Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the first console spin-off in Naughty Dog’s long running Uncharted franchise. The Sony flagship series ended its primary series with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End last year. It was an excellent cap to a fantastic and ground breaking series.
The Lost Legacy was a surprise announcement at the PlayStation Experience last December. In the spin off there is no Nathan Drake instead you play as series regular Chloe Frazer, who gameplay wise is essentially a clone of Nathan. In The Lost Legacy, Chloe and Uncharted four character Nadine Ross go through cities and mountains of India to recover the Tusk of Ganesh and in typical Uncharted fashion someone else is looking for it too, and they brought an army.
The gameplay is very much the same as it is in Uncharted 4. The same additions to the previous game can be found here in the form of off-roading Jeeps and grappling hooks. Regarding gameplay this game is unwarranted. It’s not necessary, especially after an excellent ending to a fantastic series. But Uncharted games aren’t just about the gameplay. The story, characters, set pieces, and settings are all perfect just like they always have been.
The game might be unneeded regarding the franchise, but I was happy to return the world Naughty Dog has created. The gameplay may be the same, but it is still great. The same heart stopping moments are there. The same cinematic action scenes are there. And although Nathans not there Chloe and Nadine pick up the reigns as best they can, and I won’t say they fill his role, but they do have a relationship that is unique to the series, and we get to delve deeper into these characters deeper as they come to know each other better.
Learning more of their stories was a highlight of this game for me. In typical Uncharted fashion, it wasn’t just cut scenes that spell everything out for you but the banter during gameplay just as much to build their characters and relationships.
The game is gorgeous, and the setting of India shows off what this engine can do. From cities to jungles to mountains and of course the typically hidden cities in the middle of them. The puzzles are familiar and aren’t difficult, but they do allow the story to continue at a good pace. Which is what I’m here for, to experience the story Naughty Dog and the actresses and actors have to tell me.
If you’re a fan of the Uncharted series, you should grab this game. If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner grab Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection then Uncharted four then The Lost Legacy. If you are unsure about the Uncharted series, this is a good way to jump into the series, at its peak technologically and gameplay but it won’t spoil the Nathan Drake storyline for you if the game does hook you into wanting to play more.
Although it’s a known quantity Uncharted is something I know and love. The game was a pleasure and a great grab for $40. It is shorter than a numbered Uncharted entry into the series, but it doesn’t leave you wanting. It’s an excellent package.