Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review (PlayStation Vita)

The popular Uncharted series hits Sony’s PS VITA system. This time the duties are not with Naughty Dog but with Bend Studios. How will they fare taking the much loved Nathan Drake on his first portable adventure? Let’s find out in our Uncharted Golden Abyss review.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Action-adventure gameplay.
  • A lovely-looking game that you come to expect from the Uncharted series.
  • You have the ability to take in-game shots that look slick.
  • Uses all the VITA capabilities and uses them well, Like for rubbings you run your finger over the screen.
  • GYRO enabled.
  • Powerful soundtrack.
  • The lengthy campaign over 8 hours without looking for the collectibles.
  • Excellent cover-based combat.
  • Everything you know like the humor and banter from the series is still intact.
  • Has the same polish levels as the console games.
  • Big boss battles.
  • A handful of QTE cutscenes.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Jaw-dropping vistas and locations to explore.
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • Strong aim assists and it is needed.
  • The black market feature allows you to trade cards and coins with Near. You collect cards by killing HVT people through the campaign.
  • Checkpoints aplenty.
  • Controls are good and solid.
  • A lot of environmental hazards.
  • Markers like ledges are clearly shown to help with level traversal.
  • Stealth mechanic whilst optional is another method.
  • Varied locations set around the jungle to shanty towns to caves.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Cons:

  • Overuse of touch controls including using them on QTE.
  • No online multiplayer or co-op.
  • Very repetitive, Basically get to an area kill loads of enemies then go to another area and kill loads of enemies. Rinse and repeat 1000 times.
  • All the enemies look the same with their stupid Hawaiian shirts.
  • Black market features are not very clear and easy to use.
  • The worst Uncharted boss fight ever resides within Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
  • The story is a bit weak and near the end, you are just wanting the story to end.
  • Chapters vary in size, One could be half-hour-long while another one could literally be a cut scene
  • There are no “new” innovations in the campaign, Literally, just touch controls being the new way to do something that you have done a million times before with a controller.
  • Annoying sub-section mini-game type things. One that sticks in my mind is where you use the tilt function to control drake as he goes down a fast water river avoiding rocks. Disgusting.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss:
Developer: Bend Studio
Publisher: Sony Studios
PSN store link- (unavailable)
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


In summary, if your a fan of the series you will love having a handheld version. You may well overlook a lot of its shortcomings but the game will get to you eventually! It has all the polish and fidelity of a console game and that in its self is an impressive feat. They implement the touch controls and for interacting with objects/treasures it’s top-notch and adds a lot but having it for QTE and boss fights is a right ball-ache. At times I got the feeling that this game exists to just act as a showpiece, A game that could tempt console players over with its graphics, character, and shoehorned in touchscreen. Either way, you fall on it, Uncharted Golden Abyss is a great game to play through at least once even if it does house the worst boss fight in the game’s history but you can’t have it all.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!