Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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Now I'm officially convinced that I need to get a job to get the money for this game. It looks so bad ass and epic.

Shinoki:
Clearly you haven't played the game, nor watched the Indy flicks closely enough. Drake actually DOESN'T like guns, comes up during the museum level (but its weird since he then uses them without a peep for the rest of the game to mow down entire legions of enemies), but depending on your play style fisticuffs come in quite a bit. Also Indy uses guns too. Watch Raiders of the lost arc again, when he is Cairo he shoots a half dozen guys, including the dual sword wielding guy in the crowd scene.

Of course there are gonna be some incidents when the rules change. What I was speaking of though was in general. Indiana Jones uses his firearm at times, but those few moments are typically overshadowed by how he handles situations in the rest of the movie.

Ex. I don't remember him spraying those guys. I'm sure it happened in Raider of the Lost Ark, but I can't recall it over the chase scenes, the interception of the Ark transport, the tiny uniform in nazi sub, and fisticuffs under airplane.

If it happened more often though, I would probably remember it like the dualsword gunshot (which was comical)

As for Drake, I admit I've never played the game firsthand. But all the gameplay I've seen suggests shooting is a normal routine. (Its about gameplay choice like you said, but a lot of scenes make shooting the more reasonable conclusion)

Great review. I've also put out finishing it too (at 80%), because then all the goodness will come to an end. The story and adventurous feeling really is the best part, but the gameplay is top-notch too. The graphics and art vary from very good to photorealistic, and the sound has DTS (with other options too), so it's a technological masterpiece too.

Heard good things about the multiplayer too, might take a look at it sometime.

Wow, i never really bothered with Uncharted 2 untill i seent his. Looks awesome!

Susan Arendt would quite possibly pass out from sheer glee if someone made an Uncharted movie starring Nathan Fillion.

Yup. Thought the same thing with every trailer I watched.

Susan Arendt:

PedroSteckecilo:
SNIP

So I'm not the only person who hated that museum level? Ok, cool, good to know. Drove me nuts.

And given that Nathan Drake's personality is based largely on Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Fillion seems like the obvious choice for the film. And if they want to cast the magnificent Claudia Black as Chloe, that's fine by me, too.

Really, Drake is inspired by Malcolm Reynolds? That's funny... really funny, as I recall Nathan Fillion has stated several times that he modeled his portrayal of Mal Reynolds on Indiana Jones rather than Han Solo to give the character a bit more heroic charm, which sort of makes this an odd logic loop of loveable rogues based on loveable rogues inspired by loveable rogues.

Considering that I was planning on getting this game no matter what the reviews said, I'm liking the positive feedback.

I'm not surprised, of course. If it's anything like the first Uncharted it'll be awesome and well worth the investment. Drake's Fortune was a lot better than a lot of Escapists gave it credit for in my opinion.

Just started the game, and it is pretty sweet. Heard a lot of people complaining about the museum level where you have to use stealth. I thought it was pretty much a breeze through (I failed once or twice because I tried something stupid i.e. going straight out octagon with a guard instead of just taking him out quietly). It seemed very much like Arkham Asylum stealth gameplay, and that seriously isn't a bad thing.

P.S.: I was talking about the hard difficulty on the museum level.

Shinoki:

hansari:

Indie has intellect and isn't above using his fists. Drake has his youth and whips out a gun quite often.

Clearly you haven't played the game, nor watched the Indy flicks closely enough. Drake actually DOESN'T like guns, comes up during the museum level (but its weird since he then uses them without a peep for the rest of the game to mow down entire legions of enemies), but depending on your play style fisticuffs come in quite a bit.

The reason why Drake was rather hesitant to use a firearm in the museum chapter, was because they weren't really enemies.
They were merely museum staff, and therefore, not a target.

Although, the rules change later on. He doesn't hesitate to use a weapon, because.. Well... He's being shot at. The principles change when he has the advantage upon innocent civilians, versus when he is taking down armed mercenaries ;)

Fortesque:
hmm.. Having not played the first one, i cant really say anything.. however.

This looks like a bad combination of Prince of Persia and Gears of War. Combining a dumbed down version of Gears gunplay and a less acrobatic and less exciting version of Prince of Persia exploration and melee combat.

About 3 of my friends with a PS3 have been saying this game will be the best and win GOTY.. I really cant see it.

If I want to play a game that is pretty much Indiana Jones, Ill stick to Sperlunky.

