Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009, Third-Person Action Adventure, PS3 exclusive) – 10/10 review

Game Director: Bruce Straley
Creative Director: Amy Hennig
Lead Programmer: Pål-Kristian Engstad
Lead Programmer: Travis McIntosh
Lead Programmer: Dan Liebgold
Music: Greg Edmonson
Nolan North: Nathan Drake
Emily Rose: Elena Fisher
Claudia Black: Chloe Frazer
Richard McGonagle: Sully
Steve Valentine: Harry Flynn
Rene Auberjonois: Karl Schafer

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

Drake joins up with former colleague Harry Flynn to try and find the lost treasure of Marco Polo but when you’re among thieves, you really can trust no-one.

10/10

While Drake’s still got completely broken ankles, this is a fun, highly thrilling action game that you just want to play through in one sitting. There are some moments that are absolutely staggering such as battles being played on the floor of a collapsing building, on a speeding train, the chapter with Jeff and post-Jeff and a Tibetan truck chase. There are sequences here that would be awesome if they were in a movie or cut-scene but in a game, with you playing it, it’s awesome on toast. Additionally, there are lots of lovely touches including Drake being highly personable in swimming pools, petting yaks and introducing himself to Tibetan villagers and it’s even actually funny (“There’s a guy below you, there’s a guy below you.”) and genuinely charming. Then you’ve got the goodness that is one of the best multiplayer co-op experiences available. This is one of those games that people always start to describe by saying “it’s not perfect, but…” Of course, nothing is, but Uncharted 2 is the PS3’s best game and one of the all-time greats.

This game contains frequent mild swear words, mild adult dialogue and gory scenes, frequent gun violence, frequent melee violence, knife violence and sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune now 9/10

Just played through Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune again, now with Trophy support, and decided to bump it up from the original 8/10 rating to 9/10.

Though I had wanted to play through the game again on Hard difficulty, I probably would have never got around to it. So, I was playing again thanks to Trophies.

Running through the game on Hard forces one to pay attention to how things work and so I found the game easier than I did on Normal. (The difficulty trophies stack so finishing Hard awarded Normal and Easy complete trophies as well.) It was especially helpful to remember that hero Nathan Drake can run-and-gun by pressing R1. This really helped with the monsters-in-the-dark levels as did remembering that after you’ve turned the power on in the submarine dock you just need to head out of the door otherwise the monsters endlessly spawn.

I also really appreciated the lightness of touch and consistently fun dialogue and tone (there are no F-words in Uncharted, I’m glad to say) and it is consistently a pleasure to be in hero Nathan Drake’s company. The voice performances are all terrific, the music is outstanding, the graphics and production design are gorgeous and the game plays and controls, for the most part, brilliantly.

The niggle about the baddies being somewhat bullet resistant still applies but it should be noted that they always react to bullets, even when you only get close, and that they do have to reload their weapons just like you do.

While Call of Duty 4 was the best PlayStation 3 game of the 2007 holiday season, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is the best exclusive title of that period and a second Uncharted adventure is something to look forward to.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007, Game, PS3) – 9/10

Co-Producer: Evan Wells
Co-Producer: Christophe Balestra
Director: Amy Hennig
Composer: Greg Edmonson
Nolan North: Nathan Drake
Emily Rose: Elena Fisher
Richard McGonagle: Victor Sullivan
Simon Templeman: Gabriel Roman

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)

Nathan Drake is on the trail of ancient gold thanks to a ring he has inherited from Sir Francis Drake. As he follows the trail, gun-toting pirates are only the start of the foes that do not want him to reach the treasure first… or at all.

9/10

A lot of contemporary reviews would have you believe that Uncharted is currently the PlayStation 3’s best game. It’s not (Call of Duty 4 is), but this is a high quality action adventure with breathtaking presentation and superb control. However, this is a case of too many slightly-bullet-proof pirates slightly spoiling the broth, or, more specifically, the flow of the game’s action segments. That said, the difficulty is perfectly judged, the game is good throughout, is garnished with several wonderful little touches (watch Nathan’s sweater crease as he walks) and, at times, it does achieve greatness.

This game contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and extended extreme and graphic violence, unpleasant scenes, scary scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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