With a stated release date of 9th October 2015 Simply Games have listed Uncharted - The Nathan Drake Collection on PS4 for £39.85 and includes:
There are genuinely some remasters we don't mind seeing and Uncharted - The Nathan Drake Collection is definitely one of them!
Credit to FD on HUKD for the tip off.
Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, with Uncharted 4 making headlines in the wake of its dazzling gameplay showcase at the PlayStation Experience, we take a look back what is still probably the finest Uncharted title out there - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
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Developer: Naughty Dog
Hype and video games can be a cruel mix. But it can also be wonderful when a game smashes the door down and delivers everything it promised. Any adulterous thoughts PS3 gamers may have been having concerning a fling with Gears of War will be washed away with this bona-fide PS3 exclusive classic
We start with Nathan Drake wounded and hanging over a blizzard ravaged cliff inside a train cart. As you make your way up the side of the train you can feel the epicness coming as you make a last-ditch escape. For a short while from here the game stumbles for the following chapter with a stealth level to set up the story. There's nothing really wrong with it. It’s just too early in the game, we’ve been waiting to get involved in the juicy shootouts for months, but we’ve got to sneak around first.Click here to read more...
Sony have gone big with a new PSN sale boasting discounts for over fifty games on the network, from older classics such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Hitman, to newer marquee titles such as Uncharted 2, Rain, Tokyo Jungle, and God of War HD.Check out the full list after the jump >>
Hard at work on the third installment in the popular Nathan Drake-starring franchise, Naughty Dog admits Uncharted 2 - widely considered one of the best games this generation - was a "one-off, once in a life time experience". The rip-roaring, explosively cinematic title shot to the top of charts and was a critical and commercial darling upon release in 2009, and Naughty Dog is striving to "surpass it" to ensure "Uncharted 3 outdoes (UC2) in every way possible".
We're big fans of the Uncharted series here at Dealspwn, having loved the first and second games, and we can't wait for the third. A public beta is due in a few months - by which time we hope the Playstation Network is back up and running - giving fans a chance to try out the new and improved multiplayer offerings and whet their appetite for its eventual release at the end of the year. [Eurogamer]
Cracking deal over at Currys, where you can Reserve and Collect a copy of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for just £9.97. Make no mistake, that's a great price for one of the best games this generation thus far. It's not just the Hollywood-grade visuals, the superb animation and gunplay, or the wonderfully written, acted and directed cut-scenes. Uncharted has a soul you can't help but love, from Nolan North's truly endearing performance as rogue-cum-hero Nathan Drake, or the team's obsession with hidden ruins and relics only a bit of effort, skill and deception can find. Go on, treat yourself.
Once again Drake finds himself in another mysterious and dangerous situation involving important historical events, which he'll have to make his way through using his physical strength to climb, run, and shimmy round the environments, whilst blasting anybody who gets in his way with a pretty good selection of weapons. The graphics make the game look stunning and enhance the already superb action sequences. Also the multiplayer is great fun to get stuck into, in fact it's hard to find many faults with this instalment of the series, which means that you're unlikely to be disappointed if you pick up a copy. Thanks to TERMINATOR_v2 @ HUKD
Time to revisit our favourite, and not so favourite, videogame endings once again. In this second volume of climactic conclusions and failed finales, we'll remember titles which wrenched on our heart-strings, spiked our adrenal glands and itched our annoyance receptors. But beware, spoilers ahoy!
Ignoring the awful Reaper fetus showdown, the climactic level of Mass Effect 2 is a surprisingly emotional experience. The knowledge that members of your team who die remain dead, is shocking, especially when you consider the effort you invested to recruit their service and loyalty. Once you blast that Terminator wannabe into the abyss, and cast your eyes over the shattered remnants of your squad, you're reminded of the sacrifices of war.
The final scene, of an army of Reapers descending upon your galaxy, just makes the wait for revenge that much harder!
