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Uncharted 2 Dominates 2010 AIAS

Thought Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was done winning awards? Not quite yet; it had one last major awards show to dominate.

The results are in and as you can see, Naughty Dog's gem raked in 10 awards at the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, what many consider to be the most prestigious awards ceremony for the industry. Hosted by comedian and gamer Jay Mohr and taking place at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, the evening continued to pay homage to the unbelievable quality of Uncharted 2. They also awarded David Crane, game designer and Activision co-founder, the first Pioneer Award, and ESA founder Douglas Lowenstein received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Oh, and let's not forget about Mark Cerny, a big name in the industry and responsible for bringing us the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Said Joseph Olin, AIAS president:

"The interactive world continues to grow and move forward every day. While we have seen tremendous advances in the community, I believe this is only the beginning. With the help of the tremendously talented men and women here tonight, we will continue to create games that inspire each other to continue pushing the envelope."

As for Uncharted 2, it took home Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Story - Original, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement In Game Play Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, and of course Game of the Year. Batman: Arkham Asylum got some love, too, and there's a disturbing lack of respect for Assassin's Creed II, but other than that, Uncharted 2 basically swept. So what else is new? ;)

Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

2/19/2010 12:28:57 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (73 posts)

SympoziumPawa
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 12:43:17 PM
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I'm so glad that Uncharted 2 is getting the recognition that it deserves a great game!!

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Gloria, Gloria Perpetua

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manofchao5
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @ 11:17:45 AM

i love uncharted 2, its really awesome, but i heard assassin's creed has some really nice scenery they should of got an award too

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BTNwarrior
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 12:47:18 PM
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And to think how epic Unchared 3 will be.

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Buckeyestar
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 12:58:53 PM

I can't think about it, it makes me too sad knowing how long it will be before I can play it.

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laxpro2001
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 3:43:31 PM

I'm fine waiting because I know with certainty that Naughty Dog will deliver... man I wish I brought my PS3 abroad with me. Uncharted 2 is such a fun game!

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Shams
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:25:13 PM

Where you at?

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laxpro2001
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 6:54:32 PM

New Zealand

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JDC80
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 12:57:28 PM
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"Uncharted 2" is hands down the best game of 2009 I thought that when I rented it last year and I know it now when I brought it three weeks ago.

The story for me got me hooked, the voice acting was amazing and the graphics only enhance the overall experience.

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Buckeyestar
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 12:58:20 PM
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Booyah! Another notch on Naughty Dog's belt.

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maxpontiac
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:05:14 PM
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Nice job Naughty Dog!!!

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Qubex
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:06:57 PM
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Congratulations to Naughty Dog!!!... absolutely deserve these awards hands down. Superlative technical execution, memorable story telling and drama...

After having completed Uncharted 2 I unlocked all the behind the scenes videos to get a feel of their mastery at work. It was very satisfying to see the developers at the top of their game, pushing the hardware and creating and beautiful sumptuous world. I am currently on my second play through :)

Now imagine if Naughty Dog and Quantic Dreams teamed, one could only imagine... right?

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:08:14 PM

If you're aiming for the platinum, enjoy Crushing mode, it's a challenge - but doable.

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Qubex
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:16:26 PM

TheHighlander, I don't think I can do "crushing"... I barely got through in "easy" mode. My adage is that I don't want to wrestle and fight with the game... it must be "lite" entertainment in that I don't want to be overly frustrated or find it difficult to progress... I just want to enjoy the experience.

How did you find it? Did you manage to get platinum? I assume it is nigh on impossible!

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:26:42 PM

Completing on Crushing is hard, but you get used to being both more careful and more aggressive at the same time. The problem with Platinum isn't Crushing mode, it's having to get a certain number of particular types of kill, for example taking out 3 or more people with a single blast. It doesn't sound so bad until you realize you have to do it several times.

I played through on Easy the first time and there are some really difficult sections because the difficulty setting only alters the combat. So setting the game on easy doesn't make sneaking around the museum any easier, nor does it make it any easier to select the right path through a level. All the leaping, jumping and climbing, is just as difficult on Easy as it is on Crushing.

