Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review (PS4)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

This was one of those games where I pre-ordered at the last minute because I was having this internal debate with myself. This game was originally pegged as DLC before being pegged as “more than DLC.” This threw me off a little because as much as I loved the Uncharted series and Chloe, I just couldn’t justify paying $40 for DLC. After finally deciding to give it a try and breaking down to pre-order it, if it was horrible and not worth the money I could bitch about it here, I played this game day one and continued until I got the platinum trophy.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy lets the player play as Chloe. Chloe was introduced in Uncharted 2 as Nate’s on again off again treasure hunting, back stabbing, all about herself girlfriend. After making an appearance, a very short appearance, in Uncharted 3 she was completely taken out of Uncharted 4. Anyway, you’ll join Chloe on an adventure as she travels to India to find the Tusk of Ganesh. She won’t be alone though as she travels with Nadine Ross. Introduced as a villain in Uncharted 4, Nadine shows no love for the Drake brothers and took the job with Chloe so that after her payday she could get back Shoreline. In typical Uncharted fashion, you’ll treasure hunt, fight bad guys, and finally find what you’re looking for in a place where it isn’t supposed to be. You’re not the only one looking for the Tusk though as you’ll have to fight off war monger Asav who you’re lead to believe is trying to find the Tusk in order to motivate people to join his cause. Not only will all of this take place, but Chloe and Nadine will go from just barely tolerating each other to understanding each other more and becoming actual friends. You’ll also get a bunch of background on Chloe, who is more than what she was made out to be in Uncharted 2 and 3.

Performance Matters! While I haven’t been vocal on the whole Voice Actor strike and the whole “Performance Matters” thing, there were some things in the strike that I agree with, and somethings that I don’t. I have to say that the performance given by Claudia Black and Laura Bailey in this game is phenomenal and without them this game would never have been as good as it was. This is just one of those games where the performance really does matter because while the game itself was amazing, without these two ladies it would have just been another game in a pile of games instead of standing out the way it did.

Needless to say, I absolutely loved this game. LOVED IT. I thought it was amazing from start to finish and couldn’t ask for a better Uncharted game. I wasn’t a real big fan of Uncharted 4, which I finished playing but never went back to, but this is completely different. Yes it follows the same treasure hunting formula, minus the weird super natural stuff, but it’s so much more than that as well. It’s about these two women who go into this job of finding the Tusk of Ganesh expecting one outcome but getting another. What makes this game truly amazing is the bond that both Chloe and Nadine form throughout the game showing that they really aren’t the people that they’re made out to be in the other games. Chloe is much more of a deeper character who isn’t just all about herself, there’s a lot of bravado on her part and you’ll find out why throughout the game. The same goes for Nadine as she’s made out to be some sort of super villain in Uncharted 4 because of Shoreline, but ends up becoming the good guy for so many reasons throughout the course of this game. You’ll learn more about Nadine as well and the bond that is created between Nadine and Chloe throughout this game will make you wish this game didn’t have to end.

The playability for this game is the standard Uncharted playability with the new open worldish chapter introduced in the middle. You’ll basically make your way through each chapter going in a general direction and doing what you’re supposed to do, which is hide, duck in cover, shoot bad guys, jump from ledge to ledge, swing from ledges making impossible jumps, and find treasure. You’ll also get a chapter that lets you take direction and basically play the chapter as you see fit. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and you’ll get to drive around without being told a general direction to go in making it open worldish meaning you’ll get to drive around and do what you want, but you still have to end up in the same place. During this open worldish chapter, you’ll be able to drive and I have to say that compared to Uncharted 4, the driving is just a little bit better. Annoying at times when a muddy road gets in the way, but overall better. Not to mention Chloe has the ability to pick locks. This is a whole new aspect added into the game and it’s not your typical Skyrim or Fallout lock picking mini game, it’s completely different and it fits the game. Not only does it fit the game, but it works and it works well. Another bonus just to add onto how awesome this game is, is that it runs bug and glitch free.