While Spelunky is fantastic, you're a little off about this game.

If you're taking each element seperately, I can understand where one might get the impression that they're VERY SIMILAR to Gears and/or PoP (although calling it dumbed down is definetly a stretch! The shooter/cover elements are at least as complex as Gears, and the platforming is actually abit less made-for-the-braindead than the most recent PoP), when you put these elements together in a game it actually gives you something with a lot more depth than either Gears or PoP.

Imagine if in Gears you were given the ability to jump, climb on things, move extremely quickly from one level to another, pull people off the sides of buildings by grabbing their legs.... it's practically adding a whole new dimension to the gameplay. Believe me, this comes from a big Gears fan, but this game makes me lose really any urge to pick that game up again. Well, save for the fact that I'm still partial to split screen gameplay with a friend and this game doesn't have that. Definetely an oversight.

Very nice game, putting it on my games list under 2018. That's when I can run a PS3 emulator.

Mmm.. Nathan Drake...

I'm one of those unlucky people who don't have a PS3, so had to watch someone else play through ALL of Uncharted one AND two. And I gotta say, this game was fun as hell to watch. The ending makes me want to explode with awesome and happies.

Christmas is coming... Guess I should start being nice to my parents. Well- nicer.

This game was so much better than Uncharted 1, and I loved Uncharted 1.
I don't think there was one moment in this game where I wasn't having fun.

BaldursBananaSoap:

Fortesque:
hmm.. Having not played the first one, i cant really say anything.. however.

This looks like a bad combination of Prince of Persia and Gears of War. Combining a dumbed down version of Gears gunplay and a less acrobatic and less exciting version of Prince of Persia exploration and melee combat.

About 3 of my friends with a PS3 have been saying this game will be the best and win GOTY.. I really cant see it.

If I want to play a game that is pretty much Indiana Jones, Ill stick to Sperlunky.

You can't dumb down Gear's gunplay, it's already the most basic gunplay there is. At least this combines it with the climbing elements. And you act like Gears is all original and unique. Oh well, at least this game has a story, and well thought out characters other than homoerotic macho retards. Plus even the BETA of this game runs better than Gears of Wars laggy multiplayer. 360 fanboys at their best ehhh. I guess the've got nothing else to look forward to so try to bring down the PS3 games. Maybe you will be able to afford one someday :)

Im no 360 fanboy, I own both a PS3 and a 360. Play them both about the same.

I was just stating a fact about this game.

Gah, I hate that the PS3 only has 3 games I actually want, which isn't enough to warrant a purchase...

AgentNein:

Fortesque:
hmm.. Having not played the first one, i cant really say anything.. however.

This looks like a bad combination of Prince of Persia and Gears of War. Combining a dumbed down version of Gears gunplay and a less acrobatic and less exciting version of Prince of Persia exploration and melee combat.

About 3 of my friends with a PS3 have been saying this game will be the best and win GOTY.. I really cant see it.

If I want to play a game that is pretty much Indiana Jones, Ill stick to Sperlunky.

While Spelunky is fantastic, you're a little off about this game.

If you're taking each element seperately, I can understand where one might get the impression that they're VERY SIMILAR to Gears and/or PoP (although calling it dumbed down is definetly a stretch! The shooter/cover elements are at least as complex as Gears, and the platforming is actually abit less made-for-the-braindead than the most recent PoP), when you put these elements together in a game it actually gives you something with a lot more depth than either Gears or PoP.

Imagine if in Gears you were given the ability to jump, climb on things, move extremely quickly from one level to another, pull people off the sides of buildings by grabbing their legs.... it's practically adding a whole new dimension to the gameplay. Believe me, this comes from a big Gears fan, but this game makes me lose really any urge to pick that game up again. Well, save for the fact that I'm still partial to split screen gameplay with a friend and this game doesn't have that. Definetely an oversight.

I choose to not see the most recent PoP as a Prince of Persia game. Much like a refuse to see Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an Indiana Jones movie. Still, I think if you are going to make a game about cave and ruin exploring etc. you need to make it over the top acrobatic. Where is the fun if you cant run horizontally across the wall, grab onto to some tapestry with your sword, slide down it and backflip off the wall only to land on your feet and engage in over the top acrobatic melee combat... hmm.. im going to play Sands of Time again.

xxhazyshadowsxx:

Shinoki:

hansari:

Indie has intellect and isn't above using his fists. Drake has his youth and whips out a gun quite often.

