“Naughty dog has proven that an Uncharted game can be just as great, even if there is no Nathan Drake.”
I reviewed Uncharted 4 when it first released last year giving it a perfect score so I was excited when I heard that Naughty Dog was working on another Uncharted game. I was just a little worried when I heard that this would not be focused on Nathan Drake or Sully, which is understandable with how Uncharted 4 ended. Naughty Dog chose to focus this story on some minor, but bigger characters found throughout the Uncharted series. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy focuses on treasure hunter Chloe Frazer and the mercenary Nadine Ross.
The story of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a shorter experience than other Uncharted games, with it only taking me 5-6 hours to finish it. The opening of Lost Legacy introduces new-comers to the series to Chloe Frazer and then soon enough, Nadine Ross. While most of the story could be an entry point to new-comers to the series, it helps to have knowledge of the previous games later on within the story as it references past events.
Not only does Chloe and Nadine have their own story arcs that eventually tie together into a satisfying ending, but the charisma that the two had together had me rushing to the next dialogue or story moment of the game. The story of this game is what really kept me pushing through this game without wanting to put it down. The story is what really felt different then past Uncharted games, unlike the gameplay.
“If you loved the gameplay in Uncharted 4, then I have good news.”
If you loved the gameplay of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, then I have good news. It’s exactly the same and feels just as good. Traversing the environment is the same as before, you will be running while trying to dodge bullets, driving through a jungle, climbing up different environmental pieces or jumping around like it’s 1992 again.
The actual gameplay, feels just as tight and greater than ever. Whether your stealth-fully traversing a level trying to pick enemies off one-by-one or just going guns blazing while swinging from a tree, there are options for everyone. Chloe Frazer can be just as much of a killing machine that Nathan Drake was. I preferred taking a stealthier approach when I was allowed to because there were parts where I could completely bypass a gun battle if I really tried hard enough.
There are also many puzzles that can be found throughout the game, some easier than others. Some of the puzzles often times, had me wanting it to end so I could get to the next piece of the story as some of the puzzles were often frustrating that took a lot of trial-and-error to complete it.
“The environments as always are a masterclass in design..”
The environments as always are a masterclass in design when it comes to Naughty Dog. There were set pieces that just had me stopping and breaking out the photo mode, to get a great picture. I’m not going to go into much detail, but you can check out some photos at the bottom of this review that I’ve taken throughout the course of the game. Please note, if you don’t want to spoil anything for yourself then come back after you’ve played!
At it’s core, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy nails the gameplay and environmental feel of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but it seems to be lacking somewhat in the story department. This new entry in the series, just like any new entry in the Uncharted sereis, is more ambitious then the last. Naughty Dog has proven that an Uncharted game can still feel like an Uncharted game, even without Nathan Drake.