What's disappointing about Bioshock, is that a perfectly fitting finale is included in the latter portions of the game. Your showdown with Andrew Ryan, the discovery that you're his genetic heir and an unwitting pawn in his feud with Fontaine, would have been a bold, unconventional way to end what was already an original experience.
So maybe you should just stop playing Bioshock after that point? It's not like the game ends with a cheesy boss-fight against a steroid-infused Gears of War reject, is it? Oh.
As far as subtitles go, Metal Gear Solid 3's a winner. It's also, in my humble, entirely unbiased, well-judged and astute opinion, the best iteration in the Metal Gear Solid series, both in terms of gameplay, story and emotional investment. No scene demonstrates this better than the final shot of Snake placing a bouquet of flowers and a pistol on The Boss' unmarked grave. Even badass soldiers with eye-patches can shed a cyclopic tear.
But it's not over. With the credits rolled, and your hand extended towards the PS2, finger poised over the power-button, Ocelot can be heard on the phone to the CIA director, revealing his wonderfully twisted, triple-crossed plans have come to fruition. Epic.
So not only do you endure a painfully simple final boss-fight with an Imulsion-pumped Brumak, which is a shame considering the epic tunnel crawl atop the hulking beast, mowing down the fleeing Locust horde and wrestling Corpsers. But then, as Jacinto's foundation collapses and the city plunges into the ocean, it all ends. Is any explanation given for the paradoxically human Locust Queen? Or just what those tentacle-writhing beasts were in the AI-controlled laboratory?
Nope. But we do get to see Marcus and Anya exchange simmering looks from across a helicopter. Yeah. That's exactly what I play Gears of War for. Sexual tension between a Duke Nukem wannabe and a Cortana ripoff.See what other endings delighted and irked Felix by clicking here...
Midway used to be a development and publishing powerhouse back in the day, but poor sales and lack of truly impressive new IPs forced the company to sell the majority of its assets to Warner Brothers last year. However, the deal shafted a large number of Midway's creditors, who had sunk 9.2 million dollars into the company only to discover that the money could not be paid back. Not only that, but over 155 million dollars was owed to unsecured noteholders who simply couldn't legally recover the substantial sum.
After a couple of unsuccessful court cases to recover the funds, a Delaware judge has finalised the firms liquidation plans once and for all. The full amount will be paid back to Midway's creditors, but only a paltry $25 million will be paid back to its noteholders. This final liquidation essentially marks the end of Midway as we know it... a hollow, miserable husk of the 52-year-old company that thrilled millions of arcade veterans and home console owners with its classic violent beat-em-ups.
Frankly, we're glad to see that at least some of the lost investment will now return to its rightful owners- and that the sorry story of Midway's decline can be put behind us once and for all. [Kotaku]
Update: This isn't happening according to the latest Guerrilla Games press release. Shame.
Mouthwatering leaked details and concept art for Killzone 3 hit the interweb yesterday, but continued analysis of the precious data indicates that Guerrilla Games won't be the only dev team involved with its realisation. Apparently, Naughty Dog (the multiple-award winning studio behind the critically-acclaimed Uncharted series) will be lending a hand to make the game engine run as smoothly and impressively as possible.
This can only be a good thing. Killzone 3 promises to take players to "diverse locales" and environments... and when it comes to luscious colourful next-gen level design and texturing, you can count on Naughty Dog to deliver the goods.
In other Naughty Dog-related news, next weekend marks the rollout of "The Lab" multiplayer playlist for Uncharted 2. As well as being a double cash weekend, it'll also be an experimental beta for new game modes with varied modifiers and settings. This experimental testing will offer new modes every week. [CVG]
MAG, the self-titled PS3 Massive Action Game that allows for enormous FPS multiplayer battles on an unprecedented scale, will be receiving a major new patch and DLC very soon. Speaking on the official Zipper Interactive forums, community manager Jeremy Dunham has confirmed that the details of the new patch will be going live next week. DLC is also apparently on its way, and Zipper plans to unveil the details at E3.
