Uncharted: The Lost Legacy DLC sure takes a dark tone for the series

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Jeez, the one time I take a holiday, just a quick weekend away, and literally all the huge Playstation news happens. Firstly The Last of Us Part II is officially a real thing, and you can bet I have some feelings about that (more on that another time). The Crash Bandicoot remaster, the N. Sane Trilogy, looks, well, insane. Goddamn PaRappa the Rapper is being remastered for the game’s 20th anniversary next yearPARAPPA the goddamn RAPPER, guys!

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I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the past 20 years.

All of this went down and I wasn’t here to write about them. But my fellow colleagues were kind enough to leave me one of the major announcements from the weekend’s Playstation Experience, the reveal of Uncharted 4’s single player DLC expansion: The Lost Legacy.

The Lost Legacy will see players taking control of Chloe from Uncharted 2 and 3, and was sadly absent from the superb Uncharted 4. This genuinely surprised me, as I felt the events of Uncharted 4 were almost certainly setting up Sam and Sully going on adventures together in future DLC. But hey, Chloe was a cool character in previous games, particularly in Uncharted 3, so it’s nice to see her again. Plus it’s nice to see Uncharted embrace it’s Tomb Raider roots and focus on a tough, female protagonist. Also, Australian character and actress represent!

Based on what takes place in the trailer, Chloe is sneaking into a war-torn Middle Eastern city and teaming up with Uncharted 4 sort-of-villain Nadine Ross, the leader of the paramilitary group who made up most of the cannon fodder in that game. As to what for, who knows, but it’s surely an intriguing prospect, particularly if this is post Uncharted 4 and (mild spoiler) Nadine’s change of heart.

Check out the gorgeous looking eight minute gameplay demo below. Side note, it is stated in the video title to be a PS4 Pro trailer, so it probably won’t look this good for us plebs still rocking the original PS4.

The biggest thing that strike me about this snippet of gameplay is how unlike Uncharted it feels. Holy cow is it much darker in tone. Don’t get me wrong, Uncharted has its share of dark moments, but most sneaking sections are full of quips from the player character and feature fewer sleazy, potentially-rapist soldiers. The tone of this sequence felt much more in line with The Last of Us, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

We’ll just have to wait until 2017 to see how this all plays out, but I for one am excited.

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