Uncharted: Golden Abyss PlayStation Vita

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  • Summary: Uncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake tracks the murderous trail of an ancient and secret Spanish sect. Caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante - his old friend - and Marisa Chase - the granddaughter of an archeologistUncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake tracks the murderous trail of an ancient and secret Spanish sect. Caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante - his old friend - and Marisa Chase - the granddaughter of an archeologist who has mysteriously vanished without a trace - Nathan Drake delves into the treacherous river basins, undiscovered temple ruins and karst caverns of Central America in search of a legendary lost city, only to find himself pushed to the edge of the Golden Abyss. [Sony] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 64 out of 80
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. CD-Action
    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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 152
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    10
    I love this game. I thought that the feel of Uncharted would be diluted by the fact that Naughty Dog didn't make it, but I'm presentlyI love this game. I thought that the feel of Uncharted would be diluted by the fact that Naughty Dog didn't make it, but I'm presently surprised by the game. The graphics are almost on par with the first Uncharted which is pretty damn good. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2015
    10
    Golden Abyss is a must have for PS Vita, hours of fun, you use all the Vita functions in a good way, solve puzzels, and of course climb andGolden Abyss is a must have for PS Vita, hours of fun, you use all the Vita functions in a good way, solve puzzels, and of course climb and shoot! Great history parallel of the Uncharted saga, great graphics for a PS Vita game, unlock all trophies is a serious challenge Expand
  3. 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 everyUnlike 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. Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2012
    9
    Fantastic game.............I was a little unsure at first, but having now played through for the first time the game certainly stands up toFantastic game.............I was a little unsure at first, but having now played through for the first time the game certainly stands up to the PS3 version. Some nice little touches, which you will not find on the PS3 version, that makes it a different and enjoyable experience.

    Maybe a little overpriced, hence only 9 out of 10.
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  5. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    I have never played a Uncharted game, but this one was the my first vita game, and i liked the style, the graphics and the sound. The aimingI have never played a Uncharted game, but this one was the my first vita game, and i liked the style, the graphics and the sound. The aiming system is very good (the motion sensor especially with the sniper). I love games where you search for treasures like this one. Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After finishing Uncharted Golden Abyss, I felt a slight sadness. A sadness that I'd finished one of the best Handheld games ever devised. The game started pretty slowly for me, and felt fairly dull at the beginning, lacking the excitement of previous Uncharted games. The story felt unclear, and I hadn't come across one Assault rifle, however, as the game built up, it became far more exciting. I had no use for the Assault rifles, as the gun combat was pretty awful, and the battles were very stealth-friendly. Stealth is very satisfying in this game. Graphically, it was stunning also. plenty of beautiful places to discover, in a true Uncharted style. Everything felt polished (graphically anyway) and had a lot of effort put into it. The story also became very exciting, and only got better towards the end, and the characters were very detailed and interesting. Any battles that didn't allow stealth were pretty fun and challenging, and just the gameplay in general, while linear, was very tense and enjoyable. The only things I disliked was the constant lag throughout the game, the slow start, the boss-fights being Touchscreen QTEs, and the game showing things I had to climb on in gold was very immersion breaking, but all in all the game was pretty damn good, and don't worry, sully appears later on.

    - An Uncharted fan.
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  7. Oct 16, 2013
    0
    Short, buggy, more cutscene then gameplay, bad controls... THAT'S Uncharted: GA. This game is just not good. Gayest boss fights in gamingShort, buggy, more cutscene then gameplay, bad controls... THAT'S Uncharted: GA. This game is just not good. Gayest boss fights in gaming history, 5 minute chapters, bad and predictable story... Don't waste your money on this garbage. All Uncharted game are good, but this one... 2 hours wasted of my life. And the fact that some cutscenes counts as 1 chapter makes me pissed off. Expand

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