Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

By Pointus Blankus on 29th August 2017

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s price tag suggests that the amount of content that it delivers isn’t on par with what a typical retail game offers. However, with a campaign that will last you around 7 hours, as well as multiplayer capabilities, it actually offers a lot more than what other titles in the market deliver for a much heftier price tag. To put it simply, if you own a PS4 (standard or Pro), UTLL is a must buy. However, although the plot can be enjoyed without having played any of the predecessors, the characters aren’t new. In order to truly appreciate and enjoy the campaign, I’d highly recommend that you play Uncharted 4 at the very least. UTLL is not a brand new game built from the ground up. Its gameplay is taken directly from Uncharted 4 and despite being set in a different location, often looks and feels the same as environments set in Uncharted 4. With that in mind, if like me you were desperate for more Uncharted action after having completed UC4, UTLL will appease you until the next true sequel hits the shelves (which won’t be for a while).

One of the major differences between UTLL and UC4 is that you no longer play as Nathan Drake. Instead, you play as Chloe, who was introduced in Uncharted 2 and has a history with Drake. As a treasure hunter herself, you take control of the brilliantly voice-actored character as she journeys through India with her new sidekick, Nadine, who is also a character introduced in previous Uncharted games. The actual gameplay experience in UTLL was exactly the same. I felt as if I was playing Uncharted 4, and if it weren’t for the story, there would be very little point of UTLL existing. Although the enemy is also different to UC4, they seem just as meaningless and dim-witted as the paramilitary soldiers in UC4. If anything, the main reason why an enemy exists in the first place is to add some urgency to the quest that Chloe and Nadine are on. They aren’t just looking for a specific piece of treasure, they are in a race against time, exactly like Drake was in UC4. In fact, the resemblance to UC4 is so uncanny, that even the weapons the soldiers use happen to be the same. If UC4 was set in India, I’d understand why, however that isn’t the case. All of this leads to a game that doesn’t surprise you like other Uncharted games have done in the past, but still provides a breathtaking visual experience with flawless gameplay mechanics. Unfortunately, there is hardly any information on the main villain. We know what he wants, but I never understood what his motive was and where he came from. He just exists because a bad guy apparently needs to. The Tomb Raider franchise has proven that quite often you do not need a single villain to give the heroes a purpose.

Due to the campaign length being much shorter than UC4, UTLL actually provides a more action-packed story. From a very early stage, you’ll be escaping enemies and jumping between cliffs as they crumble down. Gone are the tedious aspects where you need to spend a long time wheeling crates to climb taller heights. Whilst these exist, they only last for a couple of minutes at most.

In typical Uncharted fashion, there are some very creative and well-thought out puzzle sequences. Here, you can take a breather and use your mind to figure out how to progress. These puzzle sequences don’t lead to your death if you fail, but you do need to figure them out. Some of them proved to be quite challenging, but all required logic to figure out a) how they work and b) what moves to carry out to beat them.

Uncharted is also well known for its huge cinematic sequences, and UTLL doesn’t disappoint. I have to stress that I enjoyed this game on a PS4 Pro, on a 4K Sony projector that projects on a 150” screen. This, combined with Dolby Atmos, makes Uncharted the best looking franchise on the PS4, and Naughty Dog makes India look better than any other game has to date. There are huge sequences that have Chloe and Nadine being thrown down aqueducts, escaping major temples that are collapsing and even escaping huge enemy vehicles that have turrets mounted on them. The sound is superb, and the visuals are even better. Although all of these sequences are scripted, the way they happen still makes you feel as if you’re in complete control.

The most refreshing aspect of UTLL is the chemistry between the two main characters. Chloe and Nadine have a rough past, and circumstances force them to work together despite their relationship being everything but harmonious. However, as the story progresses, the chemistry between the girls makes watching the cut scenes interesting. As the game focuses primarily on just those two characters, you learn a lot about their past and what is motivating them to embark on such a journey. You understand what makes them who they are, and I very quickly adapted to these two women becoming the central characters in the Uncharted universe. A game without Nathan Drake may sound weird, but UTLL quickly helps you forget that he existed.

UTLL also includes the multiplayer that existed in Uncharted 4. This also includes some character skins for characters in The Lost Legacy. I am actually quite pleased that Naughty Dog didn’t try to create a separate multiplayer experience for those playing UTLL. It’s still too early, and it makes perfect sense to include UC4’s multiplayer with UTLL. Since you don’t need to own UC4 in order to enjoy multiplayer, this is a huge win for gamers as they don’t need to own both games to play the multiplayer.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s greatest strength is the chemistry between the main protagonists of the campaign. They have turned a familiar script into something that feels fresh, and depicting a game in India, where religion and culture is so unique, was a stroke of genius by Naughty Dog. Sony could have very easily set a more expensive price tag on this game, but they have effectively chosen to treat it as an expansion. If you currently haven’t played Uncharted 4, chances are that you can find a copy of that for much cheaper than the RRP too. That, combined with The Lost Legacy, gives you the most cinematic and enjoyable single player experience that the PS4 exclusively has to offer to date.

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