A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Amid frequent, largely remorseless killing, players will also find themes of camaraderie, friendship, loyalty.
Positive Role Models
Both Chloe, Nadine are strong female characters every bit as clever, capable as men they go up against. But they're also very self-interested; treasure hunting out of greed while showing little hesitation over hundreds of enemy soldiers they kill.
Ease of Play
Multiple difficulty modifiers allow players to customize level of challenge by altering enemy intelligence, activating aiming assistance.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, stealth moves, hand-to-hand combat techniques to injure, often kill human enemies. Characters crumple to ground when defeated, traces of blood pour from wounds.
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Occasional moderate profanity, including "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sam Drake smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a third-person action game with frequent gun violence. Players use guns and stealth attacks to injure and often kill human enemies. There's no gore and only a small amount of blood, but it's worth noting that for much of the game, the protagonists kill their opponents not for a noble purpose but simply to beat them to a treasure and enrich themselves. Both heroines are strong women, just as clever and capable as the men they fight, and the story contains strong themes of friendship and loyalty. In the end, they choose to willingly risk their lives to save innocents. Parents should also note that one of the game's primary characters smokes frequently, and that moderate profanity -- including "s--t" -- is contained within spoken dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to discuss this semi-sequel -- which started out as an add-on for Uncharted 4 before being expanded into a complete standalone experience -- without discussing the absence of Nathan Drake. Chloe Frazer is as charming and mischievous as Naughty Dog's lovable everyman, and she gets into the same sort of spectacular action, too. But players aren't likely to be as invested in her as they have been in Nathan simply because they don't know her quite as well. And while The Lost Legacy concerns itself with filling in some key details about Chloe's past, it's not enough to elevate her beyond the status of glorified side character. She's fun to be around, her dialogue skillfully written and performed, but she's not Nathan. Not yet, anyway. Perhaps if she gets to star in a few more games, she'll establish a better connection with players.
But pretty much everything else about The Lost Legacy is beyond reproach. The visual presentation is peerless within the genre, and the writing is on par with most Hollywood action movies. Set-piece sequences are a little familiar -- you'll see the same sort of run-for-your-life foot and jeep chases that were in Uncharted 4 -- but they're nonetheless masterfully executed and absolutely compelling. While the story isn't quite as long as those of recent numbered entries in the series -- around 7 hours compared to 15 or 20 -- it still feels complete, with a beginning, a middle, and a satisfying conclusion. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy may not quite be the equal of Nathan Drake's best adventures, but it's still indisputably Uncharted in tone, and a ton of fun, to boot.
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