Reader Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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This review was submitted by Ben Warwick. If you’ve played Uncharted 2, or just want to ask Ben more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Two years after his first adventure, modern-day treasure hunter Nathan Drake is back in the first of hopefully many sequels to Naughty Dog’s third-person shooter/platformer hit Drake’s Fortune.


Pacing: Approximately 10 hours of non-stop action which will leave you wanting more. When you’re getting a little tired of running, jumping and swinging you’ll be allowed to shoot someone in the face and vice-versa. With puzzles and other mini-events thrown in, the game never gets stale or boring.

Controls: Whether you’re blind firing at a Kevlar-wearing badass with a shotgun, scaling the tallest building of a city in Nepal or fleeing over a collapsing bridge, Drake’s controls feel superbly natural. Fluid animations with seamless transitions complement the controls perfectly.

Humour: I laughed out loud many times during Among Thieves. Drake’s wisecracks and banter with his companions during game play are the icing on the cake.

Environments: Simply beautiful. Crafted with amazing detail and full of colour, including environmental effects such water, snow, rain and lightning, which are the best I’ve seen.


Puzzle Simplicity: Nothing will get your brain working. Puzzles are solved by following obvious clues or reading Drake’s journal.

Enemy Repetitiveness: All units of each enemy sub-class look alike. Seeing multiple soldier clones with the same clothing, face and body-build together takes you out of the experience a little.

Drake’s Fortune was a great game and Naughty Dog has improved on its formula in every possible way. One could make a case for Among Thieves being this current generation’s best game and I would be hard-pressed to argue. It’s certainly one of the best I’ve ever played. Throw in hours of multiplayer - which feels well developed, not just tacked on - and you’re definitely getting value for money.

Reviewed by: Ben Warwick

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    Y'know, I absolutely hated Uncharted 1, but given what people have been saying, I might rent this one.

      Really!? Wow, you're honestly the first person that I've heard say that. Now I'm not being a fan boy/sarcastic bastard here but what didn't you like? I'm really interested.

        I've met a couple of people who didn't drink the Uncharted kool-aid, both specifically mentioned "repetitive combat".

        Having said that, didn't we already have one reader review of this?

        I take it this means Kotaku reader reviews of any game have a chance of being published? ie, not just the best review for that one game that is received.

          I just finished Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and while I like the game, I do have an problem with the constant stream of enemies coming out of the woodwork.

    Nice review.

    Maybe I should submit one, oneday.

    yeah i actually did dislike that all the enemies looked alike.

    But that is being picky to the max of the max, othe rthan that i have nothing agains tthis game except that my eyes cant take the motion sickness i get from it D:.

    I dislike the fact that 40,000 bullets and a lot of punching is required to beat one boss - who you dont end up actually beating - who is then defeated with one shot from an NPC... lame

    Other than that, good game and good review

      So you'd prefer if the game was realistic and ignored gameplay?

    This was the video game equivalent of a Michael Bay film. Lots of expensive explosions, a wisecrackin protagonist, and a bit of TnA.

    The story was flat, the characters were boring, the gameplay was stupidly easy.

    From a technical point of view, it sure is impressive.

    But artistically, it provides nothing.

    Im with Kezzaman, I absolutely hated uncharted (original), it was just not fun enough for me. Uncharted 2 though, I liked it very much, as a xbox gamer, Uncharted 2 and Little Big Planet being the only two exclusives I enjoy enough to keep, actually make me glad with my purchase now. (oh and my bluray star trek (New one))

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