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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End still stands as one of my favourite PS4 experiences this generation. It is a bold statement I know, as the PS4 exclusive library has some tough competitors to match, but somehow the way Uncharted 4 tied everything up and at the same time delivered one of the best narratives in the series while looking pretty gorgeous at the same time, still gives me the chills when I think about it. It has been a year since we parted ways with Nathan Drake, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is here to fill that void that was left after the last explosive adventure.

All these images in this review were taken using the in-game Photo Mode

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Nadine Ross and Chloe Frazer team up to search the magnificent Indian mountains for the Tusk of Ganesha. This treasure is meant to symbolise power and is basically one of the most sought after treasures in the world. Easily making it to the top of the list for thieves Chloe and Nadine, who now stand as the outcasts of Shoreline after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Both lead roles in The Lost Legacy are filled quite spectacularly by both woman and it is nice to see the background of each character as you progress through the game and learn more about their pasts and demons. 

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In a way, The Lost Legacy finally sheds some light on Chloe's lack of presence in the recent adventures, as well as opens up Nadine's more vulnerable side for dissecting. Nadine Ross was there in Uncharted 4 but her lack of character development, and her portrayal as this "gun for hire" mercenary, never let the story grow in her direction and to be honest I so wanted to learn more about her.

From what I gathered before starting The Lost Legacy is that I would be taking on the role of a bad couple of people as Nadine and Chloe's past have not been the cleanest, but this could not be further from the truth. Chloe and Nadine find themselves chasing the Tusk of Ganesha while a ruthless leader of the army Asav is doing the same. 

Army led by a tyrant

His goal, while apparent, is to use this Tusk of Ganesha as a symbol of power and lead the people to rally for his cause, things change later on in the game and the two treasure hunters' drive to stop him become greater than ever. You see, India is in the middle of civil war and it is all about weapons trading and getting more volumes of mercenaries to fight for your side. 

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Asav is simply a terrible person who can fight very well and needs a chill pill. With his army at his side, he makes sure that every tomb you explore and open area is filled with his goons, an expected feature in an uncharted game. 

The Lost Legacy takes a different route in progression and in theory, is divided into three portions. You have the intro, then a large chunk of the game takes place in an open world hub, and the last portion is back to its fantastic set pieces and great cutscenes. Do not expect to invest the same amount of time in the game as you would say A Thief's End, but we have known this for a long time.

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The Lost Legacy is a smaller and shorter experience coming in at just over seven hours for my full playthrough. I did not collect all the treasures but I did finish up the side quest in the Western Ghats, which is the open world hub. It also counts that I spent a good 30 minutes in the photo mode because it was simply magnificent. 

A bite-sized Uncharted

While it is on the short side, The Lost Legacy checks all the boxes of what you can expect in an Uncharted game. It has its stunning scenery, great cutscenes, fantastic gunplay action, and of course the heavy emphasis on treasure hunting and its cultural source and inspiration. While exploring the Western Ghats, Chloe and Nadine's relationship grows as you learn more about them. 

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The constant references to Indian mythology and the fantastic way it is presented to the player make it an indescribable lesson on the subject. Given that you explore these beautiful locations and needless to say each one is filled with gorgeous vegetation and Indian architecture, I felt as though I gained some insight to the lands of the country.

The Western Ghats are filled with tombs to explore and treasure to find, and you are free to explore this at your own will. Driving around in the 4x4 is fun and ramping down waterfalls and skidding across mud pits makes for an enjoyable time. Every now and then I came across a ruin that held treasure. These were always protected by Asav's goons so I had to get out the car and hide away in tall grass as I plotted my approach, silently taken his henchmen down one by one. 

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If one spotted me I did what five Uncharted games in the past taught me; I took cover and started going guns blazing at everything that moved. When I was out of ammo I would search around for a dead body or find a supply drop which had to be picked with a short lockpick mini game. The Lost Legacy was not too hard at any moment, but it was not easy either.

Not much bang but that's okay

Later gun fights saw brutes charging at me with miniguns and shotgun mercenaries spamming shots at me from close range. Luckily Nadine is always close by to help shoot and fend off enemies when they grabbed Chloe from behind. The combat does not ever present anything new in The Lost Legacy, but it was so perfect, to begin with, that one cannot really complain.

Each new area littered with enemies had a new way to approach them. Swimming under water to avoid being seen and then quickly jumping out to drown one was as enjoyable as ever. The tall grass and vegetation offer some great stealth kills, and most of the time I managed to take everyone out that way without ever firing a single shot. The same can be said for the fantastic action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. Without giving anything away, just know that The Lost Legacy has its fair share of them to play and they are all presented like a gorgeous Hollywood action film. 

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While I was not shooting up hordes of overpaid gunmen, the Western Ghats and the following chapters offer some great insight to the characters in The Lost Legacy. I could not wait to discover more about the two ladies who were by my side for the few hours. The usual treasures are also scattered in the nooks of each level, and in order to complete the game's main side mission, you need to put your brain to the test with some simple puzzles.

While the game is almost perfect in every way, there were some flaws in various aspects of the character development and progress thereof. I could not help but feel that often the dialogue became cheesy and the "revelations" in Nadine and Chloe's past felt forced on me. I was interested in the progression of each of their past endeavours, but the way the plot unveils this to the player comes across unnatural. This is not a train wreck as it does not impact the overall experience in the end. 

HDR and 4K = Masterpiece

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Playing on the PS4 Pro delivered a stunning experience from start to finish. The game looks absolutely gorgeous and with HDR enabled the lands and tombs came to life with natural colours and rich blacks. Naughty Dog has truly proved once again that they are masters at video game development and their standards are out of this generation of gaming already. The Lost Legacy stands on the forefront of video game visual fidelity and whenever I feel like escaping this dull world, I will boot up the game and drive under a waterfall in the Western Ghats.  

The Lost Legacy is not alone in its package as it also ships with the full Uncharted multiplayer experience as well as the survival mode which was added earlier this year. This is not a major deal for those who have Uncharted 4 already, but it is a great addition to the game for those who are looking to give it a go.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is another reason I love my PS4 Pro and proves once again that Sony's first party lineup cannot be matched. For a bite-sized experience, it is on another level of quality. It goes without saying that if you own a PS4 then you undoubtedly have to experience this at least once. 

Available On: PS4 | Reviewed on: PS4 Pro | Release Date: 15 August 2017 | RRP: R629

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"The combat does not ever present anything new but it is so perfect that one cannot complain."

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