machofantastico's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PlayStation 4) review

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More than just a side story, Chloe and Nadine's adventure is a real thrill ride.

It may seem negative of me to call The Lost Legacy just a typical Uncharted experience, but when your talking about a franchise that's provided some of the highest quality games in recent years, you know your still in for something special. The Lost Legacy doesn't necessarily do anything new with a familiar formula, but that doesn't mean it's not one heck of a thrilling ride.

Chloe and Nadine don't always see eye to eye.
Chloe and Nadine don't always see eye to eye.

Instead of usual protagonist Nathan Drake, you step into the shoes of popular side character Chloe Frazer as she tackles the legends and mysticism of India. Joined by Nadine Ross, the once leader of private military company Shoreline, they seek the Tusk of Ganesh in the Indian mountains. The story fills in some of the missing links from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End while remaining an entertaining story in itself even without any prior knowledge of past games. That said, Uncharted fans will get a kick out of seeing Chloe Frazer at her best.

The Lost Legacy continues Uncharted's legacy of looking downright stunning.
The Lost Legacy continues Uncharted's legacy of looking downright stunning.

Mechanically it's almost identical to A Thief's End, which isn't a bad thing considering how well that game played. You'll still find yourself in challenging gun battles, solving tricky puzzles and traversing the stunning Indian mountains in all their beauty. One small addition is Chloe's ability to lock-pick weapon caches which contain all manner of useful weapons to help you on your journey. You'll still be collecting treasures, still get access to some neat bonus features once you've played through the ten or so hour campaign and multiplayer is included for those looking for a more competitive experience. This includes the brilliantly fun survival mode introduced to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Chloe and Nadine's adventure might feel like a familiar one, but it does highlight the real strengths of the franchise. Strong storytelling with memorable characters, action packed cinematic sequences (that maybe don't feel quite as polished as past games) and some of the most satisfying traversal mechanics in gaming. Yes The Lost Legacy is more than just a side story, yes it might not do anything radically different, but why fix something that isn't broken. Chloe's adventure is still one I highly recommend.

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