Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Overview

I have reviewed close to 1,000 games over the last ten years, and there are only a handful of games that I can say I gave a perfect score. The only game on the Playstation 3 that I have given a perfect score to so far in the few years that the Playstation 3 has been in existence for me was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This was one of the few games in this generation of consoles that truly felt “next-gen” with its amazing story telling, fantastic gameplay, and ultra realistic graphic it proved to be one of the best games in past years. Now Naughty Dog is back for the sequel in Uncharted 2: Among thieves which has the potential to be the best game in a while. Does Uncharted 2 live up to the hype? Read our full review to find out!

Gameplay

I will start this review by saying I have never been so engaged into the beginning of a game as I was in Uncharted 2. The game has one of the most brilliant opening sequences of event I have ever experienced in a game before and that starts the pace for one of the most incredible single player experiences. If you have not yet heard about the opening train scene at the start of this game, you have something to look forward to, it is one of the best opening scenes of a game I have experienced in a long time.

Getting away from the gameplay for a moment and on to the story within Uncharted 2 it proves to be an even better outing then the original. Much can be said about Nathan Drake the games main character, often times witty, sometimes goofy, and all around interesting character continues this same feel in Uncharted 2. I believe in a lot of ways you get the feeling that Nathan Drake is more of a real life person rather then the insane video game character portrayed in game. A lot of the swagger of the story can be attributed to the games tremendous voice acting which to proves to be some of the best in the gaming industry to date.

Uncharted 2’s single player manages to never miss a beat. Gone are the enemies that can withstand 10 bullets, and welcome more intelligent enemies and even more intelligent level designs. The game suffers a minor lull within a few of the early chapters but that is short lived as the game picks back up the pace and ends with a huge splash. All in all the single player experience is one of the best I have seen in years and if you enjoyed the original you will be even more impressed by this one.

Moving on to the other side of the game, the multiplayer, I have to admit I am shocked this game even includes multiplayer. Uncharted 2 would still be a top tier game had it never even bothered in this realm. And yet Naughty Dog not being the type of developer to let a game just be good enough decided to dive into the multiplayer and boy am I glad they did. This is a full fledged multiplayer experience equipped with a leveling system, upgrades, and a full slew of modes. Without going into to much detail, I have spent a good amount of time in this mode and have really enjoyed it. The game surprisingly lends itself nicely to the multiplayer arena and is worth the trip after you get done with the amazing single player experience.

Graphics

There are not very many times where I can want to go back through a game sequence not only for the gameplay but for the amazing visuals. Naughty Dog has made hands down one of the best looking games to date. Each chapter in the game is unique, and each character feels realistic and extremely responsive. Watching Nathan Drake maneuver his way throughout the game is quite incredible, and what may be even more incredible is that the side characters are just as fun to watch. I could go on and on about the games visuals but I think I will leave it at a game that you really need to experience to appreciate.

Fun Factor

What I think impresses me most about Uncharted 2 is not the visuals, not the gameplay, but how the complete package comes together. I have never in my years of reviewing games been so taken back by a games ability to tell a story. Nathan Drake is a character I would love to see continue to grow and flourish and even at the end of Uncharted 2 I would love to see where the writers take Nathan next. For me personally I enjoyed every minute of the single player experience and was taken back by how enjoyable the multiplayer was.

Overall

There are very few games that I struggle to wrap up a review for, but its hard to really gather on paper how much I enjoyed the entire experience of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. If there is one game for the Playstation 3 this year that I would say is a “must buy” Uncharted 2 is that game, it truly is one of the best games in years and could very well be the best Playstation 3 game of 2009.

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