||Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the second game in the Uncharted series developed by Naughty Dog Studios, that follows a treasure hunter by the name of Nathan Drake, that always seems to get himself into trouble wherever he goes.
In this addition to the series, Nathan Drake is on a mission to discover what really happened to the fleet of Marco Polo, and the legendary Himalayan valley of Shambhala. What he doesn't know, is that this adventure will push him to his physical, emotional, and intellectual limits.
Uncharted 2 is a fantastic addition to this series, adding some new features, such as Competitive, and Cooperative Multiplayer.
First off, the look of the game is something of pure beauty. The environments in this game have been well detailed, jungles are covered with different types of greenery, hills and rocky ledges, and waterfalls. The ancient tombs and other ancient locations have very detailed relics, carvings, and other scenery that you would expect to see when encountering an ancient ruin. Everything I looked at in this game looked very well done, and definitely added to the feel of the game.
The gameplay in Uncharted 2 is also very well done. The gunplay runs smoothly, navigating the dangerous terrain is easy to control as long as you are careful of what buttons you are pressing, as some will make you let go of a ledge, and we all know that that isn't very fun at all. Overall though, the gameplay is very fluid, and definitely never hindered the game for me.
When it comes to the lasting appeal of this game, there is definitely some replayability with small things, such as the treasures you can find throughout the game that unlock bonuses, as well as the ability to unlock "Crushing" difficulty if you complete the game on the "Hard" difficulty setting. You can also go back and try to take a more stealthy approach if you were more aggressive the first time around, or vice-versa.
Overall, this game is a ton of fun play, and a welcome game to the series in my opinion. I enjoyed every minute I spent with this game, and was a little sad that it was over upon my completion of the single-player storyline. If you haven't given the Uncharted series a try yet, definitely do so, but start with the first Uncharted game, so you get all of the story behind this addition.
Lasting Appeal: 7/10