A review by Cholwe Shabukali
I was first introduced to the Uncharted series in 2018. I immediately fell in love with the protagonist Nathan Drake – a smart mouth with a somewhat charming personality. He made the first four Uncharted games lovable and memorable. Personally, it was Nathan’s wacky jokes that made the game exceptional for me. Which is why I was curious of how Uncharted: The lost Legacy would be without Nathan Drake.
However, just after completing the first chapter (It’s that good), I began to appreciate what Naughty Dog was actually doing. A team of two fearless women taking on the world. Naughty Dog succeeded in giving us a breathtaking experience with these women. I felt like I was the character fighting off dozens of army men, and honestly, I couldn’t be any happier.
We join two women as they explore the ruins of the Western Ghats of India, Indiana Jones style. Chloe Frazer, who first appeared in Uncharted 2: Among thieves, is the primary protagonist of this story and joined by Nadine Ross, a South African mercenary who is looking to take back her private mercenary organization ‘Shoreline’.
When I first saw Chloe Frazer in Uncharted 2, I admit that I didn’t like her. She was a double-crossing, manipulative and sarcastic character. But as the Lost Legacy story unfolded, I felt her growth. Her experience was reflected, and I began to understand her, admire her even. And by the time I was done with the campaign, I fell in love with her. Naughty Dog has a way of making people fall in love with their characters – even their villains are likeable (I’m looking at you Zoran Lazarevic).
In contrast to Chloe, Nadine Ross is a tactical and cautious character, and nothing stops her from kicking butt. She proves to be a loyal partner, but don’t get on her bad side unless you’re looking to get a mean hook to the jaw.
Plot (aka Spoilers)
The story is set after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. We follow Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they reveal secrets of the ancient Hoysala empire to uncover the hidden location of the Tusk of Ganesh. This time, it’s not just another treasure hunt, at least for Chloe. She’s put herself to finishing the hunt that her father began years ago. When Chloe was a child, her father left to find the Tusk of Ganesh. He was so sure of its location but he never got to his destination as his campsite was raided by unknown pirates. Chloe Frazer never saw her father again. Being on this treasure hunt was one way she could feel closer to him.
Nadine Ross was looking to get 50% of the treasure findings so that she could buy back Shoreline – the family mercenary organization. She took over the organization when her father died, but she lost the company under her management in the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. She is determined to help Chloe so that she too can get her share.
Together, they head deep into the mountains of India and they quickly learn that they are not the only ones after the legendary artefact. Asav, a ruthless warlord and leader of the Kanadigan insurgents stirs up the streets and loots every ancient site he can find in India. Surprisingly, before turning into a terrorist, Asav was a doctor sworn to save lives and a love interest for Nadine Ross. There’s always some betrayal in a good-old-fashion treasure hunting story.
Asav began hunting for the tusk so that he could trade it for a military-grade bomb. Using the bomb, he would destroy an Indian city. He believed that amidst all the chaos and destruction, he could rally up enough desperate people to rise against a “corrupt” Indian government.
The story is amazing, and full of emotional moments. I nearly shed a tear at most of these moments, especially when Chloe Frazer finds out that her father made it all the way to the outskirts of the Hoysola empire right where the tusk was hidden. “My dad was here” she said while holding back her tears, trying to act tough and show her dad, wherever he is, that she is a big girl now.
Gameplay, Mulitplayer, and Graphics
As a spin-off, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is about 9 chapters long. Depending on your speed the game can be done in approximately 10 hours. After the campaign, you can dive into Uncharted Online where you can touhg it out with various multiplayer modes like Team Death Match (TDM), King of the Hill and Survival Mode. It’s easy to lose hundreds of hours into this section of the game. All my friends know how obsessed I am with Uncharted Online.
Teaming up with friends or random people on the internet and having everyone trying their best to make sure the team wins is one of the best feelings. In order to access the multiplayer features, one needs to have PS Plus subscription active. Whether you have a copy of Uncharted 4 or The Lost Legacy copy you can still play or access the servers. Thanks to Uncharted Online, I have made friends who I keep in touch with to this day.
Gameplay and Graphics
To say that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has great graphics would be an understatement. The game looks beautiful and, as expected of any Naughty Dog game, is full of jaw-dropping scenes. The scene when when Chloe and Nadine first set sight on a herd of elephants is particularly breathtaking.
The gameplay for Lost Legacy is the same as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, our protagonist Chloe, carries a rope, like that of Indiana Jones, that helps her swing across buildings and over gaps. Like any Uncharted game, players will face numerous puzzles that will need to be solved before they can progress to the next level. Last but not least, I really enjoyed the range of combat in this game. Players have long and short-range weapons that they can use and from a total of 24 types of guns, you are welcome to use any gun that suits your mood. Players will also have sections where they can use stealth to take out certain enemies.
I honestly loved this game and I would highly recommend anyone who loves action-adventure games to give Uncharted: The Lost Legacy a try.
About the author
“Cholwe Shabukali is an eSports entrepreneur, Co-founder and Managing Director of Team Gematrix, and an avid gamer”
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