For those who haven’t been paying attention Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the new standalone entry in the franchise. It was originally meant to be a DLC for Uncharted 4 but Naughty Dog instead opted to expand the scope of the game and turn it into something that is more the length of Uncharted 1 or 2. Nathan Drake’s story was wrapped up in Uncharted 4 so instead you will be playing as Chloe Frazer who we haven’t seen since Uncharted 3. Joining Chloe is Nadine Ross from Uncharted 4 who was the leader of the Shoreline military group that was working with Rafe in the last game. While it isn’t as long as Uncharted 4 was it does deliver on what myself and others expect from this franchise and even throws in a few surprises along the way.
While Uncharted has been known to jump around locations from around the world in the past this time the entire adventure takes place in India. We begin with Chloe in a India city market trying to figure out a way to sneak into a certain area of the city. She eventually meets up with her partner Nadine Ross and we learn that they are seeking an ancient artifact known as the Tusk of Ganesh. However a man named Asav is also seeking the Tusk backed up with his own military personnel. Why Asav wants the Tusk is something I won’t spoil here nor will I go into much of the story beats at all. Chloe and Nadine’s characters are both interesting as well as they start not really trusting or liking each other much but having to work together for a common goal. However Naughty Dog does a fantastic job of developing their personalities over the course of the game and really making you understand them more. Chloe in particular really shines in this game and I’d be all for more Uncharted games with her in the lead role.
The game is broken up into nine chapters and it took me around nine hours on my first playthrough on Normal difficulty to finish it. You could probably finish it in less time but I spent a fair amount of time seeking out collectibles and such. Personally for the price of the game I think it is the perfect length as the whole adventure has excellent pacing and it never overstays it’s welcome. As far as gameplay The Lost Legacy plays pretty much just like Uncharted 4 as you would expect since it was originally going to be a DLC for that game. You’ll still be doing a lot of jumping, sliding, climbing, and swinging from ropes and it all feels just as fluid and smooth as you would expect. While the game is still mostly linear one chapter sets you in a 4×4 in a wide open space similar to the Madagascar level from Uncharted 4 only much bigger.
I spent several hours in this chapter alone driving around and exploring every nook and cranny of the map as I could. There are temples and tombs to explore, puzzles to solve, combat encounters that you can approach in many different ways and so much more. There is even a side quest that you can partake in in this area that gives you maybe the best reward any Uncharted game has given. You even have a map that Chloe will make markings on letting you know where you have been in this massive area. As you explore you’ll even come across locked chests that let you use the new lockpicking mechanic. It’s pretty simple as you’ll just have to rotate the left analog stick around until you feel it vibrate and then hold to pick the lock. It’s nothing flashy or revolutionary but it’s a neat new little touch.
As I said above the game really does a great job of letting you handle combat encounters your way. You can go in guns blazing or try to pick enemies off stealthily. A new silenced pistol makes it even easier to do this and was a welcome new addition to the guns on display. Everything else are pretty much the same guns you’ve used in Uncharted 4 although the game does a good job of never forcing you to use the same ones over and over. The AI partners in Naughty Dog’s games have been getting better and better with each title too and that is no exception in The Lost Legacy either. Nadine will point out enemies or locations for you and will even go off on her own and take down enemies for you.
Puzzles in the game are a step up from Uncharted 4 and feel more like the puzzles you would expect from some of the earlier Uncharted games. None of them kept me stumped for too long but they do provide a challenge to solve. I don’t want to give too much away but two of my favorite ones involved axes and shadows. As far as big moments go which is something Uncharted is known for rest assured there are some here. The last chapter of the game in particular may have been my favorite sequence from any Uncharted game to date. Outside of just playing there are plenty of things you can replay the game for including hunting down treasures you may have missed, taking pictures on Chloe’s phone and more. Just like Uncharted 4 there are even things you can unlock after you finish the game such as gameplay modifiers, skins, concept art, and graphic modifiers. Naughty Dog even threw the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer and Co-op modes into this package as well making it an even better all around package.
The last thing I want to touch on is the graphics and sound in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Uncharted 4 was already one of the best looking games on any console but I think The Lost Legacy looks even better. There were so many moments in the game where I just had to stop and admire how beautiful a world Naughty Dog created once again. I played the game on a PS4 Pro and while it doesn’t play in Native 4K the increased resolution was still much appreciated. If you have a TV with HDR it really makes it look even better. Character models continue to amaze as well as the fantastic animations. I was using the in game Photo Mode a lot during my playthrough and will probably go back and take even more. Unfortunately the sound in the game doesn’t quite match the quality of the rest of the package. The voice acting is top notch as always whether you are watching a cutscene or just listening to in game banter between Chloe and Nadine so no complaints at all there. The sound effects too are great and bombastic but the place I have a problem with is the music. The soundtrack here just isn’t very memorable which is a problem I had with Uncharted 4 as well. To me Naughty Dog just hasn’t had a great soundtrack in Uncharted since Uncharted 2 and 3.
When I wrapped up Uncharted 4 last year I felt like it was the perfect ending and that I didn’t need any more Uncharted. So when The Lost Legacy was announced I was skeptical on whether Naughty Dog could create a memorable experience without Nathan Drake. I can now say that I was blown away by Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and it now stands as probably my second favorite Uncharted game just behind Uncharted 2. Chloe shines brilliantly here and is backed up by some strong supporting characters. The production values here are nothing short of impressive either especially for the asking price. While it wasn’t as long a journey as Uncharted 4 my trip to India was very memorable and I highly recommend it.
*Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is available on PS4. Reviewed on a PS4 Pro. Review copy bought by the reviewer.