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Uncharted Golden Abyss PS Vita
Uncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake follows 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 races 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.
Through utilizing the technology of the OLED screen, Uncharted: Golden Abyss delivers the signature Uncharted cinematic experience on the go.
Experience the adventure with intuitive, immersive controls as you touch, steer and tilt the NGP to snipe, swing, and jump. Traverse environments using front and back touch, and also control the movement of Drake on ropes and slides using the motion sensor.
Versatile gameplay for the Uncharted fan - Traditional (Dualstick Analog/button) or interactive (NGP features) allows players to choose the method that compliments their playing style.
This was my first game for the Vita and if your a fan of Uncharted a must have. Story is great, gameplay is awesome and the use of the touch screens and dual analog works very well. If you have read this far you are wasting game time order this game now.
Joe Anderson (Editor) |
1 year ago
The PlayStation Vita may still be a few months away from release in Europe and the US, however that hasnâ€™t stopped us from importing one just so that we can bring you as much coverage as possible between now and the new portableâ€™s release.
One of the first games we were desperate to try out was Uncharted Golden Abyss, which it seems, is by far the stand out title arriving on launch day. Coming from Sony Bend, we were expecting big things from the latest in Naughty Dogâ€™s popular franchise and it has to be said that as the credits rolled in our imported copy we were not disappointed.
Uncharted Golden Abyss tells the story of Nathan Drake as he wanders through Central America with his newly found partner Marissa Chase. As always there is a purpose involved in Drakeâ€™s travels and this time we join him looking into a 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish Expedition which was led by Friar Marcus. This particular journey lead Drake on an action packed adventure in the path of Chaseâ€™s grandfather, who is thought to be closing in on the mysteries that will unfold throughout the game.
It has to be said that during the 10+ hours you will spend playing, Golden Abyss is spectacular, providing the same mixture of adventure, action and puzzle solving that youâ€™ll find in any other games in the Uncharted series, albeit with a PS Vita twist.
Given that the game is a debut title for the PS Vita, you can understand that it should take advantage of the unique features of the handheld, but to us this is what sets this game apart from any other portable game we have played before. The first thing you will notice about Golden Abyss is just how good it looks, whether itâ€™s the luscious greens, spectacular vistas or the classic cut scenes which you have come to expect from the series, there is no doubt that this is the best looking game youâ€™ll ever have seen on a handheld.
As well as providing us with some spectacular eye-candy, Golden Abyss also provides some fantastic player interaction thanks to the rear and front touchscreens. This sees you solving puzzles by touching the front screen to move panels and rotate locks, while you will also find yourself rubbing the touchscreen to recreate carbon copies of important symbols. The front screen also has other uses, such as quick time events to prevent yourself falling or uses in fights against the games main bosses; where you have to swipe the screen by following the on-screen prompts in order to progress.
The rear screen is also made use of, allowing you to climb rope by moving your fingers in an up and down motion. Sony Bend even makes use of the camera at one point, requiring you to hold the Vita up to a light source in order to unveil a puzzle. It has to be said that the use of both touch-screens, and to a lesser extent the camera, is very clever. It really helps to draw you into the game even more, providing a different, but still similar experience to the games bigger brother.
As with other games in the series, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is full of combat. The similarities in this title will be obvious to anyone who has played an Uncharted title before. The enemies act in a familiar fashion, taking cover and trying to take you out. You can still tell when combat is coming thanks to the sudden appearance of cover and random weapons. The main difference with Golden Abyss is that you can use the Vitaâ€™s motion controls to your advantage, getting your sight close to the target and then using the gyroscope to get the perfect headshot.
Not everyone will enjoy using motion controls to aim, and you can switch them off, although this is something weâ€™d advise against, because once you get used to playing in this way you will find that it actually works a lot better than you would expect. This is especially evident when using the Dragon Sniper, which lets you pick off enemies from a distance using a combination of the right stick and motion controls.
