• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2012
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 80 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
  1. 95
    A must-own for anyone at all considering a purchase of a PlayStation Vita. It shows what that little portable with plenty of power can do, from the graphics, to the controls, to the Vita-specific touch features – it's truly amazing.
  2. 95
    A great experience from start to finish with dramatic moments, slick combat and carefully-measured platform play. Even the abundance of collectibles and stunning open environments make up in some way for its lack of a multiplayer component.
  3. Dec 31, 2011
    95
    It takes the series' much-loved gameplay, storytelling and presentation, and adds on innovative touch and tilt features to make a game that fits perfectly alongside its predecessors. Prepare to be amazed by a portable videogame.
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    91
    I'm really impressed by how well realized Uncharted: Golden Abyss is on a handheld. I had been a little skeptical at how well the series would translate to the small screen, but I've found myself really enjoying this game. It does lose a little bit of the scope, especially compared to the Uncharted 2 or 3, but I feel like that's to be expected here. Still, the excellent third person gameplay is extremely strong, and the game actually paces its combat and exploration mechanics better than Uncharted 3 did. I definitely urge new Vita owners to pick this one up; it deserves to be a marquee title for the Vita.
  5. Apr 8, 2012
    90
    At its core, it's the same Uncharted game we've all played before, but it's bolstered by sterling presentation, a bevy of secrets, and straightforward tomb-raiding gameplay that feels like a love ode to the series' adventure forebears.
  6. A very impressive achievement. [Apr 2012, p.54]
  7. Uncharted: Golden Abyss shines as a fun, authentic prequel that looks bloody amazing as a first generation title. The larger cinematic moments may not blow your mind, like similar set-piece events in Uncharted 3, but there's still no denying how succulent this looks on that 5 inch OLED screen. [March 2012, p60]
  8. Feb 27, 2012
    90
    If you're looking for a way to justify that new Vita and its memory card, look no further. Even if you don't like the series, the combination of fantastic gunplay and slick platforming delivered in a new way may just win you over.
  9. 90
    If you jump on board you're treated to an exciting action adventure that fits neatly into the Uncharted series.
  10. Feb 20, 2012
    90
    This game is everything you would expect from an Uncharted game. It's a superb action adventure title, highly entertaining and almost without flaws. The unique features of the PlayStation Vita are the icing on the cake, fitting nicely into Nathan Drake's newest adventure. Now, if only the story had been a little bit less predictable.
  11. Feb 15, 2012
    90
    What really matters here is that, yes, Golden Abyss feels like an Uncharted game. If you own a Vita already, this is the game you should be playing right now. It looks and sounds fantastic, the "ledge painting" is a great new feature, and it gives us another story of our favorite treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Sure, it's not perfect.
  12. Feb 14, 2012
    90
    For sure, Uncharted Golden Abyss is not of the same quality than the previous, full-blown PS3 episodes, but it's a damn good portable version of it. Visually, it lacks a little variety and the art direction isn't as good as the others, but technically speaking, it's still one of the prettier games of the Vita, and a faire demonstration of its prowess. The adventure remains quite thrilling, it's full a little additions to take advantage of the Vita (and hey are not as gadget as one might think), and its definitely a must-have for this console launch.
  13. Jan 10, 2012
    90
    A triple-A title that you can carry in your pocket, mobile gaming doesn't get any better than this.
  14. Feb 20, 2012
    89
    It looks fantastic, the franchise trademarks are here (most all of which are of a super high quality), and the blend of high-tech touchscreen and traditional controls is a triumph for the next generation of portable entertainment. You'll spot a few of the aforementioned sacrifices but they're not likely to ruin your fun.
  15. Feb 16, 2012
    87
    If you are buying a PS Vita system don't forget to take Drake with you – it's a must-have launch title which pushes the Vita features nicely.
  16. Feb 15, 2012
    87
    This is the launch title everyone should get, provided they like the action-adventure genre. A pocket blockbuster which can resist the comparison with the domestic entries and makes good use of the touch screen to add extra gameplay features. Drake is as charming as ever, and this title defines what the genre can offer in the PSVita. Shooting is at last fun on portable consoles.
