|System: PS Vita|
|Dev: SCE Bend Studios|
|Release: February 15, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 544p||Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence|
It sounds great as well. As soon as you fire up the game, you'll be greeted with the classic Uncharted score. It only gets better from there, as the gun sounds are absolutely fantastic. I played the game with headphones on, and found myself amazed at just how incredible each of the gun sounds was. When this is paired with the responsive gunplay controls, it makes firing weapons an absolute blast.
However, I felt the voice work wasn't up to the standard of an Uncharted game. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad here. Nolan North is as spot-on as ever, delivering Nate's one-liners with the passion and emphasis that keeps Nathan Drake feeling more like a real-life person than a video game character. The new characters are exceptionally acted as well. It's just the one-off characters—Enemy Gunman Number Six, etc.—who aren't portrayed as well as they should be. I don't know if I would even bring this up in any other game, but this is Uncharted for crying out loud; exceptional acting is one of the hallmarks of the series.
Another Uncharted hallmark that I am sad to see not included is multiplayer. I know the original Uncharted was a completely solo affair, but Uncharted 2 delivered one of the best multiplayer experiences on the PS3, and Uncharted 3 followed it up with its own multiplayer suite that I still find myself going back to regularly. Golden Abyss takes things back to the lonely Drake's Fortune days. But even this is forgivable, as this new Uncharted title offers an incredibly entertaining solo campaign.
What really matters here is that, yes, Golden Abyss feels like an Uncharted game. If you own a Vita already, this is the game you should be playing right now. It looks and sounds fantastic, the "ledge painting" is a great new feature, and it gives us another story of our favorite treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Sure, it's not perfect, but it's certainly a worthy entry in the Vita's already strong launch lineup.
Editor / News Director
Date: February 15, 2012