Naughty Dog always starts off developing DLC with the best of intentions. Building upon the themes and lore of their most recent game by exploring relationships either hinted at or nonexistent in the main game, the DLC grows in size and scope. Inevitably, every story-based DLC that Naughty Dog produces breaks off and becomes a bite-sized bit of brilliance. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy continues this tradition in great form by taking some of the best things from Uncharted 4 and expanding on them in some smart ways. The relationship built between Chloe and Nadine during the short adventure is a lot of fun to watch and the banter is brilliantly performed. The open design implemented in the middle section of the game improves on what was in the main game by giving you reasons to explore the beautiful environments. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy gives plenty of reasons to be an excellent 7th best game of 2017.
The perfect formula for DLC is a particularly hard one to nail down. Diving back into the main story of the game is difficult if it’s already been wrapped up, but creating something completely new may not feel true enough to the original game. This balance, though difficult to achieve, is not impossible and can result in a great way to revisit the worlds of our favorite games for a short time. Naughty Dog hit the bullseye with their DLC The Last of US: Left Behind by taking us back and providing a bit more context for some things described during the main story. Please make sure you’ve played The Last of Us before reading this review as there will be spoilers for the main campaign ahead.
How could this have not ended up being my number 1 game of the year? It was frankly a little unfair. The Last of Us is a game by veteran game design Naughty Dog, of Uncharted fame, about a zombie apocalypse featuring one of the strongest stories of the year. I recently changed the picture on my credit card to be a picture of the main characters for cripes sake. All that aside, I think many people will even agree with me that this is the best game made in 2013.
As I mentioned before, the hallmark of this game is the incredible story. Never have I been more moved by the first 20 minutes of anything since I went to see Pixar’s Up in theaters. Even after that, it was an incredibly hard game to put down and I found myself constantly pushing forward to see what came next. I also, on several occasions, exclaimed “Oh Snap!” to an empty room because of something that happened. The game is also easily the best-looking game I’ve played this year, which is a bit embarrassing for the next-fen consoles that launched later in the year. The design of the world made it easy to get sucked in and the performance capture of the characters and the voice-over was top-notch as well. There’s really very little to find fault in with this game, so I’ll just declare it my number 1 game on my top 10 list of the year and call it a year. See you in 2014 everyone!
One of the most hotly anticipated titles coming out before the launch of the new consoles this holiday season is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. This being the first new IP they’ve put out since their wildly successful Uncharted franchise, the pressure is certainly on for this new game to be a hit. Lucky for you, if you purchased a copy of God of War: Ascension, you can now download the demo for the upcoming game and see for yourself.