Thursday, December 17, 2009

G-MAN reviews Uncharted 2: Among Theives (PS3)

Platform(s): PS3

Studio: Naughty Dog

Publisher(s): Sony Computer Entertainment of America

INTRO: When raising money for a PS3, I was going to buy Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. However, the sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, looked so great, that I couldn't wait out for it. Anyway, here's the review.

PLOT: The game centers around fortune hunter, Nathan Drake (a possible descendant of Sir Francis Drake). The game starts with him looking for Marco Polo's missing fleet, but, he ends up going to Nepal, looking for Shambhala.

While the characters are very memorable (most notably Drake), & the script is great, the story itself isn't at all memorable. Do you remember how ROCKY III had great characters, but the story itself was kind of boring? Well, it's kind of like that here.

GAMEPLAY: The game is a third person shooter, similar to Gears of War. The game takes use of covering in blind fire, over-the-shoulder shooting, & climbing.

There are total of four things you'll do in the game; shooting, climbing, puzzle solving, &, rarely, sneaking past guards.

While the game is addicting, I didn't really enjoy the puzzle scenes (namely because the shoot out scenes were so much fun), nor the stealth scenes. Thankfully, the stealth scenes were rarely in the game.

But what really makes Uncharted 2 worth while is the online multiplayer. While not as good as Team Fortress 2 (which I will review soon), it will keep you playing for weeks. My favorite aspect of the multiplayer is the machinma tools.

DESIGN: Uncharted 2 features some of the best graphics I've ever seen, & probably the best graphics currently on the market.

The sound effects are perfect, though the music is kind of bland.

The controls controls are perfect, & the hand-to-hand combat kicks more ass than Chuck Norris in every single episode of Walker: Texas Ranger.

In other words, the design is awesome.

Great Characters
Awesome Shooting & Hand-to-Hand Combat
Addicting Multiplayer
Machinima Tools
Sound Effects Are Perfect
Some of the Best Graphics Around

The Story is Boring
The Puzzles Distract From The Action
The Stealth scenes Are Out of Place
The Music is Bland

IN CLOSING: This deserved the Game of the Year award that it won! The online is great, the single player is great, & all the flaws seem very minor! This is tied with inFamous as my number one favorite game! Don't miss it!

10 / 10

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