Sony recently released new gameplay footage for the upcoming standalone expansion to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End by developer Naughty Dog. It is set o release on August 22nd, 2017, and what we’ve seen so far is more than worthy of an Uncharted entry. You can pre-order the game here.
Before you read on, take a look at the new gameplay:
Incredible female leads
The Lost Legacy is the first Uncharted game in the series’ history to not put Nathan Drake in the spotlight. It is not yet clear if he will make a cameo during the expansion. What we do know is that the player gets to play as fan favorite Chloe Frazer, known from her first appearance in Uncharted 2 as a rival treasure hunter and love interest of Nathan. She is, by all means, a lot like Nathan Drake, but a lot more impulsive and self-centered, which makes her an interesting character to play in the expansion. Her “sidekick” in the adventure will be Nadine Ross, the hard-ass leader of the paramilitary organization called “Shoreline” from Uncharted 4.
The story takes place after the events of the fourth title and hence offers the possibility of this great collaboration. The game is set in the Indian mountain range known as the Western Ghats — an incredible location for an Uncharted game that takes the two protagonists to an exotic and unforgiving environment full of forests, ruins, and lost tombs.
In real Uncharted fashion, the two characters have quite an interesting relationship, and the dialogue they exchange during trips and situations is always witty, fast-paced and even comical at times. It is clear that Chloe is the one with all the historical information on the places they explore and Nadine serves as a believable counterpart, asking the right questions with a tone of seriousness and amazement.
The two ladies also encounter individual soldier troops that they have to fight to continue onwards. Just like we would expect, the combat system picks up right where Uncharted 4 stopped. Fire fights are intense, fast, and include a lot of bullets from both sides. There is however always the option to take a more stealthy approach. High grass, ruins or your rope can help you surprise enemies from the ground or from above and take them out silently. Considering that this time the whole map is one open world, the possibilities are even more varied than in any other Uncharted game.
A thief’s delight
The gameplay also introduces a new game mechanic: the ability to lock-pick crates. The Uncharted series has always been about thieves, yet this is the first time you will be able to actually pick locks and access new items. Feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of enemies in one area? Sneak up on a crate and lock pick your way to a silenced gun that’ll help you decimate your enemies.
Another cool feature is the new map. Chloe marks places on the map to explore for your convenience. She even comments on it: “I’ll mark that one with an axe.” Everything feels organic and fits in perfectly with the natural flux of the gameplay and story telling.
Good old exploration
Of course, we get to see Chloe and Nadine in action, running, driving, climbing, swimming and solving puzzles on their adventure. Everything looks amazing and vivid due to the enhanced power of the PS4 Pro in the shown footage. The lighting, dynamic range and overall environment look stunning. It is the most beautiful Naughty Dog game yet, where they seem to improve even on Uncharted 4.
The best of the best
I cannot help but marvel at how amazing just this tiny bit of footage looks. It seems that Naughty Dog took the best of Uncharted and combined it with new elements. Since this open world is more focused on survival, we might see even more new features, although the game seems to have already taken enough hints from games like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Metal Gear Solid V, and Breath of the Wild. If they also nail the story part of the game, we might be looking at one of the best expansions for a game since those of the Witcher 3.
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