When Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End rolled a credits, it felt as if an epoch had come to a close. 10 years of action-adventure prevalence capped off with one final tour as Nathan Drake, one that was maybe a many hazardous and decisive yet.
During a past year a existence has set in that Uncharted competence not play a purpose in a final years of this generation, and for those who value a array as a keystone to a PlayStation family, that’s been a oppressive understanding. Though Naughty Dog is relocating on to try new ideas along with a second The Last of Us title, it has one some-more product to share before a book closes a chapters for a foreseeable future.
Called The Lost Legacy, this standalone enlargement for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End serves a identical purpose to The Last of Us: Left Behind in that it provides a new viewpoint of the universe led by a clever womanlike lead, accomplishing a pattern of promulgation off Uncharted on a certain note.
Starring Chloe Frazer
Set a few months after a events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Lost Legacy is many some-more than than usually an epilogue. For a initial time ever a impression other than Nathan Drake is a star of a show, charity a demeanour during what a array is like yet a heralded hero.
Chloe Frazer is a assured and during times adventurous protagonist that binds clever beliefs, and nonetheless she competence not be able of delivering a smart dialog of Drake, her lust for value is palpable. Just like in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, she is driven by discovery, peaceful to do whatever it takes for a name of treasure.
She isn’t alone, though. Most of a tour is spent alongside co-star Nadine Ross, a many reduction engaging character. While she won’t direct on-screen time from we in a same approach as Chloe, she is a challenging competition for your adversaries, creation herself useful in a approach that few ancillary allies do in gaming. And even when she’s blank shots and tripping over stairs, during slightest she isn’t obstructive.
In this tour you’re after a Tusk of Ganesh, dark in a plateau of India. As we work your approach toward this mislaid relic, you’ll confront characters such as categorical antagonist Asav while a nation is in a exhilarated polite war. The performances of these characters, generally those who offer as enemies, is some of a best that Uncharted has seen, infrequently rising above Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Its usually misstep is mostly forgetful a effect and laughable service of a progressing titles, that is essentially due to a detriment of Drake.
As with a before game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy takes a bit to get going. The initial hour creates a tough pass during introducing characters and heading we by a tutorial. It’s as if it assumes you’re code new to a series, and is overly discreet about players not bargain a credentials of pivotal characters. While a good thought, roughly 15% of a knowledge is mislaid as a casualty.
Thankfully, once we strech a open forest of a Western Ghats, a turn pattern works wonders for both a gameplay and presentation. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a new limit for a array in that it’s set in a loyal open world, providing a assuage volume of leisure to tackle objectives. Early on you’re given a map that indicates your positioning before being set on this world, regulating a Jeep to get from place-to-place in reasonable time, and encountering installments of enemies that have copiousness of cover and and bend overhanging potential.
Playing as Chloe is not many opposite than Drake. She can scale walls faster than a Ninja Warrior, and broach shots with the pointing of Revolver Ocelot. Movement in parsimonious corridors is, as usual, a bit finicky, yet there have been peculiarity of life improvements given a final time we played Uncharted interjection to automatic improvements to a m�lange fight complement and transformation behavior.
These improvements, along with a distillate of new arms types, do a fair pursuit during devious a knowledge from a routines set before it. Though, 95% of your time will be spent doing a things we remember in a same approach we remember them. This means lots of scaling walls, battling enemies from behind cover, and completing elementary puzzles. On this front, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy can remove your courtesy if we aren’t perplexed by Chloe, as she is a usually vital change from what you’ve expected been experiencing for many years during this point.
The Beautiful Ghats
Set in India for a series’ initial time ever, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a stunner. The sandstone formations are majestic, paved with immature vines and brush. Colossal structures can be seen via a map, with transparent streams of H2O trailing by them.
You competence find yourself dreaming by a enclosed Photo Mode, that is versed with all a facilities we would wish for on your defeat to snap pleasing photos to share on amicable media. This is arguably a many appealing diversion ever made, and that includes both gameplay and cutscenes.
Perhaps unsurprising, Naughty Dog has once again delivered such a conspicuous philharmonic yet compromise. Even on a unchanging PS4, a diversion adheres to a 30 FPS customary even in situations where that might seem unfeasible, personification a outrageous partial in elevating a some-more poignant set pieces.
The audio display supports this bid with superb voice acting by Claudia Black (Chloe Frazer) as good as a ancillary cast, that during times creates this feel many some-more like a full-priced AAA knowledge rather than a some-more DLC-like inlet of a expansion.
15 months out from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘s release, Naughty Dog is still aristocrat of a movement tour jungle. This new angle on a Uncharted formula, that stars Chloe in a primitive towering operation of India, is mostly captivating, even yet it follows many of a same set of standards that were unearthed a decade ago by Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Jonathan Leack is a Executive Editor of GameRevolution. You can follow him on Twitter @JonnyBeoulve.
A PS4 duplicate of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was provided by its publisher. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is exclusive to PS4.