Uncharted: Fight for Fortune is the latest installment in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise, but it is not what you might expect; it’s a card game. Retailing for $4.99 on PSN for the Playstation Vita portable, Fight for Fortune can be had as a standalone game, but is at its best as a supplement to Drake’s more traditional outing on the Vita, Uncharted: Golden Abyss. If you are intimidated by the depth of card games, fear not; the developers have implemented a really easy learning curve. The eight-hour single player features characters from Drake’s Fortune, Eye of Indra, and Golden Abyss. Expansion packs are available for $2.99 to add cards from Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception.
Uncharted: Fight for Fortune has a number of unique features. The game was originally designed upon the release of Golden Abyss, meant to accompany the experience directly. Collecting artifacts in the main game will allow you to collect and power up new cards in Fight for Fortune, so you will be rewarded for playing both games. It also appears that this game was originally intended to showcase what the Vita can do over 3G- online matches can be played over 3G in addition to Wi-Fi, more than likely due to extremely small transfers of data required to play a card game. It is a shame that the Vita is so light on 3G content, especially considering that it cost a good bit more to get it. Uncharted is here to soften that blow.
For fans that are disappointed that Sony Computer Entertainment’s Bend Studio’s new game is a card game, rest easy. Bend Studio had a helping hand from One Loop Games, and has confirmed that this is not the “big title” that they have been working on- what that title is remains to be seen. Bend Studio is best known for the Syphon Filter franchise, including the two PSP titles. Lately, they have been responsible for handheld installments of some of Sony’s biggest console franchises, namely Resistance: Retribution for the PSP and Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Vita.