But when I play though again, it will be on Easy, since I will be playing for fun.

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SvenMD
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:08:30 PM

I understand not wanting to struggle with the game and maybe end up being pissed at the experience....but crushing is SO worth it. The only truly DIFFICULT part is Lazarevic - and he can really be frustrating.

You really do just have to change HOW you play...can't run around too much. It's much more thought out and methodical.

Great game. I've played it 4 times and I'm still not tired of it.

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:48:56 PM

Sven there is a method for defeating him which is a little bit of an exploit in terms of exploiting the way in which his AI chases you. You can balance how close he gets and keep moving around a specific obstacle and shooting at him and the environment as you go. Ultimately it's easier (and more successful) than running around while he chases you. I got so fed up with him that I googled it in the end - some would call cheating, I would simply say it was that or I would have done damage to my controller.

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laxpro2001
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 3:49:17 PM

@Highlander
I felt the same way, though I was finally able to defeat him after about 40+ tries, but those few times I only needed one hit and I died almost brought an early death to my controller.

Coincidently that controller is dead because when me and my little bro were playing Borderlands, he made me laugh so hard that I spit water out all over the controller and myself

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:12:37 PM

LOL!

The worst thing about PS3 (and PS2/PS1) controllers is the rubberized plastic grip that is on the thumbsticks. That material eventually tears so that even if the controller is otherwise perfectly OK, you are screwed and have to buy another - or get creative with rubber cement...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:25:40 PM

I'm with you Qubex, I have no interest getting to the point where I am frustrated and get "controller through screen" syndrome. I loved the game on easy and still died a bunch of times, that's just right for me.

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___________
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 11:13:15 PM

crushing is really easy.
well allot easier than other games like killzone 2, or even resistance 2.
killzone 2 on elite now thats a hard game.
well not as hard as DMC4 or ninja gaiden obviously but you have to be a fu**ing freak to go down that ally.

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MysteriousMagus
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 1:53:29 AM

Crushing was definitely easier than Killzone 2 on normal... I am serious I have finished Uncharted 1 on crushing and now doing 2 but I still not able to finish killzone 2... wth...??

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:07:13 PM
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Wonder whether there will be a game of the year, award winning, special edition - perhaps even with some bonus content?

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piratedrunk
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:34:13 PM
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I finally picked this up the other day and oh man.. so good. Great multiplayer too aside from some occasional matchmaking nightmares. About to start my next playthrough on hard and so many treasures left to find.

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:38:43 PM
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still haven't got this game damn me and the atlantic ocean .lol

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SvenMD
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:09:21 PM

You gotta change that somehow!

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fuk u
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:41:55 PM
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its all well deserved.

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dlte
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:47:23 PM
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I see that Farmville won Social Networking Game of the Year, hahaha..
That's awesome that Little Big Planet dominated last year and now Uncharted 2 dominates. Hopefully we'll see Heavy Rain and God of War 3 sweep them next year.

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Sir Shak
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:51:36 PM
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My favourite game on the PS3 .

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 1:55:07 PM
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god damn farmville it's enough its spamming facebook but to win an award for that i really hope all the plants and animals in the world of farmville die a horridness death so as to have farmville no more ,mwwwwaaahhhhhhaaaaaaa

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Scarecrow
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:03:34 PM
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That's what I'm talking 'bout!

Greatness deserves praise!
WELL deserved

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Silent_J
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:10:03 PM
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Naughty dog is awesome they deserve it.

"Who ordered the whoop ass fajitas!?!"

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:14:20 PM
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@ svenMd 6 months to go to be bak in new york .6 more months .... but i'll probably buy it b4 that

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hellish_devil
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:14:55 PM
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I haven't played it yet, cause I'm actually playing Valkyria Cronicles. I'm on chapter 14. Hopefully I'll finish it soon cause my Uncharted 2 copy is getting dusty and I want to play it!

