Summary: You may have had enough of hanging from glowing ledges, jumping from crumbling floors and narrow escapes from massive explosions, but I can't get enough of the adventures of "Dude Raider" Nathan Drake. I loved all of the PS3 games, with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception being my pick for the best game of 2011. That said, I had some reservations about the series going portable. How would the series' trademark cinematic style hold up on the small screen?
Excerpt: It seems too good to be true, doesn't it? Nintendo barely ever has a new Mario game for console launches anymore, Microsoft didn't have a Halo at Xbox 360's launch, and yet, somehow, Sony has an Uncharted ready for the Vita's launch? And yet, it's true. Bend Studio, developers of the PSP Syphon Filter and Resistance games, actually managed to pull together a full-fledged Uncharted game for the launch of the PlayStation Vita, and yes, it's the real deal.
Exciting action series now mobile but still violent.
Common Sense Media
13 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a violent shooting game that, while not rated "Mature," still contains ample combat with realistic gun violence and blood. The protagonist can strangle enemies, snap their necks, toss grenades, or be stabbed. There is also some profanity in the game, sexual references, and images of narcotics (cocaine).
Excerpt: I wouldn't blame anyone for approaching Uncharted: Golden Abyss (the second new Uncharted game in three months) with a touch of resistance, but fears of this handheld adventure being a straight-to-DVD sequel in comparison with the series' PlayStation 3 blockbusters can be put to rest.
Summary: " Uncharted: Golden Abyss " is a wonderful start for the Vita, and a new direction for the Uncharted franchise. While it may not match the last two PS3 instalments, the chance in scale has allowed them to shift the expectations for the game start again. This has enabled them to make a new adventure with new characters. Bend has even managed to change some of the flaws of its big brother for the better.
Conclusion: The creative minds over at Naughty Dog have created an IP that will stand the test of time as a series that pushed the limits of convention, gameplay and visual fidelity. Though Naughty Dog didn’t create Golden Abyss, they did entrust the series to them and boy did they come out on top. While the experience within Golden Abyss falls short of the caliber Naughty Dog set, it does provide a rich and engaging experience that isn’t to be missed.
Conclusion: Overall, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a good game. It manages to show off the Vita ‘s potential nicely while still giving gamers a fun Uncharted experience. While it doesn’t compare favorably against the titles we know and love, it does manage to get tantalizingly close. Though this title is not good enough to move a large amount of systems, it is still a worthy addition to any Vita owner’s collection.