Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:22

REVIEW: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Playstation 4)

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Initially announced by Naughty Dog as DLC for last year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, after playing through The Lost Legacy I can tell you now, it’s much more than a simple expansion and I can see why Sony shifted to a standalone release and has everything you’d expect from an Uncharted adventure.

Set after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, you play as Chloe Fraser which was introduced in Uncharted 2. You play alongside her partner in crime, Uncharted 4 villain, Nadine Ross which are both on the hunt for a Hindu relic hidden away deep within India’s Western Ghats.

So how does The Lost Legacy feel with a Drake at your control? Well at first it was a little strange, but after an hour or so, it really started to feel like an Uncharted game. Now, while the cast might of changed, the exploring of exotic locations, climbing around crumbling ruins all while solving a range of clever puzzles all still remains.

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Just like every Uncharted game before The Lost Legacy, you’re not the only ones after this priceless relic. You’ll find yourself fighting through soldiers and mercenaries staying alive by either sneaking through ruins and vegetation taking them out one-by-one using stealth or by some serious gun battles which sometimes can’t be avoided, which takes me to my next subject, controls.

Naughty Dog have really polished all the controls and mechanics for The Lost Legacy. Take traversal for example, subtle markers are displayed where Chloe can grab onto the scenery or climb. The third-person cover-based combat is very well done, placing you up against a wall or scenery with a quick press of the ‘O’ button. Even sneaking around and choking bad guys or grabbing them from ledges is executed so well, it never gets old.

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Just like in any Uncharted game, the world you’re thrown into is absolutely gorgeous, and if you're anything like me, you’ll be taking screenshots so often you’ll be wearing out your share button on the controller in no time. For the first chunk of the game, The Lost Legacy gives you a sizable area to explore either on foot or in your Jeep, from rivers, ruins, mountains and mud-filled sections. You’ll be able to explore any ancient temples you come across as well as flooded tombs, all at your own free will. And for those that like collecting, The Lost Legacy has plenty of hidden treasures scattered throughout the game for you to find and collect.

The attention to details in The Lost Legacy is beyond amazing. While you fight your way through battles, dirt and scratches start to form, even down to the way water affects the characters clothing and hair. It blows me away every single time. And if you have a 4K with HDR suitable TV, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy becomes the best looking game on the PS4 and PS4 Pro to date.

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As for Multiplayer, The Lost Legacy gives you access to all existing multiplayer content from previous games, plus a new Survival Arena mode. This is similar to a Horde like co-op mode but turns into a constantly changing playlist where enemies, weapons, map conditions and objectives all switch with every wave you complete.

So, is it worth your $60? Well, while the story is a little shorter then usual clocking in at around 8-10 hours, The Lost Legacy had me laughing at terrible jokes, muscles tensed while trying to survive along with all the thrills I would expected from an Uncharted game and more. I’d highly recommend Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to anyone, no problem at all.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 23 August 2017
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Action, Adventure