The Uncharted: The Lost Legacy from Naughty Dog, which was released on August 22nd, 2017 brings a spin-off of the Uncharted series to Sony’s PlayStation 4 for the first time. It will add another exciting story to the Uncharted universe. This time without protagonist Nathan Drake.
Instead, in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy we set out with Chloe Frazer in India in search of a rare artifact – the tusk of the Hindu god Ganesha. Whether The Lost Legacy is fun without Nathan Drake, The Lost Legacy is a highlight of the whole series. We clarify that here in the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review.
|Title||Uncharted: The Lost Legacy|
|Publisher||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|Release||August 22, 2017|
|TEEN - Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.|
I got warm amazingly late with the Uncharted series. Beside that, I paid the full price for Uncharted 2 in 2009 and was overly disappointed shortly afterward. At the latest with Uncharted 3 and 4, I was downright enthusiastic about Naughty Dog’s adventure series and also made up all the old parts with pleasure.
So I was all the more excited when I announced a new part, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. This is the first spin-off title on PlayStation 4. Also, we can experience some variety in character selection and embark on the adventure together with Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross.
That’s what brings us to India in The Lost Legacy. The tusk of the god Ganesha, who according to legend was cut off by Parashurama, an avatar of Vishnu itself. Of course, the thing is worth a lot of money. So Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross set out together to India to find the tusk.
There they quickly meet the antagonist Asav, who transformed himself from a doctor into a rebel leader and then went in search of this tusk. He makes it accordingly tricky for the female duo and regularly throws his opponents at us in a traditional uncharted manner.
The Lost Legacy does not reinvent the wheel and strongly orients towards the classic recipe of the Uncharted series. Climbing passages, gunfights, and puzzle inserts regularly alternate. Including the mechanisms already known from Uncharted 4, such as the mobile jeep or the climbing hook. On the one hand, this is an excellent thing because you also feel right at home in The Lost Legacy as an Uncharted fan.
On the other hand, The Lost Legacy also imports some weaknesses of the main game like the immature stealth mechanics, which are essential in parts of the game but give us little or nothing else except stealth kills. Why can’t we still use bottles or whistles to distract our opponents?
Even The Last of Us, a title from the same house, offers us a much better stealth experience. The gunfights are a bit nasty, but they work just like the climbing passages excellent. Fans and connoisseurs of the series will also get to know The Lost Legacy in this respect.
It’s a pity that the potentially enjoyable open world elements are unfortunately only limited to one part of the game. Here we can explore the area freely with our jeep. You can complete a side mission and complete the primary targets in any order.
Unfortunately, the missions, namely exploring temples, rather mini-missions and the Open World section finished too quickly. For the fact that Naughty Dog has announced this feature mainly, here came too little to the player.
The story of The Lost Legacy has to get along without Nathan Drake for the first time. The story itself doesn’t get going until the second half of the game. Unfortunately, we don’t see enough of the charismatic villain Asav in general.
As soon as the second half of the six-hour story, the plot and motifs surrounding Chloe Frazer’s excursion unfold. Also the growing relationship with Nadine Ross, who often enough faced us as a bad guy, writes a lovely part of the plot. All in all, the story and especially the finale is compelling.
But what sets Uncharted: The Lost Legacy apart from other genre mates is the production. We are used to a technique with Uncharted 4 – The Lost Legacy can’t help it. Unfortunately, the environments are not nearly as diverse as those of an Uncharted 4. But the visual staging is on the same level.
The staging of the locations – especially the temples of the second half of the game – is one of the best of the whole series and tries all too often to start the photo mode and take some beautiful screenshots. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is merely beautiful and graphically a highlight on PlayStation 4.
Besides, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy offers a multiplayer and survival mode, both patched. In multiplayer mode, players fight each other on 14 maps and in 6 mods – as usual from their predecessors. Of course, you must have a PlayStation Plus subscription for this. Survival mode serves as a co-op experience and is a classic “Survival All Waves” feature. Both contents are fun changes, but of course, they don’t come close to the story mode.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is probably my favorite after Uncharted 4. The charmingly staged story. The grandiosely designed environments and the stunning graphics make Uncharted: The Lost Legacy not only an insider tip for fans of the series but a must for all PlayStation players. Little variety in the locations and mechanical weaknesses inherited from the leading row cloud the game fun.