What makes Uncharted: The Lost Legacy so special is the fact that Nathan Drake is nowhere to be seen, and yet this final entry before the series goes into hiding manages to wrap a perfect bow around his adventures. Fan favourite Chloe Frazer returns alongside the fourth instalment’s newcomer Nadine Ross to create an excursion to India that rivals the very best the franchise has to offer.
The charm and charisma brought to the table by Mr Drake isn’t lost on the two female leads, as the hunt for the Tusk of Ganesh is just as much about them as it is about finding the next piece of treasure. As the two gossip about the past, the game’s main villain Asav, and the Drake brothers, you’ll feel like you’re right there with them in the back seat of their patrolling jeep.
But when the time for chit-chat is over, you’ll be greeted by some of the series’ very best gameplay sequences and set pieces. We’ve already had a bit of a gush about the title’s fourth chapter, but this side quest absolutely is the real deal. With a collectible enhancing reward at the end of it, the mission provides you with a variety of different puzzles that weave seamlessly into the main story, all while set in a stunning location filled with waterfalls, mud plains, and jaw-dropping cliff faces.
While introducing the new, it also feels like Naughty Dog revisited a few select set pieces from previous titles so they could perfect them in The Lost Legacy. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves’ train sequence lives long in our memories, but Chloe and Nadine do it better. The sequence feels perfectly handcrafted to allow for triumph, intense action, intricate fistfights with Asav, and a finale that refused to wipe the smile off our faces.
This is Uncharted’s gameplay at its very best, but the presentation places itself a notch above Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End with some utterly phenomenal landscapes and vistas. The war-torn streets of India feel lifelike, while Belur is a visual treat from the most exotic of holiday brochures.
With all of this combined, it’s easy to see why Uncharted: The Lost Legacy battles for the top spot in our Game of the Year deliberations. What Naughty Dog has managed to create in just over a year is nothing short of special, a magical Uncharted experience that feels like a Greatest Hits edition of what makes the series stand out from the rest. Unforgettable characters, top-notch gameplay, and mesmerising graphics fuse together to create an incredible experience that signs the franchise off on a very high note.
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