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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll start by saying this is the weakest title in the series. But it had its good moments I admit. The story happens before the 1st Uncharted. There are less known characters and I didn’t find them particularly interesting. The familiar face(s) that do show up in the game are just as good as they usually are. The story itself did keep me entertained but it took a little while to pick up. It’s nothing new though, you look for a treasure and bad guys are doing the same thing which causes conflict. A few twists and turns et voilà, good old Uncharted story.
Puzzles were not the highlight of the game at all. Very simple, barely puzzles if you ask me, they were mostly about matching pieces together to copy an image/symbols. Not much thinking required.
Collectables were annoying to pick up as they interrupted the game every single time by opening the menu and showing you what you found and what you unlocked, like a playing card for instance. There’s an entire card game linked to this game as free DLC, it’s called: Uncharted Fight for Fortune. Unfortunately it has been delisted and therefore I was not able to play, which then made those cards useless.
Now about all the Vita gimmicks packed in the game. They really abused of the Vita’s features. A lot of them I found were unnecessary, like almost every time you cross a narrow beam or bridge, Drake will stop and you have to keep his balance by tilting the console left and right. The game uses the touch screen for many different animations and moves by swiping the screen in a given direction, it is usually time sensitive. At times it works well but it’s overused. The back of the screen is also used for rowing and climbing ropes, that worked well also. However I quickly returned to using buttons when possible. Then you had charcoal rubbing and cleaning objects big rubbing the screen. Very annoying to do and too many of them.
There’s one feature I used all the time: The touch screen. Instead of controlling Drake normally during climbing sequences, you can draw a path by dragging your finger on the hand holds and he will just automatically climb on his own following the path. I found that very useful especially when jumping on a rope that is easy to miss, I would just tap on it and done. The climbing didn’t feel quite responsive so putting Drake in auto pilot was great.
Overall this was a good game even with the overwhelming amount of gimmicks. It played well enough after getting used to the controls of the Vita. Story was entertaining. The game didn’t look too bad either considering it’s on a handheld.
One of the best games released for PSVITA (not like it had a huge competition) that used all of its features and thus offered to players a unique and immersive experience. Plot-wise, it was not the best entry of Uncharted series, but was still enjoyable and deserves a high mark.
BOOOOOOOORIIING.... ok it has nice actions, controls etc but still boooooriiiing... also Chase is annoying. oh, the graphics and music are awesome. I have nothing to rant about them. That's why it gets a 5. It's just a over rated game
Campaign - Repetitive and dull. The campaign will probably take you atleast 10 or 11 hours to complete. The game is set before the events of Uncharted: Drake's Deception. I will still never know where Drake got his skills from. Does he have a military background? Was he trained? Anyway, it's like you run, climb, jump and shoot and it's gets so boring after awhile you'll have to ask yourself, ''why did I buy this crap?'' Only fans of the PS3 versions will be entertained by this garbage. Honestly, I don't like the Uncharted series. The only reason I played this crap was because I thought I would like it better on the Vita because I liked the demo. Your partner is some girl, I forgot her name. How does she fit in again? I can't tell you. The story tried my intelligence. The main character is playing Sherlock Holmes by trying to uncover a expedition massacre that happened years ago. Not only is Drake a treasure hunter, he's a detective. He gets help from characters later in the story. There's parts in the campaign you have to complete puzzles for some dumb addition reason and they can be so frustrating. I am just not impressed with one bit of this campaign, except for the voice acting. 5/100(F)
Graphics - The graphics don't look as good as Uncharted 3, but I say it's on par between Uncharted and Uncharted 2. The framerate drops a lot on this game. If you don't notice, get your eyes checked. Please. The game is a bit rough around the edges. The grain is noticeable. Even around the characters. 70/100(C-)
Gameplay - The AI **** and headshots still don't work unless your using a sniper or a pistol close up. The gameplay is very repetitive. All you do is platform, run and shoot the same guys. All the areas have that same jungle look to it which I feel makes the game dull and makes the game feel repetitive. This is what I don't like about all the Uncharteds gameplay. At least the game doesn't play itself like Uncharted 2 and 3. 35/100(F)
Multiplayer - None. $50 for a PS Vita game and it has no multiplayer. Even though Uncharted 2 and 3 has it. The Vita can handle it. I won't rate this part of my review.
Playing Time/Content: There's no multiplayer, so don't expect it. I sure wish there was because I enjoy Uncharted 2 and 3's multiplayer. $50 without multiplayer ****. Good thing I didn't buy, just borrowed. Your playing time should be at least 11 hours if you complete everything in the campaign. You'll probably get tired of it real fast. Although your campaign time will be lenghty, the lack of multiplayer comes off lazy. 50/100(F)
Overall Score: 40/100(F)
+ Campaign is lenghty
- No multiplayer
- Graphical issues
- Repetitive gameplay
- $50 instead of the general $40 for PS Vita games.
- Dull story
SummaryUncover 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 -...