Frequent patching and content updates should allow MAG to mature into an fully-fledged online community; and we're looking forward to seeing what balance issues and networking glitches. For the record though, MAG fans, please make sure you buy a bluetooth headset. The squads that talk to each other always win. [VG247]
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Just a heads-up for all you Nathan Drake fanboys and girls, the Platinum Version of Uncharted 2 will be released on June 11th, 2010, at the discounted price of £13.85, with ShopToalso offering free delivery.
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Averaging a whopping score of 96 on MetaCritic, Uncharted 2 delivered an intense, cinematic experience quite unlike any other. Games often aspire to be like films, and often achieve a certain approximation of their favourite influences, but Uncharted 2 can truly stand toe-to-toe with great action-adventure films like Indiana Jones and National Treasure.
Bolstered with perhaps the best videogame visuals to date, Uncharted 2 also provides a story that is both well-told and well-written. Drake is a grounded, believable and, more importantly, likable protagonist, and the cast of supporting characters do a great job of providing moral support and villainous danger. All of the game's cut scenes were voiced and performed by the actual actors themselves, which lends the vocals and animations a sense of belonging, that instead of being paired together in different recording booths and animation centers, they originated from the same moment, and the same person.
Uncharted 2, along with its gripping single-player campaign, offers a robust multiplayer arena, replete with varied game-types, unlockable weapons and skills, and graphics to match. It proved to be surprisingly popular, especially considering it had no fan-base to begin with, whatsoever, with the last Uncharted game being a single-player offering only.
Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD
Sony's anticipated customisable kart racer is nearly upon us, but it's easy to forget that the PSP' will also be receiving its fair share of ModNation goodness. Luckily, we'll be able to get our hands on a substantial demo of the handheld version on May 11th. The taster will include the Lost Temple and Flaming Jumps tracks, eight Mods (and their karts, bien sur), and also an advance preview of the Track Studio. We can expect "plenty of air, drifts and weapons" according to Sony- and frankly, we can't wait to find out what's in store.
The Modnation Racers PSP version will be released simultaneously with its PS3 big brother on May 21st. Not long now! [VG247]
Valve has announced that Left 4 Dead 2's Realism Mode mutation will become a permanent staple of the game. 68% of fans voted to retain the popular mutation in a recent poll, meaning that hardcore zombie slayers can enjoy the increased difficulty, non-glowing items and realistic modifiers to tighten up the versus mode for the foreseeable future. Valve haven't yet given us a date, but we can expect a full announcement next week.
This week's mutation is Follow the Liter, which causes a single set of gas cans to spawn in Scavenge mode. Since the survivors and the infected will be channelled into a single location, we can expect some seriously messy brawls to kick off. Check your corners!
Next week's mutation is slated to be Last Gnome Standing... and whilst we don't know the details, we can expect fan favourite Gnome Chompski to make a welcome multiplayer appearance! [Valve]
We recently reported that Three Kings director David O. Russell may well be helming the upcoming Uncharted movie, but apparently the quality of Uncharted 2 is forcing the writers to up their game even at this early stage. Speaking in an interview with Gamepro magazine, producer Ari Arad stated that Naughty Dog "laid down the gauntlet" by creating a bonafide gaming "masterpiece."
"Now, we're not only feeling tremendous pressure to get the movie made, but it now has to live up to the awesomeness of Uncharted 2, which truly raised the bar for the franchise. You just don't want to start filming a movie like this until everything is right."
Will "everything" ever be right for an Uncharted film? Considering that the games were designed to be an interactive cinematic blockbuster, releasing a silver screen adaptation seems like a distinct step sideways for the franchise. Having said that, the script is being penned by Sahara writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who are no strangers to scripting a big budget archaeological action adventure. Let's hope that Uncharted 2's success forces them to produce a half decent videogame adaptation! [1UP]
Do we need an Uncharted movie? Excited at the thought of watching Nathan Drake's exploits on the big screen?Let us know in the comments?
