Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure/third-person shooter game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in October 2009 for the PlayStation 3. It is the direct sequel to 2007's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
This time, we follow Nathan Drake through various Asian locales, in search of the Lost city of Shambhala, and the fabled Cintimani Stone before a group on Serbian mercenaries lead by Zoran Lazarevic. He is joined once again by Elena Fisher and Victor "Sully" Sullivan, as well as new faces Chloe Frazer, Tenzin, and Karl Schafer.
Why It Rocks
- The train sequence is one of the most iconic scenes in video game history. Its execution shows that Naughty Dog has nailed the cinematic experience.
- Zoran Lazarevic is so over-the-top evil that he becomes extremely enjoyable to watch. His ruthlessness leads to many badass moments and arguably the best boss battle in the entire franchise.
- Harry Flynn is also an interesting and likeable antagonist.
- However, it should be noted that some people feel that his character wasn't fully utilized and that he could've been fleshed out more in feature installments, instead of having him die towards the end.
- A new multiplayer component was added in.
- Some of the set pieces are insane! You've got the train sequence, a convoy, a collapsing building, etc.
- Combat is just as action-packed as the previous game, though not as draining as last time. You can now stealth kill groups of enemies as well to reduce their numbers before a gunfight kicks off.
- Lots of treasures to find and collect, so it's worth surveying the area.
- Puzzle solving sections are more prominent this time. They can be tricky, but not too taxing.
- The game is a fair bit longer than the first game, being around double the length.
- Once again, top-notch voice acting from the entire cast.
- Plenty of humorous dialogue, especially the banter between Nate and Chloe.
- Quick time events were removed.
- Throwing grenades is a lot better as the SIXAXIS is no longer used, instead being mapped to L2.
- The difficulty is more balanced, and gunfights are nowhere near as long as before. New to the series is a Very Easy mode if you just want a compelling story without the stress of combat.
- The brutal combo is no longer present in this game.
- At the most inappropriate moments, platforming can be a little finicky.
- Plot Hole: If Shambhala has an open sky then how has nobody ever seen it from above and what was the point of entering from underground?
- The game seems to reuse some situations from the previous game, like how you have to wait for an elevator and whilst doing so you have to fight off what seems to be unkillable enemies.
- The multiplayer's servers were shut down.
- Victor Sullivan didn't have much of a role here.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves received universal acclaim from critics and even other game developers. Almost every aspect of the game was widely praised, and any criticisms were relatively minor at best. It currently holds a 96.43% on GameRankings, and a 96/100 on Metacritic. It is considered one of the greatest video games of all time, an essential PlayStation 3 game, and the highest rated game in the Uncharted series.
It has sold 6 million copies by March 2015 and won much Game of the Year awards from various publications. Along with the rest of the PS3 trilogy, Uncharted 2 was remastered for the PS4 in 2015.