Uncharted Golden Abyss Review

By Kenley Hall

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The 1st portable entry in the Uncharted series had a pretty big legacy to live up to. For the most part Sony Bend succeeds at matching this legacy. There are a few hiccups here and there but it is overall a fun game. Now lets dive into the review.

 

STORY:

The story drew you in from the start with interesting characters and a mystery right off the bat. It then takes you on a roller coaster ride of ancient mystery solving and bad guys. The heroes were quite likable, while the villains made you hate them while still having their own charm. The pacing was a bit too quick in my opinion certain things got resolved too quickly but overall it was well done.

GAMEPLAY:

The gunplay works well as does the platforming with tight smooth controls due to the Vita’s dual analog sticks. But then here is where it starts too slip they threw in a bunch of unnecessary touch and tilt based controls that are more cumbersome and off-putting to the experience then complimentary. Things like swiping the screen in different directions for melee attacks, or tilting to dodge rocks. Overall the gameplay is mixed with anything involving the physical controls working great but with poorly implemented touch and tilt based controls.

GRAPHICS:

The game is gorgeous. With console quality graphics Nathan and his fellow cast and environments look great. Thats really all their is to it its just a gorgeous game.

SOUND:

The sound is quite great. With superb voice acting as we have come to expect from the series. The guns sound like you expect. And it has a pretty great soundtrack to boot. Overall I had no problems with the sound.

Overall this is a great game with some bothersome control issues holding it back. I still recommend it to any Vita owner. If you have PS+ you can even get it for free.

This game gets an 8.0 out of 10.

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