  17. Apr 17, 2012
    86
    A very pretty action-adventure, which shows nicely, what Vita can do. There's too much generic shooting at the end, though. [Apr 2012]
  18. Mar 6, 2012
    86
    This is an incredibly well built game, made with care, love and a whole lot of talent, making it definitely the pick of the launch titles. The game does enough things different to keep you interested, but still feels like an Uncharted game should and much like the God of War games on the PSP.
  19. Feb 15, 2012
    86
    An essential launch game that comes extremely close to matching up to the PS3 titles. [March 2012, p.68]
  20. Feb 14, 2012
    86
    Not quite up the standard of the PS3 games - but then what it is? It's still a triumphant early outing for Nathan Drake, and Vita's best launch title. [March 2012, p.88]
  21. Feb 13, 2012
    86
    A powerful tech demo for the PlayStation Vita, but it's also an engaging game that's a blast to play in spurts. Touch screen use is a little heavy-handed and it's missing those "wow" moments we're used to getting from the franchise, but it's a solid action adventure with production values strong enough to quell any sense of system buyer's remorse.
  22. Mar 19, 2012
    85
    With flawless gaming mechanics, a thoroughly interesting story and more action than you can poke a stick at, Uncharted: Golden Abyss not only showcases the PS Vita but is easily one of the best adventure games on the portable platform and is a must have title.
  23. Feb 17, 2012
    85
    If you want to show off the technical capabilities of your new mobile system, go and get Drake's new adventure. But this is more than a techdemo. The concept with puzzles, action and climbing is as exciting as on the PS3. The story isn't, though.
  24. Feb 15, 2012
    85
    The new Uncharted for PS Vita isn't so great as the PS3 iterations, but it's still a good launch title. It focuses more on exploration than action, and puzzles are so simple that they border on the absurd, but overall SCE Bend Studio has made a respectable game, nowadays one of the best for the new portable.
  25. Feb 13, 2012
    85
    It's the weakest game in the franchise, but luckily it's good enough to make it worth the purchase. Golden Abyss is still a great game - the adventures of Nathan Drake will never bore you. Ever!
  26. Feb 13, 2012
    85
    The game is great and an impressive launch title for the PlayStation Vita. It's just that the Uncharted series has been known for being a story-driven experience, and Golden Abyss goes in another direction. It's a beautiful, fun game with tons of collectibles, plenty of laughs, and some cool twists on a franchise PlayStation fans know so well. It's just not an instant classic like the other entries in the series.
  27. Jan 24, 2012
    85
    Uncharted: Golden abyss shows the full potential of Sony's new handheld console. If you decide to buy the console at launch this is a must have.
  28. Jan 4, 2012
    85
    Golden Abyss is definitely a classic Uncharted game, but has its own nature. It is not as spectacular as the last 2 chapters, but finds a new way to entertain and amuse the videogamer.
  29. Mar 8, 2012
    83
    It's a good effort, and still has lots of good points to enjoy throughout the game, but unfortunately will go down in history as the weakest of the series.
  30. Mar 4, 2012
    83
    Brilliant, exciting, fun and impressive - but also closely following an established formula and throwing in mostly pointless, gimmicky extras - Golden Abyss is a reason to own PSVita, but it also shows Uncharted will need to innovate in order to survive. [Issue#215, p.70]
  31. Mar 31, 2012
    81
    Bend Studio brought not only Uncharted's familiar gameplay mechanics, but also its rich atmosphere to Vita's 5-inch screen.
  32. Aug 7, 2012
    80
    So overall Uncharted: Golden Abyss is not without faults, but nothing glaring enough to prevent recommending it, firstly as a very enjoyable game and secondly as an example of what the Vita can do.
  33. 80
    A great achievement and a great demonstration of brutal performance of a new console. The only pity comes with recurring moments and flat dialogues. [March 2012]
  34. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    While it's not as grand and beautiful as the PS3 episodes, Golden Abyss is a technological marvel when it comes to portable gaming.
  35. Mar 4, 2012
    80
    It's a solidly entertaining romp.
