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Golden Abyss Sets A New Standard For Handheld Gaming; The Perfect Gaming Experience,
This review is from: Uncharted: Golden Abyss - PlayStation Vita (Video Game)
I was hesitant about the hype built up around the PlayStation Vita - WiFi. Handheld gaming is entertaining, but for me nothing beats playing a game on my PS3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss changed that. To start off, this game is gorgeous. Better than a lot of graphics I've seen for console games. The voice acting is top notch, as is the music and sounds throughout the game. The controls are easy to understand and use. There's no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the best games of 2012 and definitely set a new bar for handheld gaming.
Golden Abyss takes place before the events of the first game, Drake's Fortune, and follows Nathan Drake's adventure to uncover a 400 year old mystery about a missing Spanish Expedition. It's worth noting that the game developer's said that Golden Abyss is technically a prequel, they like to think of it as it's own self contained story. This is still the Nathan Drake we all know and love, just a bit younger.
Golden Abyss is a fantastical experience. The story draws you in from the first moment you start the game to the epic conclusion. Couple this with the stunning graphics and you're (literally) holding one of the best experiences in action/adventure gaming so far.
Nathan Drake and his old friend, Jason Dante, are journeying through Central America in an adventure to uncover an ancient secret. Along the way they'll meet Marisa Chase, who plays the damsel in this tale.They'll also run across a former general, Guerro, who is bent on stopping Drake at any cost. For those who played the previous games, you'll see a familiar face "return" also. The story starts off a little slow, but picks up a couple hours into the game. There's plenty of twists and turns to keep a fan enthralled until the end of the game. The cutscenes in this game are very well done, and help to keep the story going at a perfect pace.
The gameplay is typical Uncharted goodness. 3rd person platforming, puzzle solving, and intense shoot outs blend together to form one of the most fun experiences I've ever had playing a handheld game. There's more puzzles than the previous games, but they're fun and not too in-depth. I was never left frustrated trying to figure them out. A few of them are as simple as rubbing your finger across the screen. Others require some serious thinking.
Thanks to Vita's exemplary controls, platforming is made easier. It's as simple as moving Drake into position and swiping your finger and watching him jump. Scaling beautiful vistas and working your way through an ancient temple has the same simple yet fun experience as it did in the PS3 games. Drake has a few moves he didn't have in the other games and he does the old ones better.
The combat is intense, getting into a gunfight is as easy as tapping your finger on a weapon and aiming with the controls. The camera zooms in over the shoulder as you fire, and you can use the motion sensitivity to fine tune your aim. It makes for an incredible experience. You can sneak up on enemies or go in guns blazing, or a mix of both.
A new type of collectible is introduced where you take pictures. Specific vistas and areas are required to be photographed to complete your collection. Also, there are a vast amount of other collectibles to nab while you play through the game. I didn't try to get them all my first time playing through, but I plan too during my second one.
The thing I loved about Golden Abyss is it shows what the Vita has to offer. The graphics are on par with a PS3. Lush jungles and ornately detailed temples really show what the Vita, and the future of handheld systems, are capable of. The controls are easy to pick up on and the dual analog sticks make this feel like a console experience. I didn't have a single issue with them and in fact found myself loving this new way of playing a game.
The graphics are breathtaking. I found myself stopping frequently in the game to stare at a particular valley or scene. They're better than most graphics I've seen for console and handheld games. The characters are expressive and the environments are incredibly detailed. SCE Bend Studio spared no expense in this game and it shows. I will probably end up playing through this game two or three more times this year.
Overall this is an exemplary launch title for the Vita, and is now one of my favorite video games, handheld or otherwise. Golden Abyss surpassed my expectations and beyond. Five stars out of five and a must buy for any Vita owners. This game shows what the Vita is capable of and pushes handheld gaming to new level.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2012 8:27:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 13, 2012 8:27:41 AM PST
Christopher Pike says:
Thanks for the early review! I know some people are severely underrating the graphics on this particular game, but you know first-hand how great the graphics really are. Imagine what the next Uncharted (if there is one) for the Vita will look like? The difference between UC1 and 2 on the PS3 was huge, and I can't wait to see what the developers are able to do visually with future Vita titles.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 8:41:28 AM PST
No problem Christopher! I got all my Vita stuff in the mail Saturday for some reason.
I was extremely impressed with the quality of the graphics. The forests are vibrant, the temples were detailed (well, everything was), and honestly Nathan has never looked better to me.
I am definitely looking forward to the next Uncharted Vita game.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 10:55:10 AM PST
C. V. Espinoza says:
What else did you get with the Vita? I'm not getting mine until Feb 22nd :(
I found this review very useful and will like to read more about other games or accessories, could you link your other Vita related reviews if any?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 2:52:10 PM PST
Posted on Feb 13, 2012 4:11:41 PM PST
Thanks for the review. I just received my copy in the mail and there was no instruction manual inside. Did your game come with one?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 11:10:19 PM PST
how do you have a vita already
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 12:01:21 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Mine didn't have an instruction manual Jason.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 3:33:56 AM PST
No it didn't Jason. I think I remember that some developers aren't including game manuals anymore in an effort to save paper or something like that.
Posted on Feb 14, 2012 9:49:00 AM PST
How long is the single player campaign?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 10:12:29 AM PST
Close to 11 hours for me. I didn't really try to get all the collectibles and I played on normal. So I'm guessing you could get around 13 to 15 hours of gameplay out of it.