I have been plowing through Uncharted: Golden Abyss the last few days, getting back to it months after I gave up on it in the first place. The reason for me giving it another shot? Trophies, of course. And because it was free, thanks to the exceptional PS Plus service that Sony offers and opened up to the PS Vita owners. Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game, it just isn't very fun. And it's hard to invest tons of time into games that just don't entertain you.
Golden Abyss was as a launch day release for the PS Vita, and was seen as one of the few reasons at the time to actually plop down the cash for the newest handheld gaming device. Lot's of people loved it, and honestly, it is an AMAZING looking game. Yet all the gorgeous graphics in the world aren't enough for me to say, even as I play it now, that I enjoy playing it. I could play the first couple of chapters over and over because of the graphics, but once you get into the meat and potatoes of the game, you realize that the developers forced the issue with a lot of touch controls and gimmicky-feeling game play mechanics.
It's sad that I am literally only playing this game to go after trophies, especially considering that Uncharted 3, my first Uncharted game I played, was so amazing and allowed me to play through without thinking about trophies. The dialogue and voice acting is well done, but boring. I find myself skipping through every cut scene because the story holds no weight to me, and the frustration of having to play checkpoints over and over because the aiming/shooting is off or control of Nathan Drake is sluggish, is starting to boil over.
I guess I'm not saving this game for a rainy day of the project because I don't want to play it again, once I either get the Platinum trophy or stop caring all together. I can't wait to delete it from my Vita and reinstall Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (thanks to having a small memory card ... why are the so expensive, anyway?). I don't know if I have it in me, a glorified trophy whore, to finish the damn thing. I want to, I really do. I want it to be fun and engaging, also, but that's not happening.
Sitting here, staring at the Vita screen makes me just want to go play something else, something I will enjoy. I can't wait for tomorrow to come.
Games played: 2
Systems played on: NES = 1, PS Vita = 1
Total time played: 4.5 hours