Nathan Drake now owns my soul

Posted: February 23, 2012 in Uncharted, Video Games

So I’m one of the idiots people who bought the Playstation Vita on launch; I actually got what I feel was a pretty good deal on it to be honest. Normally the UK gets shafted with this kind of thing by certain companies Nintendo thinking that they can simply chance a $ to a £ and knock about twenty quid off. I won’t say how much it did cost me, but I got the Wi-Fi version which came bundled with Uncharted: Golden Abyss and an 8gb memory card.

The system itself feels like I got value for money. It is a teeny tiny bit too big for my small hands so I daresay I will probably go for the inevitable smaller version when Sony bring that out but it won’t be as painful on my wallet as most game stores here in the UK let you trade in your older model and give you a sizable amount off the old one or I can hand it in and get cash for it at CEX – a store that offers cash for your gadgets without feeling like a seedy pawn shop.

Vita came with a dead battery which I pretty much expected, but unlike the PSP it was happy to work for me as long as I hooked it up to the mains. The screen is huge and is absolutely gorgeous, the menus are extremely easy to use and within minutes I was exploring what the Vita has to offer me.

Then I made my first mistake. You see Vita will only allow one PSN account to be registered to it – to combat priacy I suppose but apparently I signed up a second PSN account at some point… and I assigned the wrong one to my Vita. This wouldn’t have been a problem since you can format the system and start again but I also got points on my reward card for preordering Vita, and used those points to buy a free PSN card… that I attached to the wrong account. D’OH!

Now; as for Uncharted itself. This wasn’t a game developed by Naughty Dog and it shows in some ways. I don’t actually find the touch screen stuff all that obtrusive which is good but – and this may just be me trying to find a flaw with a franchise that I love so so much – I don’t like that all the climbable surfaces shine. Uncharted has never been a free roaming game but this just makes it even more linear than it already is.

Dante is also getting on my nerves and this is a first – I have loved every single Uncharted character up until this point, even the main villain in Uncharted 2 but I really, really hope that I get to shoot Dante in the face. Now I live in England so I could be wrong but he strikes me as a very stereotypical, mouthy Italian-American and… yeah I want to shoot him in the face. He isn’t spoiling the game for me or anything like that, but he is kind of annoying. Maybe I’m just bummed because I’m on chapter 3 and haven’t seen Sully yet XD

I also have to mention the aiming. It is very, very twitchy and not like Uncharted at all. I’m coping but it’s a lot tougher than the PS3 games (although I’m getting way more head shots, I don’t understand how this is possible, maybe the game feels sorry for me XD).

But all those points are but minor niggles in what is a stunningly beautiful game. The character banter is still there, Nate is still in character (and still voiced by the lovely Nolan North) and as always, the characters just make it feel alive… even Dante XD

I think I’ve rambled enough, but I’ll leave you with this piece of eye-candy taken with the handy Vita screencapping ability which I will subsequently abuse the hell out of now I know it’s there.

Edit: Url because my layout smooshed the picture up:


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