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Where I watch and review a movie a day. Or every other day.
Today’s review is a video game and not a movie. Don’t question it. I do what I want.
There’s not many game developers that have acquired the level of prestige Naughty Dog has. Beginning their career with forgettable games like Ski Crazed and Keef the Thief, they eventually hit pay dirt with the massively successful Crash Bandicoot series. Consisting of three games and a Kart racer, the series was Sony’s answer to Mario and was a legitimate contender to the throne.
When the PS1 was over, so to was Naughty Dog’s involvement with Crash. They decided to ditch the Bandicoot for an Ottsel (Half otter, Half weasel) and started work on there next trilogy of games-Jak and Daxter.
The series proved to be another success for the company but true to form, once the third game came out, they were out. Two sets of trilogies on two different consoles. Next up was the PS3. Were they going to triple down on another series involving an anthropomorphic animal or were they going to take a chance on uncharted waters?
The question was a pun, It’s Uncharted.
Taking the largest step forward in terms of creating realistic looking characters and believable story lines, Naughty Dog frankensteined the best elements of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider to create one of the premier series on the PS3.
The Uncharted series deals with the adventure seeking Nathan Drake and his quest for booty. Treasure that is, not ass. Although he gets some of that too. A-wink.
Accompanying him on his many quests are:
Victor (Goddamn) Sullivan-his cigar chomping, crotchety old yoda that doles out obvious advice like “Jesus, this place is deadly…deadly boring” or “That bear looks dangerous, don’t poke it”
Elena Fisher-his lady, who’s every bit his equal
Chloe Frazer-An old flame who’s intentions are always a mystery to every one but herself.
The series ended with the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End released in 2016. It was a perfect send off for everyone’s favorite Nathan Fillion clone but one character was noticeably absent from the affair: Chloe Frazer.
She had been in the previous two games and wasn’t even mentioned in the 4th. Fans wondered “What up wit dat Naughty Dog? What did you do with my waifu?” (I’ve read a book, this is accurate to the lingo of the youth of today)
The fans questions were shortly answered with the planned expansion, The Lost Legacy. It was going to detail where Chloe was during the 4th game and help flesh out some characters that were introduced in the last installment.
Released in August of 2017, The Lost Legacy is about Chloe and her journey to find the legendary tusk of Ganesh located in the mountains of India. But since The Lost Legacy is a video game and video games need conflict to motivate gameplay, there’s a civil war, mercenaries and of course booby traps for the player to contend with. It ain’t easy being a treasure Hunter.
The game is gorgeous. Easily as pretty to look at as A Thief’s End. Naughty Dog is real good at making eye candy and The Lost Legacy is another jaw dropping masterwork.
The story is great, Chloe is teamed up with Nadine, who’s a mercenary and was one of the main villains in the 4th one. Their back and forth is delightful and I could easily listen to them bicker all day.
Nathan Drake left some mighty big shoes to fill and Chloe is more than up to the task of filling them- mostly because they don’t write her to be his replacement. She’s a completely different character with her own agenda and her own distinct personality and it works.
The game was originally supposed to be an expansion for 4, a bonus episode if you will but it’s easily a full fledged sequel. It’s no where as long as the last one but it’s longer than a typical DLC.
If you’re hankering for some more globe trotting adventures, The Lost Legacy is treasure worth seaking. (Get it, cuz it’s about treasure? Puns)