Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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? Lets find out

Pros:
  • 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
  • Lengthy campaign over 8 hours without looking for the collectibles
  • Everything you know like the humour and banter from the series is still intact
  • Black market feature that allows you trade cards and coins with Near. You collect cards by killing HVT people through the campaign
  • Controls are good and solid
  • Varied locations set around the jungle to shanty towns to caves
Cons:
  • Over use of touch controls including using them on QTE
  • QTE overkill but it seems to be the norm on Uncharted games
  • 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
  • Story is a bit weak and near the end your 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
  • Theres 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
In summary if your a fan of the series you will love having a handheld version. You may well overlook a lot of its short comings but the game will get to you eventually!

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!

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