Review: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)

Review: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)

Formats:

  • PlayStation 4

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro, PS4
  • 4K HDR, HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (42.8 GB)
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Original MSRP: $39.99
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 16
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 537 of the podcast at 114:20.
PS Nation Podcast Episode 537 - Joshless and Drakeless

Gameplay:
It’s Uncharted through-and-through. All of the firing from cover, the precarious climbing of seemingly unpassable blockages, witty yet, at times, intense dialogue, and traversing open spaces in an off-road vehicle, peppered by monumental cinematic scenes that tax every sense that you possess.

Obviously, the biggest difference is the fact that you’ll play through this adventure with someone at your side throughout.

You play as the charismatic Chloe Frazier, voiced by Claudia Black, who has previously appeared in Uncharted 2 and 3. She’s a bit of a fan favorite, and I was quite excited to learn more about her since her previous appearances were always wrapped in mystery.

Joining Chloe is Nadine Ross, voiced by Laura Bailey, who first appeared in Uncharted 4 as the leader of Shoreline, the South American paramilitary group that competes with the Drake brothers in the search for Libertalia.

In this game though, Nadine acts as muscle while Chloe searches for a new artifact which I won’t reveal. We don’t want any spoilers now, do we?

Because of this change to the core gameplay style, some of the hand-to-hand combat will be performed in tandem, meaning that you’ll both work together at taking your foes down. The actual controls haven’t changed since these moments are contextual. Everything still feels like an Uncharted game, though at times, you may be confused by some of the pacing early on.

Things start pretty typically but after that you’re taken to an open expanse similar to what was in a portion of Uncharted 4, and that’s where I got a bit confused for a time. For a while, it felt like a majority, if not the rest of the game, would be played in this wide open area.

You traverse the muddy and wet landscape in a 4×4, making your way to different spots that you mark on the map by finding clues. It’s definitely bigger than the section included in Uncharted 4, and you’ll find yourself traveling back and forth as you chase clues.

You’ll be challenged by the occasional puzzles in specific structures, and there’s plenty hidden throughout, but I found the actual dialogue lacking as a storytelling element. Honestly, I started worrying a bit because it was feeling a bit flat for a while, and frankly, I was flabbergasted at this possibility.

Luckily though, that doesn’t last, it just takes a decent amount of work to get to a point where the story gets going. After that, it feels exactly like the past Uncharted games, although on a somewhat smaller scale.

You won’t do any globetrotting, but the locations you’ll find yourself in are no less grandiose than what you’re used to. At times the puzzles can be tricky, but if you’ve played any of the other games in the series they’re nothing that you haven’t defeated in the past.

There are some great surprises too and even some welcome callbacks to past adventures that any fan of the series will truly appreciate, and there’s no way that I’m spoiling any of that for you. I had a huge smile on my face more than a few times as I worked my way through this game, and you probably will too. The dialogue, the story, even the antagonist’s motives are well developed and executed, it just takes a while to get to it.

Visuals:
You’ll get what you expect here, I mean it’s Naughty Dog and it’s Uncharted, so it’s stunning. I played in 1080p, 4K, with and without HDR, on both Standard and PS4 Pro, and it’s fantastic in all cases. The vistas are lush and picturesque, as are the underground structures and set pieces later in the game, of which you will see no mention or screens of, because I can’t ruin that stuff for anyone.

For those with fancy displays, HDR support is pretty fantastic with deep color and great use of brightness when it’s needed. HDR can be turned on and off as well, which is cool to have as a way to show how different that feature can make things.

Audio:
I may be wrong, but I believe that this is the third or fourth game to actually support the 3D audio offered with the PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset. It works as well as it does in Uncharted 4, but it sounds great in other headphones as well.

Of course the game has specific audio settings for whatever you use to listen to your games, from a TV speaker all the way up to full 7.1 surround. Naughty Dog always produces great demo material for showing your friends how awesome your new sound system is, and this is no exception.

Online/Multiplayer:
In an interesting twist, the multiplayer from Uncharted 4 is included with this game. They’re even adding new skins and a new character specifically from Uncharted: Lost Legacy and a new wave-based Survival mode as well. That’s not a bad deal at all seeing as this game is $39.99. I love the multiplayer, but I just don’t play it enough for whatever reasons.

Conclusion:
Can it still be compelling without the Drakes? The answer is ‘definitely’, but you need some patience as you wait for the story to get rolling. Much of the early portion of the game is devoid of any significant dialogue or story elements, but once you get to it, there’s some fascinating backstory to discover, and a surprisingly well-rounded antagonist to boot.

Why is it $39.99? Honestly, I think that it’s merely because the campaign is shorter than the previous Uncharted games. All-in-all it took me just over eight hours to get through it with some exploration throughout, but not thorough by any means.

It’s a great addition to the Uncharted series and even acts well as an extension after the events in Uncharted 4. Chloe is a great character and she carries her own game with ease.

If you haven’t played an Uncharted game though, I definitely wouldn’t start here, simply because the story assumes that you’ve played the previous ones and you’d definitely lose something by not having gone through them before getting to this one.

My biggest caveat to offer is simply to have patience early in the game. It just felt like it took a long time for the story to get moving, but rest assured that the payoff is worth the wait.

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Glenn Percival

Glenn Percival

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