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Uncharted: Golden Abyss | £19.99 | Grainger Games | Vita

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Nathan Drake, Nolan North, PS Vita games, Sony Bend, Uncharted: Golden Abyss
This rarely dips under the £20 mark as it usually sticks around £25. You might be thinking it's a little pricey for a Vita launch title, but rest assured it's the best game on the handheld by some distance. The touch-screen controls for dusting off treasure or suring up Drake's grip on a crumbling handhold really add to the experience. Thanks to the smooth analogue controls and helpful motion tweaking, the gunfights arguably handle better than the PS3 games and there's a King's ransom of hidden treasures to find adding replayability. Sony Bend have risen to the challenge despite working under the tall shadow of Naughty Dog.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss | £19.85 | ShopTo | PS Vita

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Action Games, PS Vita games, Sony Bend, Sony Computer Entertainment

Uncharted: Golden Abyss | £19.85 | ShopTo | PS Vita

We haven't seen a significant drop for this one since launch, but ShopTo have done it in style. Their current offer drops the price below the £20 for the first time, and provides a saving of a fiver in the process.

It was the stand-out title of the Vita’s launch line-up, demonstrating that big budget games such as the Uncharted series not only could make the jump to the Vita, it could arguably do some aspects better than its console companion. If you (for some reason) didn’t get this when you bought your Vita, it’s definitely worth a go now at this price. Thanks to MasterMandrill @ HUKD!

Uncharted: Golden Abyss | £29.95 | The Game Collection | PS Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, PS Vita games, Sony, Sony Bend
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss | Playstation Vita
Uncharted: Golden Abyss | £29.95 | The Game Collection | PS Vita

Brendan describes Uncharted: Golden Abyss as the "Vita's gold medal" in his 10/10 review, and we're inclined to agree. This downloadable powerhouse truly shows off what Sony's handheld can do with all the production values and flair of a full home console title. Plus, it could well be one of the most impressive launch titles for any console, ever.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Pre-Order) | £24.99 | HMV | PS Vita

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Pre-Order) | £24.99 | HMV | PS Vita

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is shaping up to be pretty much what every Nathan Drake fan wants: an authentic Uncharted experience in the palm of your hands. Sony Bend have done a fine job in getting the look right and the Vita's mechanics are well integrated into the gameplay, particularly when it comes to sniper aiming and platforming. Early indications are that this is one of the essentials in the Vita's launch lineup, and prices like this will keep punters buying at HMV, considering most other listings are over £5 more. Nice spot Basher Walls.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Hands-On Preview

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Games previews, Nathan Drake, Playstation Access, Playstation Vita, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Sony Bend, Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Hands-On Preview

Platform: PS Vita

Developers: Sony Bend

Publishers: Sony

If there’s any name in PlayStation gaming that demands attention it has to be Uncharted. The signs are pointing to a mightily positive launch title that should be on everyone’s pre-order list.

The game has been developed by Sony Bend studios rather than Naughty Dog, but that certainly hasn’t harmed the brand. The best comparison would be the amazing job Ready at Dawn did when they brought the God of War series to the PSP.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Hands-On Preview

We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on this handheld wonder a few times now. Germany, London and thanks to the recent PlayStation Access event, Manchester. The most recent demo showed off some platforming and gunplay, both of which feel instinctively ace. Presuming you’ve played the Uncharted games before, you’ll find the format familiar and undiluted. Gameplay staples include third-person shooting, brawling, puzzles and clambering around precarious environments.

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Watch 15 Mins Of Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Watch 15 Mins Of Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Sony Bend's portable take on the adventures of Nathan Drake will see our well-coiffured hero scaling perilous vertices via touchscreen in one of the Vita's flagship launch titles. We've seen a fair bit of it here onsite but now, thanks to a Japanese YouTube user who uploaded over a dozen videos of PlayStation Vita games by Sony’s Play Community site, so can you.

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From Quad-Wielding Demons To Naughty Dog's One Game Policy - News Roundup 8th February 2011

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, Battlefield 3, FPS, Games news, Naughty Dog, NGP, Nintendo, Sony Bend, The Darkness II, Uncharted
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The Darkness II Confirmed For Autumn

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After months of (correct) rumours and speculation, 2K and Digital Extremes have announced that The Darkness II is indeed in development and is dated for an Autumn 2011 release window. The original game was one of the most interesting and sadly underrated shooters of this generation, and we're delighted to see that it's making a long-overdue return.

2K President Christoph Hartmann has the following spiely speil for your cynical delectation:

The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it’s a stylized and beautiful nightmare.

The game takes a unique stance on fighting in the dark versus light. Combined with the arsenal of weapons at Jackie’s disposal and the gruesome attacks of the supernatural Demon Arms and Darkness powers, we’re proud to announce another title that delivers on our core values of creating games for gamers.

As well as stylish noir ultraviolence, The Darkness II will deliver Quad-Wielding FPS mechanics that allow two weapons to be simultaneously fired along with slashing and throwing objects from Jackie's horrific demon appendages. Consider this one to watch- and we'll bring you the latest as we hear it.

Naughty Dog Is "A One Game Studio;" Won't Make Uncharted NGP

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Uncharted is one of the most impressive NGP launch titles on the radar thus far, but award-winning developers Naughty Dog have confirmed that they won't be in charge of the transition to Sony's impressive handheld. Rather, they'll be concentrating on making Uncharted 3 as polished as possible.

We’re a one game studio so [splitting development] would be very challenging for us.

I know a long time ago we had looked at trying to do that as well, but it’s really about what makes sense for the universe and for the franchise as well. - Naughty Dog community boss Arne Meyer to EGTV

Meyer continued to state that Naughty Dog are more than happy to pass the reins over to Sony Bend, who have been tasked with adapting the franchise to the exciting new device. As a veteran PSP outfit, they're more than up to the challenge.

Sony Bend’s a great studio, we have a great relationship with them, so it’s really exciting to see a new platform and see what they can do with it given all of the new control options they’ve got as well.

We've got the best part of a year to wait- so trust us to keep an eye on things. [EGTV]

Nintendo Confirm 3DS UK Launch Titles

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We've been keeping you up to date with the latest Japanese news on the hotly-anticipated Nintendo 3DS, and Ninty has finally confirmed the UK launch lineup that we can expect when their handheld hits our green and pleasant land on March 25th. No big surprises here, but for the sake of completeness, here's the full rundown.

  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends
  • Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog & New Friends
  • Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
  • The Sims 3
  • PES 2011 3D – Pro Evolution Soccer
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
  • Asphalt 3D
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D
  • Rayman 3D

Personally, we're mainly excited about SSFIV... but with no big first party franchises on the list, many gamers may well opt to wait for a couple of months.

With the March street date looming ever closer, it's time to ask the big question: will you be buying a 3DS? Or will you be holding out for the NGP or more first party Nintendo titles? Have your say in the comments!

For the record, you can see my answer to the question here.

More BF3 Details Emerge: 24-Player Console Multiplayer

Leaked details from Game Informer's latest cover story has outed a few more choice tidbits about EA's recently-unveiled Battlefield 3. Apparently the shooter will feature an all-new singleplayer campaign that's unrelated to the Bad Company storyline and canon, along with cooperative modes and four multiplayer classes. The big news is that the console versions will 'only' support 24 player multiplayer action as opposed to 64 on the PC, which is said to be the Battlefield 3's "lead platform." More at GAF.