The Uncharted series is unquestionably one of the best collection of games available for the Playstation 4. In fact, they were the main titles that convinced me to purchase the console. The immersive story lines, characters and environments are simply amazing. The newly released Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is promising to be a significant addition however going in, I had questions on whether this game can be as enjoyable without the main character from the earlier titles.
Let’s get to the point here, what makes a truly enjoyable action-adventure game? Challenging objectives, glitch-free gameplay, pleasing environments? Sure, these are all critical, but it’s the characters and their stories. So, what happens when you take the main characters away from a successful series of games? Things just would not be the same. That’d be like not including Mario in a Super Mario game and dare I say it, Tomb Raider without Lara Croft. Hence, my hesitancy in starting this game. To my delight and surprise, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy does it exceptionally well.
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly missed Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan but I felt some of their banter and comedy was present during the interaction of this title’s heroes, Chloe Frazer, and Nadine Ross. I think having these two characters, which have been present in some form throughout the series, was just enough familiarity to making this a welcomed addition to the Uncharted franchise.
In addition to these characters, there is references to the earlier games as well as a very familiar feel to the gameplay style while located in a new environment. One part of the game does grant you some freedom of choice on which tasks were to be completed and when. Although this was short-lived, it reduced the sense of linearity that the earlier games had.
The story itself gives you more information regarding the background of both Chloe and Nadine but this didn’t feel forced, it actually intertwined with the current story very well which was pleasing to experience. The puzzle challenges were very well designed with some of them relatively simple, others took a bit longer to figure out or complete successfully. The villain however was rather stereotypical and mediocre and I felt that Naughty Dog could have done something a bit more original.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy includes both Multiplayer and Survival modes that were included with Uncharted 4. What is new however, extra characters, skins, and Survival Arena Mode.
Audio & Visual
If you have played Uncharted 4, you will be aware of the quality audio and visual presentation. If not, you should be ashamed of yourself. The voice acting is exceptional with as much emotion in every line you would expect from real life characters. To match this, the use of motion capture, particularly in facial expressions and body language brings extra life to the characters. The environments and objects are highly detailed and glitch free which is a testament to the expertise of Naughty Dog and its developers.
Although it was shorter than the other Uncharted games, I thoroughly enjoyed everything Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has to offer. Its great story mixed with the entertaining, sometimes humorous banter between Chloe and Nadine in and out of the cutscenes were awesome. This is a great addition to the Uncharted franchise and definitely not one to be missed.