Clearly you haven't played the game, nor watched the Indy flicks closely enough. Drake actually DOESN'T like guns, comes up during the museum level (but its weird since he then uses them without a peep for the rest of the game to mow down entire legions of enemies), but depending on your play style fisticuffs come in quite a bit.

The reason why Drake was rather hesitant to use a firearm in the museum chapter, was because they weren't really enemies.
They were merely museum staff, and therefore, not a target.

Although, the rules change later on. He doesn't hesitate to use a weapon, because.. Well... He's being shot at. The principles change when he has the advantage upon innocent civilians, versus when he is taking down armed mercenaries ;)

While this reason did not escape me, it still doesn't add up. Shooting and killing someone in my books is still shooting and killing someone, doesn't matter if they are a guard or a mercenary. And the guards did have guns, remember the escape part of the museum level? They weren't just pointing red laser pointers at Drake :P.

The thing I found about Uncharted 2's multiplayer is that it's basically the bastard child of Saints Row 2, Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3 (in order of "homage"). It has the game types of Saints Row 2, the gameplay of Saints Row 2 with a bit of Call of Duty thrown in, the perk system of Call of Duty 4 and the ad hoc party system of Halo 3.

I can see no forseeable way that, in combining these three games, you wouldn't get the best online multiplayer of all time. I'm still getting Borderlands first 'cos I'm a sucker for the style :)

Fine! Fine! Alright!
So I guess itīs finally time to cave and get that PS3 then...

Tomb Raider exploration + Gears of War shooting + Arkham Asylum bare fist fighting + Prince of Persia platforming, also starring the Prince

Oh , my favorite part, QTE's without the freakin icons appearing on screen, you just perform as normal within a 'moving stage' rather than a cutscene.

k i will not sub come to the siren sang of the ps3 i will not .....................even though it has great games

don't man don't stay with your pc

amazing game i just finished the story and started on the multiplayer.... now if i could only find some ps3 owners that actually USE a fucking MIC....

I don't know if everyone at the escapist are great friends and all, but I see yatzee canning this game, and maybe a small fallout between susan and yatzee.

Fortesque:

AgentNein:

Fortesque:
hmm.. Having not played the first one, i cant really say anything.. however.

This looks like a bad combination of Prince of Persia and Gears of War. Combining a dumbed down version of Gears gunplay and a less acrobatic and less exciting version of Prince of Persia exploration and melee combat.

About 3 of my friends with a PS3 have been saying this game will be the best and win GOTY.. I really cant see it.

If I want to play a game that is pretty much Indiana Jones, Ill stick to Sperlunky.

While Spelunky is fantastic, you're a little off about this game.

If you're taking each element seperately, I can understand where one might get the impression that they're VERY SIMILAR to Gears and/or PoP (although calling it dumbed down is definetly a stretch! The shooter/cover elements are at least as complex as Gears, and the platforming is actually abit less made-for-the-braindead than the most recent PoP), when you put these elements together in a game it actually gives you something with a lot more depth than either Gears or PoP.

Imagine if in Gears you were given the ability to jump, climb on things, move extremely quickly from one level to another, pull people off the sides of buildings by grabbing their legs.... it's practically adding a whole new dimension to the gameplay. Believe me, this comes from a big Gears fan, but this game makes me lose really any urge to pick that game up again. Well, save for the fact that I'm still partial to split screen gameplay with a friend and this game doesn't have that. Definetely an oversight.

I choose to not see the most recent PoP as a Prince of Persia game. Much like a refuse to see Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an Indiana Jones movie. Still, I think if you are going to make a game about cave and ruin exploring etc. you need to make it over the top acrobatic. Where is the fun if you cant run horizontally across the wall, grab onto to some tapestry with your sword, slide down it and backflip off the wall only to land on your feet and engage in over the top acrobatic melee combat... hmm.. im going to play Sands of Time again.

I can definitely see the appeal in that, however as you mentioned yourself this is a veeery Indie Jones inspired game. I find it much more satisfying (and fitting for the inspiration!) for Drake to be Spelunking in a (quasi) realistic manner than going all John Woo on those walls.

With all of this said, your original mention of Spelunky reminds me that it pretty much beats the hell out of any game ever. I think I'm going to say fuck it to all these games and go play more of that.

Roamin11:
I don't know if everyone at the escapist are great friends and all, but I see yatzee canning this game, and maybe a small fallout between susan and yatzee.

