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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review

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Graphics:

 

10.0

Gameplay:

 

9.8

Sound:

 

10.0

Control:

 

9.5

Replay Value:

 

9.5

Online Gameplay:

 

9.5

Overall Rating:       9.8

 

 

Publisher:

SCEA

Developer:

Naughty Dog

Number Of Players:

1-10

Genre:

Action/Adventure

Release Date:

October 13, 2009

It's been a huge year for the PlayStation 3. Not only was there a price-drop, but there was also the all new PS3 Slim redesign. Most importantly, though, it's been the games for the PS3 that have swayed opinions left and right. It started off with Killzone 2 early in the year, then continued with inFamous, and of course an all new Ratchet game is set to launch shortly, as well. But it's been one PS3 game in particular that everybody's been talking about, as it has displayed simply the most jaw-dropping game design on any console ever seen. Of course I'm talking about Uncharted 2. With Gran Turismo 5 pushed back to early 2010, Uncharted 2 stands as the front-runner for 2009's game of the year. And it's simple to explain why...

The first thing you need to know about Uncharted 2 is that it isn't laden with a plethora of features and borderline confusing game mechanics. There are no intricate systems you're required to use in order to progress throughout the game. No combos, that you'll likely never use, to earn, upgrade, or purchase. Same goes for the weapons. There are no complicated menus to navigate through. There is simply no unnecessary clutter. This is a game that brings it back to the basics, and reminds us that action-adventure games don't have to be stuffed with tons and tons of worthless mechanics for them to be wholly enjoyable.

Instead, what Uncharted 2 does is offer an adventure that is free of such things by offering an epic experience where the story is constantly flowing and you are never once distracted by anything, allowing you to focus on nothing but the game and its story. But don't get me wrong, it's not that I dislike said mechanics, I just find them annoying when they interfere with the game, or you're forced to use them, games like Metal Gear Solif 4 have pulled this off perfectly in the past, I just want to be clear about that. Essentially, what Naughty Dog has done is created the modern-day Super Marios Bros. game, albeit on a much more epic scale. Think about it, the main principles are there: just like, say, Super Mario Bros. 3, Uncharted 2 focuses on the core adventure, by offering a compelling experience, with absolutely breathtaking level design, simplicity that is welcoming, yet with gameplay that is absolutely addictive. You may be hard pressed to call the similarities true, but ultimately, it is what makes both games so utterly amazing, and what has made one of them a classic for the past 20 years.

This is game design that rings true to gamers such as myself who have been craving for a proper action-adventure game that isn't riddled with useless mechanics, is presented on such an epic-scale, with production quality that isn't too far off from what we've seen come out of Hollywood's computer-animated films. Not since Metal Gear Solid 4 have I been so wrapped up in a game. It took me only two days to beat the game, because each time I sat down, I couldn't pull myself away from it for about five hours each session. And to be perfectly honest, it takes a really special game for me to devote so much of my time to in such a short time span.

Nathan Drake is back, as the game takes place just a few years after the first. This time around, an old friend approaches Drake about breaking into a Turkish museum, finding a hidden relic, and trying to discover the untold story of what happened to Marco Polo's crew of 600 men and 14 ships, of which only 18 men on one ship survived, during his voyage to Persia. The game is very spoiler sensitive, so I'll refrain from saying anything else about the story. But know this, it's quite a well written game, and it's one of those titles where you keep going just to find out what happens next without realizing how many hours you've already spent. I love it.

The basic mechanics in Uncharted 2 are very simple, but extremely effective. Drake's ability to explore has increased ten-fold, as the amount of climbing and jumping he'll do all throughout the game may give you some vertigo. The kinds of heights you'll reach during your expeditions will surely leave you with your jaw on the floor in complete awe, as the level design is nothing short of brilliant here, easily some of the very best I've ever seen. While most puzzles are fairly straightforward, they are, nevertheless, quite a lot of fun to take on and complete.

Action continues to the basic formula of carrying two guns, a pistol (or anything that can be shot with one hand), and a rifle. There's a great variety of guns to choose from, from an assortment of different hand-guns (uzis, pistols, revolvers, etc.), to an equally impressive assortment of rifles and heavy artillery (automatics, sniper rifles, minigun, shotguns, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, and so forth). Each and every gun is well balanced and has its unique advantages, as well as disadvantage. The balance of the weapons is surely brought to light when you're in multiplayer heat, seeing as how you'll have to choose what guns to pack depending on the stage. Stages that aren't as open and are more prone to closer quarters are better off with a shotgun, where as if you're in an environment that is a bit more open, you're better off with a proper rifle that'll allow for some zoom. Throughout the adventure, you'll get to even mount turrets and fight off swarms of enemies, which makes for some really fun times, in addition to picking up shields some enemies leave behind.

