Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Exciting action series now mobile but still violent.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is a third-person adventure that focuses heavily on combat. As Nathan Drake, you can shoot enemies with guns, toss grenades, and even sneak up behind enemies to break their neck. As a result, it doesn't give a positive message to players about how a "hero" should act, but Nathan is doing heroic things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Treasure hunter Nathan Drake uses all kinds of weapons and melee moves to maim and kill enemies. While he's fighting against a malevolent organization and he seems to be doing it out of necessity rather than pleasure, he's using violence to achieve his goals.

Ease of Play

The game is easy to play, especially for those who are familiar with the console versions of Uncharted. Much of the action is controlled via the dual analog sticks and triggers, but players can also use the face buttons, touch screen, and rear sensor, too.


Much of the gameplay focuses on combat. Drake uses a number of weapons to kill enemies, such as pistols, shotguns, and grenades. Plus, he can sneak up behind baddies to put them in a choke-hold or snap their neck. Blood can sometimes be seen when enemies are shot.


There are a few suggestive remarks made by Drake and female characters, such as "if you show me yours, I'll show you mine," and "Don't rub too hard, they're gonna get excited."


The game contains some profanity, including words like "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch" and "damn." In fact, Drake's first words in the game are "Son of a bitch, I'll see you in hell!"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One scene shows cocaine on a scale, as well as people drinking and smoking. It's not a lot, and it's not the lead character's drugs (nor is he doing any), but it's in the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a violent shooting game that, while not rated "Mature," still contains ample combat with realistic gun violence and blood. The protagonist can strangle enemies, snap their necks, toss grenades, or be stabbed. There is also some profanity in the game, sexual references, and images of narcotics (cocaine).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byJohn B. January 6, 2018

It's mildly violent but lot's of fun

My 9 year old son is kind of advanced and found this game was a good introduction to mature games. Like I said my son is advanced but I would say 11 would be a... Continue reading
Adult Written byadultwith4kids September 13, 2014

really common sense media

when the game says "don't rub too hard, it'll get excited' its talking about making an impression of a stone carving and when the game says,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 15, 2019

Portable spinoff is okay.

I liked this portable version of Uncharted a lot actually. Though the story was kind of crappy, and Drake's design looked a bit weird, the gameplay is amaz... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 December 1, 2013

great adventure game

great adventure game under 10 may find puzzles confusing

What's it about?

As with the console versions of the popular game series, UNCHARTED: GOLDEN ABYSS for the new, portable PlayStation Vita ("PS Vita") delivers the same cinematic, action-heavy gameplay, that is accompanied by platforming elements, puzzle-solving, and exploration. This third-person, single-player take once again follows Nathan Drake, a daring treasure hunter, who vows to uncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition. Throughout the 30 levels, Drake attempts to find a legendary lost city in Central America, stumbles over a secret sect, and gets caught in a rivalry between his old friend Jason Dante and Marisa Chase, the granddaughter of a missing archeologist.

Is it any good?

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is worthy of the name Uncharted, but a little more time and care with the game could've made it an extraordinary adventure instead of just a good one. On one hand, Sony Bend's Uncharted: Golden Abyss delivers a number of thrilling moments, memorable sequences, and intense combat throughout big set pieces -- just like Naughty Dog's console versions of the game. The story is interesting, graphics are outstanding, and the orchestrated music is as good as the other games in the series. But the enemy artificial intelligence (A.I.) is quite dull, the frame rate takes a hit when there's a lot of action onscreen at the same time, and some of the touch screen mechanics are cumbersome and thus detract from the engaging shooting elements. For $50 -- for a portable game, no less -- Uncharted: Golden Abyss should have more polish and offer more replayability than it currently does. It does show what's capable on the new PS Vita, though, which is turning out to be a promising piece of hardware.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Sony is going after an older market with its PlayStation Vita platform, just as Nintendo is now allowing more violent and gory games like Resident Evil: Revelations on its Nintendo 3DS.

  • Families can discuss how to find age appropriate content for portable game systems. These systems are challenging for parents to supervise because the small screen makes it harder to see what your kids are playing compared to a big TV screen.

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For kids who love lots of action

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