Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Naughty Dog
Sony Games

So what else does a person who has the summer off do? Play video games!

My second game that I played this summer is called Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Being the second in the series, or course I had to purchased the first one and play it. I beat the first one pretty quickly, and then moved on to the second one.

“Among Thieves revolves around the doomed voyage home of Marco Polo from China in 1292. After spending almost 20 years in the court of the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan, Marco Polo departed with fourteen ships and over six hundred passengers – but when he arrived at Persia a year and a half later, only one ship and eighteen passengers remained. Polo never revealed what had happened to the lost ships.

The story begins in medias res, with a wounded Nathan “Nate” Drake (Nolan North) waking up to find himself in a train hanging off a cliff. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that former associate Harry Flynn (Steve Valentine) and old girlfriend Chloe Frazer (Claudia Black) approached him with a job to steal a Mongolian oil lamp from an Istanbul museum. Nate accepts the job when he learns that the lamp may lead to the treasure of Marco Polo’s lost fleet. Harry and Drake acquire the lamp, which contains a map showing that the lost fleet had been transporting the Cintamani Stone from the mythical city of Shambhala before being thrown ashore in Borneo by a tsunami.” – Courtesy of Wikipedia

The story then picks up as Drake continues to find the Cintamani Stone and the mythical city of Shambhala.

I’ll be reviewing these games on 3 different areas:

  • Gameplay: I’m a huge fan of puzzle games and an even bigger fan of shooter games, and this game combines both of these options. At one point you’ll be trying to figure out how to scale a large tower to get to the top of it, and at another time, you’ll be in a gun fight with 20 people at one time. This game does a great job at keeping these two balanced throughout the game. The only thing that I was a little frustrated with was the controllers. When playing a puzzle game, you have to do a lot of jumping on high cliffs, and if you happen to jump a little too far, or a little too short, you’ll end up falling down and either killing yourself or having to start over. But this can also be contributed to user error. – “4 out of 5 stars”
  • Story: I’m always a big fan of a good story while playing the game. It’s one thing to have a great game, but I want to be drawn into the game and feel like I am a part of it. Uncharted 2 does a great job at making you feel like you really are Nathan Drake and that you want him to find the treasure and whenever he is betrayed, you feel like you have been betrayed. There was one part towards the end of the game where all of sudden you were in this village in the middle of nowhere and then going through snow covered caves and fighting these wolf people. I understand why they added it in when I got to the end of the game, but they could have done without the wolf people – “4 out of 5 stars”
  • Replay Value: I think this is the one area where I will be pretty tough on the reviews. I’m one of those people who normally can’t watch an action movie again and again because I know what the ending is going to be, but with this game, I think that I would really enjoy playing it again and again. Mainly because there are a couple of scenes where you can choose which way to handle them. Also, they have added a bunch of hidden items throughout the game that you need to hide. And the first time playing through this game, I hurried through it and I know that I missed most of these. But overall, I can easily find myself playing this game again. – “4 out of 5 stars”

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Check out a preview of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception coming out 11.1.11