  36. Certain gimmicks however do show some creativity. At one point you're required to hold the Vita up toward the sun to reveal a hidden text on a piece of parchment. It goes to show that the Vita does have the potential for some crazy puzzles. [March 2012, p.46]
  37. Mar 2, 2012
    80
    If you are a Vita owner and you have loved the Uncharted games in the past, or if you just love third person action games, then there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy this title.
  38. Mar 1, 2012
    80
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss is not just a great launch game for the Vita, but it's arguably the best launch title for any handheld to date.
  39. Mar 1, 2012
    80
    While the game doesn't quite reach the level of bombast found in the console iterations, Uncharted: Golden Abyss sets a high bar for what portable gaming is capable of, setting a promising benchmark for what Sony's latest portable powerhouse can deliver.
  40. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    It has a tight, well-written and well-acted script. [Issue#119, p.90]
  41. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    The story is good enough to stand the comparison with the other Uncharted games, and that should be the only reason you'd need to go and buy this one.
  42. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    Decent shooting enabled by those twin sticks impress, if perhaps lacking in range, while Vita specific features such as using the touchscreen to pinpoint grenade throws and tilting the device to fine tune your headshots should become Vita shooter staples.
  43. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a great launch title for the PlayStation Vita. Due to the technical differences between the PS3 and the new Sony's handheld, this game can't be as gorgeous as they let us believe, but the final product is still a great platform adventure. Not a masterpiece, but still awesome for a portable device.
  44. Feb 20, 2012
    80
    Uncharted Golden Abyss is The Game to get if you are thinking of buying a PlayStation Vita.
  45. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    Whether or not it's Vita's best title is up for debate, but it's without question a damn good one.
  46. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    A powerful technical showcase for PlayStation Vita, and a clear indication that the console can guarantee a good control scheme for every genre. Although a funny and competent game, it lacks the "peace" of the other chapters and is limited by another "mee too" story, without almost any memorable moments.
  47. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    It's often magical to watch Nathan Drake in portable action. We miss the multiplayer though.
  48. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Golden Abyss is a brilliant adventure that no other portable machine could offer, which is probably the main point of the game. It looks fantastic and controls great, but future Vita developers must tone down their urge to include gimmick controls.
  49. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Trying to get the maximum out of the new hardware, Bend Studios has tampered with things that didn't need fixing and thusly don't do anything for the game. In fact, the opposite is the case. (...) The experience alone, having this astonishly good-looking and perfectly well playing Uncharted game on a handheld would have been enough to justify the Vita's 250 dollar price tag. Because as soon as you learn to disregard the bad touchscreen bits you immerse yourself in this adventure and forget that you're "only" playing a handheld game.
  50. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    But really, all the game's complaints won't detract from the simple fact that this is Uncharted on a handheld. It's just slightly diminished. Golden Abyss is more like Drake's Fortune than it is Deception-it doesn't span that many environments, has smaller set pieces, and lacks online multiplayer.
  51. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    It's not on par with Among Thieves and Drake's Deception in terms of variety and panache but it is a real Uncharted game. Plus it's the most impressive thing I've seen on a mobile console. [March 2012, p.74]
  52. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    The only other possible complaint is the complete lack of any multiplayer, but as distracting a diversion as these options are in the home console games gunfights and online multiplayer are both way down the list of reasons of why we play an Uncharted game. Especially as Golden Abyss' story campaign lasts well over 10 hours.
  53. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss might come across a little on the gimmicky side with its use of the Vita hardware, but the series magic is here in spades.
  54. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    For the first time, we're able to play a handheld game with the scale and production values of a home console title. The base level of craftsmanship on display in Golden Abyss means you'll get your money's worth – but not a penny more. I wish all the perspiration expelled in the making of the game had been complemented by a bit more inspiration.
  55. Although it's enjoyable from start to nearly finish, the game's 11-or-so-hour running time (told you it was fully-fledged) is about two hours too long. The last sections just recycle the same set-pieces and environments, dragging out the run-up to a conclusion that, although fitting, comes more as a relief than a busting great climax.
  56. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    It's mostly there - the charm, the gameplay, the visual presentation - but there are some key elements missing. The level design leaves much to be desired, and without the cinematic moments the experience simply isn't incredibly strong. It's still an extremely solid cover shooter with a strong story and some fine platforming elements, but as far as an Uncharted game, it comes up short of what we've come to expect.
