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 Post subject: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:39 pm 
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Also available on: PS3
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Genre: Action-adventure

The return of everyone's favourite Indiana Jones wannabe Nathan Drake is surely one of the most anticipated gaming events of the year. Despite being released two years back, few games define the PlayStation 3 like the character's first outing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune with its stellar visuals, gripping story and dynamic gameplay. Developer Naughty Dog has a seemingly impossible job on its hands topping such an undisputed classic, but it has really outdone itself with this masterpiece of a sequel.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is everything an effective follow-up should be, improving on every aspect of its predecessor. It's larger in scope, quicker paced and more cohesive in the gameplay stakes. An online multiplayer mode that could stand alone as a game in its own right has even been thrown in for good measure.

The storyline picks up a year or so on from the previous game and sees Drake searching for the mythical city of Shangri-La. What follows is a tale of adventure, betrayal and historical mystery replete with colourful characters and exotic locations from around the globe. The plot is expertly paced with enough strategically-placed twists to keep you involved from start to finish. While action adventures aren't exactly renowned for their Oscar-worthy scripts, the organic inter-character dialogue and cinematic cutscenes are engaging enough to sit through at least a handful of times.

Aside from minor gripes, there can be few complaints about the original Uncharted's gameplay. A melting pot of shooting, platforming, puzzle solving and stealth, the title embodies everything that is great about the genre. While the developer hasn't exactly overhauled the formula with this sequel, a handful of shrewd tweaks have made a world of difference.

Firstly, the cover mechanic operates more smoothly. It functioned reasonably well in the original, but now Drake is able to slide into position more easily and stealthily negotiate corners. Shooting from cover is also more practical, with an aiming system now in place to facilitate the use of weapons such as the shotgun. Hurling grenades has become refreshingly simple. Gone is the awkwardly-integrated motion component, replaced by a single push of the L2 button.

While the stealth aspect took a back seat in the first game, more functional level design this time around allows you to have some real fun with it. There was always the option to dispatch unsuspecting foes from behind in the first instalment, but in the sequel it is actively encouraged and frequently rewarded. The greater emphasis on stealth brings some welcome balance to the gameplay, lending some additional strategy to the run-and-gun fun.

Further variation comes in the shape of puzzle solving. Many of the problems Drake finds himself up against have blatantly obvious solutions, while for the more taxing conundrums there is a hint system which can be accessed at will when you become stuck. Presented with the option to pretty much cheat, the puzzles hardly pose much of a challenge but they do bring a welcome change of pace and give your pulse a chance to stop racing after a death-defying gun fight.

Enemy AI is generally strong but it can be found wanting during stealth instances. It often transpires that guards are completely oblivious that their comrade has been dispatched, despite the fact that he was standing beside him mere seconds before. Friendly AI also functions well overall, but there are occasions where their actions are incomprehensible. For instance, it's not unheard of for a computer-controlled character to run around in circles while waiting for you to move or do virtually nothing during a gun battle.

Computer AI is rarely perfect, but a more significant drawback is that it’s not always obvious which objects are climbable. Anyone used to the likes of InFamous, where every solitary piece of scenery can be traversed, might feel a little restricted. However, with so much quality on offer, this is easy to overlook.

The secret to Uncharted 2's success is the way it seamlessly integrates multiple gameplay elements while always maintaining that sense of balance. This alone makes it a dream to play, but what really sets it aside is its spectacular set pieces. What other game has you scaling a mountain via a string of overhanging train carriages during a blizzard? Or has you racing through the streets of war-torn Nepal with an armoured car nipping at your heels? Naughty Dog really knows how to pile on the tension, throwing in an explosion or crumbling platform at precisely the right instant to keep you on your toes.

Another standout quality is the game's presentation. Uncharted 2 is one of the most polished offerings on the PlayStation 3 to date. The character models are highly realistic and some of the exotic backdrops simply jaw-dropping. Water and explosion effects are equally impressive, serving as a reminder of what current generation hardware is capable of. Music takes a backseat, but when the score does kick in, it really enhances the game's cinematic appeal. Not only is this a perfect showcase for the PS3, it will certainly do your HD television justice too.

Single-player mode offers plenty of longevity but if you want more, the multiplayer component has been given equal care and attention. All of the elements from the solo missions come into play during competitive matches, which range from deathmatch to capture and hold. There's even a co-operative mode where players square off against hordes of enemies. It's reminiscent of Gears Of War but packs enough original ideas to distance itself from Epic Games' frag fest.

Naughty Dog has defied the odds and delivered not only a vast improvement on an established classic, but a clear contender for game of the year. Seamlessly blending platforming, shooting, puzzling and stealth gameplay, Nathan Drake's second outing is as pleasing to play as it is to look at. Between the solo missions, bonus features and online play you more than get your money's worth. Even at full price, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a steal.

