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EDGE- Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

EDGE- Take away the set-pieces, take away the scale, take away the regular writers and most of the supporting cast, and what’s left? Well, there’s Drake, who still has more charm in his trigger finger than the majority of games’ thick-necked leads in their entire bruising frames.

There’s also the beauty of Uncharted’s exotic locales, which act as a great showcase for Vita’s astonishing display. And even if Golden Abyss starred a power-armoured space marine fighting his way across the cardboard-box planet, it would still be a robust thirdperson shooter, the likes of which we’ve simply never seen on a handheld. The core Uncharted experience is still here, in other words. It’s stripped a little bare, but it’s just about enough.

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NukaCola2134d ago

It's sad that people are comparing this to the PS3. It's the best looking and playing handheld game ever made and it's being compared to an HD game on console with millions in technology and development by the original devs and writers.

Bend did a phenomenal job. Other than Resident Evil Revelations, nothing is even in the ball park of Uncharted on handheld.

Sad to see the media doing this. Little to complain about on its own merit. Almost 90% are the complaints are related to this game not being made by Naughty Dog or not as big as the PS3 games.

Biggest complaint about UC3 was the linearness of exploration and Golden Abyss makes Puzzles, Treasures, Mysteries and exploration a top priority and the replay is pretty huge, but they still have to b*tch and moan.

pandaboy2134d ago

If it attempts to emulate the console counterparts it should be judged as such and not given a free pass when it's lacking just because it's on a handheld.

MaxXAttaxX2134d ago (Edited 2134d ago )

""Biggest complaint about UC3 was the linearness of exploration and Golden Abyss makes Puzzles, Treasures, Mysteries and exploration a top priority and the replay is pretty huge, but they still have to b*tch and moan.""

True.
I also like how you fill in Drake's journal instead of it having everything already on it.
They story itself may not to the same exact caliber as the PS3 version(among other things), but I like the Gameplay is strong.
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@ pandaboy,

Ummm, that's what most handheld games try to do in the first place, but you gotta aknowkledge the obvious.

It's not a bad review. There's more gameplay than set pieces and that's alright with me. It's kind of a throw back to Uncharted 1.

Knushwood Butt2134d ago

Pretty sure GA's campaign is longer than that of UC3.

The only thing missing is multiplayer.

Golden Abyss is an amazing achievement and a must have launch title.

Rampaged Death2134d ago

Sony were the ones comparing it to the PS3 in the first place.

coolbeans2134d ago (Edited 2134d ago )

I think it's worse to see poor criticisms of a review just because you disagree with it. Where do they state they're specifically comparing it to "the PS3"? They're comparing to the brightest qualities of the Uncharted series on the PS3.

They ask the question 'What happens when these qualities are limited or exspunged?'

In which they answer 'You still get a GOOD Uncharted game (by their standards), but one that's stripped.'

Arnagrim2134d ago

"Take away the set-pieces, take away the scale, take away the regular writers and most of the supporting cast, and what’s left?"
So...they graded an Uncharted game based on neglecting 90% of what makes an Uncharted game an Uncharted game?

Mac is OK2134d ago

He is not saying he ignored that, he is saying that stuff is missing from this game, which is something many reviews have pointed already.

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HarryMasonHerpderp2134d ago

I think its a decent review to be honest
and 7/10 is a good score and i think it will
be refreshing to concentrate more on the gameplay
instead of the story etc to be honest.
Looks like a really solid game and ill definitely
be picking this up when i get a vita.

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