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This review is from: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) (Video Game)
For me it's like MGS4 with its hair down. With Snake and co. whenever you're just getting into it, the game play jolts noticeably into a long and drawn-out video, with jargon littered dialogue and a lecturing convoluted plot. Uncharted pelts along; seamlessly skipping between the action you control and the treasure hunting, treachery laden story. Sometimes you don't even realise you're supposed to be moving because the graphics do not decline when the switch comes.
The added sneaky aspect and greatly improved controls provide tactical possibilities that the first game was lacking. This means that when you're dealing with a massive shoot out with an impossible number of enemies, you can plan a strategy, and duck and weave to great affect. You can take the bad guys on in the way that you want to, so if you don't like being bombarded by all of them at once, you can level the playing field by taking a few out quietly before engaging the rest. The enemies you encounter are perhaps not as switched on as those that can be found in the MGS series, but they're still pretty sharp and challenging, and satisfying to drop with head shots and the new weapon you've just stumbled across.
In the thick of battle, the action is pure thrilling, heart pounding brilliance. The graphics are so sharp that no details are compromised even during particularly hectic scenes. The sound is incredible throughout the whole game (the score is fantastic), but during these moments it is outrageously immersive. If you've got surround sound you're in for a real treat. My main problem with the first game was that sometimes the shoot outs got a bit much after a while, and went on for too long. But with Uncharted 2, they seem to know when enough is enough, and keep the game play varied and unpredictable.
There are some moments in the game where you just have to stop and take a look around, such is the beauty of your environment. You could take a snapshot from any scene and hang it on your wall. They have not cut corners with anything. It is easily the best looking game I have ever seen, and despite the fact that it is immensely detailed, it does not forfeit the slightly cartoonish, vibrant style of the first game.
The online games are great as well, with a huge range of levels, goals and co-op modes to enjoy. They're not exactly original online games, but because Uncharted 2 looks so great, it stands out from others in the same genre.
As a side note, if you have not played Drake's Fortune and you can be bothered, then I would advise you to get stuck into that one first before diving into this, simply because you'll get more out of it. Drake feels like an old friend whose destiny you genuinely care about, the supporting characters are as fully realised as they are in a good film, and the dialogue, filled with in-jokes, is razor sharp and laugh out loud funny on occasion. You may feel upon picking this one up without any background, that you are missing out on something. However, that may not matter at all, and if you just want an awesome ten hours of exhilarating game play, then this is the very fellow for you. It has everything you expect from a next gen game. Stunning visuals and sound, imaginative controls, depth in terms of story and game play, and that x-factor that was supposed to set ps3 games aside from the ps2 titles, but is so conspicuously absent from nearly everything that's been released so far. It feels like something much more than just a game, and instead envelops you in a complete, fully formed experience. I haven't quite completed it yet, but unless it takes a catastrophic nosedive, I'd say it's the best I've ever played.
P.S. I still think MGS4 was terrific when you actually got to play, and love the series as a whole, but I was just a little bit disappointed with the amount of video and uninteresting story. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)