Drake’s not here
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Thelma and Louise
Naughty Dog’s latest Uncharted example of how something that started small can expand beyond its original intent. What was once envisioned to be a shorter romp ala The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC ended up being a 8- to 10-hour experience that stands on its own merits. The Lost Legacy puts you in the shoes of Chloe Frazer as she teams up with Nadine Ross, who was previously seen in A Thief’s End, to recover the Tusk of Ganesh, an ancient Indian artifact that harkens back to the height of the Hoysala empire. Their journey is made perilous by a ruthless warlord named Asav, who also seeks the artifact for nefarious means. So, what exactly led an Indian-Australian treasure hunter to enlist the help of the former Shoreline leader? Let’s just say that the Tusk of Ganesh holds a greater than a mere monetary gain.
Hinduism and its mythology The Lost Legacy, and a better part of the game is spent on Western Ghats, an open ‘wide-linear’ environment similar to the plains of Madagascar from A Thief’s End. The main between the two is that the Western Ghats does not close of the map on a jeep or on foot. Speaking of map, Chloe can pull one out during exploration to get her bearing, and take Along the way, Chloe is given the opportunity to whip out her phone (an Xperia device from the looks of it) and take pictures of certain designated locales. As with customary with Uncharted games, apart from the main objectives, there is an elaborate set of side collectibles waiting to be found by eagle-eyed players, and it pays to locate them gameplay sense.
Visually speaking, The Lost Legacy is just as impressive as the game before it. Environment details, such as foliage and water, react realistically to the characters, while the texture work that went into the collectible treasures, everyday buildings and long-lost architecture is proof why Naughty Dog remains one of the best developers in the video game industry. Facial animation and character models in real-time cutscenes are once again approaching CG level, made even more convincing by the formation of dirt and strands of hair that cling to that the audio design is equally top notch, with Henry Jackman’s compositions subtly enhancing the mood in the quieter moments, and the right amount of bombast in the gunplay segments.
Thankfully, The Lost Legacy exploration, puzzle solving, and combat. The latter rarely overstay their welcome, and the signature death-defying set pieces are back to punctuate key action moments with just the right amount of aplomb. Some of the puzzles are pretty clever, we might add, and you can expect to see a familiar face (we won’t tell who) before the briskly-paced adventure comes to a satisfying close.
The Lost Legacy will satisfy fans who yearn for the familiar comfort of Uncharted games.
There’s a jeep for the treasure hunting duo to explore the Western Ghats.