The hand-to-hand stuff works well, too. You'll put the Square and Triangle button to good use when you prefer to do a few stealthy attacks, or when you just feel like taking enemies out one by one with your bare hands. Square is your general attack button which you'll punch and kick with, but Triangle is the counter/parry button which you'll have to use when you see an enemy is about to counter and attack you. When the enemy begins his swing at you, a slow-mo segment occurs, and within that time frame you'll have to hit the Triangle button to perform a parry and then immediately attack some more to finish him off. It's simplistic, but, again, highly effective. Other actions you can perform with your bare hands is the ability to throw an unsuspecting enemy off a ledge. If, for example, you are climbing up a ledge and you see an enemy is standing right above you, you can grab his leg and throw him down. Likewise, if you sneak up behind an enemy who is near a ledge, you can push him to his death - this one you'll use often just past the middle of the game, and it's a ton of fun.

Enemy A.I. is pretty solid, perhaps even smarter than the first game. For starters, the A.I. is still smart enough to not stay in one place during a gun fight. You'll often see your enemies moving around finding new places to cover. Second, enemies don't require 6-8 bullets to kill anymore, three well placed bullets should do the trick, but one spot on bullet to the head will do it immediately. Speaking of head-shots, the game tracks your head-shot skills, and there in-game medallions, as well as trophies to earn by pulling off headshots. Next, the A.I. is pretty damn good with a grenade, so beware. And lastly, and this is what leads me to believe the A.I. is smarter than before, I've actually been snuck up on by an enemy a few times in the game, and it wasn't a scripted event, either. Instead of calling in for a swarm of backup, these little bastards just thought they'd be smart by attacking me from behind and knocking me out.

Now, the overall adventure is good for about 10-12 hours, including cut-scenes and all. But chances are you'll want to replay the game again just to experience the whole thing over again. It's one of those games you'll want to play over and over again. But when the adventure is over for you, there's the multiplayer, which is, quite honestly, much better than it should be. I mean, the actual core is already so amazing, that just a few table scraps of multiplayer goodies would've sufficed. But Naughty Dog went all out. First, we have a multiplayer mode that takes various segments and scenarios similar to that of the single-player mode, and allows up to three gamers to get in on the action, by playing as Drake, Sully, and Chloe. These scenarios will include gunfights, puzzle solving, aiding fallen partners, and much more. Another co-op mode includes Gold Rush, will requires the three players to collect the treasures spawning all over the map, all the while a horde of enemies try to stop you. Collecting as many as possible before dying is the obvious goal here.

Other multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Plunder, Elimination, and Chain Reaction - with all modes capable of up to 10 players. Deathmatch is your standard affair that pits five heroes against five villains, last team standing wins. Plunder is a capture-the-flag mode where you have to steal treasure from a base and bring it back to yours. Elimination is similar to Deathmatch, except teams are not split into a classification, and there are numerous matches played, with the team who wins most declared the winner. And lastly, Chain Reaction is another capture-the-flag variant, albeit with a twist that requires the teams to pick up the flags in a specific order.

On the technical scale, Uncharted 2 is absurdly impressive. But it isn't perfect. There are a few camera issues, which can cause confusion as to how close you are to the next ledge you're trying to jump to. This also presents a few control issues, so you will occasionally experience a death here and there, usually from thinking you could jump down to a certain platform, only to find out it was a bit too far. Beyond that, during my play through, the game did exhibit a few bugs, one of which that froze the game. Another bug some may notice is the game severely lagging behind a cut-scene trigger. For example, in one of the chapters, I climbed up the roof of a house only to find myself wandering aimlessly trying to figure out what to do next. I spent five minutes viewing my surroundings, trying to find something to climb or slide down on, to no avail...thinking I went the wrong way, I dropped myself down realized there was nowhere else to go, turned back and climbed that same building again, and suddenly a cut-scene began as soon as I made it up. What the hell?