He's hated every game I've ever liked, so it's really not that big a deal. :)

I finished playing Uncharted 2 on Hard difficulty, so I'm gonna throw this out there.

Favorite part: Story: The in-game banter - Gameplay: It's a jack-of-all trades, and a master of most.

Least favorite: Story: it's a little cheesy - Gameplay: Certain situations where stealth attacks are forced(not literally forced, but rather situations where not using stealth when the characters insist you should [ala, "Stay quite and watch me take out these guys"] will ultimately lead to death). Oh and the AI is a little stupid in those stealth sections.

One last thing, Skelzor the skeleton is freaking awesome.

Roamin11:
I don't know if everyone at the escapist are great friends and all, but I see yatzee canning this game, and maybe a small fallout between susan and yatzee.

Yahtzee cans every game. Of course he will can this one, it doesn't mean anyone hates him for his opinion, we just recognize that he has a lot to point out that is mostly nitpicking.

p.s. he even can's games he likes, see fallout 3

Just have to say i have JUST finished this game, breathtaking, b-e-a-utiful settings perfect story, plot twists, action, climbing i think this is probably the BEST game of the year (so far) and it deserves a metacritic rating of 98 to 100 a perfect game and a must buy.

I've never played this, but honestly it doesn't look as great as people seem to say, maybe it just one of those things you have to do yourself, but I hate cover systems, they are easily exploited to make the game hell.

I didn't preorder it as I wanted to wait for actual reviews. I was going to wait until Christmas to get it until I watched this review, and saw that if features the voice of Farscape/Stargate/Pitch Black's Claudia Black. I then went down to the shops, and got it on release.

Sparrow:
Damnit.

I litterally am the only person who doesn't like this game. It's pretty though, I'll give it that.

No, I'll agree with your sup simply because I hate all TPS games.

Sparrow:
Damnit.

I litterally am the only person who doesn't like this game. It's pretty though, I'll give it that.

Wait for yahtzee to get his hands on it, that's what I'm doing.

Chipperz:
The thing I found about Uncharted 2's multiplayer is that it's basically the bastard child of Saints Row 2, Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3 (in order of "homage"). It has the game types of Saints Row 2, the gameplay of Saints Row 2 with a bit of Call of Duty thrown in, the perk system of Call of Duty 4 and the ad hoc party system of Halo 3.

I can see no forseeable way that, in combining these three games, you wouldn't get the best online multiplayer of all time. I'm still getting Borderlands first 'cos I'm a sucker for the style :)

Well I'm not getting it (despite the fact I have a PS3)because it's stealing all the attention away from Brutal Legend, or at least I feel that it is.

PedroSteckecilo:
It amuses me how desperately hard people are trying to hate this game without even playing it.

My opinion doesn't count however as I am intensely biased, anything with the label "old fashioned adventure" that carries the pulpy vibe of Indiana Jones is an instant sell. Definately need to agree with Susan on one thing though, the Helicopter/Missiles/Hotel moment was intensely awesome, and not handled with a cutscene.

EDIT: The man above me is right, Naughty Dog should NEVER make a purely Stealth Level again, that was 1/2 an hour of pure torture! Thankfully they get that out of the way right at the beginning and you NEVER SEE ANYTHING LIKE IT AGAIN.

I don't see why everyone hated the Stealth scene in Uncharted 2, I liked it. Guess my MGS sneaking skills are just more polished ;)

I absolutely love Uncharted 2, and the multiplayer and co-op portions of the game are extremely well done especially considering it's Naughty Dog's first attempt at multiplayer. However, one thing stands out the most in multiplayer, and it's not a good thing; the matchmaking.

Seriously, Uncharted 2 has got to have the absolute worst matchmaking I've ever experienced in multiplayer. Just recently, when I started playing multiplayer at level 1 (I beat the single player first), I was teamed up with nobody higher than level 5 and the other team had level 10-25s. Being that level 1s have no boosters to start with and have very little experiences with the maps, my team ended up losing 10 to 50 kills...

That is not matchmaking, that's slaughter, so I agree with John Funk on the multiplayer portion. Everything else, though, is terrific and is definitely a must buy for every PS3 owner out there, or at least a rent.

RAND00M:

Eagle Est1986:
Uncharted movie

An Uncharted movie has been in the works since the first game.And it has the same cast that plays the characters.

OT:Canīt wait to get this game.Just finished the first one 2 days ago.

Do you have a source?

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