  57. Jan 17, 2012
    80
    A refreshing thing about Golden Abyss is that it feels like you are playing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. After the crazy set-pieces and over the top action in Uncharted 2 and 3, it is nice to go back to playing something that's slower-paced. This time it's more about exploring around the jungle, cliffs and ruins, climbing all over the place and solving puzzles.
  58. Dec 30, 2011
    80
    While the absence of multiplayer means it won't last you as long as previous instalments, new control options have allowed the developers to line the seams of Drake's adventure with flashy tassels and detailing that make for a varied and entertaining outing - perhaps even more so than its big brothers.
  59. Mar 12, 2012
    78
    If the game had started with the second half and then proceeded to get better from there, I would've liked it much more. But as is, the execution of this game is a bit of a setback for the previously unblemished Uncharted brand, and the full potential of the PlayStation Vita is as yet unrealized.
  60. Apr 5, 2012
    75
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss delivers a solid action game full of large scale shoot outs and climbing. Sadly, this Sony Bend developed launch title is marred by a lack of variety in the environments and too many tacked-on mini-games. It may not be as ambitious as Uncharted 3, but Golden Abyss is yet another worthwhile chapter in Nathan Drake's increasingly travelogue.
  61. Feb 22, 2012
    75
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss gets most of the way there; it is a stunning exhibition piece for the Vita's power and graphical capabilities (and a more subtle exhibition piece for its gimmicks), and it's a smart, modern take on treasure-hunting fantasies with enjoyable characters and classical themes.
  62. Feb 16, 2012
    75
    There's a lesson to be learned from Golden Abyss. Don't treat your games like tech demos. I understand the need to make the masses aware of all the cool things your device can do but there's plenty of better ways to do that than shoe horning touch controls into a game that doesn't need them. That said, there's a lot to like about Golden Abyss.
  63. Feb 15, 2012
    75
    Golden Abyss comes out on a new platform, but plays it safe. There's lots of climbing, shooting and joking, but not a moment where the player is truly surprised. The only new ideas come with the touch controls, but they don't add anything worthwile to the game. A solid and fun adventure, but nothing special.
  64. Feb 13, 2012
    75
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss just can't reach the heights of previous Uncharted releases, but it should be commended for taking the experience and replicating it well on the PlayStation Vita handheld. It's a fun adventure, but it's saddled with some conservative franchise choices that prevent it from really pushing Uncharted forward.
  65. Mar 4, 2012
    70
    Despite its flaws the platforming and cover-based shooting are on par with its console peers. There is fun to be had with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, regardless of how badly it fumbles with its new technology.
  66. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    Action gamers who found their way to Uncharted via God of War and similar bombastic franchises will only have their itches scratched in the cutscenes. Whereas if your main enjoyment comes from the character interaction and cute dialogue these games seem to do better than so many others, you won't be disappointed at all.
  67. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    If you've played an Uncharted game before you'll know what you're in for. Uncharted Golden Abyss is technically very impressive and the voice acting is great. But we've already seen this on the PS3 with better controls.
  68. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    A very good action-adventure game with varied and entertaining gameplay. However, it's quite boring to watch all those characters and scenario as well as it is a tiresome experience to use all those new functions of the PS Vita handheld. Fortunately, you don't need to use them to the full. And then, when you click off all the dialogues there is nothing that could stop you from your enjoyment of cool graphics and great action passages that are plenty.
  69. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    That being said, this is still an Uncharted game. Every Uncharted game comes with a certain base level of precision and execution, and that hasn't been lowered here. Golden Abyss gets a pass, but it doesn't come with honours.
  70. Feb 15, 2012
    70
    Nathan Drakes first portable adventure is equally as impressive as it is disappointing. Bend Studio have created a visually impressive adventure with an excellent control scheme, but the haphazard use of some motion controls and the lacklustre story are a small let-down.
  71. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    A story worthy of the franchise, Uncharted: Golden Abyss falls short in terms of pacing and controls, as the touchscreen gimmick takes the experience down a big notch.