Aside from these two little quirks, I never again had a single problem with the single-player mode, and chances are if these issues become common, a patch will fix them up immediately. But it must be said that Uncharted 2 performs on a level never before seen in a console game to date. For starters, the framerate is smoother than the original game, which had a tendency to stutter often. Running at 30 frames per second without fail, Uncharted 2 also manages to run smooth, as well. But it's the overall quality of the visuals people will notice, especially during the absolutely jaw-dropping cut-scenes. Running in real time, these cut-scenes display character detail no other game has ever done before, with textures that have no equal. The same can be said for the graphics when you're actually playing the game. Not only are the environments massive in scale, but the draw-in distance goes on for miles, and the textures that are wrapped around the game world are extremely detailed.

Nearly everything about Uncharted 2's visuals are breathtaking, from the flawless lighting, to the animation, to the character detail, to the art, to the texture work, and especially the gorgeous cinematic cut-scenes. Uncharted 2 represents a level of aesthetic quality that sets the benchmark for all games this generation, achieving a look that rivals even the PC's Crysis - it's that gorgeous. The keen eyed gamer may notice a few minor visual quirks, such as shadows that smooth out as you approach them, or an occasional object popping up here and there, but again, considering the overall scope of things, these issues are truly minute.

Lastly, to go hand-in-hand with the almost flawless presentation is the audio, which is largely driven by the superb voice acting. The dialogue is extremely well done, as each and every voice actor performs their respective part without a hitch. Nathan Drake is still as quippy as ever, adding quite a bit of charm and humor to his character. The supporting cast, which includes both new and old characters also come off extremely strong with their acting. A motion picture-like soundtrack plays in the background usually when enemies are present, and does a great job of setting the tone of the moment. And enabling one of the various surround sound settings in the game further enhances the already surreal experience.

Uncharted 2 represents everything I've always wanted to see out of an action-adventure game such as this. It defines what videogames mean to me. It's designed in such a way that is completely the opposite of what most games in the genre have been doing, and yet, by taking a step back to a more traditional setup, it is without question the best game the genre has seen in a very long time. It is also without question the best looking console game I've ever seen, easily the best of the generation. And, it is also without question the very best game we've seen all year.

10/7/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (119 posts)

JMO_INDY
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:19:03 PM
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So close huh? O well, still a buy. Thanks Naughty Dog, congradulations, Im anxious to see what Heavy Rain will get at it's time of release.

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Troy Powers
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 1:40:31 PM

You know a game is good when you're disappointed that it didn't review a 10.

"Awww, man! 9.8? Guess I'll still pick it up anyway."

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soli
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:24:57 PM
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nice review ;)

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:25:06 PM
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And the voting community was wrong. Damn

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Jackyl
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:45:59 PM

Unless you voted, right!

Guessing the poll won't be closed down till the normal date so there is still plenty of time for people to cheat. :p

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Buckeyestar
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 10:40:14 PM

I voted correctly.

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Dante399
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 12:10:59 AM

I voted right too...I should receive a copy of the game right? lol

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:30:31 PM
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Great review. It looks like Uncharted 2 has already pummeled the competition for GOTY.

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slackernz
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:33:33 PM
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As Barney puts it, LEGEN-DARY... Can't wait

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phantomMenace
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:32:20 PM

Lol I love that show. Uncharted 2 is going to be amazing. The multiplayer is so addicting I have put about 40 hours into it. Wish my gamestop was having a midnight release but they don't think they will be.

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Jiggy
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:51:13 PM
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Nice review! I'm glad they had just the multiplayer in the demo, so now when I get it I'll beat the crap out of the single player. And I'm sure those bugs could be fixed easily with an update.

Arnold do you know if the online rankings will reset to Zero when the game is out? I don't wanna lose mine haha.

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johnld
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:43:54 PM

beta or demo stats dont really stay after the game is released. They dont really want to give anyone advantages that other people can complain about.

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Jiggy
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 12:16:31 AM

.....They kept the beta rankings when the demo came out

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Troy Powers
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 1:42:57 PM

But the demo is just an expanded version of the beta. Even when you run it, it says Uncharted 2 beta.

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johnld
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 6:45:19 PM

yeah but demoes and betas are just that, part of the game. So when the complete game comes out, everything is reset, rankings and levels.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:51:24 PM
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YEP!

i cant wait to play this game, ive waited o so long!

No more teases with these reiews and awesome scores please!

