Uncharted: Golden Abyss Vita Review: Portable Drake Done Right


The wise-cracking Drake returns on PlayStation Vita and needless to say, it is absolutely an Uncharted game. Full of the action and platforming that one would expect to experience from the franchise except for a few flaws. Sony’s Bend Studios took the potential of the Vita and decided to implement some forced controls in the gameplay. Holding a Vita up to light proved to be unsatisfactory and downright annoying. It’s especially irritating when progress is put on hold until a sufficient light source becomes available. For anybody that rides a Muni at night or enjoys road trips at dusk, prepare to pause Uncharted and return later.

Golden Abyss is a fantastic addition to the franchise.

Through most of Drake’s escapades, he has other partners that tag along. The first we meet is Dante, an old friend of his, but it’s quite apparent that he has no interest in keeping Drake safe. The banter between the two is relatively entertaining but not up to par with Drake and Sully’s relationship. Another unwelcomed guest is Chase; a headstrong woman with her own agenda with an interest in Drake. If you’ve played any Uncharted games before, you know where Nate ends up so our interest level in Chase and her background were expectably low. Gladly, Sully makes a lengthy appearance and we’re right back to where we should be.

Overall, Golden Abyss is a fantastic addition to the franchise and it is still free on PlayStation+ so download it now.



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