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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Written by Glenn Dalton Jr. on . Posted in Video Games

{tab=Story} Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a PlayStation 3 action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.[5] It is the sequel to the 2007 game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Officially announced in the December 2008 issue of Game Informer, the game was released in North America on October 13, 2009. A European release date was initially announced as October 23, 2009, however this statement was later retracted by Naughty Dog co-president, Christophe Balestra on Twitter. Sony later announced a European release date of October 16, 2009. {tab=Videos} Trailer

{tab=Review} I'll be honest. When starting up Uncharted 2, I wasn't expecting to be blown away. After enjoying the first game so much, I didn't see all that much more room for improvement. Not to mention the media hype that surrounded this game, and a game can almost always fail after being hyped to this level. Guess what? Uncharted 2: Among Thieves lives up to it. It's actually even better: it's the best game I've ever played.

Uncharted 2 is the greatest example why no game is perfect. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was so good, I wondered if the areas being improved upon would really make that big of a difference... It did. Uncharted 2 is the closest game resembling a movie that I have ever had the privilege of playing (ever). It's also better than most summer blockbusters. This game is like July in October: it's hot.

The story centers around Nathan Drake being lured into searching for Marco Polo's lost fleet by his old partner Harry Flynn and a new love interest Chloe Frazer (and I might add that she's easily alot prettier and more badass than Lara Croft has ever been). I wont divulge anymore because this is simply a game that must be played. I will say that everything goes wrong and very quickly, or in Nathan's own words, "everything I touch turns to shit."

What's so great about this game is that you're never in one place for so long, and the developers at Naughty Dog show their ability to handle the PlayStation 3's hardware no other developers can. Every location feels unique and alive, not just by the people either; there are actually birds and monkeys going here and there, above you, and all around you in the jungle, and it amazed me to find that the jungle in Uncharted 2 looks A LOT better than the one in its sequel. I don't know how they did it, but some of the huge vistas and scenery literally made my eyes water. I felt like I was right there; I felt like I was Drake, sweating bullets right there by his side. Now that's immersion.

The gameplay has been slightly tweaked and it's easier and funner to pull off headshots. The stealth element was implemented perfectly and I really don't see why other reviewers had that much trouble. Trust me: if you have that much trouble with the stealth in this game, then maybe you're just not that good at this type of game mechanic. There's one thing that I felt was lacking... This game is so good that it's almost a cheat not to have co-op in the campaign. Although the online co-op is a blast and the competive multiplayer is addicting, the lack of campaign co-op was forgiven and forgiven very quickly.

The only real problem with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is that after playing it, your expectations will forever have been raised. I can't believe how another game coming out this year could live up to what this game offers (I'm looking at you, Infinity Ward). I can't even go back to playing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune because, compared to this game, it feels like an outdated last-gen game.

If you have a PS3 and like cover-based shooters, or great story telling, or you just want some eye candy, go out and pick it up. Dont wait, buy it now and find out for yourself why Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the best PlayStation 3 game yet. Live one of the greatest gaming experiences of your life. You owe it to Naughty Dog and you owe it to yourself.

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