UN­CHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY

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True to its word, Naughty Dog isn’t bring­ing back Nathan Drake for one last, ar­chae­o­log­i­cally dev­as­tat­ing hur­rah. Chloe Frazer makes for a con­vinc­ing enough re­place­ment, though. In this hefty stand­alone ex­pan­sion, we watch her pulling off all the usual moves in her search for the le­gendary Tusk Of Ganesh: yank­ing guards over ledges, sneak­ing through grass, slid­ing from pil­lar to post to avoid gun­fire and gen­er­ally run­ning her mouth. Un­charted fans, rest easy – Drake may be gone, but his tem­plate en­dures.

Not that there isn’t room for a few char­ac­ter­is­tic set-piece sur­prises: our demo ends with an ar­moured jeep burst­ing through the wall Frazer is climb­ing. The owner of said jeep is Asav, a power-hun­gry mer­ce­nary also seek­ing the Tusk. We’re on fa­mil­iar ground, then, but The Lost Legacy de­vi­ates from the for­mula a lit­tle. Rather than telling an­other story about Nathan Drake, this is about a dou­ble act, and an all-fe­male one at that: Frazer is paired up with Un­charted 4’ s Na­dine Ross.

That said, there’s lit­tle sign of the kind of co-or­di­nated melee at­tack we saw in the re­veal trailer, Na­dine even tak­ing on two men solo at one point de­spite Chloe’s sug­ges­tions oth­er­wise. We’re promised this sce­nario can play out dif­fer­ently, but on this ev­i­dence The Lost Legacy seems un­likely to de­vi­ate too much from Un­charted 4’ s core sys­tems. Re­gard­less, we’re look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more about two rather un­der­served char­ac­ters in what looks set to be a con­so­la­tory part­ing gift for any­one strug­gling to say good­bye.

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