It's now incredibly difficult to get your hands on the special steel book edition of Uncharted 2 but both Game and Gamestation are currently selling brand new copies for just £29.98. I tried to do a price comparison but have found it just about impossible to actually find any other retailers who have this collectible version in stock. That said, the best price for the normal edition of the game (£29.85 from Shop To) cuts just 13 pence off what Game and Gamestation are asking, so you can see this is a pretty sweet bargain.
Apparently this stock is brand new and fine but, after the recent palaver over Game selling display copies as new you may want to be ready to kick up a fuss in case something goes wrong.
As well as its delightful but easily scratched and battered steel case, the special edition also comes complete with 2 post cards, multiplayer skins, an exclusive Playstation 3 theme and 2 gold weapons: the beretta and AK47.
Uncharted 2 is a truly excellent adventurous romp through the Himalayas as Nathan Drake hunts for the fabled Cintamani Stone and the truth behind Marco Polo's mysterious final voyage.
There have been no big changes to the gameplay of the first Uncharted title but there has certainly been plenty of tweaks and refinements, adding up to a game that is even better than its great predecessor in just about every way. It's a big and beautiful cinematic wild ride that every PS3 owner should take.
Thanks to SFP_NooDLe at Hotukdeals!
The unpaid MW2 royalties are a key issue in the ongoing Activision vs Wempella lawsuit, and Activision Community Editor Dan Amrich has spoken out in a Facebook Kotick Hate group (oh, the irony) in order to clear up any confusion.
"Vince and Jason had very large bonuses; those bonuses are being redistributed to everybody else, to the people who did not allegedly attempt to steal company secrets. Activision is not pocketing that bonus money; it's still going to the people who work at IW. But you have to work at IW to get it, see? :) I don't want to see talented people screwed out of a paycheck any more than you do."
On the one hand, Activision might hold the legal high ground on this issue. After all, they could argue that bonuses can only be divvied out to current Infinity Ward employees (although I honestly haven't heard of another industry in which bonuses for completed work aren't awarded even in case of relocation/dismissal). As for the moral high ground, however, it's absolutely ridiculous that they've been withholding the MW2 royalties as a threat against leaving the company.
Having said that, it's a threat that doesn't actually seem to be working. Amrich acknowledges that other IW staffers may well up sticks in the near future- possibly to defect to Respawn Studios.
"More people will probably go too, looking for new situations. Maybe they will join Respawn, maybe not."
Oh dear. It appears that the PS3 version of Final Fight: Double Impact (reviewed here) requires a constant internet connection to play, and simply refuses to load offline. Expect the usual Ubisoft-esque public backlash, though the XBLA version is apparently unaffected. [VG247]
However, here's some good news for PS3 gamers: the Uncharted 2 title update and Siege Expansion has launched today! The update has corrected a few glitches and balance issues, and the new Siege Pack delivers a bunch of new maps, skins, game modes and trophies. There's also a double cash weekend coming up. Uncharted 2's multiplayer was a surprise online hit, and this new expansion seems to broaden the experience even further. [PS Blog]
Bungie has brought us a veritable smorgasbord of Halo Reach news courtesy of their devblog, press releases and a new vidoc today. It's time for a roundup!
"My expectation is it could be upwards of 3 million people. I think that's a fairly conservative estimate. Certainly there will never be a console beta of this magnitude."- Bungie's Brian Jarrard [Seattle Times]
In other Halo news, Bungie have acknowledged that the downloadable Games on Demand version of Halo 3 has much longer load times than the original. To be honest, you'd be much better off buying a cheap physical copy that you can trade in at a later stage. Maybe you should use some sort of... deals website? Just a thought.
It may not have won the Bafta but for a great many people Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was THE game of the year for 2009. This might explain why it has held its price so well and how dips below the £25 mark are so frustratingly rare, in fact it's still unusual to see the game for less than £30.
