For many of us, the New Year didn’t start until February for one very good reason – PlayStation Vita. Yep, Sony’s next-generation handheld finally saw its long-awaited western debut towards the back half of the month, with early indications pointing towards a successful debut for the device. In fact, Sony recently announced that life-to-date sales of its high-end pocket rocket have topped 1.2 million, with Uncharted also reaching the summit of the U.K. All Format Charts. All in all not too shabby, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t share the sentiment that PS Vita launched with unequivocally one of the strongest line-ups in recent memory. Uncharted, WipEout 2048 and Rayman Origins on day one? Yes please.
Of course, it wouldn’t be right for Sony’s new handheld to steal all the limelight. Well, okay, we’ve no problem with it since we’re totally loved up with PS Vita right now, but let’s point the spotlight to some of the other highlights February had to offer. Reboots certainly seem to be flavour of the month, with EA’s Syndicate – a revamp of the retro-tastic 90s series of the same name – and the hotly-anticipated SSX leading the charge. The Darkness II also stepped into the light, offering an adrenaline-fueled romp packed with guns, gore and…tentacles? Also slogging it out for you cash was the Jak & Daxter HD Collection, the latest in a long line of PS2 classics to receive a fresh 720p paintjob and Trophy integration, as well as the Yakuza team’s ambitious futuristic blaster Binary Domain. Finally, Kingdoms of Amalur gave fantasy fanatics a reason to turn their attention away from Skyrim for a few months, offering a compelling slice of RPG goodness mixed in with some solid combat.
So, a packed month all in all, made all the more difficult to single out a winner due to the sheer amount of quality launch titles for PS Vita. In the end however, the general consensus was that despite PS3 putting in some solid offerings, nothing could compete with Sony’s new handheld in terms of a potential winner of our GoTM accolade. Once that was decided, it simply required us to whittle down the PS Vita launch games and find a worthy winner – and that turned out to be Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Yep, despite the absence of Naughty Dog, Nathan Drake’s pint-sized adventure proved just as captivating as its bigger brothers on PS3, and almost as stunning looking to boot. Make no mistake, Golden Abyss is a quintessential Uncharted game in every conceivable aspect, and developer Sony Bend should be commended for its effort in successfully capturing a massive console experience and translating it to handheld.
PSU was highly impressed with the game, as you can see from our thoughts below. Check out the full review here.
"Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a great experience from start to finish with dramatic moments, slick combat and carefully-measured platform play. Even the abundance of collectibles and stunning open environments make up in some way for its lack of a multiplayer component.”
Don’t agree with our choice? Let us know what you think deserves the award for Game of the Month (February 2012) in the comments section below.