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Imagi
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:15:38 PM
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Great news, good, naughty dog.

As a side note on PS3 going from strength to strength, anyone heard about Lost Planet 2, a substantial amount of game is going to be cut from the 360 version because of the size limitation's of the DVD. PS3 version to be full and as originally intended. Can I be first to say lol.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 3:45:32 PM

Hopefully this is true...! We deserve it. :)

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Alienange
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:10:30 PM

The PS3 version will be the same as the 360 version. Capcom said the content was cut from the game even though PS3 disc size would have accommodated.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:31:49 PM

Glad I don't care about that game.

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chedison
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 12:22:41 AM

its another reason not to care

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Beamboom
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 3:28:39 AM

Well, I care about it. It's full storyline coop and the demo was awsome. Hopefully the extra content pops up as (low priced) dlc.

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 2:20:36 PM
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yep i heard imagi but i think its for both versions not sure yet

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geovanwitdakick
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 3:08:51 PM
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I also read that it's for both copies of the game, & I also read that the dude from Capcom that made the decision was practically tearing when he had to decide what "major content" of the game to take out.

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godsman
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 3:48:33 PM
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I played Uncharted 2 first then Uncharted:Drake's Fortune afterwards. Man I really appreciate all the improvements and polishing. The controls that were annoying in the first one, all got so smooth in the sequel.

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:21:40 PM

Yeah, but you have to know that when the first one came out it was one freakin' sweet game. Compared to a lot of other games the game play and controls were accessible and smooth. Uncharted 2 kinda took that and ran with it improving all the areas of weakness that the controls in Uncharted Drake's Fortune had.

It's no wonder the game has won so many awards. If you compare the video game awards given to Uncharted 2 to the kinds of movie awards given, things get interesting. The number of awards and wide acclaim for Uncharted 2 is similar in scope to the kinds of acclaim for movies like Titanic, Ben Hur, Lord of the Rings - Return of the King and even Gone With The Wind.

Considering the success and enduring appeal of these movies and other big winners at the Oscars, Uncharted 2 seems destined to be the kind of game that is talked about throughout this and subsequent generations of game and console.

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Oyashiro
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:09:53 PM
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Few games have deserved ever piece of praise that they get. Uncharted 2 is one of thous games.

By the way, anyone catch the what was basically a Twisted Metal Confirmation? Jaffe walking on stage, people chanted "Twisted Metal!". He goes "Soon, Bitches. Another 8 to 9 months."

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:18:31 PM

where was that ??? i need a new TM so baaad
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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:22:50 PM

The pity is that Assassin's Creed II came along at the same time, had Uncharted 2 not been there, I think ACII would have had a great chance of getting similar acclaim.

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Juanalf
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:28:48 PM

Yeah Oyashiro, where did you hear that? he did say thought that the new game will have cars but that could be anything including Calling all cars 2 0_o

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chedison
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 12:23:25 AM

lol soon bitches! Awesome.

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Alienange
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:15:20 PM
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10 awards! That's what you get when Naughty Dog drops bombs all over ODST and L4D2.

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:33:11 PM

To be fair, ODST was running on an old engine and was only 4 hours long. Some would say that L4D2 was funning on a barely upgraded 10 year old engine and was marginally longer than 4 hours...

Honestly, ODLC is a downloadable expansion, and L4D2 is an upgrade, not a sequel. Uncharted 2 was an upgrade, a sequel and a stand along game with it's own story, and of course peerless acting, writing, music, visuals and execution.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:38:12 PM

Bungie's over-haloing and Valve's use of an engine that was new when Jesus was a baby just equal ripoff crap that never improves.

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Bloodysilence19
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:23:28 PM
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saw this yesterday at ign.took home 10 awards including goty, the most any game has gotten at the AIAS.uc2 is the beast game for this generation of gaming.storyline,visual,characters,etc raise the bar on how games are made.if you haven't played this yet, your defently living under a rock cause your missing out big time on this game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:39:03 PM

Did you mean "best" game, because "beast" game worked too :)

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tes37
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:26:30 PM
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These awards are all well deserved. I bet they had to clear a lot of space to make room for the amount of awards collected from all the different events.