Although i thought they would have made this one much longer than the first, considering all the praise. obviously yes there is the multiplayer but i love a good long story much like the length and depth of mgs4, and even uncharted: drakes fortune had awesome depth, but I never timed how long Uncharted took me and never payed attn. to if it says how long your game time is. but i know it didnt take more than 12 hours nor less than 9 hours (including cut-scenes) and that was long enough no complaints. But maybe i thought that making a much more epic sequel would also include a significantly longer story!

Honestly for such an epic tale, and game i feel like 2 days, possibly even one to finish the game isnt quite enough. I want to experience this for atleast 3 days. well its a good thing i work i guess. I have a feeling ill be left with wanting more lol!

Alright, btw im not complaining im just saying lol!

I really want this game in my hands!

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nickert0n
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:53:31 PM

Tell me about it, I sent my roommate to Bestbuy to pre-order us each a copy and he comes back and is holding two Blu-Ray cases that say Uncharted 2 on them.

I sh** my pants and scream and say "How the F#$@ did you get it early!?!?!?"

Then he shows me that they were giving away pre-order bonus multiplayer golden guns for preorders and were putting them in Uncharted 2 game cases.

Assh0les....

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:53:43 PM
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::Looks up from playing Demon's Souls::

Ah yes, another 9.something for Uncharted2


::Back to Demon's Souls::

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NightHawk17
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:05:57 PM

high-5, ive gotta finish demons souls and yakuza 2 in time for uncharted next week. and theres no school wednesday so im on uncharted all tuesday
XD

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:59:16 PM

indeed, game is great, got 1 week till u2, lol

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nickert0n
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:54:45 PM

I really want to buy Demon Souls but there is no way that I will ever get remotely far enough by the time Uncharted 2 comes out. :(

So I wait.

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IonHawk
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:55:22 PM
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Great review - although I still feel like yelling at you guys (and all the other gaming sites/mags) for keeping on reminding me how great it is, adding to my frustration that its not the 13th yet! :)
As far as GOTY goes, my heart says UC2 should get it, but my brain says that MW2 will end up getting it just coz it is multiplatform and will have a larger install base.

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HANZ64
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:05:41 PM

Sadly I think MW2 will win GOTY, mainly because of it's unmatched popularity. Yes MW2 is (or will be) an amazing game, but from a technical point of view Uncharted 2 truly deserves it a lot more.

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johnld
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:46:28 PM

Modern warfare 2 may be game of the year at some places but it wont be unanimous as some places like psxextreme, sales wont determine game of the year but the game itself will.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:56:03 PM
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Yes I voted correct! boo yaa! great review, game looks sweet!

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Xra897
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 4:59:09 PM
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OOh

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HANZ64
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:00:24 PM
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Sold.

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furbiesmustdie
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:03:23 PM
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9.8?!!??!?? srsyly? pah i shall not buy it then good day!

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nogoat23
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:31:07 PM

lol

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HAMCHUNKS
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:10:59 PM

i thought u were surious at first
now its even more funnier lol thx for dat

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furbiesmustdie
Friday, October 09, 2009 @ 7:33:43 AM

relax i went down and got my preorder weeks ago. uncharted one remains to be my favorite single-player-shooter experience bar half life 2. uncharted 2 on the other hand: THIS GAME IS GOING TO RE-DEFINE GAMING AS A PLATFORM. IT WILL BE THE BIGGEST LEAP FORWARD SINCE HALF LIFE AND HALO COMBINED.

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Hexen
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:13:29 PM
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I didn't really think KZ2(or MGS4)graphics would be surpass so soon, so kudos to the excellent team at Naughty Dog studios.Right now all I can do is wait patiently for October 13.

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HAMCHUNKS
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:31:35 PM

i had a massive problem with MGS4 (i luv it and im not xbot, im a mgs fanboy if anything) engine which offten screwed up the shadows of characters and elcetrical poll wires
but it was still amzaing
did anyone else notice it?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:48:39 PM

Yea, I forgot how great MGS4 looks. Uncharted 2 looks fantastic. But MGS4 is titties.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:23:34 PM
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Wow! ALMOST ALMOST!

But tell you what, it got a lot of 10s in many of the categories!

WILL GET!

Possibly the best game this gen right next to Metal Gear Solid 4.

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johnld
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:49:42 PM

hahaha, and its only the beginning of this generation. I wanna see what happens a little later. if theres going to be a clear difference between the ps3 and xbox 360 but right now its clear to me that ps3 got 360 exclusives beat. Since they maxed out the ps3, i wanna see more optimization.

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Danny007
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:24:11 PM
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I thought for sure it would be a perfect 10. So close...

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:25:48 PM
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Low score . :)

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:26:32 PM
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Day one purchase .

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Jackyl
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:47:24 PM

Unless you were lucky enough to be one of those people who won an advanced copy in the last day or two! Or bought it from one of those people currently selling them on ebay.

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Banky A
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:48:21 PM
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Damn it's not a 10/10.
What a disappointment, I am not buying it :(

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Jackyl
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:49:24 PM

Yeah, totally only worth a rental!

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Banky A
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:57:59 PM

Booo, who thumbed me down. This game obviously isn't that good coz' it didn't score 10/10 :/
.....

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Jackyl
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:48:52 PM
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Don't like the head-shot mechanic for multiplayer though. At the sneak peak we all saw someone take 3 bullets to the head from an AK-47 and the guy did not die.

Hope there would be a patch for that.

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HAMCHUNKS
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:13:15 PM

yeah theres lot of times where i shot like 5 times in da head and they die from the pain not the headshot lol
i rather have KZ2 headshot mechanics where n00bs get lucky everyonce in a while or at least 2 shots in da head

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Banky A
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:00:17 PM

That's because none of those bullets hit his head at all ^_^
Uncharted 2 headshots are instant death.

& KZ2 headshots rock!

If nobody dies from a headshot in KZ2 or U2 then you probably missed, hit their shoulder or neck/clavicle area.
The only other reason is coz' of mild LAGGGG.

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Jackyl
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 11:21:14 PM

Normally I'd agree with you Banky but like I said this was at the cinema sneak peak. This was on a full sized cinema screen. Everyone in the theater was shouting out when that happened and even the host was like "I don't know how he survived that!"

I've heard enough comments about the head shots not always being instant kills to merit Naughty Dog looking into it to see if it might be remedied with a patch.

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Fane1024
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:39:57 AM

True story: there was a soldier who got shot in the head/neck three separate times on D-Day and kept going. So, a head shot isn't necessarily a kill. ; )

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CH1N00K
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 8:47:05 AM

There's a joke in here somewhere about having a killer headache, I know there is!

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 5:49:52 PM
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my vote in the poll is correct then!

Well I am just waiting til next Wednesday (10.14) which when it release here.

Playing through Drake's Fortune again and will finish the playthrough this weekend.

Let the Gold Rush come.

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Hexen
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:01:51 PM
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Going by scores alone does this mean that Uncharted 2 is inferior to GTA IV?

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kevinater321
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:39:23 PM

HAHAHAHA! good one ;)

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Victor321
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:07:05 PM
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MGS4, meet your new next door neighbour! Alongside Killzone 2 and Infamous across the street. And Ratchet and Clank from the other end.

^.^

P.S. Is it just me, or are all the PS3 exclusives, if they were people living in houses, we would have a city, whereas unnlike the 360's exclusives, we would have a town?

Ah, I'm getting over my head, and no, I'm not a lunatic :P, merely stating my opinion.

PSXExtreme should allow us to underline and/or bold our words, so I can make opinion stand out ^.^

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ThePearlJamer
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:34:29 PM

If games were living in houses, you would be living in a mental institution...

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Bardock617
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:14:34 PM
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OMG why did you give it a 10? tons of other places did? lmao j/k. i know that SOMEONE is gonna come read this review thinkin that. yeah i totally picked Demon Soul's over this. i needed an RPG so, Uncharted 2 can wait.

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Alienange
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:27:19 PM
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Well done Arnold. Your review shows that you take your job seriously and don't allow fanboyism to get in the way of your score. I respect that a lot and appreciated the honest review. I look forward to stealing your gold online in the near future.

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frostface
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:43:17 PM

It seems I should of read your post first before posting mine...very well said and couldn't agree more!

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frostface
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:41:53 PM
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Ya could of given it a 10 but instead you gave us a good honest review! That's why I come back to this site! 9.8 is still a great score and a day one purchase no doubt!

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:42:56 PM
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Happy to hear that people are reading the review and understand why it wasn't scored perfectly.

