Celebrating 10 years of Uncharted…in style!
It was back in November 2007 that Uncharted: Drakes Fortune released for the PS3. The game wasn’t perfect, but it set in motion the standard for cinematic story driven games. Wait, actually that was Uncharted 2, but the first game in the franchise laid the foundation. Today we have with us Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The game no longer features the wise-cracking, handsome and charming Nathan Drake. This time around you are in the shoes of Chloe Frazer who played a supporting role in Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3. The game kicks off roughly a year after the events of Uncharted 4 and accompanying Chloe Frazer is the antagonist from the previous game, Nadine Ross. She has lost her position as the head of the mercenaries group, Shoreline, and is looking to get her footing back in the treasure hunting world.
The treasure hunt, this time around, is set in India (yes, our beloved motherland) and my initial thought was that the game would receive flack for this and end up getting banned, but I’m happy to say that that isn’t the case. The Indian mythology is very respectfully handled. Put simply, Chloe has her roots in India. Her father was obsessed with the hunt for the tusk of Ganesh and it’s now up to her (you) to find it. Like every Uncharted game, the story has a villain in the form of Asav. You know the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover, that’s the feeling you get when Asav is introduced on screen for the first time. He appears to be this knowledgeable man wearing glasses, but it all feels like a facade. At his roots, he is a military man who has a political agenda. Without spoiling anything from the story, Chloe and Nadine must get to the tusk before Asav and save the day. There are the usual plot twists, some predictable and some that are surprising. The narration of the game isn’t as deep as previous Uncharted games but throughout the gameplay, there are moments of conversation where the narrative gaps are filled.
Moving to the gameplay, it’s everything you’d expect from an Uncharted game and then some. If you thought the puzzles of Uncharted 4 were easy, then you are in for a treat here. There are a bunch of puzzles in Lost Legacy and most of them will have you scratching your head before you receive a hint or find the obvious solution. I really enjoyed the puzzles in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and think that they are the best the franchise has offered till date.
Apart from platforming and puzzle solving, there is gunplay and set-piece moments. Kicking things off with the gunplay, it’s the same like Uncharted 4 with the addition of silencer enabled pistols. This is a boon if you take the stealth approach. You also have the ability to pick locks which will lead you to interesting loot and weapons. The silencer enabled pistol is fun to play with as there are guards that wear helmets, so planning a double headshot becomes challenging and rewarding. This little tweak of stealth adds a fresh dimension to an otherwise familiar gameplay mechanic.
Speaking of the set-piece moments, they are well scattered and paced. The last leg of the game is a really long continuous set piece that will keep you at the edge of your seat till you finish it. Without spoiling it, I’d like to tell you that it combines the best elements of the signature set piece moments from Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 4. It will slap you in the face the minute you see it. I wouldn’t be surprised if you sit up on your couch and say, “please let it be that. Please let it be that!” when you reach the last thread of the game.
The lifespan of the single player game is small and can be beaten in under 7 hours. If you explore to find all the treasures, you can add an hour or so to it. There are online multiplayer modes including a survival mode for those that enjoy the Uncharted online multiplayer experience.
As far as graphics are concerned, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is as polished as Uncharted 4. I would say that the game is prettier than Uncharted 4, especially towards the end. The fictitious landscape of India where the game is based features lush, beautiful with well-crafted mythological locations. The animation of Chloe’s hair as she runs and jumps about the environment is nothing short of perfect and so are the smooth animations of character movements throughout.
Voice acting and sound in the game is top-notch and there are times when guards talk in Hindi and you’ll find yourself saying, “I understood what he said!” just like in Far Cry 4. There is entertaining banter between all the characters and if you have played previous Uncharted games then you will be in on a lot of tongue and cheek references to previous incidences.
|Platforms: Playstation 4
Reviewed on: Playstation 4 Pro
Developers: Naughty Dog
Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Coming back to the gameplay, the large open area previously showcased is the only one in the game with multiple objectives that can be tracked by you in any order. To know your position, you have to pull up the map each time. It isn’t the easiest area to navigate without a mini-map and I wish players had the ability to set waypoints to know that they were traveling in the right direction.
Verdict – Uncharted: The lost legacy
The only qualm I have with the game is that it is too short, but that’s just me nitpicking because the whole experience is actually very good. It was promised as a single player DLC for Uncharted 4, a lot like what Left Behind was for The Last of Us, so technically, gamers are getting more than what was offered. If you are an Uncharted fan or enjoy fast paced third person action games with some multiplayer thrown into the mix, then you can definitely consider picking this up. If you are a PS4 Pro owner with a 4K HDR TV, then you are in for a visual treat. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is yet another masterpiece from Naughty Dog.
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.