Game Review: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Updated: May 27, 2019
The first Uncharted chapter without Nathan Drake. This game follows fortune hunter Chloe Frazer (Claudia Black), who seeks the Tusk of Ganesh in the mountains of India in the midst of a civil war, with the help of ex-mercenary Nadine Ross (Laura Bailey) and Nathan's brother Sam Drake.
“In India, treasure hunter Chloe Frazer has enlisted the services of mercenary Nadine Ross to help her find the legendary tusk of Ganesh, son of Hindu god Shiva, who lost the tusk while defending his father's temple, a search that previously consumed Chloe's own father before eventually claiming his life at the hands of bandits. Aided by a young merchant named Meenu, whose father is in the Indian army, Chloe moves past an insurgent group and meets up with Nadine, who helps her sneak into the office of the insurgents' leader, Asav, who's also after the tusk, ostensibly planning to use it to rally the people into revolution. The two steal a map made by an unknown expert pointing toward the tusk within the ancient Hoysala Empire and a disc that acts as a key before escaping Asav's forces.”
From what I read, the concept of Lost Legacy was leads and potential story were kicked around a lot by the Naughty Dog team. First they were going to make a story with Nathan and his daughter, then switched it to Sam and Sully and finalized with Chloe, Nadine and Sam. The main reason being that the Dev Team wanted to ensure they were freed up to work on the second installment of Last of Us. Because of the high involvement for Last of Us 2, the team decided with a smaller story with lesser known characters and a cheaper price tag.
Shocked to see a 59.99 price tag during a 79.99 common price era was shocking. Typically, when the price tag is 10 – 20 dollars cheaper is normally an indication that the game may not provide a full experience to justify the 79.99 price tag. In the case of Lost Legacy, I feel the 79.99 price tag would have been justified. But I am sure the full-fledged gamers that get mad about every little change. Especially the change in lead characters. Did I miss Nathan? Of course I did. 5 Uncharted games with Nolan North as the voice sets a certain standard, but the game held its own without him. Let’s not forget about Sully. He was always a huge piece to the Uncharted chapters.
The mere mention of Nathan was always met with a change of topic, so it was nice he was acknowledged and relied upon to keep the story going. Now, Chloe last appearance with in Uncharted 2, but based by the story she has kept in contact with main characters form the story. She somehow becomes friends with one of the main enemies from Uncharted 4, Nadine Ross along the way which leads to some interesting conversations and situations with Sam. Clearly, Sam nor Nadine has moved on from what happened in the previous installment.
The gameplay and graphics as always was majestic. Backgrounds and map designs absolutely breathe taking. I would expect nothing less from Naughty Dog. However, there was no real changes to the actual gameplay in comparison from the last installment. But back to the debate about price, the game length was too long to be a DLC but I can understand why Naughty Dog was hesitant about full price due to the fear that the fans not getting another installment with Nathan. But if you pass on this game, you will be missing out. Trust me.