Uncharted: The Lost Legacy- A Hidden Gem.
I’ll admit, I was a little late playing the Uncharted games, having only gotten into the series at the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. So when I heard about another Uncharted game being released last year, I couldn’t wait to play it, here are my thoughts on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Let’s kick off this review with two of the things developer, Naughty Dog, does well, story and characters. Unlike the previous Uncharted games, The Lost Legacy does not focus on Nathan Drake. Instead, the story in this game follows two supporting characters from the previous games, Chloe Fraser and Nadine Ross. These two ladies have teamed up to find the tusk of Ganesh, a legendary item thought to be lost in India. If you’ve played the other games, you’re probably raising your eyebrows at the the thought of these two working together and you’re right, as much of the game’s early story focuses on the conflict these two characters create for each other. You see, Chloe is a treasure hunter, who isn’t really a team player and tends to be impulsive; while Nadine, on the other hand, likes to plan for every eventuality and some trust issues. However in order for them to find the tusk, they will need to overcome their differences and work together, not an easy feat to achieve. One of the game’s strong points is how their relationship evolves over the course of the game.
Now, they are not alone in wanting the artefact, a rebel leader called Asav is also after it, for his own reasons. I’ll admit, that Asav is a very cliche antagonist. He ticks all the boxes for evil rebel leader but that doesn’t stop your confrontation with him being satisfying. The lack of depth to his character may be down to how little time we get to spend with him and this is really the pit fall of game being as short as The Lost Legacy, which will probably only take you about eight hours to complete the story, a little longer if you want to 100% complete it. Don’t get me wrong, the length of the story is perfect, in most parts, as it doesn’t outstay its welcome nor does it feel too short that you’re being ripped off by Naughty Dog; however that does mean some things do suffer front he short amount of game time, including Asav.
If I had to describe Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in one word, it would be: beautiful. Each location in the game is amazing and makes you want to take your time in looking for the collectables. It is a shame that much of the game is linear, with the game pushing you in one direction with few opportunities to explore hidden ares. There is one exception, with Chapter 4, in which you do have a huge area, with puzzles, platforming and quite a few enemies to take down (or avoid). It would have been nice to have another large area included late in the game, although this may have detracted from the pacing of the game. Still, the developer’s took every opportunity to show off the beautiful environment from particular camera angles to giving you the ability, as Chloe, to take pictures in certain locations that you can look at later. In my opinion, The Lost Legacy is one of Playstation 4’s most beautiful and visually stunning games.
Overall, I would recommend Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as a game to play, however I would say, you would probably enjoy it more if you have played the previous Uncharted games. While The Lost Legacy doesn’t bring anything really new to the series; everything it does do, it does do well. I really liked that Naughty Dog decided to use this game as an opportunity to explore to supporting characters, giving them their chance to shine. If you are looking for a treasure hunting adventure game, with some great characters and amazing locations, then Uncharted: The Lost Legacy maybe for you.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a available on Playstation 4.