Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Compatability: 1GB Mininum Space | SIXAXIS Motion Sensitive | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 720p | Network Players 2-10
Rating: 9.8

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is simply how a sequel should be. Nathan Drake’s second adventure is not only bigger and better, but also one of the best games of all time. The game is almost a perfect one. How many times you play an outstandingly good looking game having a massive story and thrilling gameplay? Voice acting? Hollywood style. And I’m not kidding. Uncharted 2 has it all.

This time around Nathan Drake is after the Cintamani Stone, a very valuable artifact which is said that was on Marco Polo’s lost fleet. Looking for the same object is a Serbian war criminal named Zoran Lazarević. Nathan is in the middle of a number of individuals in which everyone has his personal objectives, hence the name Among Thieves. In a few words the story is one of the best around. You don’t play much games having a great story and when you start the game, you immediately realize that this is going to be an exceptional one: “I did not tell half of what I saw for I knew I would not be believed.” – Marco Polo, 1324.

No, this is not a movie. Spectecular.

Uncharted 2 is actually playing a movie. Once you start you just cannot stop because apart from the hooking story, the visuals both in-game and in cutscenes are amazing. Jungle, cave and street environments are very realistic and Naughty Dog were right when they said that they will use the full power of the PlayStation 3’s cell. Sometimes you are in the middle of something which is actually moving around you and you still have full control of Nathan. These moments happen for example while a building is collapsing or while you are on a speeding train. The facial expressions during cutscenes are superb especially those of Nathan Drake. The main character is flawless and he is truly becoming one of the greatest characters of all time.

The game has a vast range of gameplay modes. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is not simply an action adventure game. It’s also a platform, a third person shooter, a stealth game and also contains some puzzles, which are not as frequent as the first game but this time these are bigger. If there is anything you wish to do with Nathan, he can do it. The soundtrack of Uncharted 2 is engaging and really fits situations during the game. And yes, voice acting is Hollywood style. It’s marvellous and a lot of work was done in this department. It’s one of the best you will ever see and hear. Period.

The level of detail is amazing.

One of the biggest selling points and a massive benefit in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the multiplayer option. You can now play as one of the protagonists or even one of the villains in a number of modes like deathmatch, capture the treasure, elimination and more. You will be able to level up and earn money which can be spent on a number of enhancements and other things like extra movies and costumes. There is also the option of playing in co-op mode which will allow a maximum of three players to play together a number of missions having specific objectives. This game has the whole package.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has an approximately 10 hour single player campaign and then a massive amount of hours are waiting for you to spend on the multiplayer mode. In a few words this game is a must buy for all PlayStation 3 owners. It is an almost perfect game. It never gets boring and you won’t be playing a lot of games like this one, at least for the time being. Just buy it now. Exceptional.

Reviewed by Barber – October 22, 2009

Graphics
One of the best looking games around. The visuals are wonderful both in-game and in cutscenes. Superb.
 
Sound
Excellent soundtrack and sound effects which is complemented by terrific voice acting. Wonderful.
 
Fun
Uncharted 2 has got stealth, gunfights, puzzles, platforming and a hooking online mode. You will play this for a long time. A very long time.
 
Final Score

 

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