Finished it over the weekend. I actually enjoyed this more than both 3 & 4, and I'm a huge Uncharted fan! 3 was just too much overkill combat-wise for me, and while I appreciated the technical improvements in 4, I thought their attempt to tell a midlife crisis story made Drake someone I didn't want to play.
This game has all the technical merits of 4 - gorgeous graphics, environments that you really interact with (leaves that sway in the wind, water that splashes around you, grass that moves as you skulk through it, mud that cakes your jeep and clothes, and everything going flying when you throw a grenade or fire an RPG), improved stealth mechanics (as a stealth junky, I fired maybe 10 bullets in the entire first half of the game) - with a more lighthearted story and a return to the the clambering-over-impossible-gigantic-temple-machinery gameplay that I love. The characters' back stories do deepen out as the game goes on, but in a way that still falls on the side of breezy fun, and the game actually got a bunch of deep belly laughs out of me in the second half.
It's the same engine as Uncharted 4, but they clearly had more time to work with it - open world sections are bigger, more elaborate, and teeming with more life; set pieces are bigger and more varied; and the ridiculous forgotten-for-centuries environments are jaw-droppingly intricate. I'm stunned that they managed to turn this out just one year after Uncharted 4 dropped; they had to have been working on this simultaneously.
It really benefits from the shortened play time, too. I'm not alone in thinking that Uncharted 4 started to wear out its welcome in the back quarter, but Lost Legacy changes things up enough that there's regularly something new around the next bend. Each time I thought the game was ending, but there turned out to be more, my reaction wasn't "Oh god, more?" but "Holy crap, more!". Because I have old man reflexes, and an OCD streak, my play time would up being about 13 hours, rather than the 7-8 hours most people are reporting.
So, annoyingly, where I thought they'd done a good job of putting an endcap on the series with Uncharted 4, I now find myself wanting more Uncharted games. Curse you, Naughty Dog!
Last edited by Evan E; 08-29-2017 at 05:55 AM.