When I bought my PlayStation 3, it included the dual pack of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
(Uncharted doesn’t get the same amount of vitriol from me because I don’t think it’s a bad game, just not one I personally enjoyed.)
Friends told me I should try Uncharted 2 even if I didn’t like the first one, so I finally gave it a chance. And you know, I’m glad I did.
Uncharted 2 has the same basic gameplay as its predecessor. It’s a linear action-adventure game with a lot of third-person shooting and platforming, along with a few puzzles.
Both the combat and platforming were much less frustrating than I found them in the first game. The puzzles, while I would have liked to see more of them, were interesting enough.
Best of all, I enjoyed the story and characters a lot more. It has the same basic premise of Nathan Drake searching for a legendary treasure (this time, the Cintimani Stone in fabled Shambhala), but the stakes are higher and the story itself is fairly interesting. It also begins in media res, which works to its advantage. I wanted to know how we’d reach that point, and I was excited to see the preceding events unfold.
As for the characters, I didn’t like Nate in Drake’s Fortune, but here I found him to be a likable and sympathetic protagonist. He also had a stronger supporting cast, although I’d hoped to see more character development from Flynn.
Finally, it had several moments and lines I found genuinely funny, always a plus.
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