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frylock25
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:29:14 PM

so Arnold how many trophies are in the game? it seems like 50 or so is the norm. i have been kind of curious as to how many trophies you and Ben have.
I am comin up on 400 my self and have a pretty nice PS3 library. I know you two play way more games than i do.

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johnld
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:52:23 PM
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Well, im an engineer so i'll round it off to a 10. you know safety factor and habits. lol. but seriously, its not like being .2 off perfect score wont mean less people would buy. I already decided to buy the second one ever since it was announced, never needed any review. Thanks to the people reviewing though, im getting a better picture of the game.

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nogoat23
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 6:58:41 PM
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Is there a way to sort games by review scores on this site?

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frylock25
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:59:56 PM

i dont think so but after just clickin through real quick:

Metal Gear Solid 4 10
Grand Theft Auto 4 9.9
Uncharted 2 9.8
Little Big Planet 9.7
Killzone 2 9.7
Fallout 3 9.6
Resistance 2 9.5
Dead Space 9.4
Street Fighter 4 9.4
Resistance: Fall of man 9.3
Bioshock 9.3
Uncharted 9.0
Flower 9.0

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Metal Head
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:19:14 PM
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If you own a PS3 and don't buy Uncharted2, you own the wrong system. Seriously give it a try and you will not regret it. Nothing is perfect and videogames are not the exception to the rule.

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Hexen
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:31:05 PM

"If you own a PS3 and don't buy Uncharted2, you own the wrong system"

The Brutal Legend,Demon souls and MGS4 junkies will tell you the same about those games.I'm sure as hell will get U2 on day one but there are those who just don't give a sh1t; which is fine cause not everyone likes the same games even if the game is extremely polished a la U2.

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:37:22 PM

I see what you mean, although I'm not sure if I would mention Brutal Legend and Demon Souls in the same breath as MGS4 or U2, just yet. See, certain games epitomise genres. And then they are certain games that epitomise the very best that video gaming has to offer. I prefer the steady adrenaline rush of a racer or beat'um-up, but I'll know a game is truly superior if it can tear my attention away from my favorite game of my favorite genre. And that's what Uncharted does for me.

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Fatcat3788
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:30:56 PM
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If there is perfection there is no reason to improve. I have this gut feeling Uncharted will grow and grow and with it improve and improve. So a fair score and what seems to be an awesome game ;)

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Gow49ers
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:57:25 PM
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Excellent review Arnold, u did a phenomenal job,
Keep up the excellent work! 10/13/09, cannot come soon enough ,,,

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OPHIDIAN
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:57:43 PM
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I respect the reviews on this site, unlike most others they appear to give a subjective view.

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nickert0n
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 3:06:00 PM

Yeah but a 9.9 for GTA4?
Come on now.

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:20:42 PM
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Thank you, Mr. Katayev. The review was thorough, sober, and convincing. Day 1 purchase for me (rather day 2 because I'll be reaching the States on the 14th).

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LowKey
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:22:54 PM
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lol Metal Gear SoliF 4. anyway I cant wait for U2

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:25:26 PM
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Not that I needed any persuasion but I really couldn't wait for this review! I just can't wait anymore! Longest week yet!

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:39:57 PM
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I new it wouldn't get a 10. Games like MGS4 are one in a million. Still 9.8 is very good. Can't wait to get this.

When trying to be stealthy, is there a crouch option like is MGS4?

Also when aiming, does which shoulder you were looking over last get remembered? It's kinda annoying in the multiplayer demo when you want the camera to stay on the left side. It always defaults to the right when you stop aiming. It didn't do that in Drakes Fortune. It remembered which should you were looking over last.

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thj_1980
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:42:22 PM
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Well the multiplayer is really fun and addecting but I could have a custom controls for the game I;m not use to playing with it but in time i probally could get use to it. It is tie head to head with ODST but remember people ODST is very popular and it is a success for ther Halo series i hope this year UNCHARTED 2 IS THE GOTY.

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Banky A
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 8:58:59 PM
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Sweeeet review.

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Robochic
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:23:02 PM
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I've been looking into this game it's been great but i just have way to many preorders I'll ask for this and the first one for christmas I'm enjoying the beta though.

