Game Of The Month Uncharted: Golden Abyss
What’s the story? Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the usual Nathan Drake deal. Climb some walls, shoot some bad guys, find some treasure. Then take some brass rubbings and work in a bit of sneaky educational stuff about ancient civilisations.
How does it play? Golden Abyss is like taking a luxurious pixel eyebath. It keeps throwing amazing landscapes at you, as if to say ‘Look! I was worth the money, wasn’t I?’
The story is a great blend of script and acting that puts most other games to shame, and loads of effort has been made to use the Vita’s technology. You can climb ropes by stroking the rear touchscreen. You can swing on ropes and balance on logs by tilting it. You can tap on an enemy when he’s close enough for an instakill. And most exciting of all you’ll drag your fingers across the front to take brass rubbings. Who’d have guessed that brass rubbings were the future?
If there’s one complaint, it’s the same one we had for the portable version of Little Big Planet. Where’s the multiplayer gone? Uncharted 2’s three-player co-op was brilliant and would have been great here too.
Flipside says: If you’re getting a Vita, just remember that no one likes a show-off. But if you absolutely must gloat, this is the game for it.
Sony, £49.99 on PS Vita