Third person shooter, Action, Adventure
Single Player, Online
Amazing Graphics, Great Single player, Online was a nice addition, No loading screens during campaign
Shooting in close quarters can be challenging.
Naughty Dog released the original Uncharted: Drakes Fortune back in 2007 and it was a big release for Naughty Dog, and the PS3. It has since sold over one million copies. Since then, they have been working on their next big title, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Uncharted 2 has sold over 3.5 million copies as stated in the February NPD.
It is just like Christmas, you have opened the case, and out pops that brand new Uncharted 2: Among Thieves disc, you let your PS3 devour the disc, and get ready to go, When you first choose your difficulty level in the campaign however, It takes a good 5 minutes to load. Once you get it going though, you really start to admire the graphics this game really has. This game has the best graphics I have ever seen on a console; they are even comparable to Crysis’s graphics!
The starting scene to this game is amazing, you are not just watching a cut scene, you are playing in one, you wake up in a half destroyed train hanging over the edge of a cliff, Nate is badly injured and you have to guide him to safety, it is a much better introduction technique than seen in some video games. Rather than having to play through a boring side level, the level itself is the introduction, and what an introduction it is, they start it off like Star wars, you play through a part in the middle, and then you have to play through it again, except its much faster and there are more fighting scenes.
Uncharted’s game play mechanic is a much more refined version of Uncharted: Drakes fortune, the climbing, combat and puzzles all just seem to flow and work together much better, the climbing isn’t as finicky, and there are some parts in the game where I had to ask a friend what exactly I had to do, that is the level of difficulty and determination Naughty Dog put into this masterpiece. As I pointed out earlier, the combat is good, but a little bit tricky in close quarters, the movement is heavy, and
This can restrict your ability to kill an enemy in time, this can translate into you dying quite often if you are playing on Crushing difficulty, thankfully, the game has fairly good checkpoints, and will never save in a bad location.
The campaign in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes you all over the world from the mountains of Nepal, to the lush jungles of Borneo on your fight to stop the main villain Zoran Lazarevic from gaining ultimate power by getting access to the Cintamani stone, it is said in the game that rulers like Genghis Khan only had a sliver of the Cintamani stone, and even he had great power. The Campaign is about 10 hours long, and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It also has lots of replay value, because of the many trophies, and treasures you can collect.
Once you beat the campaign, you should definitely head over to the multiplayer, the online in this game is intense, and is noteworthy, Naughty Dog could sell this game for the single player alone, but adding online is frosting on the cake. It has a ranking system, and instead of earning experience, you gain cash, you can also have 2 Perks, and may choose your favourite villain and hero to use for each game.
This game looks and feels absolutely awesome, from the time you put the disc in, until the time you take the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves disc out, your jaw will be on the floor the graphics are that good. The graphics from the cut scenes to the actual gameplay do not change at all, creating an amazing cinematic feel to this game. All of the Cut scenes from this game were acted by the voice actors and it all blends very well. I hope that someday, graphics like these will be the standard set for video games.
As mentioned in the last paragraph, all of the voice actors did the acting, and it turns out really well, this game has sound almost as good as the graphics. The soundtrack in Uncharted was done very well with many of the scores being done by Greg Edmonson, the sound greatly affects the game, and it makes it very powerful.
Graphics – 10/10
Audio – 9/10
Gameplay – 9/10
Replayability – 8/10
Final Score – 9/10
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