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taus90
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:23:52 PM
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U2 is way better than GTA4. i think guys will agree.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:28:00 PM
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Great review; I would have loved to see another perfect score but I wouldn't hold that against you guys since you detailed your reasons for your score so well.
Nice "Uncharted 2" graphic for the article, by the way; it makes the article stand out (as I believe would be expected since this game is getting so much attention)! ;)

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:30:37 PM
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Everyone knows that taus, Agreed. Great review and Uncharted2 is getting high 9's just as I predicted. Xmas is a long time to wait for this one, I'm having a hard time waiting for Tuesday myself.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:39:48 PM
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I agree Uncharted 2 is much better than GTAIV. But I wasn't the one who reviewed GTAIV.

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Highlander
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:58:31 PM

Ah most people also don't realize that standards in video games are continually evolving and improving. A game worth 10/10 a year or two ago is still a great game, but would not stand up well against Uncharted 2 - perhaps.

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Sir Shak
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 12:01:58 AM

I have noticed that your reviews are a bit harsher than Ben's . That's why I was surprised when you gave Killzone 2 a 9.7 .

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raidtimedope
Saturday, October 24, 2009 @ 11:35:43 AM

GTA IV is better than this

nothin tops GTA IV

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Riku994
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 9:44:29 PM
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Somewhere Ben is crying because he didn't get to do this review.

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www
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 8:43:29 AM

Well he gets to play it before you

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Highlander
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 10:01:46 PM
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Nice review. I'm glad you didn't avoid mentioning faults, because every game has them. I'm also glad that you didn't allow such trifles to alter your review score.

I can't wait for this to arrive, I hope Amazon is up to it with their release day delivery.

So, one question for you Arnold, is this the best action movie of the year so far?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 10:16:11 PM
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Hahaha, probably.

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AshT
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 10:39:49 PM
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Awesome review Arnold.

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LightShow
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 11:03:00 PM
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i love the boys at naughty dog. hell, i broke in to videogaming with a shiny new PS2 and a copy of Jak and Daxter. theyve got my support, all the way

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Highlander
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 11:41:08 PM

Two words.

Crash Bandicoot.

Still awesome today. That is the sign of a great developer.

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___________
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:19:48 AM

so true.
ND are my favorite devs.
followed by insomniac, ID, crytek and valve.
these are the last companys who dont know how to make a bad game, and refuse to release something before there convinced its perfect.
none of this quick buggy remake, to make a quick buck crap.

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 11:58:05 PM
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Why is that poll still up ?

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___________
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:17:18 AM
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just one question.
i know that uncharted 2 has a store for you to buy upgrades in the single player campaign.
if i finish the game on say normal than go on to hard does all my cash and things i have unlocked carry over or do i have to start from scratch?

thats one thing i hate about games these days, once i have unlocked or bought something it should be with me where ever i go.

also is there a area where you can check how close you are to getting a certain trophy?
thats one thing every single game should have from now on.
ive lost count the amount of trophies i have gone for thinking im so close to getting them when im so so far off.
and does uncharted 2 have level select?
i hope it will tell you how many treasures you have collected from each level that way when im playing through to collect all the treasures i can skip levels i know ive collected everything.
because im going to plat this no matter what.
im definitely not ready for crushing again and i can not afford another broken controller or even a broken tv but here i go.

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OriginalSin
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 2:18:15 AM
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Sweet. Great review Arnold. I didn't need any convincing to buy Uncharted 2 but this review just confirmed it once again.

And then just to remind myself how good Uncharted:Drakes Fortune was I played through it again twice in the last two weeks... And even now (What like 2 years later) it is one of the games I had the most fun playing.

So now I'm amp'd and ready for Uncharted 2. Just have to wait a bit now until it releases here in my country... probably buy the end Of October to first week of November.... It sucks I know.

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Nerull
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 3:18:58 AM
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Chalk one up for me too. Can't wait to get my hands on this one.

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Zubs
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 3:59:05 AM
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was hoping atleast a 15 out of 10! Lol.

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Ricochet
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 6:54:08 AM
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With legends like: Control, Gameplay, Tilt and other extra options it's going to be IMPOSSIBLE for any game to get a 10. One game can have a strong asset to a certain option but may not acheive equivalently on another.

Point-in-case, Single-player based campaign may not be equivalently as good in the multiplayer and vice-versa one can strike the balance but not equivalently excellent on both sides. I think the format should be general like: Graphics, Gameplay, Value, Sound and Replayability. There's no need for extra other aspects because no game can acheive full points on all these criteria.

Good review, but I think online and single-player should be combined into a single gameplay category.

