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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Reviewing: Naughty Dog Uncharted 2: Among Thieves  |  Rating:
Tristan Cole By Tristan Cole on
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is sequel to one of the most recognized, and arguably the best, Playstation 3 exclusives to date, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. In the first game, we meet Drake and friends in his quest to find the lost city of El Dorado and the treasures surrounding it. The end result, as obvious in most adventures, tends to be more than they bargained for. Regardless, Uncharted 2 contains characters from the first, but is not necessary to have played the first.

Story: The bread and butter of the Uncharted series: the story. The first one told us a riveting tale of Drake and his friends, and it was quite amazing. However, there is only one word to describe the single player portion of Uncharted 2: extravagant. You start off train wrecked hanging from the side of a mountain, only to incur cutscenes of what had previously happened leading up to that point. While characters such as Sully and Elena carry on from the first title, new characters are introduced such as Chloe and Harry Flynn who we find to be old friends of Drake's in some form or another. The story is absolutely amazing. Naughty Dog put together a masterpiece of betrayal, heartbreak, loyalty, and suspense for you to play through, and the story should not be overlooked. I for one am not a huge story addict like some people can be- but to not follow and get engaged in this one, you'd be a fool. I can honestly say that this is the first videogame that hard me on the verge of tears at the end, and that is really an amazing thing.

Gameplay: If you have played the first Uncharted, you will instantly be able to pick up the controls and the way the game works. It plays the same as the first, and similar to other third person shooters- however, there are obvious improvements. For one thing, the motion sensing is gone. While still optional, you no longer have to tilt the controller to throw a grenade where you want, and you no longer have to worry about balancing on a very narrow log or beam. The shooting seems greatly improved: the guns feel better, and the system feels more refined. The cover system is the same, however seems more fluid. The platforming is fun as always, allowing you to scale whatever you can grab on to in single and multiplayer alike. Included in the upgraded combat and cover systems are new ways to stealth kill enemies, such as grabbing them from behind corners, pulling/pushing them off ledges, and grabbing them over various cover objects in the game.

Graphics: If you wanted to argue the graphics power of the PS3 to anybody, you'd be dumb not to use Uncharted 2. The graphics quality of the game is simple stunning- I for one didn't think it could get much better from the first game, and I was glad to be wrong. Lush jungle and harsh snow environments make the game feel amazing. I was amazed, at least on the first few levels, to find virtually no aliasing of any kind- and anybody who knows PS3 games knows that jagged edges plague other titles. Another thing was the animations- they feel so fluid and lifelike- vastly improved from the first game. Not only that, but the overall feel of the environments has changed to make you feel way more involved in the game. The player models and textures are very well done as well.

Multiplayer: Uncharted 2 ships with a new addition to the series, multiplayer. Co-op and competitive, the multiplayer of Uncharted doesn't disappoint. The co-op is amazing with a group of friends as you work together and push through hordes of enemies to get your objectives done in gold rush, survival, or just objective co-op. The competitive modes feature deathmatches of all types (RPG only, pistols and grenades, standard), objective modes (king of the hill, chain reaction, plunder, etc.), and a ranked mode in which there are only standard versions of the base games and you have a different rank in addition to your regular one. Everything is still there: the characters, the environments, the weapons, and the platforming. With the addition of other players, you wouldn't notice anything different than if you were playing single player besides the perk system, which is a hit or miss depending on how you feel about perks in general.

Conclusion: If you own a PS3, whether you just got one or have played the original game multiple times, and do not pick this title up, you are shooting yourself in the foot. I haven't even touched on some of the other features such as the machinima mode the game offers. Hands down the best single player experience I have ever had in a game.

Verdict : Buy It!

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