Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Impressions

I don’t know how but for some reason I was able to download the Uncharted 4 DLC, The Lost Legacy, for free from the PSN store. I have no clue if it came bundled with something I purchased previously but I was glad anyway since, ya know, it’s a free game! I thoroughly enjoyed Uncharted 3 and 4 and was exited to see how a new batch of protagonists would turn out. This DLC ended up being one of the better Uncharted games considering how much it costs!

To refresh anyone who hasn’t played an Uncharted game before, it’s basically Indiana Jones but in a videogame form. The games combine 3rd person shooter gameplay with a blockbuster action/adventure story. More specifically in Uncharted 4, gameplay consisted of shooting bad guys, rock climbing, and solving ancient puzzles. The Lost Legacy takes everything from the previous PS4 title but smacks in new characters, locations, and story.

You play as Chloe Frazer, another treasure hunter in the series who has her eyes out for the mystical tusk of Ganesh. With the help of Nadine Ross, a mercenary leader, they must be first to the treasure whist avoiding Asav, the intimidating rebel villain of the story. The gang explores the inner cities and wilderness of India, solving puzzles and shooting dudes along the way. Sounds like an Uncharted game to me!

The main thing that surprised me about this DLC is how long it its. I was able to squeeze out 8 hours of gameplay without searching for hidden collectibles. When you think of “DLC” you don’t normally expect the length of a triple-A game, so it’s nice to see Naughty Dog exceed that expectation (especially since their last DLC, Left Behind, lasted only two hours).

So you get a long game, so what, is it any good? Well… it’s more of the same ‘Uncharted’ so that could be good or bad depending on your preferences. I’ll talk more about that later. Lost Legacy does a very good job developing the underdeveloped characters from previous games. Chloe and Nadine are two badass women who fans wanted to see more of, so it’s awesome to see them both interact in their own standalone. Naughty Dog actually did a great job developing characters not only through cutscenes, but through gameplay as well. There’s multiple moments where Nadine will take control and do something unexpected. It’s nothing big, for example she’ll get impatient and smash the glass door Chloe is lockpicking, but little stuff like this has character emotions effecting gameplay and it conveys personality to the player much better than a clip or video.

There’s also a part of the game where you’re dropped into an overgrown Jungle with a jeep and you’re free to explore and do side missions. Uncharted 4 had a linear chapter similar to this, but Lost Legacy gives you flexible objectives to be achieved in whatever order you like. With cool stuff to do and the jaw-dropping graphics Naughty Dog is known for, this is one of the best parts in any Uncharted game for me!

My only real gripe with this DLC is that it doesn’t introduce anything new to the formula. It recycles all the gameplay from Uncharted 4 and I mean ALL the gameplay. A lot of people thought Uncharted 4 dragged on towards the end because there was too much climbing and boring puzzles, and while some puzzles in Lost Legacy are very creative and require some brainpower, there are still a few duds and the same old mash-to-get-up-a-wall segments. Left Behind for The Last of Us didn’t do any major additions either, but it still felt great because the mechanics of the original game didn’t get boring yet. I would’ve loved to see SOMETHING new out of Lost Legacy to make it stand out more from Uncharted 4, but instead it just more of the same old stuff. Make sure your ex button works, you’re still gunna need it!

In the end, if you’re an Uncharted fan you should DEFINITELY give this game a look. I didn’t have to pay for it (somehow) but I’d wait for a 10 dollar discount. It’s worth it for the story and further development of some awesome treasure hunters!

P.S. The final boss is one of the most satisfying fights I’ve experienced!

Click HERE to visit the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy store page!

What Uncharted game did you enjoy the most? Post a reply below!

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