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Beautiful graphics and non-stop actions, one of the best game on the PS3

  • Dec 1, 2009
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+5
When the first Uncharted was released back in 2007, it was heralded as a showcase for PS3's graphical prowess, and it also received almost universal acclaim for its combination of gunplay and acrobatic actions, however, the first game never really did much for me, while I had some fun playing through the game, I wasn't too impressed and I gave the game away after I beat it.  So when Uncharted 2 was announced, I wasn't all that excited, expecting it to be more of the same, but the gaming press was gushing high praises over Uncharted 2 as the release date crept closer, so the inner sheep inside of me succumbed to the hype, and I pre-ordered the game picked it up shortly after its release.

And I was glad I picked it up!  The game lived up to all the hype and expectations, this game is like a hollywood summer blockbuster, it kept you at the edge of your seat the whole time you are playing it, throwing set piece after set piece at you, and you are left breathless and just marvel at the scenery and the technical achievement that the developer was able to put into this game.  And after playing through Killzone earlier this year, I thought it will probably be a while before another game will be able to topple its graphical fidelity, Uncharted 2 did it in spade, not only did the game has beautiful graphics, it did it in style, you'll be on a jungle island, going through a war-torn city, and climbing on snow capped mountains, the environment were varied and vibrant (unlike Killzone's monotonic background).  The actions are also much improved from the first game, especially the shooting mechanism has been greatly improved, the shooting part no longer feels like an tacked-on afterthought, and I actually enjoyed it almost as much as the acrobatic and environment puzzles.  Not stopping at creating probably the best action game of the year, the develper also put in a multiplayer mode, and since I wasn't a big multiplayer gamer nowadays, I haven't spent a lot of time with this mode, but I had a lot of fun with the limited time I put into it, but even without the multiplayer mode, the game can stand on its single player merit alone as probably one of the best game released this year.

I only had a couple of minor gripes with the game.  First of all, the story is interesting but pretty generic, and some of the supposed "twists", you can probably see from a million mile away, but like a hollywood blockbuster, you probably did not play the game for its story.  And also there is a particular frustrating sequence during the beginning of the game, basically you have to sneak past some guards without alerting them to your presence.  I am all for stealth gameplay, but the way it was implemented was pretty limited, you have to follow the exact path laid out by the designer, the minute you stray from it, you'll be discovered and the game will reload to the previous savepoint, which quickly just became tedious trials and errors, and not much fun, fortunately, this section is relatively short, and would not appear again (You can still choose to be stealthy in certain scenerios later, but you won't be penalized with instant failure when you are discovered, you can just shoot your way out of it).

Despite the minor misgivings, Uncharted 2 is definitely a must-have for any PS3 owners out there even if you were not a big fan of the first game, and it is definitly a frontrunner for 2009's game of the year, it features unbelievably beautiful graphics and non-stop actions, you'll be glad that you experienced this game, deservedly 5 out of 5.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
 is the sequel to Naughty Dog and SCEA's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.  The game was released on October 13th 2009.

The game has gotten amazing press, getting a 10 out of 10 from Game Informer, 9.5 from IGN, 5 out of 5 from G4 and a 5 out of five from Playstation Magazine.  Currently, Uncharted 2 is up for Game of the Year.
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ESRB: Teen
Number of Players: 3
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Console: Playstation 3
Genre: Action
Release Date: October 13th 2009
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