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Edge Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

It is a happy coincidence that, at a time when storytelling in games is being scrutinised as never before, along comes an example to demonstrate the sheer table-thumping power of a rollicking good yarn, even if it's one relayed in a manner that may not win it fans among those attempting to reinvent the way games are played. Uncharted 2 propels you through a procession of intricately staged episodes of drama peopled with characters that sizzle with zip and pith, and, in showing you how your reckless treasure-hunting ways adversely affect the lives of others, even asks you to question your morality.

At no point, though, are you given the option to change those ways. This is no Infamous. It's obviously not a firstperson action game, either, which leaves the player feeling much less like he is the hero than is the case in contemporary action classics such as Half-Life 2 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, in which the characters you inhabit never utter a word. Conversely, Uncharted 2's returning protagonist, Nathan Drake, tosses out a quip as readily as he draws a breath (even, repeatedly, when faced with a character who quite clearly understands not a single word coming out of our hero's mouth).

Despite never being short of a comeback, however, he remains likeable throughout the game's duration, whether holding his resolve against what seem to be overwhelming odds, carefully picking his way through elaborate locations that belong to other civilisations, or even playing his part in a surprisingly tense love triangle.

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techie2478d ago

Sounds like it's going to be a 9/10. What did they give U1? 8?

Bodyboarder_VGamer2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

edit:

Then no score? lol

WildArmed2478d ago

wow. why'd it get approved w/o the score?

leeger2478d ago

it's a 9/10. This should pull down the score of UC2 in Metacritic from 97 to 96.

lew772478d ago

It says [9] at the bottom of the page. Good score from Edge.

techie2478d ago

They only just added the score guys - sorry. Their fault not mine.

techie2478d ago

"it's a 9/10. This should pull down the score of UC2 in Metacritic from 97 to 96." Doubt it. 56 reviews at a score of 97/100 - and on N4G 130 reviews and a score of 97/100.

One 9/10 score isn't going to change that.

The Wood2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

i agree with ya but meta dont tell us what each sites weighing is. Some have more credence than others so an 8 from them far outweighs an 8 from a lesser know site. In essence metacritic is not really an average at all if each sites scores dont weigh the same. I do underestand that some sites are more important than others but the credence system can be manipulated.

techie2478d ago

Well I know that too...but even with a heavy rating a 9/10 score isn't going to change it. A 7/10 would, but not a 9/10.

Lifendz2478d ago

it's better than some of us expected. So has Edge given any game besides LBP a perfect score?

Darkeyes2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

LMAO no score!!!!! YES finally Edge will not lower the meta score.... Or are they posting a score later?

EDIT: Ahhh crap 9/10 sorry my bad... Still a low score judging they also gave Demon souls a 9/10.. Demon Soul is awesome, but UC2 is head and shoulders above it.. Haha they even gave ODST a 9.... Still sour grapes Edge?

@Deep below.. I remember them giving Demon souls a 9... IT was the first 9 given by Edge to any PS3 exclusive..

techie2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

This is Edge's only third PS3 score above 8/10. LBP 10/10, Uncharted 2 9/10 and Demon Souls 9/10

The Xbox 360 has eight games score from 9 - 10 in Edge.

Rainstorm812478d ago

Uncharted 2 is insanely fun and probably one of the most cinematic games ever.

Its a must buy reguardless if some reviews give it an 8 or 10

If u own a PS3 do yourself a favor go buy or rent or whatever you must to experience this epic adventure.

(been playing since monday and im hooked)

snipermk02478d ago

They gave U2 the same score (9/10) as Halo: ODST. Does that ring a bell with you guys?

Andronix2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Come on now! The original Halo 3 is a phenomenal game, but ODST was just a polished expansion pack yet EDGE decided to award it a 9. Uncharted 2 is big, beautiful, has new content, and breaks boundaries by having the best voice acting and motion capture in ANY video game that is used skilfully to enhance the great GAMEPLAY experience. Yet they give it the same mark as the Halo 3 expansion pack? I'm an EDGE subscriber but this makes clear which side their bread is buttered.

nix2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

this game should be getting 9.8 avg at least. never mind the overrated GTAIV that sadly tops the list. GTAIV's 9.8 in metacritic is actually is mark of a mockery in modern gaming world.

Andronix2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Why? First EDGE published the review without the score then they added it over half an hour later. Did they forget the important part at the end? Or was there some last minute discussion where the editor overruled the reviewer?

gaffyh2478d ago

Uncharted is nothing like Gears. The only people who compare the two are fanboys. I've played both and they play completely differently, they only minute resemblance is that you can take cover behind stuff, that's it, and even then Uncharted does this better because you can hang off ledges for cover.

Not every game that has cover is a Gears ripoff, you want to look at a Gears ripoff look at Quantum Theory, otherwise STFU stupid fanboy Edge reviews.

sikbeta2478d ago

What a p*ssy site! Come on show the Score!!! wait... maybe they know that a good score can cause a paradox in their bias site

omni_atlas2478d ago

Edge Edge Edge...sigh.

If I had the time I would write an article detailing the top 5 bias gaming websites/mags.

And you know what, Edge would be No 1.

Someone actually did the math and put it on his blog, and it was pretty conclusive. Yes, Edge is/are MS fanboys.

Am I giving you guys ideas yet?? Someone please write the article and post it on N4G so we can let the world know how thrashy and inconsistent their scores are.

sikbeta2478d ago

They did it!!!! they god damn did it!!! real professional journalism, hell you can't be sarcastic when you talk about edge

Rainstorm812478d ago

uncharted 2 is a masterpiece, but Gta4's city was also masterfully done.

no open world city is as real and alive as Liberty City. The story was meh, but thats why we have Liberty City episodes. it shows the main character in GTA4 is the city. it deserved high scores just not perfect scores.

Only time Liberty City will be matched is in either Red Dead Redemption or Agent.

Rockstar = