Chloe and Nadine pair up to star in the latest Uncharted adventure sans Nathan. However, is The Lost Legacy just an extension of the previous installment or does it bring anything new to the table?
Before reading this review, I highly recommend checking out my Uncharted 4: A Thief's End review for more information on the previous Uncharted adventure seeing as The Lost Legacy is a spin-off of it. Because of this, I will be focusing more on the differences and similarities between the two games in this review. Also, The Lost Legacy includes an online multiplayer component that's lifted straight from Uncharted 4 so if you don't own that already then you can access the online mode with The Lost Legacy, too.
When I first booted up The Lost Legacy, I was quickly reminded of how amazingly detailed the graphics were in Uncharted 4 and it's clear the same effort was used here. Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy are hands down the best-looking games I've played and they especially shine in the amazing intricacies seen in characters' facial expressions. I felt like I learned a lot about Chloe from looking at her face when playing through the story which is something I can't say about any other game. The scenery is a mixture of a busy market in India, a destroyed city war zone, and the mountains of India. All of them look as fantastic as expected. However, the vast majority of the game world is in the Indian wild lands which feels very similar to previous Uncharted games and therefore doesn't bring anything new to the environmental visuals.
Chloe quickly meets up with Nadine after avoiding some mercenaries and they run into the villain of The Lost Legacy; Asav. Chloe is seeking the tusk of Ganesh after her father failed to obtain it and died at the hands of bandits during his search. Asav is equally interested and will stop at nothing to acquire it. He and his mercenaries pop up often which shows that Asav has high stakes in finding the lost treasure as he's willing to disperse men all around the mountains of India to search for clues and steal ancient tokens. When you run into these men, it's the typical Uncharted "duck for cover and shoot" gameplay formula that's mostly boring because it's been done to death at this point. That being said, there is one part that was particularly interesting where you're avoiding a tank and a bunch of bad guys while jumping and swinging your way around ruins searching for explosives to throw at it. I would love to see more fights that have an epic feel to them like this in future Uncharted games.
The Lost Legacy does one thing better than Uncharted 4 and that's the amount of puzzles. Reaching the lost city which houses the tusk of Ganesh is a challenge in itself, having you solve many puzzles in order to eventually open the gates. However, they do get a bit repetitive and a variety in the types of puzzles would have been more appreciated. I particularly enjoyed a puzzle where you have to move pieces on a grid back and forth in order to line them up to draw a picture in the shadow that's cast by a light.
Overall, The Lost Legacy doesn't bring anything new to the Uncharted series but if you're curious about what these less-discussed characters from the franchise get up to when Nathan isn't around and you're happy with more of the same gameplay and scenery then you'll definitely want to check out Chloe and Nadine's adventure.
- + Familiar yet mostly fun Uncharted gameplay
- + Good amount of puzzles
- + Fleshes out the characters from previous games in the series well
- - Same old duck and shoot combat sequences are getting stale
- - Jungle scenery is nothing new
- - No novel gameplay elements