When it comes to graphics, these graphics are top notch. Everything looks so real and like it came out of a picture. It’s amazing how awesome this game looks from start to finish. Everything from the scenery of India to the perfect facial animations just makes this game better. While the graphics are great during gameplay, the only problem I had was that when Chloe is standing still it looks like she’s hunched over at times which is just weird, the graphics during the cut scenes are phenomenal and really bring this game to life. I’m not one to harp on the graphics and if you frequently read or watch my reviews you know this, but wow. These graphics seriously blew me away.

That Elephant Scene! After the whole giraffe scene in The Last of Us, I didn’t think that there could be a scene involving a wild animal that was done so beautifully and have such deep meaning, but Uncharted: The Lost Legacy somehow is able to do it. The scene involves a trapped Elephant that Chloe and Nadine save. Not only is it beautifully animated, but it also has a lot of meaning to it and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I teared up a little during this whole scene which brings so much to this game. Sometimes it’s funny what one little scene can do to a game.

There are a total of 50 trophies for this game, including a platinum trophy. This is one of those games though that you shouldn’t play for the trophies. Play because you love the Uncharted series, or because you have a love for these two characters, but don’t just play thinking that it’s an easy trophy game. This game is so much more and to be honest the only reason why I went back and got all of the trophies for this game is because I loved the game that much. The trophies will be your typical Uncharted trophies though where you’ll have to complete the game, complete it on crushing, find all the treasures, optional conversations, optional pictures, do some chapter specific things, and some timed things. The typical Uncharted trophy list, which really isn’t that hard if you enjoy the game.

While there is no actual multiplayer for this game, it is tacked on from Uncharted 4 and you can access all of your Uncharted 4 multiplayer stuff from this game. I wasn’t really into the whole Uncharted 4 multiplayer, I played a few times with my buddy and that was about it. This time around though, I have to say that I tried Survival Mode which was added onto Uncharted 4 and you’ll be allowed access to it in this game and thought it was really great. I’ve been playing solo or with my over powered friend and I usually have a really great time trying to beat each level and get 3 stars. The multiplayer is completely optional though and if you don’t want to play it, you don’t have to.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ After getting a half-assed appearance in Uncharted 3 and being completely cut off from Uncharted 4, Chloe is back and she’s better than ever.
+ The main story of the game isn’t about finding the Tusk of Ganesh, it’s actually the sub-plot while the real main story is about Chloe and Nadine. Both of them are misfits who are trying to follow in their father’s footsteps and later on end up realizing that they don’t have to.
+ There is so much character development in this game and it really focuses on how Chloe isn’t what she was made out to be in Uncharted 2 and 3 and how Nadine isn’t what she was made out to be in Uncharted 4.
+ The graphics for this game are just phenomenal and will blow you away. Not to mention that the voice acting is spot on and enhances the game by a huge margin.
+ While the game has new mechanics, such as lock picking, it’s still Uncharted and it feels like you’re playing an Uncharted game. Even the driving aspect got better.

What’s Not So Great:
This is just a me thing, but when standing still Chloe is a little slouched down and it makes it look weird until you start walking again. A simple thing fixed by not standing still.

This game is simply amazing and I can’t say enough good things about it. From the story, to the voice acting, to the graphics, to the ending, the game delivers from start to finish. It’s an Uncharted game through and through, but I have to say that it’s one of the best in the series. This game is far from being the DLC that it was originally pegged as. If I would have to call this game something, I would call it an expansion, which you rarely see these days, and hopefully a start to something new in the Uncharted series. I would love to see both Chloe and Nadine going on a new adventure, especially since they both mentioned some places they want to visit in the game. This game is well worth the money that it costs to purchase it and if you haven’t already purchased it I would say that if you’re an Uncharted fan that you must. If you aren’t an Uncharted fan, I would still recommend this game as it can stand on its own and isn’t too confusing for new players. This game is more like a new beginning to a franchise that I thought would have ended with Uncharted 4.

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This Week in Trophies 09-17-2017 – 09-23-2017

This was a super crazy week for me, mostly because of work, which just completely and utterly sucked. I mean I know it happens, but I really hate when it happens because of office politics and all that other crap. Once again gaming was my means to escape it all and I think I did pretty good this week. Without talking more about my boring work life, let’s see what trophies I was able to get this week.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 100%

I’m so glad I was able to get this platinum trophy making this my second Uncharted platinum trophy. I won’t say much about the game here so you’ll have to wait for my full review to see what I thought of the game. Unfortunately that’s going to be a little while from now because as you know my reviews are super backlogged, just like all the game I still have to play.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – 60%

A new episode of Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 came out this week and luckily I was able to play it. I’ll have the video of my playthrough up by this evening, fingers crossed, and my review for the episode will be right after my Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review.

