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Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2012) 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Uncharted: Golden Abyss 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Narrative, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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 '*!@?*').

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.

Skill Level

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.


You can only play this on older systems (PlayStation Vita) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/02/2012

Out Now: PS Vita

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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