Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Genre: Adventure

Developer: Bend Studio

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

If you’ve read this far, then you know that the Vita has more than just a couple system sellers. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the most traditional day-one choice, with graphics that almost look comparable to Drake’s Fortune; it is in fact a prequel to the inaugural Uncharted. If you’ve seen some of the gameplay clips, you know that Drake can now traverse walls by the simple swipe of the screen.

Personally, I’d like to earn my platforming achievements, which is why I’m glad I’m not required to use that feature. As the first Uncharted not developed by Naughty Dog, Golden Abyss has been put in the hands of proven Sony subsidiary, Bend Studio. Along with the Syphon Filter series, they were also responsible for the well-received Resistance: Retribution on the PSP. I do appreciate how the studio didn't shoehorn a slew of new features for the sake of taking advantage of the Vita's hardware.

While I’m already eager for another Nathan Drake adventure based after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, I’m optimistic that Golden Abyss will be a fine substitute for now.