Simply Games are currently offering the best price for the game at £27.89. The next best deal is at £29.85 from Shop To, so buying from Simply Games will save you at least £2.
Adrenaline junkie Nathan Drake is on the trail of ancient artifact the Cintamani stone, uncovering the secrets of Marco Polo's doomed final voyage along the way. The plot is engaging and perfectly paced, unwinding around the action very satisfyingly and in such a way that adds to the game's cinematic blockbuster feel.
It's no surprise that Among Thieves has had heaped spoonfuls of lavish praise sprinkled all over it. The graphics are pristine, the combat is varied, fun and very solid, there's plenty to explore and discover, the pacing is excellent and there are some great multiplayer options to play around with.
It's not massively different from the original Uncharted but that's not to say it isn't an improvement; everything has been tweaked and polished and Among Thieves is therefore a better game than Drake's Fortune in almost every way. There are very few complaints to be made, occasionally the cover system can let you down and some of the rules governing your exploration seem a bit random but beyond that there is virtually nothing to get upset about.
Remember the Millennium bug? Millions of people across the globe were convinced that computers would cease to function in the year 2000 thanks to the clocks resetting to 1900- and thus causing planes to plummet out of the sky, reactors to melt down, nukes to rain down upon us and bring about total Armageddon. This didn't happen, of course- until now. Ten years too late.
Original PS3s are now unable to connect to PSN, as their internal clocks reset to January 1st 2000. This not only renders the console offline, but also scuppers a number of time-sensitive trophies and stops trophy synchronised-titles from loading. DLC and installed games also fail to boot up. A rep from Sony Europe states:
"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network. We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."
Slim models are not affected by the bug, but original PS3 owners should not connect to PSN until this outrageous problem is rectified.
Keep an eye on the official blog... and good luck.
NEWS UPDATE: Possible fix available in 24 hours. Don't turn on your PS3 until then!
"We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data."- Official Statement from Sony
Five years ago, Vivendi granted an unprecedented 'fan licence' to a group of fanatic developers so that they could legally produce a sequel to the Kings Quest series. Entitled The Silver Lining, this project has taken over 8 years of grueling development- but will now never see the light of day. Activision acquired the rights to the Kings Quest series during its merger with Vivendi, and has now deemed the fan project unprofitable enough to revoke their fan license and force them to cease and desist... even though it has no plans to continue the series itself.
On the official site, the dev team thanks their fans and supporters for standing by them during their 8 years of fruitless blood, sweat and tears.
"Again, thank you all so much for everything. This has been a long and crazy road, full of more twists than we could’ve anticipated, but more triumphs and wonderful memories than we could’ve ever hoped for. And for that, to all of you and to everyone on our team, we will always be grateful. Thank You."
That's a class act through and through. We wish them the best of luck finding new projects and employment... yet another needlessly mercenary decision from Activision.
Victor Chandler has announced that they've given Naughty Dog's latest masterpiece 6/4 odds of winning Game of the Year at this years BAFTAs. Managing Director Peter Laverick explains:
"Uncharted 2 is a very strong favourite at 6/4 and we've already taken numerous four figure bets on it. For those looking for an outside bet we have seen support for FIFA 10 at 33/1. It's always tricky offering odds on a public vote so we'll be keeping a close eye on the money rolling in,"
Considering the coup at this year's AIAS awards, Uncharted 2 would be our favourite to win Game of the Year as well. Disagree? Have your say in the comments! [Gameindustry.biz]
Considered by many to be the Game of the Year 2009, Uncharted 2 is an action adventure that truly shines and offers the ultimate argument for the Playstation 3 as an essential console.
Serious bargains for the game tend to be few, far between and very short lived. This is the first time I have seen it dip below the £30 mark since Powerplay Direct's great but blink-and-you'll-miss it deal a month back and is the cheapest by a couple of pounds (next best price is £31.89 from Simply Games) at the moment.