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Shoppe Keep – 44%

I first seen this game in the PSN store in the weekly sale bin. I always check there even though I know I don’t need anymore games. Anyway, at first I was like this game looks stupid and then I was like this game looks like it could be fun so I purchased it. When I first started playing I thought the game was horrible and stupid, but I continued to play because I wasn’t going to give up that easily. Needless to say that I am now addicted to this game and have put countless hours into it when I should be playing some other stuff. Anyway, this game isn’t without its flaws, but I am growing fond of it.

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And that was it for this week. A stellar week with 29 trophies in total. Not all that bad as I’m up to 7,803 trophies in total. I’m pretty proud of that. Now for the upcoming week, I’m going to continue playing Shoppe Keep because I know I can get the platinum trophy in it and I’m going to play until I do. I’ll also be playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy again even though I have the platinum. Why? Because I’m going to be making a let’s play video that might have some random trophy tips in it here and there. I’ll also be playing the new Batman: The Enemy Within Episode when it comes out later this week. Other than that I think I’m pretty set on games for the week, but you never know. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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This Couple of Weeks in Trophies 09-03-2017 – 09-16-2017

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, Spectrum, storm cleanup, job stuff, real life stuff, and that’s about all I can add onto this pile of shit at the moment, I haven’t been able to tell you about my trophies. Can you even believe that I was able to get any trophies during this amount of time? I sure as hell can’t. While I was one of the lucky few who had to go without power for a day, there was this whole thing where my internet didn’t come up to a stable connection for about a week and to be honest I’m not even sure that it’s still working properly. Anyway, I was able to get some trophies so let’s take a look at them.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 84%

Needless to say that before Hurricane Irma I was working on getting the platinum trophy for this game. I was working so damn hard too. It’s amazing, but all that came to a halt when it was time to get ready for the hurricane. I’m pretty close to completing this game and I think I just need a day or two to do so.

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Sunflowers – 57%

Unless you are super lucky, like some people I know, you are bound to lose power sometimes in the middle of the storm. Usually around the worst part of the storm which really sucks because no one wants to listen to the wind howling outside or the constant tornado warnings that go off on your phone and radio. This is when I like to hook up my PS Vita to make the time go by quicker because if not it’s like time stands still. Anyway, this was one of the games that I played during the storm and got a trophy for. Because my Vita wasn’t updated properly it completely threw off my timestamps since it couldn’t generate one and basically screwed up my PSNprofiles data. At least it kept me calm during the storm though.

Sonic Mania – 19%

Not many games actually work without being connected to the internet, but luckily Sonic Mania is one of them so I was able to get some more playtime in with this game as I went without internet for as long as I did. Even though I was only able to get one trophy, I have to say that I wasn’t really concentrating on the trophies as I was just trying to get my mind off of everything.

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Gems of War – 91%

So there was another update to this game with more trophies, God when will they stop(!), and I was able to get one of the trophies when my internet came up for a brief amount of time before crashing again. Gotta love Spectrum who were just so amazing during this whole time, from their super nasty technical support team, to their super slow time getting things up and running again only to have them crash and burn. Thanks Spectrum, you made things so much easier throughout this whole process.

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Monopoly Plus – 100%

After the week that I had, I just needed a win and I needed some easy trophies to make me feel better about almost everything. Anyway, I was able to get all the trophies for this game and you’ll have my full review in the upcoming weeks as my reviews are also on backlog at the moment.

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That was it for this past couple of weeks. Now for the upcoming week, I really want that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy platinum and I’m going to try and get it. While I do that I’m going to be playing Gems of War, Sonic Mania, and I might start a new game depending on whether or not Hurricane Maria decides to stop by and just flip everyone’s lives upside down once more. I’ll let you know how things turn out hopefully next week.

