Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3

Game Description: Nathan Drake is back, and more uncharted than ever as he attempts to uncover the mysteries behind Marco Polo's lost fleet and the Himalayan valley of Shambhala. Featuring cutting edge graphics and design, this action-adventure game blends the line between cinema and gaming like never before. Explore exotic locales and encounter deadly enemies as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
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PAX 2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Hands-On Preview

PAX 2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Hands-On Preview

By Sterling McGarvey - Posted Sep 04, 2009



Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is pretty much a wrap at this point. Sure, there's official certification stuff and all sort of legal loopholes that I doubt most gamers want to hear about. But we're a month away from release, so I can't imagine Naughty Dog having any more last-minute programming surprises that would delay the game. At least, that's the impression I got talking to creative director Amy Hennig earlier today about the upcoming sequel. But the most important thing I got from today's PAX demo was the chance for some single-player hands-on action.

Ironically, it's the same level that Naughty Dog showed off seven months ago during a studio tour. I don't know if the team is releasing a single-player demo to complement the second phase of the multiplayer beta later this month, but if it does, I can't imagine them using a better one than this. The action takes place in a Nepalese town as war criminal Lazarevic is trying to hunt down Nathan Drake. The action starts in what I'd describe as an homage to classic Crash Bandicoot games, but with more firearms. A huge tank chases Nathan down a long narrow alleyway as he runs toward the camera. And, as I witnessed when another game critic took the reins after me, that tank can crush and kill Nathan at nearly any moment.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

After escaping an exceptionally dangerous moment, the camera reverts to normal, and the demo serves to show off some of the newer elements of the game. It appears that Nathan can blindfire upward at enemies while nesting at the top of a ladder, or hanging from a ledge. That's a subtle improvement that I can see making a big difference in later levels of the game. Also, A.I. is a lot more keen than the first game. I witnessed it myself as Nathan stealthily crawled from cover point to cover point, and enemies swarmed to the last spot that they saw him. After sneaking around, Nathan was able to flank a few of them and get the jump. Even with that, though, enemies also seem tougher; it took a lot more deaths and a lot of dodging and brawling to clear the area. The hand-to-hand combat is much better than the previous game; it's a series of punches and the occasional counter-attack. The guessing game of landing a combo is a thing of the past.

Although my hands-on was probably briefer than Andrew's GamesCom demo, I could see the subtle differences that Naughty Dog has implemented into Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I'm big on refinements in sequels, and from what I could see, the team has done a great job tweaking the little things. This one's still very high on my list of most wanted games this year. I'm looking forward to getting another go at the multiplayer beta in a few short weeks, and I'm eagerly anticipating playing through it next month.

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  • M0dSquad

    What debate is there?
    This is obviously one of the biggest console sellers of the year.

    After I get my hands on this, God of War 3 can wait a few more months. I'll be busy with this till the year after :D

    Posted: September 9, 2009 3:10 PM
  • FallenSegal

    I love the first Uncharted, but am I the only one who hated the plot twist near the end of the game? It was horrible, especially given the fact that it had so much potential right from the beginning. I just hope that the leave that sort of thing out of this game or I am in for yet another great game with a lackluster end. I hope this doesn't spoil anything for those who have not yet to beat the first game. It is truy great and does deserve your time and effort.

    Posted: September 7, 2009 3:44 PM
  • prodigykidd

    This game is so sick. I played the multiplayer beta and its soooooo good. Obviously GOTY. Hopefully they have Game Battle's for it. P.S. The movie is true but there isn't any cast info or date. P.S.S. Add me if you have the Sept. beta and are getting the game.

    Posted: September 6, 2009 5:42 PM
  • user_infinity

    Awesome, can't wait for it.
    And is it true that they are making an uncharted movie

    Posted: September 6, 2009 10:06 AM
  • glitchcheat


    Posted: September 6, 2009 9:58 AM
  • azmza

    This part using 100% from cell processor wich mean full limit the power of ps3 the part 1 just 30%, looks like the time for showing the real power of Ps3 has just began lol.

    Posted: September 6, 2009 9:50 AM
  • BigBadBOOM

    From what I have been able to see in the first game this series has huge potential. Unfortunately I havent been able to see much. I just hope this game will run on FW 3.0 for more than 10 minutes without freezing the system. If I can resist throwing my new PS3 through the window for another few weeks maybe my faith will be restored.

    Posted: September 6, 2009 12:06 AM
  • BigDizzleBizzle

    I will be so happy when I finally play this :D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: September 5, 2009 8:50 PM
  • guillermo316

    tell me why is the special edition not aviable at reatil storez, omg i cried , no way i cant get one, life is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: September 5, 2009 2:04 PM
  • cheatingthesystem21

    i agree with RROD, GOTY

    Posted: September 5, 2009 1:54 PM
  • SiK

    I lol'd

    Posted: September 5, 2009 1:47 PM
  • ram0889


    Posted: September 5, 2009 1:27 PM
  • RRODisBack


    Posted: September 5, 2009 10:13 AM