Video Game Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Hey everyone, welcome to another video game review done by yours truly at Old School Lane. After going through a busy schedule with school and homework, I finally finishedÂ Uncharted: Golden AbyssÂ for the PS Vita. This is the firstÂ UnchartedÂ game not done by Naughty Dog, but instead done by Bend Studio, the same studio who made theÂ Syphon FilterÂ series and the surprisingly good PSP game,Â Resistance: Retribution.Â TheÂ Unchartedseries has been known for memorable characters, beautiful graphics, epic story, fun platforming, interesting puzzles, and unexpected plot twists. Can Bend Studio follow Naughty Dogâ€™s footsteps of everything that we love in this series?Â Is this game worth getting a PS Vita or does it fall short of being an adventurous journey?
For a PS Vita game, the graphics look absolutely incredible. The jungles look lush and green, the water mechanics looks fluid, and the characters look quite realistic. Everything that you can expect from the visuals of theÂ UnchartedÂ series is there, which is quite an accomplishment for a handheld.
The gameplay mixes platforming, puzzle solving, and third person shooting, just like the otherÂ UnchartedÂ games. It works quite well here withÂ Golden Abyss.Â Also, you get to use a camera in the game to identify a few locales, which is a pretty neat feature. The only minor complaint is that shooting your enemies controls a tad bit different than the other games, but you kind of get use to it after a while. Plus, you donâ€™t really shoot as much as the other series since it focusesÂ more on platforming and puzzles, so notÂ aÂ lot of complaining here.
However becauseÂ Golden AbyssÂ isÂ integrating with the features of the PS Vita, the game includes tapping on the screen for platforming certain obstacles and running your finger on the screen to slash atÂ bamboo and other things. This feels very gimmicky at times, similar to using the Sixaxis in the first game, but it doesnâ€™t happen very often, so itâ€™s okay.
The game takes place beforeÂ Uncharted: Drakeâ€™s Fortune,Â so that means that thereâ€™s no Elena Fisher, Â or Chloe Frazier which is a huge disappointment. Even Sully isn’t the game for too long. We have some new characters named Jason Dante and Marisa Chase, who are interesting and funny, but not quite as memorable as Elena or Sully. It takes place aroundÂ Central America where Nathan, Jason, and Marisa are looking for the an ancient lost city where an encounter of a golden abyss has been told, according to legend. The plot sounds somewhat similar toÂ Drakeâ€™s Fortune, so itâ€™s fitting. But, the story for me falls a little short of being an instant classic compared to the other games, but itâ€™s still pretty good.
One of the most disappointing things aboutÂ Golden AbyssÂ is that there is no online multiplayer. With the other series, everytime Iâ€™m done with the main game, I go straight to the multiplayer and shoot the crap out of noobs as a warm-up, then play the co-op game ofÂ Uncharted 3Â with my friend. WithÂ Golden Abyss,Â I played the game and then moved on with something else. You can play previous levels and find hidden treasures, which are a lot easier to find than the previous games. Other than that, thereâ€™s not much to it.
Overall,Â Uncharted: Golden AbyssÂ is a great game to buy for the PS Vita, but falls a bit short compared to the other games in the series. But considering the fact that this wasnâ€™t done by Naughty Dog, this game does the series justice, which is great. It seems that we have come a long way of other developers taken games that isnâ€™t theirs and making it good. If only High Impact Games could have done the same forÂ Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, oh well. If you have a PS Vita, this is definetely worth a buy. Check it out.