Despite allegedly swearing off the treasure hunting, Uncharted 2 sees adrenaline junkie Nathan Drake dashing about like a mad thing once again, this time in search of the legendary Cintamani stone, hidden away in the cargo of Marco Polo's lost fleet. The plot is fun and engaging and is woven through the perfectly paced action expertly, adding to the game's blockbusting cinematic feel.
Every aspect of Uncharted 2 oozes style and quality. The graphics are phenemonal both technically and artistically, giving a dazzling vitality to the environments therein and are complemented by fantastic, hollywood class voice acting that bring the script and its colourful characters to life. The controls feel intuitive and help make the varied combat thrilling and always fun.
You also get a very enjoyable multiplayer game for your money, with eight different ways to gun down your nearest and dearest once the single player campaign is done.
No game is perfect and its a shame that there's no multiplayer co-op mode and sometimes the rules of what you can and cannot do can seem arbitrary and frustrating but these are minor niggles which seem barely worth mentioning when there's so much here to appreciate.
Thanks to tallpete33 at Hotukdeals!
Naughty Dog's critically-acclaimed action adventure has scooped up 10 awards at the annual AIAS Award ceremony in Las Vegas, including Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Visual Engineering, Art Direction and the coveted Game of the Year award. This isn't surprising, since it was by far and away the best PS3 game of 2009 as well as being one of the highest-scoring video games of all time (according to Metacritic and Gamerankings).
Batman: Arkham Asylum and Scribblenauts were also honoured with multiple awards, and all three titles have also been nominated for BAFTAs. Better make sure that there's plenty of space on the mantelpiece, guys! [Guardian.co.uk]
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford loves running his mouth. Taking some time out from his hectic schedule of picking fights with Valve, Pitchford has criticised the Wedbush Morgan analysts that predicted that Borderlands would be "sent to die" by competing with Halo 3 ODST and CoD MW2. In an interview with Gamersutra, he stated:
"We were sandwiched between the two biggest first-person shooter franchises ever, and the guys at BioWare, who walk on water, were releasing Dragon Age around the same time."
"You know what, Mike? I knew you were wrong."
The 'Mike' in question is Michael Pachter, the controversial and outspoken industry analyst who famously forecast that Borderlands was doomed to fail. Luckily for Randy, the addictive FPS gained huge popularity; selling over 3 million units and becoming the best selling original IP of 2009. It'll be interesting to see whether the stubborn analyst may have met his match in the tenacious Gearbox CEO- or if there'll be some serious smack talk to come!
Sony has filed a patent for a universal controller that will be compatible with "the PlayStation, a controller made by Nintendo, Xbox game controllers made by Microsoft, Amiga CD-32 controllers, Atari Jaguar controllers, Gravis Gamepad controllers, Sega controllers, and Turbographics controllers."
This controller will feature an LCD screen that allows its buttons to be mapped to several control configurations, as well as an alphanumeric keyboard. It will also be backwards-compatible with older consoles (which will appeal to retro gamers who may have lost or damaged their older peripherals). Depending on the price, this new peripheral could become a ubiquitous part of every gamer's arsenal- and will make local multiplayer gaming sessions a lot easier to organise. [US Patent Office]
Developer: Naughty Dog
Hype and video games can be a cruel mix. But it can also be wonderful when a game smashes the door down and delivers everything it promised. Any adulterous thoughts PS3 gamers may have been having concerning a fling with Gears of War will be washed away with this bona-fide PS3 exclusive classic
We start with Nathan Drake wounded and hanging over a blizzard ravaged cliff inside a train cart. As you make your way up the side of the train you can feel the epicness coming as you make a last-ditch escape. For a short while from here the game stumbles for the following chapter with a stealth level to set up the story. There's nothing really wrong with it. It’s just too early in the game, we’ve been waiting to get involved in the juicy shootouts for months, but we’ve got to sneak around first.
