Step aside Lara Croft, there’s a new female explorer in town. In the latest instalment of the uncharted series, developer Naughty Dog decided to ditch male protagonist Nathan Drake for his female co-star Chloe Frazer, a decision that proved this standalone adventure can continue its success on the strength of excellent writing, amazing cinematics, and a strong lead character.
The opening scenes are of a typical Indian slum; Packed Street markets full of merchants selling their wares with dilapidated structures glaring in the background as we are introduced to Chloe Frazer, the star of the show. For anyone who hasn’t played an uncharted game before, the series tends to play out like a movie from start to finish due to the combination of excellent story writing and engaging cut-scenes.
This side line adventure is set after the events of Uncharted 4 as Chloe sets off on the hunt for an ancient Indian artefact, the fabled Tusk of Ganesh. To aid her in the search for the Tusk she enlists the help of Nadine Ross, a South African mercenary turned treasure hunter. Taking girl power to the next level the duo take on the latest antagonist of the series Asav, an Indian rebel leader who will stop at nothing to foil their plans of finding the ancient tusk. Asav’s motivations to acquire the treasure are lacking in creativity which makes him appear more like the bad guy from a Disney movie than a villain from an action adventure.
From a visual perspective, The Lost Legacy is loaded with some of the most incredible graphics and vistas I have experienced form a video game paying homage to the true beauty of India’s jungles and ancient ruins. As with all entries in the Uncharted series, The Lost Legacy looks and sounds like a Hollywood adventure movie giving the player the ultimate cinematic experience.
Overall, The Lost Legacy is a fantastic entry to the Uncharted series with an engaging storyline and phenomenal graphics. At times the gameplay can feel all too familiar and repetitive if you’ve played the other games in the Uncharted family however the introduction of a female lead and puzzles that require a lot of thought and observation give the game a fresh new feel which is enough to keep players engaged from start to finish.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is available on Playstation only for €29.99