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Saturday, February 25, 2012

1st Vita Micro-Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Well, the PS Vita is now out and with it a neat little feature that will make reviews a bit easier sometimes, screenshots! Granted, not all games support this feature (I'm staring at you Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3!) and the Vita will compress the images a bit, so the screenshots will not do the game justice. Because of this I decided to start off with Uncharted.

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Uncharted LIVEAREA
For those that don't know, once you start a Vita game, you are first greeted with a "LIVEAREA" like the one shown. From here you can run updates, search the web for game info, read the manual, or refresh. What's neat is that game developers can add features to this as well. As you can see, you can access the "Black market", which uses the NEAR feature; go to the studio website, or visit the Playstation Store to see what's available for the game.

Must google Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Now, I have never played any of the previous Uncharted games, so I am going into the series blind right now. I'm only about an hour or 2 in right now, so I will concetrate on what I have seen so far.

Graphics
For a launch title, I am blown away. While not as sharp as the PS3 Uncharted games, I am still amazed that we can play games this visually stunning in the palms of our hands. The game is SUPER smooth and I haven't noticed any framerate drops as of yet.

"You can trust me!"
Audio
So far so good. Everything has sounded crystal clear to my ears so far.
"I once caught a fish THIS big!"
Gameplay
Here we have a mixed bag. The physical buttons are dead on, but some of the touch controls are gimmicky. Swiping on the screen to dust off artifacts was fun for 1/10th of a second, and using the rear touchpad to climb a rope was annoying.

Other than that, it plays great.
What a view
Overall
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a great game to add to any collection. This was a last second impulse buy with Amazon's buy 2 get 1 free promotion and well, I am happy I did.
This screen looks MUCH better on the Vita than in this shot.
Rating???
As I am only a couple of hours in, I feel it would be unfair for me to rate this game as of yet.
I will update this review once I do rate it!
Texturing is quite nice.
Bonus! Watch Sony's trailer for the game.

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