TechnoBuffalo’s own Jon Rettinger was lucky enough to step into the tiny, portable shoes of Nathan Drake during his time at the IFA conference last week by way of Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS Vita. Despite my rampant, unwavering jealousy, I’m happy to share his video hands-on with you … that jerk.
While Jon absolutely nails the graphical prowess of the device and Golden Abyss, it doesn’t look like a Sony rep was nearby to tell him exactly what the touch controls on the PS Vita do for the game. When Drake isn’t hopping directly into golden abysses (nailed it, Jon), he’s climbing. Players can actually draw out Drake’s climbing path when he’s up on a wall. Rather than working through the climb traditionally with the analog stick (which you can still do!), you can simply draw your route and let the PS Vita do its thing.
I got to play with the PS Vita at E3 in LA back in June, and I’ll say here and now that the smudginess was not nearly as noticeable as it was in this video. Jon more than likely grabbed the handheld after 90 billion convention goers decided they wanted to rub all up on it, thus the grease factor.
I hate greasy electronics.
The brief, yet awesome, gameplay video above was supposedly for me. Well, thanks, but now I’m just angry about how much Uncharted I’m not playing right now. Great.