its own and shine thanks to the duo of Chloe and Nadine.
The story of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy follows after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Those who have not played Uncharted 4, it’s best to play it first as there are some spoilers players will encounter along the way. In the Lost Legacy, players will assume the role of Chloe Frazer on her own treasure hunt for the mysterious Gold Tusk of Ganesh. The setting this time around is in India, where Chloe was originally from before she moved to Australia. Similar to past Uncharted games, the theme of the Lost Legacy is somewhat similar – search for the artifact and encounter the bad guys. While that may be a disappointment to some, there are some new things in the plot that fans get to learn like Chloe’s personal story. Since Uncharted is all about developing a captivating story and having a character that players will get attached to, the Lost Legacy manages to achieve that.
Accompanying Chloe Frazer is Nadine Ross, whom she hires to assist in search of the Gold Tusk of Ganesh. Through the eight to ten hours of gameplay, players will trek across unexplored terrains and beautiful landscapes. Fans who have been playing the Uncharted games for quite some time, playing The Lost Legacy may all seem like familiar territory – where the progression and the gameplay is all too similar. Being a standalone expansion instead of a full game, there are things that are notable across the game – one being limited to the place that you’re going to and the amount of characters and story seemed to be packed together. Don’t worry though, the experience and adventure that fans will get to experience still has that Uncharted brand. Just prepare to feel that there are parts where the game falls short.
When it comes to the gameplay, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy does nothing new except for new puzzles, which I can say are disappointingly easy. The progression remains intact where Chloe will venture through mountains, climb them, and shoot enemies along the way. If there is one thing I still love in the Uncharted series, that would be the stealth kills that Chloe does. In terms of the arsenal and gears that Chloe can use, she utilizes the same equipment as Nathan Drake.
When players are with Nadine, which is most of the time, she can help out Chloe in taking down enemies, like how Sam was with Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4. Whenever Nadine and Chloe are closeby, they can perform a stylish take down. Through the remainder of Chloe’s adventure, the game focuses a lot on gunfights, which is very enjoyable in the Uncharted series. The movements are smooth and the shooting is solid too.
Talking about the visuals in The Lost Legacy, it’s safe to say that it’s pretty much the same with Uncharted 4. The landscapes and terrain are beautiful and the atmosphere is just breathtaking. Those who have a 4KTV set with HDR will definitely enjoy the visuals has it some of the most breathtaking landscapes in videogames. As for the downside, I must say that the levels in the Lost Legacy are quite linear. At some point in the game, Chloe will have an opportunity to ride a vehicle to drive around, and this will give everyone a chance to enjoy the visual fidelity of this game. Character performance is remarkably done well where the voice acting is perfect and the acting isn’t that bad.
Just like in Uncharted 4, finishing the Lost Legacy unlocks the gameplay and render modifiers, a photomode with plenty of filters, treasures to find in case you missed some, and more. Also, there’s that multiplayer mode that is taken from Uncharted 4. If you decided to get the Lost Legacy but don’t own Uncharted 4, you will be able to play the multiplayer in full (it includes the DLCs as well) using the Lost Legacy’s multiplayer menu option.
To begin with, everything about Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is familiar territory. Fans who have played Uncharted 4 will feel the familiarity of the game with the Lost Legacy as they play through the eight to ten hour adventure. It’s not a bad thing at all as the game manages to explore new stories and characters in which Naughty Dog hit all the right notes to start off a new Uncharted saga. For gamers who have been a fan of Uncharted 4, definitely consider picking this one up as it’s another adventure you don’t want to miss.
[Editor’s Note: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was reviewed on the PS4 platform. The game was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]