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This Week in Trophies 08-27-2017 – 09-02-2017

This week was kind of back to crazy mode even though I was able to find some extra time to game. Just when I thought I had a break at work and would be secure for at least another two years, turns out that I’m really not as my job get threatened on a daily basis. This is wearing my patience really thin at the moment, but I am being an adult about it and just trying to go on with my life, and coming home to game is basically what I look forward to each and every day so I’ve been gaming as much as possible. Here’s how my week went.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 40%

So I finished my first playthrough of this game and absolutely loved it which is why I started my second playthrough on Crushing mode. Not really having that great of a time because it’s crushing mode and even though I have some buffers to help, I just really hate dying every five seconds sometimes. Anyway, I still love the game and I’m really hoping to get the platinum for this game sometime soon.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – 30%

The only reason why I was able to get trophies for this game was because I really like the survival mode and have been playing it in between playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. When a trophy pops in this mode it counts towards Uncharted 4.

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Last Day of June – 100%

I know I usually don’t comment about games that I’ve finished until my review, but that review is weeks out as I’m that far behind in reviews so I will say that I absolutely loved this game and give it my strong recommendation to pick up and play even before my full review comes out. Seriously you do not want to miss this game.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 30%

This was one of my must have pre-ordered games because I just love the original game. I know my reviews are backed up and it’ll be a while before the review for the first episode comes out, but I’m really enjoying this game. I have a few little qualms about this game but nothing major and I’m looking forward to the next episode.

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Angry Birds Trilogy – 43%

As some of you know I’m trying to grow my YouTube channel and have not only been doing video reviews of the games I play but also a bunch of Let’s Play video’s and it takes a lot of time on my PS4 using ShareFactory to edit which means that my PS3 is completely open for use since I still need to game. Anyway, that’s why this game has been getting so much attention lately.

And that was it for the week. A pretty impressive week with another 44 trophies for the week. I’m pretty sure next week will slow down a bit as I concentrate on playing and hopefully getting the platinum for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. If I can finish that up within the next two days, I’ll be going back to Fallout 4 for the rest of the week. Other than that, I’m not sure what else will be planned for the week, but as always I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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This Week in Trophies 08-20-2017 – 08-26-2017

This turned out to be a pretty busy week for me gaming wise as I was able to play a bunch of different games. I really have no idea how, because it felt like I once again had no time to play. I have to say though that I made a huge effort to play Uncharted: the Lost Legacy and it seems like it payed off. Here’s how my week turned out for me.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series – 60%

I picked this game up on sale and was able to play through all three episodes that were available for this game. While I’m not going to say what I think about the game here, you probably already knew that was coming, stay tuned for my reviews for each episode that are coming up shortly. Until then feel free to check out my YouTube channel to see my complete playthroughs of each episode.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 24%

I got this game a whole day early, I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but it makes a huge difference for me. Anyway, I’ve been playing this game any chance I can get because I am absolutely in love with it. I think it’s one of the best add-on’s for the Uncharted series and they couldn’t have picked two better characters to do this with. It’s a great story that has a lot of meaning to it and it’s just an amazing experience. I really can’t say enough good things about this game.

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Sonic Mania – 14%

I was able to add one from this game to my list this week and believe me it’s not from a lack of trying. This game is super hard, it’s always been one of those harder games for me, but that doesn’t mean that I enjoy playing it any less. I’m seriously still loving this game and play for at least half an hour each morning before work. I might have been late to work one day because I lost track of time…

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Angry Birds Trilogy – 42%

I’ve been making a lot of video’s for YouTube and it takes up a lot of my PS4’s time with editing and then transferring them to my flash drive so I turned on my PS3 and played a few games this week. Angry Birds was the only game I was able to get some trophies in so at least it wasn’t a total loss.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – 29%

Wait, how the hell did this get in there? Oh yeah, I played some multiplayer on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and the trophies went towards this game. Pretty neat how it worked out because without The Lost Legacy I wouldn’t have went back for those survival multiplayer trophies.

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And that was it for the week. A total of 41 trophies, which is a huge step up from the past few weeks when I was barely able to get any trophies. Now for the upcoming week, I’m going to continue to play Uncharted: The Lost Legacy throughout the whole week while playing Sonic Mania, I’ll try not to be late for work again, I’ll also be starting The Last Day of June at the end of the week as well as the first Episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. I’ll let you know how everything works out next week.

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