Fair warning, this review contains spoilers from multiple Uncharted titles.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone expansion to the 2016 title Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Rather than having the heroic Nathan Drake, we get the sassy, smart ass Chloe Fraiser and she’s as loveable as ever! The series (in my opinion obviously) got really boring due to the constant need of Nathan and not really changing how he is at all. I loved having Chloe this time around thanks to the complete shift in personalities. Chloe is not afraid to be an absolute dick, literally NOBODY is safe from her sarcasm.
Blah, blah, story of a lost treasure in some ancient ruin, blah, blah. It’s an Uncharted game, you already know what you’re walking into. You are looking for an ancient artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh in India, mind you they are in the middle of a civil war so that only makes things harder for Chloe and Nadine. Ganesh is the son of the Hindu God of Destruction, Shiva. He lost the tusk while defending his father’s palace. There is one problem and that is the enemy, Asav, always getting in the way of Chloe’s goal. Asav, unlike Chloe, is rather careless and will do almost anything to get what he wants. Between Shoreline being around to absolutely aggravate Nadine to Asav trying to blow up the entire town, it’s crazy.
Chloe and Nadine are an amazing dynamic which I actually did not expect. Nadine was a complete asshole in Uncharted 4, but this time around she’s a lot more kind and down to earth. This allows dynamic allows them to easily work together and even when one of them gets pissed at the other, they eventually make up rather quickly which is something I did not expect given their personalities. Nadine warms up to Sam as well, and the trio works really well together and I wish there was more there instead of introducing Sam then make him barely be around.
See, even with the game being centered around Chloe and Nadine, I feel the game is much better off without Nathan Drake. Nathan stared in 5 games and it was time that he stepped down.
There are so many moments where I’m like “holy shit, this is the coolest thing”
The grappling hook returns in The Lost Legacy and I’m so happy that it’s here! There are so many moments where I’m like “holy shit, this is the coolest thing”. However it’s not all fine and dandy, you see it is tacked on in a few places. When on the train, you have to use the grappling hook to get across some areas that just seems unnecessary to put then in and instead you should’ve just been able to keep climbing through.
The sound design is truly something else. The sound is as good as the visuals, I swear to it. The soundtrack just drives so much emotion and it makes you feel something most tracks in previous Uncharted games didn’t make you feel. Henry Jackman deserves a Grammy for this! Playing with the PlayStation Platinum Edition headset was a true delight because you got to use the 3D Audio feature. What it basically does is it allows you to hear above and below you which is perfect when in a building and you want to find where someone is. I tried both 7.1 Surround Sound and 3D Audio and the difference was astonishing. When in 7.1 Surround Sound, I couldn’t really tell if gunshots were below, above, or around the corner from me. But Naughty Dog did Platinum Headset owners a favor by adding in the best implementation of 3D Audio yet. I could clearly tell who was where so it made killing everyone so much easier.
The game is FULL of previous Uncharted references. Uncharted 2 has a few references like a Marco Polo easter egg (which Chloe briefly chuckles at Nadine saying Marco Polo, remembering Nate say it) and the massive train mission, there’s plenty of amazing fan service moments here.
You do get the multiplayer from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End plus the new gamemode Survival Arena. I personally only play Team Deathmatch so I can’t comment on the rest of the multiplayer but I like it. The use of the grappling hook makes me super happy and the multiplayer is running at 60fps (Survival Arena is 1080p/30fps on both PS4 and PS4 Pro).
Speaking of framerates in the paragraph above, it’s time to talk some numbers! The Lost Legacy runs at;
PS4 – 1080p/30 Campaign and 900p/60 Multiplayer
PS4 Pro – 1440p/30 Campaign and 1080p/60 Multiplayer
On top of this, The Lost Legacy support HDR and it is one of the best implementations EVER!
The Lost Legacy is rather short here, it took me 7 hours to complete (without doing side missions). For $39.99 however, it has extreme value when you also factor in the multiplayer mode. All this game left me saying at the end is where the hell is the sequel, it just leaves you wanting more.
Score – 10/10