Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Uncharted was one of the few games from 2016 that I gave a 10/10 rating, mostly due to its gameplay and storyline alone. It was also because of its Easter eggs; mainly, the Crash Bandicoot Easter egg, which won me over instantly. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the first standalone expansion of the Uncharted the series and is also the first to not feature parkour-jumping, running-and-gunning Nathan Drake.
Sticking to the Same Mould
Instead of introducing new characters into the fold, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy sees the return of two supporting characters from previous games. You will take charge of fortune hunter Chloe Frazer, who made her first appearance in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Fun fact: Nathan and her had history. Oooohhh.
As Nathan had his brother Sam, Chloe will have Nadine Ross, the mercenary from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. You may remember Nadine as the woman who kicked Nathan’s butt on more than one occasion. Sam will also join the fray at some point in the game, but I’ll leave that for you to find out exactly when.
Much like Uncharted 4, the latest instalment follows suit to its predecessor in a very similar way. From its gameplay mechanics to the camera movements, fight scenes and even the stealth portion of the game (there are plenty) all share a similar look and feel. It isn’t so much a bad thing as that has been Uncharted’s way for as long as the game has been around.
Even with all the panoramic beauty paired with an unforgettable ensemble cast, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy just doesn’t stand out as much as A Thief’s End did. It’s pretty much like how many Pixar blockbusters work. The original movie or series did fantastically well and they go and saturate the market with a Christmas special.
That’s how I felt with this game.
While it is lacking Nathan’s charisma and charm, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy makes up for it with Chloe’s sarcastic and quick-witted lips. Also not lost is the uncanny physics that comes with the game. Just when I thought it was only Nathan who could pull off impossible jumps from one rooftop to another, Chloe makes me eat my words as she pulls off similar, if not more elaborate escapes. Leaping from one ledge to another, clinging on to just her fingertips, it’s a wonder she would ever want to visit a manicurist.
Even its shootout scenes felt like a carbon copy of the previous game with weapons and items lying around for your benefit. Of course, you will come across thugs and goons (which aren’t from Shoreline) but that doesn’t make them any smarter. A word of advice: if this isn’t your first rodeo, I suggest you crank up the difficulty levels. Otherwise, the game will be a walk in the park, literally (which is ironic, seeing as it’s mostly set in the beautiful jungles of the Western Ghats in India.)
On the other hand, one thing that I didn’t mind Naughty Dog repeating was its explicit attention to detail. Of all the stories I’ve heard of India, which either paints it in a very good or bad light, it actually took Naughty Dog to want to visit India one day.
Its artwork and even the way the entire scene was shot and the amount of tiny details, I have to give props to Naughty Dog for actually making India look absolutely breathtaking (don’t judge me, I a tech writer after all; we don’t work well outside of our holes.)
This works hand-in-hand with how A Thief’s End was, especially in-terms of its puzzle-solving scenes. Having to scan the entire area for some sort of clue, which is almost always in a convenient location, Naughty Dog manages to balance the difference between the work of nature and the work of artists and developers.
While the puzzles are no more than just brainteasers, Naughty Dog still manages to make it work wonders, which is something I must commend.
A Diluted Continuation?
While Uncharted: The Lost Legacy isn’t really considered a sequel or continuation of any sorts to the original series, it still holds a lot of key elements that can be found in the previous games. What makes the game worth playing is the chemistry displayed between Chloe and Nadine. While the chemistry between the Drake brothers cannot be questioned, mainly because they’re brothers, Nadine and Chloe do manage to hold their own.
If you are a fan of one of the best series in PlayStation history, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy would be a game worth getting. Sure, it doesn’t bring the main story arc together but it definitely holds its own weight with its own adventure. Also, it doesn’t last more than a couple of hours so if you’re that committed, you can probably finish the game in six or seven hours.