Uncharted: Golden Abyss

An action game and a spin-off installment of the popular Uncharted series, developed as one of the launch titles of PlayStation Vita. Contrary to the major entries in the franchise, which were created by Naughty Dog, Uncharted: Golden Abyss was developed by Bend. Plot-wise, it is a prequel to the Uncharted series. In the game, we assume the role of a younger Nathan Drake who embarks on a journey to Panama to investigate a newly-discovered temple complex and solve the mystery behind a massacre of conquistador forces that took place 400 years ago. Remaining faithful to the spirit of the series, the events of Uncharted: Golden Abyss are very dynamic and are accompanied by arcade gameplay. Nathan Drake has to overcome various obstacles, climb, shoot, fight hand-to-hand, and solve logic puzzles. The controls utilize extra features of PSV, such as the touch screen and the built-in gyroscope. Uncharted: Golden Abyss offers a symphonic soundtrack composed by Clint Bajakian.

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PlayStation Vita
Game Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV) Cover
Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted: Golden Abyss | PS Vita

Action, TPP, logical elements, TPS, action adventure

Companies responsible for Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Naughty Dog | game developer

Sony Interactive Entertainment | publisher  

Uncharted: Golden Abyss release date for PS Vita:

game language:

17 December 2011 | Worldwide

22 February 2012 | Europe PAL

22 February 2012 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.3 / 10 calculated out of 809 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 153 players' votes.  

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is one of the launch titles of PlayStation Vita. The game was developed by a team at Bend, a Sony studio, to demonstrate the technical capabilities of the new platform.


Story-wise, Golden Abyss is a prequel to the main Uncharted series, well-known to the users of PlayStation 3. The players can learn of the slightly younger Nathan Drake’s adventures. At the request of his friend, Jason Dante, the protagonist sets us to the central Panama to investigate a newly discovered temple complex and solve the mystery of a conquistador’s unit massacred 400 years ago. The two friends are accompanied by Marisa Chase, the granddaughter of Vincent Perez, a famous archeologist. It soon turns out that the remains of a long-gone civilization are of interest to general Guerro, a military warlord who intends to finance his army with the Indian treasures…


In accordance with the series’ canon, the events are presented at a dizzying pace and the linear story is full of plot twists. The player assumes the role of Nathan Drake who does equally well with firearms (pistols, rifles, and even grenades), hand-to-hand combat, overcoming various terrain obstacles, and solving ancient puzzles.

The gameplay combines elements of a shooter, fighting, stealth, platformer, and of course adventure games. The controls in Uncharted: Golden Abyss are designed to utilize various features of PlayStation Vita. Therefore, in the game, the player can make use of, for example, the touch screen or the built-in gyroscope.

Technical aspects

In terms of audiovisuals, Uncharted: Golden Abyss for PlayStation Vita presents similar quality to Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The graphics are displayed in 720x408 pixels which is slightly less than the console’s maximum resolution of 960x544 pixels. However, it allowed the developers to increase the smoothness of the motion-capture animations. The soundtrack was composed by Clint Bajakian and recorded with the participation of the Ocean Way symphonic orchestra conducted by Alan Umstead.

Age Rating

age requirements: 16+

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Launch Trailer

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