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GAME OF THE WEEK

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3 - £49.99

Swinging from the bottom of a smashed train wreck hanging off a cliff in Nepal with the wind whipping through my undies.....I thought video games were supposed to start easy.

It's an epic intro to what is truly an epic game.

Slowly, your main man Nathan Drake claws his way up the train while occasionally you make the fatal mistake of looking down at the seemingly bottomless chasm.

While you'd expect most games to, forgive the expression, go downhill from there Uncharted 2 just gets better and better the more you make your way through this rich story.

Think Lara Croft without the gazungas, Indiana Jones without the whip and Spiderman without the natty suit and your some way to getting a feel for the second outing in Nathan Drake's adventures.

Seamlessly climbing, jumping and fighting while still being able to deliver the odd corny line in fluid motion.

It's as close to the Speilberg movies of the Eighties as has ever been achieved in a video game to date.

The first Uncharted game in the series was a PS3 launch exclusive back in 2007. It was a decent romp that looked nice but never did the business sales-wise that it deserved.

But developers Naughty Dog have gone to town with the sequel in a stunning story that spans Turkey, Borneo and Nepal in search of a mystery about Marco Polo.

At about 14 hours in length you will never get bored as the double-crossing, gun fighting and puzzling are fresh and innovative.

The graphics are nothing short of sensational with the PS3 engine being pushed to its limits. Just wait until you take in the view from a very tall building or scramble along a rickety train.

When I think back to the blocky rubbish I endured for years on the Commodore 64 and I look at the cinematic majesty of a game like Uncharted 2, it makes me want to weep with joy at how far we've come.

Uncharted 2 has it's odd glitches, I got stuck inside a wall once, sometimes you clumsily sneak up on people when they should really know you are there and in parts the script is a bit hammy.

But they are minor, minor quibbles in what is an immersive package.

All this and they've slapped on an excellent multiplayer package that will keep your sweaty little thumbs busy til Modern Warfare 2 comes around in November.

Like the treasure you seek, Uncharted 2 is solid gold and worth going to the ends of the world for PS3 owners.

Xbox 360 owners, it's time to turn green with envy.

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Absolutely amazing game, it is the best game i have played on the ps3 ever, and probably one of the best games i have ever played, its just really fun, and its challenging enough not to be too easy and just breeze through it, not finished it yet but there have been some brilliant levels, being chased by a helicopter around rooftops, jumping across moving trains, its like being Indiana Jones :D Its a definate must have for anyone with a ps3 :)


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 Post subject: Unchartered Series
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anyone played this sequel ..its bloody good and online is fun too ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
on Rooney ,Jan 16th, ..and as they rest is history


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 Post subject: Re: Unchartered Series
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Uncharted :thumbup:

I've not played either but have heard good things

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 Post subject: Re: Unchartered Series
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Better than the tombraider series. I don't understand why this game doesn't carry more hype.

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 Post subject: Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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 Post subject: Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Would be a worthy winner too, the only other games I've had as much fun playing are batman and assasins creed 2. It's an absolutey brilliant game. And as for the tomb raider games, chloe is much better than lara croft :drool:


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 Post subject: Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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i dont know why drake left chloe for Elena in the end ... Chloe is one sexy bi888...ok back to game this game has got everything ..I bought first un-chartered for knock down price but still it was great and 2nd one is just fabulous ..I have ended it but playing on harder level ..with tweaks :D

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
on Rooney ,Jan 16th, ..and as they rest is history


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Games like this are the reason why it is a shame there are exclusives to certain consoles. Everyone who likes gaming should have a chance to play games like this, just like everyone should have a chance to play mass effect 2/zelda without having to own 2/3 consoles


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Well, belatedly Spawny has arrived at the Uncharted 2 party, fashionably late I'd like to call it.

What a great game, good plot, great characters, terrific action, and a lead character who manages to be the luckiest and unluckiest man on earth at the same time. :fonz:

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Miss the train ? :p

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
on Rooney ,Jan 16th, ..and as they rest is history


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Miss the train ? :p


Decided to walk, looks to have been a good plan. :coffee:

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But James and Pak both said they were voting JSP


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You know what Paks like. He's probably voted JSP for woman of the year or something.


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loser :lol:

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
on Rooney ,Jan 16th, ..and as they rest is history


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Can't beat the end baddie. Tried shooting the sap but after running like an idiot for 2 nights I'm not going to bother attempting it again. Ruined the game a bit for me, 7/10


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He's a bit of a pain mate, but just persevere with it. Took me about 4 attempts to kill him, and that might have been on easy :ninja:

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Just replaying this with one shot kills :ninja: good game I'll revise my score to 8.5

Stupid baddies that are difficult to kill are annoying though


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Started this game on 2010. Finished it tonight.

Those blue f*cking enemies were ridiculous if you didn't have a crossbow.. And the final battle was ridiculous aswell. I was properly stressed out by it.

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You should get a medal :ninja:

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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Finished the 3rd one in under 10 hours... Wasn't as difficult. Or as good.

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