The Lost Legacy is proof that the Uncharted series can carry on without its main hero.
But while playing through this six-hour expansion of the series, I still felt like I missed iconic action man Nathan Drake.
His witty one-liners are such a part of the series that it just didn’t quite feel the same to me.
But that’s not to belittle what Naughty Dog has done with The Lost Legacy.
The firm has done a sterling job with new protagonists Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross.
Their relationship is a world away from the blokey Drake and Sully camaraderie of previous titles.
In Chloe we very much have the boss, a woman on a mission to recover and ancient Indian tusk relic who has employed tough-nut mercenary Nadine Ross (from Uncharted: A Thief’s End) to do her bidding and also add protection on her mission.
And it’s a very frosty atmosphere between the two when we meet them for the first time in a slum warzone.
But as the game progresses in classic Naughty Dog action blockbuster style, the pair grow on each other, the banter starts flying and you end up admiring their story arc immensely.
Don’t be mistaken though, the game itself here is very Uncharted.
Every move and action set piece feels familiar – sometimes overly familiar in a rare criticism of the series.
And if you’ve played an Uncharted before you’ll take to The Lost Legacy like a duck to water.
The gun play, running, jumping and rope swinging all quickly become second nature thanks to Naughty Dog’s well-honed joypad play.
And the first half of this epic single player campaign does feel somewhat of a re-tread of past glories despite the shiny new characters holding the story together.
It’s not until the second half where the game really gets into gear and finds it own voice with Chloe and Nadine.
Like Uncharted 4, The Lost Legacy looks beautiful on a normal PS4 and downright gorgeous on the PS4 Pro.
It really pushes the machine’s graphics card to the limits and shows there’s still plenty for developers to do to get even more out of the console.
The backdrops of jungle vistas and Indian dwellings look stunningly colourful.
And the minute-by-minute gameplay animation stuns as they switch back and forth with lifelike cut-scenes detailing a ton of emotion on well-recreated character faces.
Ultimately, as always with Naughty Dog’s best work, it’s the storyline that really wins over the gamer.
A classic adventure, twisting and turning and offering a strong duo to anchor the whole thing in an emotional reality.
It does the Uncharted franchise justice and proves that this series can do very well without Nathan Drake.
But it also left me pining for a fresh full Uncharted, a new adventure featuring all those great characters of the past.
Let’s hope Sony don’t leave it too long because a proper Drake/Chloe/Sully/Nadine adventure sequel to this mini-game would be brilliant.
Another great exclusive for the PlayStation 4.
• Amazing graphics really push the console’s limits
• Cracking storyline
• A tried and tested formula that won’t disappoint
• Excellent fun from start to finish
• Little innovation in gameplay, you’ve played all these mechanics before
• Despite the little nods, we still miss Nathan Drake!