Previous Uncharted games have always had an emphasis on a strong storyline, fantastic acting and Golden Abyss is no different. Throughout the game you will always find yourself engrossed as this brilliantly told story takes yet another twist, all while admiring how such a fantastic adventure can be crammed onto such a small game card.
There are a few issues which we feel could have been improved upon; for one there is no other game mode other than the single player adventure. In fact there are no other options at all, not even the ability to view any items you have unlocked along the way. The only way it is possible to view collectibles is when you are in-game. We would have at least liked the option to view any items collected during our adventure from the main menu and perhaps a mini game or two (such as a horde mode or a solo version of the excellent co-op mode from Uncharted 2 and 3) more suited to the Vita.
Given that Golden Abyss joins us at the start of the Vitaâ€™s life, itâ€™s hard to hold the small flaws mentioned above against it. This is a game which puts some console titles to shame thanks to its stunning looks, innovative gameplay features and non-stop action. Uncharted: Golden Abyss maybe one of the most expensive titles to arrive at Vitaâ€™s launch, however itâ€™s worth every penny. Itâ€™d be a crime to not to own this game if you are planning to pick up Sonyâ€™s new handheld, so do yourself a favour and put some cash aside for Nathan Drake.
Joe Anderson (Editor) |
2 years ago
Sonyâ€™s PlayStation Vita seemed to make a big splash at Gamescom, there was certainly large enough queues of people wanting to get hands on with the device, and in return Sony made sure there was plenty of games on show for those same people to play.
LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers and more all made an appearance, however given that Sony would only allow each person, including press, around 5-10 minutes in the booth, there was only one title that we where going to head for, Uncharted Golden Abyss.
Uncharted Golden Abyss takes everything thatâ€™s good about the PS3 series and crams it into the Vitaâ€™s beautiful screen. The story is not a prequel, but is set before that of Drakeâ€™s Fortune. We are told that, as with any Uncharted title, the story plays an important part, therefore over two hours of cutscenes have been added in, making this a true Uncharted title in this respect.
Given our limited time with the game, we were more interested in how it plays and you will be pleased to know that it came away with top marks. Being Uncharted fans we were particularly impressed with how intuitive the control system was. Anyone who has played the series before will instantly be able to pick this title up and play. There are neat extras which Sony Bend has added in, such as the ability to touch the screen to pick up a weapon or use your fingers on the back of the Vitaâ€™s touch panel to climb, however these additions only help to enhance the gameplay rather than hinder it. The touch controls are also optional, so if you feel uncomfortable playing in this way, then at least you have the option to turn them off.
Combat is another area in which this game is strong, when using a sniper rifle, which was the first weapon we got hold of, you use the systems gyroscope to aim, which seemed to work very well indeed. As with the PS3 version of Uncharted, aiming and firing is done in the same way, by using the shoulder buttons. Using grenades is slightly different in that you swipe the screen, but it all seemed to work quite well. Touching the screen to pick up weapons was probably our favourite new feature, the sensitivity of the screen seems spot on and it makes discarding new weapons for old so much easier.
Unchartedâ€™s biggest strength without doubt is its presentation. The acting is just as wonderful as it has always been and the game just looks absolutely stunning. Sitting across the other side of the room from Uncharted we could still see how wonderful the lighting looked. The lush greens, expansive landscapes and tension created by the sound in the background is all present and correct and will make any Uncharted fan proud of what Sony Bend has achieved.
First impressions are always important and from what we saw Uncharted Golden Abyss certainly gets a gold star. Itâ€™s just a pity we didnâ€™t get to play the game for a little longer because we would really love to have got our teeth into this one.
We canâ€™t wait to play more and give you an in depth view of one of the Vitaâ€™s most important launch titles, but in the meantime make sure you keep an eye out for more information on this game.
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Uncharted Golden Abyss PSVita TrailerUncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake follows 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 races 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.
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