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Highlander
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:50:19 PM

Yeah, I bet their trophy 'cabinet' expanded to trophy 'room' this year.

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:48:37 PM
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i loved the first assassin creed , i still havent got the chance to play the second one as i said i'm across the pond from my ps3 but still i think that: Biosdhock2,ACII,UCII,MassEffect 2 and Heavy rain all deserves some kind of a reward keeping i mind i havent touch a game for at least 3 months ........

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:39:29 PM
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So where are the massive sales to match? Shame on some PS3 owners.

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:44:30 PM

sorry mate i'm guilty as charged , but as i said my ps3 is across the pond from me

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tes37
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:46:10 PM

Shame on most ps3 owners.... sounds a little more appropriate.

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randomname
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:40:02 PM
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the guy that hosted that show was annoying and wasn't even funny. Except the Kotick joke lol

What was funny is when some guy in the chairs was screaming "Twisted Metal!" and Jaffe answered "Soon bitch! like 8, 9 months" lol

Ontopic
glad Uncharted won :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 6:24:58 PM

I can't stand Jay Mohr

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 5:59:11 PM
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I first have to say that UC2 more than deserves whats it gotten in terms of recognition and greatness.

I also want to say I dont think AC2 has any lack of respect, but look how many great games there were last year. I dont know what awards were handed to KZ2 from AIAS, but it could also be said about that game as well... There was just too much greatness last year for every game to get some sort of recognition.

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TEG3SH
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 7:45:34 PM
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who is jay mohr ??

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Shams
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 9:00:06 PM

Actor/comedian, I think. A bit on the obnoxious side. Kind of younger generation Bill Maher. Blond, and Jewish. New York accent, but can remember any movies of him for the life of me.

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___________
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 11:14:08 PM
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good on em, they deserve every single one of them.
NOW ENOUGH OF UNCHARTED 2, AND GET ON WITH THAT REMAKE OF CRASH BANDICOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MysteriousMagus
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 1:54:30 AM

They should buy the franchise back!! and make a remake like you say.. imagine the possibilities!!

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___________
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @ 6:01:13 AM

they are.
well according to PSM3 they are.

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Snaaaake
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 11:58:13 PM
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Now it's already normal that UC2 sweep more awards but WHERE IS THE LOVE THAT ASSASSIN'S CREED 2 DESERVE!!!

Oh and a few days ago I said AC2 is the better game than UC2 but maybe that's because it's been months since I last played UC2 because yesterday I played UC2 and the feeling of awesomeness came back to me.

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___________
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @ 6:02:17 AM

no you were right originally.
AC2 is a better game than uncharted 2.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 8:42:45 AM
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thanks Shams , he is the guy from gary unmarried .... i really hate that guy

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kraygen
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @ 1:47:19 PM
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Hopefully someone can answer this for me. I have not played uc2. Reason being that on the first uncharted there was a glitch that drove me up the walls.

When shooting guys and it was not a 1 shot kill the enemy would stumble backwards and during the time that they were stumbling, it didn't matter what you did to them they were invincible. I tested this in many ways, if you shot them in the chest, waited for them to stop stumbling, shot again, and repeated, it took 3 shots to kill the average guy. If you just unloaded on him you could empty a clip and not kill him.

I'm wondering if uc2 has this problem or not because i just could not get past this on the first one. I also was not impressed by the online demo for uc2. any insights would be helpful, because uc2 is getting all kinds of praise but so did the first one.

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tanner1
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @ 3:35:59 PM
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Cained it hard, platinum on both uncharteds. Naughty Dog have created an awesome franchise and they deserve praise and respect from everyone.

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Robochic
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @ 11:27:55 PM
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Awesome for Naughty Dog, UC3 will indeed be Epic... Now just need bigger sales if this doesn't convince people with all these awards I don't know what will.

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