Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2 is just as good, if not better, than most Hollywood action movies. With fantastic production values, a cleverly written script, great voice-over work and refined gameplay, Uncharted 2 is the second best thing that could have happened to the PS3 going into the holiday shopping season. With Kratos riding the pine until 2010, Nathan Drake steps up to the plate and delivers a homerun for Sony.

THE VERDICT by Will Herring Will Herring's Avatar All the thrills of a big budget Hollywood action movie -- now with 100% less nuked fridges!

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I reviewed the first Uncharted back when it was first released and thought it was a good game with some promise; I wasn't blown away by it, but I thought it was a good first step. Well, Naughty Dog's taken that first step and followed it up with a giant leap: Uncharted 2 is a great game, a big budget Hollywood blockbuster masquerading as a video game. Seriously, if this keeps up, the Matthew McConaugheys and Nicolas Cages of the world will all be out of a job... which wouldn't exactly be a huge blow to humanity's future.

Buried Treasure

I'm willing to bet that if you paid a visit to Naughty Dog's offices, you'd find a huge movie collection filled with titles like National Treasure and Sahara; I say this because Uncharted 2 follows the same set formula as those types of movies. It looks, feels and plays out just like a cliche ridden action flick with one exception: it's actually good, and you don't feel like an idiot for liking it. Uncharted 2 has everything: a good looking and charming leading man; an attractive and plucky female lead; lots of action sequences and things going "kaboom"; and some nice pseudo-history/anthropology/archeology mumbo jumbo that's just plausible enough that you accept it at face value.

If this thing were a movie, it'd probably gross a couple hundred million dollars worldwide and launch a few acting careers in the process. I really enjoyed it, and here's the most telling thing: there were times when I felt frustrated and there were times when I felt lost but there was never a moment when I felt bored. Not once during my ten hour romp through the single-player campaign did I want to turn off the game and go do something else. I did feel like that game dragged on a bit towards the end -- I was shocked that it only took me ten hours to beat the game because it felt like I had been playing for twice that -- but it remained satisfying all the way through.

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monkbaine

Must-Buy!! I had no issues with the weapons/reloading in the 1st game. It's different than any other game,but you have to view each game on it's own merits.

teh2Dgamer

My question is, how scripted it it? I'm getting extremely tired of overly-scripted games.

Whenever I hear "Feels like a Hollywood Movie," that usually means extremely scripted.

Are there just as many puzzle/exploration elements, as the original (not as though the original was particularly open for exploration), or is the game more action oriented than the original?

mota_oo7

hell yeah uncharted 2!!! hear that??... exclusively for ps3.. HA HA!!! ohh and if u think this is mind blowing wait until u see the big juggernaut GOD OF WAR!!! ohh i forgot... exclusively for ps3 too HA HA.......

TKK

teh2Dgamer wrote:

My question is, how scripted it it? I'm getting extremely tired of overly-scripted games.

Whenever I hear "Feels like a Hollywood Movie," that usually means extremely scripted.

Are there just as many puzzle/exploration elements, as the original (not as though the original was particularly open for exploration), or is the game more action oriented than the original?

It's fairly linear and there aren't very many open areas that you can explore. But that's really besides the point, 2D. The game is fantastic and there is nothing wrong with a scripted experience so long as the script is worth following. Take a look at God of War, for example. That game was insanely linear but the game followed such a great arc in terms of narrative and gameplay that you never minded. Same goes for Uncharted 2.

TKK

teh2Dgamer


TKK wrote:
It's fairly linear and there aren't very many open areas that you can explore.......

Like I've said, I don't have a problem with some linear games, but others just bug me. If a game's scripted, does it constantly push you down the path, or do you get to go at your leisure? I like to feel like I'm in control of the game. Also, God of War breaks up the linearity with some exploration, and adventuring elements. I assume that Uncharted 2 does as well.

I don't mind if a game's linear, just so long as I feel like I'm in control of the game. Games like Call of Duty bug the hell out of me. Whenever they constantly bug you to go down the path they want you to, it annoys me, and makes me shut off the game. "Hey you!" "Get back on mission Soldier!" I hate being punished for trying to explore the game.

I also hate when they blatantly make the puzzles too easy by showing you a cutscene (which is unnecessary if you've got half a brain, because puzzle elements have been watered down so much in recent years that they're not even hard to figure out) pointing everything out, or do they let you figure it out on you own?

I also understand narratives in gaming, but I don't really care for them overall. They mean nothing if the game's not fun to play. I don't want to play a movie, I want to play a game. I have no problem with narratives so long as the gameplay is great first, but they add nothing to the gameplay. Neither do the production values. I'm of the oldschool train of though where gameplay comes first, and everything else second. The move to make movies instead of games is seriously turning me off to modern gaming, because they're focusing less on refining gameplay elements, and more time trying to tell a story.

teh2Dgamer

I'm not trying to bad on the game, I'm sure it's a good game, I'm just saying that I'm tired of gaming going down the path of trying to be movies instead of trying to be games.

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