I’ll be honest here, I would have been very surprised if Golden Abyss had caused a real split of opinion. The love for Uncharted from the TSA community has always been evident, and the series has certainly done more than enough to earn that appreciation. It would seem that Golden Abyss has managed to keep the adoration going, the values of the series surviving the transition to a new developer in the form of Bend.
bigbaldwolf was amongst the first to chip in with their thoughts on the game, calling Drake’s pocket outing “a showcase of what the Vita can do,” something that the Vita is in particular need of with its varied control schemes. The praise continued, as he went on to say that the “controls, voice acting and presentation are all fantastic” before proclaiming it as a “definite must buy for any Vita owner.”[drop]Whilst there was a lot of love for the game, many of you admitted a certain amount of nervousness as to how the game would feel on a portable system. JohnnyBoy was amongst these initial doubters, saying he was “a bit apprehensive when buying this as I love the UC series and wasn’t sure it would translate well to the smaller screen.” However, things quickly resolved themselves, as he became hooked as soon as he started playing.
He concluded on a very positive note, and one that’s really worth considering:
If this shows what the Vita can do in it’s first week of release, imagine what the games will be like when the developers have really got to grips with it?
That’s a great point, even if it does seem like we’re still waiting for the next chunk of Vita games that will blow us away all over again.
Regular WeView contributor Origami Killer was a bit of a party pooper this week, killing the seemingly endless Uncharted love fest. “I felt quite disappointed by Golden Abyss,” he began, before noting that although it’s “easily the best looking Vita game” he found “a few bland facial animations and block textures in the background”. On the matter of the all important story, he found it “witty, charming and Uncharted-esque” but felt that “it begins to drag in the later stages [of] the game.”
Given the mixture of positive and negative outlook on the game, it seems that Origami Killer was more disappointed that the it didn’t quite live up to the Uncharted series’ own high standards, rather than being inherently bad. This is something he notes himself at the end of his opinion, saying that despite its flaws he “really enjoyed the game. No where near as much as the PS3 Uncharteds but there was enough action, witty lines from Nate and nice storytelling to get me to the end.”[drop2]What I found quite interesting, although ultimately inevitable, were the comparisons to the PS3 titles in the series. cam_manutd found that the game bares “the most similarity to Nate’s first outing,” with a “deep focus on exploration and treasure looting instead of the hordes of mercenaries incoming.” LTG Davey agreed with his assessment, saying that if you “prefer the original there is a lot to like here”, whilst fans of Uncharted 3’s “focus on set-piece moments and stellar voice acting… may come away from this Vita offering a little disappointed.”
Normally when I select a comment to sum up the community’s response to a game, it doesn’t come from a comment that is itself a summation. This week Kennykazey bucked that trend, with a comment that summed the game up neatly in a series of bullet points, before coming to this rather accurate conclusion:
Although Golden Abyss feels much more gimmicky than the PS3 games, it’s a solid adventure that is unmistakably Uncharted.
On a handheld!
With Golden Abyss I’m not sure there was really any doubt what the community verdict of the game would be. Whilst twenty-three of you took part this week, Rent It, Bargain Bin It and Avoid It only managed to pick up one vote each. That means the winner by a mile is Buy It, with twenty of you selecting that option.
Guess that means I need to get my hands on a Vita then.