Uncharted: Golden Abyss – small review
Even if the new Uncharted: Golden Abyss is placed sometimes before the first game, the story will not present you the origins of Nathan Drake’s adventures. The title is independent and can be experienced even by those who have never played a game of the series on PlayStation 3. This gives the freedom to create new characters and takes Drake to completely new locations.
The fact that we are dealing with a dedicated mobile platform game it doesn’t dilute the Uncharted experience. The story, a component of gaming often ignored for portable consoles is written in the same style that we were used to in previous games. Even if you do not have to make a trip around the world like Uncharted 2 and 3, the adventures occurred in Central America in Golden Abyss offers a satisfying experience from start to finish.
Thanks to the characters that are brought to “life” of exceptional actors, and technical capabilities of the PlayStation Vita, the presentation of the story is more competent. Drake and Sully are back, but they do not come with other characters of the series as Elena Fisher and Chloe Fraser, but we deal with a new heroine, Chase and new antagonists like Jason Dante and Roberto Guerro. If you liked the stories of the previous games of the series, you will most certainly like the story from Golden Abyss.
When it comes to the gameplay, there are many words of praise for this game. Thanks to the PlayStation Vita hardware, which includes two analog sticks, the control scheme of the games Uncharted from PlayStation 2 have transferred perfectly to the new console. All buttons are exactly where they should be and where older fans have expected, and a number of additions like support for touchscreen and back panel tactile surface offers you new possibilities.
The puzzles in Golden Abyss are more numerous than in previous games, but many of them are completely different from what we have seen in the past. Most require touching the screen, requiring solving puzzles in the true sense – like rebuilding an image, or use your finger as coal to print drawings from ancient stones on paper.
The collectable items return in Golden Abyss, but are more and more diverse than ever. Each level is filled with amulets and other artifacts that Drake has to gather, along with other special items and even sequences in which is needed to take a photo of a certain place. There are very important for anyone who is thinking about winning the Platinum tittle in the game.
The only truly disappointing part in Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the omission of the multiplayer option, so good in Uncharted 2 and 3. In its place appeared so called Black Market, which offer the opportunity to exchange artefacts with other players.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss has managed to live up to expectations and has demonstrated that PlayStation Vita is a good console for hardcore players.