Uncharted Golden Abyss User Review
Now, don't get me wrong. As blown away as I was with the initial hands on of this game there are reasons I did not score it above a 9.0. But we'll get to that in a minute. Let us start off by taking a look at the lush forest scenery and time washed ruins which Drake unwittingly carries us through. Many were skeptical when they heard the vita could deliver graphics that would rival the first uncharted and I myself once fell into that category. But I am certainly a believer after playing this title. I didn't give a perfect score concerning graphics only because seeing what has been done since the start of the PS3 to present day made me realize there very well may be room to grow. As for right now it is certainly some of the best out there.
As for gameplay I have no choice but to go with a 10 out of 10. This a fully engaging experience which really shows off the capability of the Vita. We do everything from finding treasures as always (sometimes accompanied by a voiced description) to holding up yellowed pieces of parchment to the light in order to see invisible ink written carefully centuries ago. Literally, holding the vita up to a candle or lightbulb. We take photographs, find small trinkets collect ancient stones, and take a wide variety of charcoal rubbings done through the front touch screen. It is classic UC with even more unique opportunities than can't be delivered with a traditional controller. Motion gestures for hand to hand combat, climbing ropes and steering canoes down river... Err up river rather is an engaging and unique experience.
The sound is adequate. Honestly one of the only drawbacks of this game. But even that has it's upsides. We get excellent voice acting but even using a $300 dollar headset the gunshots sound weak and a bit tinny, the treble seems high at times and I just don't get that full bodied atmosphere of the traditional PS3 version. The classic adventuring soundtrack lends a helping hand here as well as the amusing comments from Drake, Sully, and other characters made throughout gameplay.
I am always skeptical of shooters on portable devices... Stop your comments right there I know Uncharted isn't exactly what springs to mind when one says shooter. But let's face it... Still a 3rd person shooter. The controls are both intuitive and and responsive as they continually deliver whilst hanging shooting running and ducking for cover. At times we get a weird jostling as drake stands on an uneven surfaces and the "pinpoint" Granade throw isn't always as pinpoint or as simple as it appears in the very beginnings of the adventure. All in all excellent control with marginal room for improvement. Mainly just nit picky stuff.
Unfortunately I am not inclined to give this a very high replay value. For very much the same reasons I would not give the PS3 games a super replay value. Uncharted gives us an amazing intensive experience right off the bat and brings us through chapter by chapter with ease. Quite often we find ourselves saying, "woah... That's pretty freaking cool" along with laughing and crying with the roller coaster adventure that is Golden Abyss. Once the story is complete we feel as if it is truly complete remembering the good times and the exceptionally rare bad. As great as this is it gives us little incentive to comeback for more. The intricacies of the story and the secrets of the ruins have already been reviled and makes the challenges and puzzles a little less entertaining than they once were. As much as we like to think, "that was awesome I'd like to go back and find the rest of the treasures one day." It seldom happens.
Overall, a simply amazing experience. As I mentioned earlier a full fledged Uncharted which is so good that I hesitate to say that it is in fact a portable game; due to the preconceived notions and stereotypes which have so long hampered the expectations of gamers around the world. A must buy for the vita and highly recommended to be one of the very first you play. An excellent adventure which gives an idea of what this handheld is capable of and leaves looking forward to the next Vita Production. Drake and crew has yet again set a new standard. Only this time, it's on the Playstation Vita.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.