Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was released back in August 2017; it is now the start of 2018. Needless to say, I took my time finishing the game, and I’m really, really glad I did – I can really take in what the game has to offer. Although The Lost Legacy is a spin-off of the main franchise, it is a darn good Uncharted title – it feels a lot like a full-fledged experience too, and it’s definitely worth your attention.
What Is It?
The Lost Legacy follows Chloe Frazer, who first appeared in Uncharted 2. Joined by Uncharted 4‘s antagonist, Nadine Ross, both of them are in a quest to locate the Tusk of Ganesh. Yep, not all that different from your typical Uncharted game, but this isn’t exactly a bad thing.
In terms of timeline, The Lost Legacy takes place sometime after the events of Uncharted 4, and it’s also the first entry in the series to not star longtime protagonist Nathan Drake. It’s really quite a nice change of pace – it allows the game to focus on the character developments of both Chloe and Nadine.
Is It Any Good?
This is an Uncharted title through and through, and Naughty Dog’s excellent storytelling translates very well in The Lost Legacy. The studio’s action sequences – while predictable – will still keep you on the edge of your seat. Without giving too much of the story away, The Lost Legacy has quite a compelling plot – it’s very Naughty Dog-like, in a sense.
Although The Lost Legacy is shorter than other Uncharted titles, it took me about eight hours to finish my first playthrough. Of course, I wasn’t rushing through the game – I spent quite some time finding collectibles. Rest assured, it’s still quite a lengthy game, especially for the price you pay for it.
Aside from that, the voice acting in The Lost Legacy is as expected of a Naughty Dog title. Dialogues are delivered very well, and I especially love the small talks the characters engage in throughout the game. You can really see how the relationship between Chloe and Nadine develop through these chatter.
Of course, we also have the gorgeous graphics of The Lost Legacy. I played the game on a standard PlayStation 4, and it still looks mighty pretty. The landscapes look fantastic, the characters’ facial expressions look natural, and…it’s just a really gorgeous game to get lost in.
The Bad Stuff. Tell Me.
There are no glaring faults with The Lost Legacy, but there is one issue worth pointing out: performance. In certain sequences of the game, the frame rate noticeably dropped, which mars the overall enjoyment of the game. I should note that I was playing the game on a standard PlayStation 4 – the extra power of the Pro model may give a more consistent frame rate.
On top of that, to really get into the story of The Lost Legacy, you’ll need to know the Uncharted franchise, especially Uncharted 4. Of course, you could just jump into this instalment of the franchise without playing any other Uncharted title, but note that The Lost Legacy ropes in events that happened in previous games.
Should I Buy It?
For RM149, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has plenty of content to offer. It may be a spin-off, but it’s a fleshed out entry in the series that continues the Uncharted story beyond Nathan Drake himself. It sets the tone for how future Uncharted games can be like – if Naughty Dog wishes to continue the franchise, of course.
The relationship dynamic between Chloe and Nadine, the storyline, the gorgeous graphics, and the excellent voice acting all lend to a very enjoyable game. It would’ve been even better if The Lost Legacy was a lengthier game, but it’s important to note that it isn’t priced like a typical AAA title either.
But there is one caveat to The Lost Legacy: you should only really play it after you’re finished with all four main Uncharted games. Longtime Uncharted fans should absolutely grab this game, and if you’re new to the series, it’s best to start with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection first.