  72. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Like an over-encumbered sherpa, Drake stumbles occasionally under the weight of all the gadgets and gimmicks included with the new system. For better or worse, Uncharted demonstrates just about everything the Vita can deliver.
  73. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Though Uncharted: Golden Abyss brings a little too much reality to Drake's day-to-day by making him polish artifacts in gimmicky touchscreen nonsense, there's still a good, if formulaic, adventure to be had. In other words, this might just sell you on the Vita ... whenever it's not selling you on the Vita.
  74. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Golden Abyss is full of disappointments. The action set pieces are great, but there's too few of them; the voice acting is exemplary, but the narrative doesn't do it justice; the touch and motion controls work well for some actions, but they ruin others. For every moment of enjoyment you have, something comes along to spoil it. Despite its problems, though, Golden Abyss still succeeds in delivering some intense, entertaining action and combat.
  75. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    This is an enjoyable game, and Studio Bend has proved itself capable of competently shepherding Sony's trusted franchises, but its limited spectacle and lacking script also make it the worst entry in the Uncharted series since the original Drake's Fortune.
  76. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    There's also the beauty of Uncharted's exotic locales, which act as a great showcase for Vita's astonishing display. And even if Golden Abyss starred a power-armoured space marine fighting his way across the cardboard-box planet, it would still be a robust thirdperson shooter, the likes of which we've simply never seen on a handheld. The core Uncharted experience is still here, in other words. It's stripped a little bare, but it's just about enough.
  77. Feb 27, 2012
    67
    Abyss does mix up the Uncharted formula, using Vita's touchscreens and gyroscope: Rather than just pressing X at a specific moment during a cinematic fight, you swipe the screen. These additions are mostly tedious, a barrier between players and the story. Stopping in the middle of crossing over a crevasse to tilt the Vita left and right to regain your balance doesn't ramp up the tension, it breaks that tension in half.
  78. Mar 6, 2012
    65
    Golden Abyss is for the fans, no doubt – a formulaic Uncharted that sticks to what it knows best. It's more down-to-earth, realistic and at times, adventurous, but is unable to match its console-counterpart's memorable sequences and polish. It's also for those who needs a constant reminder of how "OMG! Vita is awesom3z!".
  79. Mar 2, 2012
    65
    The technology and mechanics clearly show how good this game could be. Naughty Dog's genius spark is missing and what we got is just good craftmanship. It's a great base for a real Uncharted for PS Vita, that most likely will debut in a year or two.
  80. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    The whole thing feels like a "B Team" sort of feel to it, but there's just enough Uncharted here to ensure that the experience isn't a total loss.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 555 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 134
  1. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    Unlike the majority of people reviewing this game, I've actually played it. Just finished my first run through on normal and enjoyed every minute of it. It is on par with the first, second, and third games, no joke. As an Uncharted fan this means it gets a solid 10 so I'll compare it to them to keep my personal bias out. Graphics are about 1.8, almost as good as the second. Story is almost the same as Uncharted 1, as in type. Actual events are more similar to the second. One thing I love are all the comments while playing. Very similar to the second, even better. Also I like the characters more, well a few at least. And now I'm to the gimmicks. First off they aren't! Everything feels intuitive and natural. And most are optional, so everybody stop complaining! I love cleaning artifacts and the such using the touch screen. Also the gyroscopic aiming works great! I have got so many head shots because of it. And that brings me to bonus stuff not in the other games. As well as a bunch of treasures their are charcoal drawings and photos. They add so much replay value. I don't just recommend this game, I recommend buying a Vita just for this game. Full Review »
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    10
    The graphics are simply phenominal for a handheld, however, the gameplay aspects really fall short of my expectations. True, maybe I had high expectatioons, but this i sUNCHARTED, on eof the best series on the playstation. The touchscreen was sloppy, and the story did not seem to have a lot of work put into it. Full Review »
  3. Feb 22, 2012
    10
    Only just started it but it's AMAZING so far. True attention to detail and their is a lot of story, which surprised me! When playing this I have the same awe factor when I played Uncharted Drake's Fortune for the first time, enjoy! Full Review »