Soon enough you’re bounding your way through the jungles of Borneo and climbing crumbling buildings in the city of Nepal to earn the best view around as you see the whole city stretched out before you. The game makes a wonderful habit of just giving you views to die for. Naughty Dog have done an incredible job of harnessing the PS3, you have to wonder what the hell everyone else is playing at.
The cutscenes and character animations are of a different class to the competition too. The transition from cutscene to gameplay is so seamless you won’t dare put down the pad, as control is often thrust back into your hands for all the best bits, which makes a nice change from the usual cut-scene cop-outs. If you saw the E3 demo with the helicopter scene, you won’t be disappointed as you play every exhilarating second for yourself.
Uncharted 2 has the game to back up the looks too with the gunplay and platforming improved from the first game (which was no slouch). Most of the time you’ll enjoy shooting from cover, but it’s fun to occasionally run in, pop off a few shots and finish in style with a melee combo. Chapter 2 aside, stealth is optional, but very useful for thinning out enemy numbers before launching a full on assault.
The enemy design is a bit of a let-down as until the end chapters they’re all black-clad mercs. Their weapon loadout varies, but they lack the character of the pirates from the first game.
Any sense of disappointment is swept away though with a constant barrage of well-designed levels and outrageous set-pieces that always leaves you in control. Back on the Mega-Drive every decent action game worth its salt had a killer train level. Well they’re back and get ready for the best one yet. It has all the great staples like pushing enemies off, dodging barriers and a seemingly never-ending (in a good way) journey to the front. You’ll be clambering around the side of the carriages and jumping in through windows to get the drop on gun turrets and shotgun heavies. Don’t forget to admire the view through the jungle though; you’ll miss it if you don’t flick the camera around. I’d do it early on too as the helicopter boss fight is one hell of a sprint finish.
A later level that has you leaping between trucks speeding along a snowy mountain-side is a lesson in outrageous excitement too. But you’ll need the odd breather and that’s where the puzzles come in. There’s nothing too taxing to work out, the challenge is generally how to climb up to a certain area to switch a light-reflecting mirror and the like.
Throughout the explosive gunfights and quieter moments, the cast do a supreme job of keeping you entertained. Drake is again voiced by gaming’s favourite ‘everyman’ Nolan North, whose fallible nature is so much more likable than the usual gaming grunt. Elena returns too, but she’s got a bit of competition from new girl Chloe who’s been working with Drake. The story focuses on the legend of the Cintamani Stone and the lost civilisation of Shambhala (Shangri La). It’s got mystical powers and all that and there’s a psychotic war criminal in the shape of Zoran Lazarevic. It’s a great traditional adventure full of plot twists, betrayal, laughs, stunning scenery and the ambitious level of action that Hollywood blockbusters have been missing for years.
By the time the conclusion comes round you’ll have seen the best looking levels in gaming today (especially the last location) and will in all likelihood start a new game. However you might be tempted to check out the multiplayer too.
Nobody asked for it, but what the hell, it could be a laugh for an afternoon. Turns out we should have been looking forward to this side of the game with an obsessive six-month fever too. The platforming and cover options work as well as they do in the single player game with the especially redesigned environments from the main game making up the arenas. Sometimes online shooters with cover options tend to descend into everyone ignoring it in favour of full on assaults, but everyone seems to be enjoying playing the game as it’s supposed to be.
The usual single and team deathmatches are supported by a mode where your team is stealing a heavy gold idol, which forces the carrier to use a pistol to defend themselves. On the plus side, they can sling the idol to teammates to quicken things up.
No problems with lag and the promise of extra skins, maps and modes from Naughty Dog mean that this will probably be no flash-in-the-pan experience for the online community. Considering the awesomeness of the single-player game, this is one hell of a surprising but most-welcome addition to the series.
The Short Version: It’s not just the visuals, the peerless acting/script and gaming’s most likable hero that have made Uncharted 2 one of the finest adventures you’ll ever have. It’s just so goddamn exciting to play, refusing to side-line you while the cut-scenes step in and do the hard work; it’s you all the way. You’ll dread it having to end.