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This review was submitted by Ben Carey. If you’ve played Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, or just want to ask Ben more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Uncharted 2 (PS3)
The first Uncharted was a golden nugget, rich with stunning visuals, fantastic gameplay, and clever writing. Uncharted 2, however, is a slightly larger golden nugget. It is a prime example of what three years can do for a game.
Visuals: The developers seem to have picked up a bunch of new tricks that make the game look superb. The Tibetan village looks especially amazing, and the snowy mountain levels in particular show the fruits of three years of diligent polishing and tweaking.
Combat: The combat remains essentially the same; however, they have made some much-needed tweaks, most notably regarding the stealth system. In the first game stealth kills were counter-intuitive and frustrating, but now it’s as easy as creeping up behind (or hanging beneath) a guy and tapping square for a sweet stealth kill. Also the cover system has been improved: you can now creep around corners and remain in cover, which is super handy during big gunfights.
Writing: One of the main things that impressed me about the first game was the quality of the writing, and that has only improved. The dialogue (along with the voice acting) feels authentic and is once again genuinely funny.
Hollywood Factor: The first game suffered a little from this near the end, but nowhere near to this extent. I felt that one helicopter-death-chase-sequence was enough and that your companion catching your hand at the last minute to save you from a two hundred foot fall was a little overdone. I understand that it all adds to the ‘movie’ feel of the game, but there was just too much of it for my liking.
Uncharted 2 is a must play, whether it’s for the beautifully rendered scenery or the blistering gunfights. There is also extensive replay value with five difficulties and a hundred treasures to find. Plus you can have ten player online multiplayer battles. What’s not to love?
Reviewed by: Ben Carey
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