This game is rated PEGI 16
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Drug, Illness, Stabbed and Torture.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 13 months ago.
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.
Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Violence. As players explore tropical jungles and ancient ruins, they can use stealth moves (e.g., neck-snapping, chokeholds) and melee attacks to incapacitate armed thugs; some fights are highlighted by slow-motion effects and knife-stabbing (e.g., if players fail to match on-screen prompts, their character may get stabbed in the chest or neck). Players also use realistic pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill nearby enemies. Injured characters emit brief spurts of blood when shot, and one scene depicts blood stains inside an empty torture chamber. During the course of the game, some of the dialogue includes suggestive remarks (e.g., “If you show me yours, I'll show you mine,” “Don't rub too hard, they're gonna get excited,” and “You are looking a little stiff.”/"That's what Consuela said.”). In one sequence, players can walk through a manufacturing plant that depicts coca leaves and white powder on scales. The words “sh*t,” “b*tch,” and “a*shole” can be heard in dialogue.
11+ 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.
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