Since I completely skipped out on the PS3 (listen to our opening podcast episode to find out why), I’ve been able to enjoy the Uncharted series as a completely fresh game experience. Playing through these games felt like binge-watching a show on Netflix. I didn’t have to wait until the next season to find out what happens next!
These games really are unique from each other, so I’m breaking down my thoughts on each of them in separate posts. Check out my Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune reaction here.
Now, let’s see how Among Thieves holds up…
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Nathan Drake has returned, and this time, he brought more variety to the gameplay! Uncharted 2 takes the formula established by its predecessor and improves on it in every way.
The opening sequence alone makes it clear that this adventure is going to be darker, more dangerous, and more visually stunning than before. That opening scene of climbing through the train wreckage was incredibly memorable, and it was a perfect way to kick things off.
Of course, the narrative pauses before too long, and rewinds a bit to walk us through the events that led to this horrible crash. The story is put together wonderfully, and it has all the beats of a classic action-adventure movie. It’s very much in the vein of Indiana Jones as Drake teams up with some new (and old) friends to beat the antagonist to the prize. As in most adventure movies, the treasure they seek contains more than just monetary value – it holds tremendous power.
The pacing is nearly perfect, and it allows time for players to enjoy the varied environments with letting any of them become stale. The textures & lighting they’ve used in Uncharted 2 brings this game up to par with just about any other release on the Playstation 3. Drake himself has been completely upgraded, allowing more character and expression to shine through.
The gun battles have been fine-tuned and improved, but there is still a familiar formula here. Duck behind cover and take out wave after wave of enemies until the next area opens up. That being said, Among Thieves allows for way more variation in how fights can be approached and which guns Drake has at his disposal.
Uncharted 2 is a significantly longer and deeper experience than Drake’s Fortune, and it set a high bar for action-adventure games that would follow (Tomb Raider, Uncharted 3).
Check in soon for my take on the 3rd entry in this incredible series!