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Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review
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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Uncharted: Golden Abyss is an action-adventure game. It's a spin-off of the Uncharted series, although also a substantial experience in its own right that features the series protagonist, Nate. As with the other games you explore, run, jump and shoot your way through a blockbuster adventure with voice acted scenes interspersing the action and a focus on character and narrative.

It takes place before the events of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Nathan Drake get embroiled in a search for the lost city of Quivira with fellow treasure hunter Marisa Chase. You follow clues left by Marisa's mentor, who succumbed to his illness. Along the way you encounter various allies and enemies along with an appearance from series-favourite Victor Sullivan.

You progress through the game by running, jumping, shooting and solving puzzle elements. It's a linear experience although there are some larger areas to explore as you want, including jungles, temple ruins, caverns and encampments. On Vita, the normal gamepad controls are joined by some touch-screen elements as well as the use of the motion detection for enhanced aiming (something that is available in later versions of the main game).

The result is a game that offers new and welcome innovations while also offer considerable open-world style exploration. Through the action we get foreshadowing of the nagging doubts Nate has about his treasure hunting obsession -- a questionable side of his character we will see play out fully in Uncharted 4.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/02/2012

Platforms: PS Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)


Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 13 hours to complete. Although there are treasures to find in all the Uncharted games, The Golden Abyss offers more hidden items and the incentive of taking pictures of specific views. This makes it more likely to be played multiple times.
Players: This is a single player game.


Uncharted: Golden Abyss usually costs £19.99. 

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Eng/Pol/Por/Rus/Sca/Spa)

PlayStation Store PS Vita £19.99

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PlayStation Store PS Vita Free
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features strong violence. Not suitable for persons under 16 years of age. Violence is realistic and involves both hand-to hand combat and the use of weapons, including guns and grenades. Blood effects occur when characters are shot. There is also use of bad language ('*!@?*', 'damn' and '*!@?*').

Skill Rating

11-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The portable version of Uncharted is more suited to younger players than the bigger PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. The content is less realistic, but also the tilt-controls more intuitive to those not used to twin-stick controls. You need to have the patience to take your time in some encounters, as well as the patience and emotional maturity to appreciate the themes and dialogue that develop.


There are difficulty and other settings but all menus can only be access via the touch screen. During play you also have to use the tilt controls to balance and touchscreen (to swipe in a series of directions). You have to use the touchscreen to access menus.

The Zoom Remember option in controls only applied to the magnification of scoped weapons.

When you are able to take a photo in the game an icon pops up. You are also guided in the right direction with colour coded Yellow or Flashing elements in the environment. There is an aim assistance that you can turn on.
Our Uncharted: Golden Abyss Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:

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