Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 4 - 2017

Now it is Chloe’s turn in the tomb raiding limelight.

 
Just as Tomb Raider is Lara Croft, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series of games have always been the Nathan Drake show. With the news that Uncharted 4 would be Nathan’s last outing, it was difficult to know where the series would then go, if anywhere. With Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the latest game in the series, the future is still unclear, but at least players get to see a new character taking the lead in the hunt for ancient relics.

 
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The new lead is none other than Chloe Frazer, a returning character from previous Uncharted games. This time, Chloe gets to take the lead and is accompanied by Nadine Ross, mercenary leader from Uncharted 4. While they are both returning characters, in The Lost Legacy we get to learn a lot more about them, although perhaps not as much as the fans would like given the games’ interesting release.

 
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is not a full game. It is a mini adventure, based in the Western Ghats of India. This single location is unusual for an Uncharted game, but given the length of the adventure, which comes in at around seven or eight hours, it is no real surprise. To go with the limited size of the adventure, The Lost Legacy has an equally smaller price tag. The game does come packaged with all of the multiplayer goodness that came with Uncharted 4, but that is not of much use to the fans that already have the previous game.

 
So, Chloe and Nadine are searching for the Tusk of Ganesh in India, which gives rise to some incredible locations that look just as stunning as any of the Uncharted 4 locations did. Of course, it is not only our pair of heroes that are after the tusk, the artifact is also being pursued by local warlord Asaf,  so expect plenty of the well known and incredibly enjoyable shooting in the game, along with all manner of climbing and puzzle solving that have become the trademarks of an Uncharted game. With all of the mechanics of the game being identical to the previous game, it may come as no surprise that there are more than a couple of sequences that feel as though they were taken from previous titles in the series and given a new lick of paint.

 
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Still, familiarity is no bad thing when it works as well as it does here. The journey may be shorter, but that just means there is no room for filler on this exciting adventure. The Lost Legacy quickly hits a high tempo, and remains there until the end, carrying the player on a wave of glorious forest vistas, ancient architecture and devious traps from long ago.

 
Driving this journey forward is the relationship between the two main characters, Chloe and Nadine. Starting out as quite different characters, both in their pasts and their goals, players will get to see the relationship grow between the two, and it is really enjoyable to watch. Chloe does come across a bit forced at times, possibly trying too hard to fill the missing shoes of Nathan with humour and irreverence, and Nadine, who takes things much more seriously, isn’t given as much time to shine as Chloe. But in all they are both great characters that fit with the series, and I wouldn’t say no to seeing them again.

 
The game makes a switch after a little while, from linear to open world, albeit in a limited form. This again is something taken from the previous game, as players get to explore a small area in the jeep, moving themselves from one objective to the next in any order they wish, and also finding the occasional secret or area outside of the core objectives. while by no means comparable to other open world adventures due to its size, being given that freedom works really well. Sometimes the path finding can be a little tricky, but getting lost may well lead to something unexpected.

 
The multiplayer options are plentiful, having come straight from Uncharted 4, and there are still a surprisingly large number of people playing. The multiplayer is certainly no reason to buy the game, even for the newcomers who missed out on Uncharted 4, but it is a nice addition that adds plenty of meat to the package.

 
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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a triple-A title in a little package. The single player game is shorter than Uncharted fans would want, and carries with it a lot of the same stuff that made the previous Uncharted games great, especially Uncharted 4. But with a low price point, all of that great Uncharted action, visuals to die for and Uncharted 4’s multiplayer thrown in to boost the package, The Lost Legacy shouldn’t stay lost for long and belongs in every Uncharted fans collection.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 



 

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