Review by DoctorRPG

"Uncharted 2: Among Thieves defines a PlayStation 3 game."

The original Uncharted video game for the PlayStation 3 was a spectacular action adventure game and astonished many gamers. The game was considered one of the best PlayStation 3 game for the longest time until Uncharted 2: Among Thieves hit retailers in October 2009. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves received many perfect scores for its amazing presentation, game play, audio, and graphics. Some even called Uncharted 2 one of the greatest games ever made. In short, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves defines a PlayStation game.

The storyline in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves follows the protagonist, Nathan Drake in another adventure of treasure looting, platforming, and shooting barrages. Some familiar characters return such as Victor Sullivan and Elena with new characters such as Chloe and Flynn. Nathan Drake is offered a job in finding a gem called the Cintamani stone that was described by Marco Polo. The antagonist, Lazaravich, a war criminal believes that the gem is more than worth money. A huge disappointment in Uncharted 2's plot line was that the fact that Nathan Drake takes the role of a 'save the world' job that is considered cliche and unoriginal compared to most stories. Drake didn't have this kind of role in the original Uncharted game.

Overall game play is almost identical to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves predecessor as a third-person shooter with a nice array of weapons. Also identical to the original Uncharted game is the platforming and wall climbing. In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the amount of platforming and shooting scenes were uneven and had more shooting scenes. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves enhances upon this and makes it more balanced. One of the largest additions to the Uncharted series was online multi-player which was completely unnecessary to have for a game like Uncharted. However, it the online multi-player is still enjoyable to an extent. The game isn't meant to be played only for the multi-player.

Both the sound and graphics were astounding. Naughty Dog (the developers of the Uncharted series) created one of the best looking games I have ever seen before. The graphics were photo-realistic and certainly ahead of its time. The music was improved upon its predecessor and is orchestrated beautifully. The main theme is my favorite piece from the Uncharted series. Naughty Dog developed some of the best visuals and music that I have seen in a PlayStation 3 game or from any console of this generation.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves improved upon its predecessor in every way imaginable. While its predecessor is still an amazing game, Uncharted 2 improved upon it tenfold, giving PlayStation 3 owners a taste of future PlayStation 3 titles. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves defines a PlayStation 3 game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 03/01/10

Game Release: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (US, 10/13/09)

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