Uncharted comes to India

The latest instalment of the popular game series brings its adventures closer home with two superb protagonists

August 21, 2017 04:35 pm | Updated 04:35 pm IST

In familiar confines  Images from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

In familiar confines Images from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Developer: Naughty Dog

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Price: ₹2,750 for PlayStation 4

The Uncharted series has always been a must-play game on PlayStation. After all, its protagonist, Nathan Drake, is a modern-day Indiana Jones, who travels around the world with his companions in search of long-lost treasure. The fantastic Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End marked a happy conclusion to Drake’s adventuring days. There was one complaint though: the absence of Chloe Frazer, the enigmatic, tough and sexy thief and treasure hunter who was the best part of Uncharted 2. With The Lost Legacy, the latest from the series, Frazer gets her own adventure.

What’s it about?

Hidden deep within our Western Ghats lies an ancient artefact called the ‘Tusk of Ganesh’, which Chloe and her not-so-trusting companion Nadine Ross, from Uncharted 4, are hot on the trails of. Asav, a warlord with a huge army at his disposal, is also looking for the Tusk. To make things worse, the region is going through a civil war.

The Lost Legacy gets the mix right by pairing together two strong female leads. Chloe is an Indian-Australian with a sly Cheshire smile and a lot of tricks up her sleeve. Then there’s Nadine, who made a debut in A Thief’s End as the no-nonsense head of a mercenary organisation, and a formidable fighter who has left Drake black and blue on multiple occasions. It was the right choice for Naughty Dog to explore these characters’ backstories.

The story, which takes place right after the events of the previous game, plays out as a typical Uncharted instalment would. What makes this different is the contrast between the characters’ conflicting personalities. Chloe is instantly lovable and keeps you second-guessing her next move. Nadine, on the other hand, is a straight shooter, understandably wary of that inevitable double-cross. It’s fun watching this tenuous relationship become a friendship, with some of that trademark Uncharted banter to keep you entertained.

Maybe it’s because a fan is writing this review, but Uncharted without Drake does not feel right — though The Lost Legacy does get the mix of strong female characters right and Chloe does hold up the story quite a bit. The parts about Chloe exploring her Indian roots allow us to see a whole different side of her, one that we didn’t know existed.

How does it play?

If you have played any Uncharted game, especially A Thief’s End, then The Lost Legacy plays out quite the same. There are a few differences to Chloe’s play style. She does less damage, but you can roll and duck around enemies and quickly dispatch them, thanks to her speed.

The game moves through several sequences, such as stealth and platforming-based sections, where you have to avoid enemies by sneaking past or by dispatching them off quietly. Then there are platforming-only sections, which require you to navigate across dangerous terrain, and large open-world sandboxes, where you can drive across. In these sections, you encounter enemies that you can get rid of with stealth or force. The most fun are the on-the-rails sequences which are cinematic, where you run across rooftops to escape enemies, though nothing here tops Uncharted 4’s armoured car chase.

The Lost Legacy captures the essence and beauty of India, even though it’s more make-believe than real — from the lush green landscapes with open fields, and waterfalls filled with pink flamingoes, to the haunting yet beautiful ruins of ancient temples with amazing architecture. Even the war-torn cities are a perfect case of beauty in chaos. The motion capture and facial animations are life-like with a superb Photo Mode, where you can freeze-frame the action and take screenshots.

Should you get it?

The answer is the same with every Uncharted game, which is a resounding yes. Yes, there’s no Drake, but The Lost Legacy is still fantastic, with two superb protagonists.

Julian Almeida is a tech and gaming enthusiast who hopes to one day finish his sci-fi novel

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