Review: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an excellent addition to the series
FYI, this story is more than a year old
What was supposed to be single player DLC for Uncharted 4, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy exploded to be its own standalone video game. As a result of this, The Lost Legacy is just as good (if not better) than its predecessors.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is its own game meaning you don't need to own a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to play it. Not only does it include an excellent single player story, but it also has its own multiplayer mode too.
The multiplayer mode was not available to play yet, although we will talk about it once it goes live. This review will solely talk about the single player campaign that is included here.
The Lost Legacy is proof that you can make an Uncharted game without Nathan Drake. Instead of playing as Drake, players assume the role of Chloe Frazer who was first introduced in Uncharted 2. She is joined by the tough Nadine Ross who was first seen as a villain in Uncharted 4.
The female duo are in India hoping to seek out the Golden Tusk of Ganesh. Their mission is easier said than done because the villainous Asav and his many henchmen stand in their way. There's always a villain trying to find the same artefact! Anyway, one of the reasons why this game is great is due to the relationship between Chloe and Nadine. Since Nadine was on the bad guy's side in the previous game, the pair's relationship is rocky at best. Still, they have to get along in hopes of preventing Asav from getting the tusk.
Even though only Chloe is playable in The Lost Legacy, Nadine is one of the best A.I. partners I have ever seen in a video game. Nadine is so helpful in taking out guards and giving out advice to Chloe (or the player). Without Nadine, this game would have been much harder to complete.
Gameplay wise, The Lost Legacy takes some of the best elements from all four of the previous Uncharted games and rolls them into one. There is a healthy mix of puzzle solving, free roaming exploration, action set pieces and more for you to discover.
Even though the game takes elements from the previous titles, it still feels like a unique experience. The puzzles that you have to solve are very unique and creative. You will feel very smart once you manage to solve them all.
The major thing that this game utilizes is the ability to drive vehicles. Vehicles were introduced in the 4th game and they play a huge role in The Lost Legacy. Chapter 4 is particularly interesting because you are in a huge open world environment hunting for treasure. That said, chapter 4 was the only part of the campaign where things got a little frustrating. It's not really clear to the player where you have to go next and you really just have to wing it in terms of knowing where your jeep can drive to.
Another new addition to this game is lock picking. Lock picking is similar to the way it was done in the Splinter Cell games where you have to find a "sweet spot" when the controller vibrates. Lock picking becomes essential just in case you need more firepower.
As for the graphics, this game is one of the most gorgeous games I have ever seen. The Indian landscape is just breathtaking to look at. There are other moments in the game that I won't spoil, but it's a game where you will want to take lots of photos of.
As a whole, I think Uncharted: The Lost Legacy offers roughly around 8 to 10 hours of gameplay depending on the difficulty you play in. This is quite generous as the single player campaign is just as good as the previous games. This game is worth buying if you loved all of the other Uncharted games.