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Aftab
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 7:04:23 AM

Multiplayer, in many cases, can be counted as an entirely seperate title on it's own, having it's own experience, graphical quality, and performance. And in some cases, it can be something just tacked on, or a package can be lacking it altogether. So, in order to evaluate a game fairly and accurately, one must evaluate the two seperately.

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tanner1
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 6:55:12 AM
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Nice honest review Arnold thanks, i loved MGS4 but i know im gonna enjoy this 1 soooo much more and i think this game should be GOTY for the effort alone that N.D have put into it

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Ultimate_Balla
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 8:17:25 AM
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Nice. But with tekken on the way and all, plus the exclusives here are like 20 bucks more expensive, 80 dollars per say. I'll have to wait, even tho i do not want to. . .

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www
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 8:41:48 AM
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I said it! 9.8 the least. Already pre-ordered.

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rmw2hot
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 9:06:53 AM
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should of got 10 but its still a great score can't wait 2 play it.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 10:01:47 AM
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i want it!

i logged on last night (not that thats out of the norm) and one of my friends was playing Uncharted 2: among thiieves, uhhh i know right wtf?

So i immediatly messaged him that "wtf?" I said, "how did you get the game already a review copy?" (cus he runs a website, not big, just for kicks more or less) He says, he got it from the show in Seattle, Wa.

I'm assuming that means he got it when he went to one of those premiers in select locations that you guys wrote an article about few weeks back. now he didnt explain how he got it if he was able to purchase it that day, or if he won it, or if everyone who attended got a copy, but none the less im jelous and maybe he will just finish it early so he will give it to me! wishful thinking!

Anyways just thought id throw that in there that maybe sometimes its worth going to events for these big titles, maybe you'll end up with the game a week b4 release, that lucky man! Anyways pretty good stuff, i cant wait for this to drop!

O and great review, the honesty is always appreciated!

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Troy Powers
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 1:41:25 PM

Everyone who attended got a free copy.

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bigrailer19
Friday, October 09, 2009 @ 10:18:13 AM

yea thats awesome, now i wish i would have gone even more! im like right in the middle of san fran and seattle w/ seattle being a lil' longer drive and ugh it makes me angry i didnt make!

it would have been testamony to my love for the Uncharted series!

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Shadow_Ninja
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 6:02:52 PM
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hey arnold, what's the resolution on uncharted 2?

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PaiNT_kinG
Friday, October 09, 2009 @ 4:40:44 AM

i'm not Arnold,but probably 720P,88% sure =)

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CrazyCrisps
Saturday, October 10, 2009 @ 11:39:46 AM
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I can't fu**ing believe some Swedish guys gave this awesome game a 7 out of 10...

I can't waaaiit!!

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Nynja
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 11:14:37 AM
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The game still achieved 18 perfect reviews and not one below 90. Not f'n bad. Kudos for Naughty Dog.

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furbiesmustdie
Sunday, October 18, 2009 @ 10:07:08 AM

even destructoid gave it 9.5, the same fools that gave infamous a 6.5!

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Antu
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 11:24:17 AM
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it simply rocks

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Antu
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 11:24:18 AM
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it simply rocks

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Antu
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 11:24:24 AM
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it simply rocks

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Higz_Bozon
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 12:18:25 PM
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Just got the game and what can I say... it's awesome! Question: is anyone having any trouble inverting the Y Axis in the Options for either aiming or camera? I set mine to invert and... nothing happens LOL.

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Higz_Bozon
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 12:26:46 PM
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Whups got it fixed- had to charge the controller for a bit (don't ask). =)

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Gordo
Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 3:42:09 AM
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Spot on review... Been playing U2 for six hours today. What a buzz! It is fantastic. Just about half way through... The graphics, story, animations, voice acting all amazing. The stealth, hand to hand and firing are all much tighter than in Drakes Fortune. I loved the first game but I think I will not be able to go back again after this.
Proudly sitting up there in my collection with MGS4 and GTAIV. Thanks Sony!

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furbiesmustdie
Sunday, October 18, 2009 @ 10:00:09 AM
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finished uncharted 2 for the third time today. no i don't have any regrets.

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Pyramid
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 1:30:26 PM
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Im writing this after almost 2 years so maybe nobody gonna read this but i play this game now. I sincerily agree with the 9.8 This game is amazing. Even the spanish dubbing is perfect.I think u can find it for under $15. Looking now to play part 3 when out.

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