Going into this game, I was skeptical. Uncharted is a pretty great series, but can it really make the transition to the handheld? The Arkham series tried that, and that was....less than great. Same with Call of Duty. Having played the game, though, I am extremely surprised at just how good it is.
For being on a handheld, the visuals are extremely nice. Obviously the textures and character models aren't quite as impressive as those seen on the PS3 or PS4, but the lighting effects - especially the reflection effects on water and metallic surfaces - are really, really well done. The gameplay has some room for improvement, specifically in the area of hit detection, but again, given that it's taking a game every bit the equal of its console counterparts in scope, I'm giving it a pass on a few minor technical flaws.
I put this game off for a while because I really expected to be disappointed. With my mom visiting this weekend, though, I knew she'd be using the TV for Law and Order, so I figured that since I wouldn't be able to play Uncharted 4 just yet, I might as well play this and have 4 seem PHENOMENAL in comparison. While I'm sure Uncharted 4 will still feel incredible, I gotta admit, I was extremely impressed with the Vita's go at the franchise. This one definitely gets my recommendation for Vita-owning fans of the Uncharted series. Unfortunately, Golden Abyss does not work on the Playstation TV without some...unofficial...software updates given its use of the front touch screen, the rear touch pad, and the gyroscopic tilt controls (all of which feel a bit gimmicky but not to the point of feeling just plain stupid).
My Rating - 4 Neps
I'm Mr. Deck
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach history at a high school in central North Carolina; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.