Game of the Month: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

I recently read an article which proclaimed  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to be the best video game for the PlayStation 3 . I’ve played Uncharted 2 myself last year and liked it well enough. But I wasn’t really convinced that it was the best game ever. As I only won a disappointingly small amount of trophies during my first play through I decided to play and review the game again.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a mixture of a jump and run game and third person shooter. What really sets the game apart is the cinematic atmosphere. The plot is a mixture of Indiana Jones and Die Hard featuring a lot of very well written characters. Superb graphics, bombastic sound and excellent voice acting make the movie experience perfect.

But this is also the weakness of the game: the course of events follows a script. You cannot decide what to do next, you can never go back to a region that you just left and there is no development of your protagonist, Nathan Drake. He cannot acquire new skills and is limited to carry two weapons based on which kind of ammunition you can find in the current level. After playing an open world game like Assassin’s Creed II I felt very restricted by this design.

There is however one thing that I missed in the assessment above: I actually had a lot of fun playing Uncharted 2. So if you like interactive action movies this is your game.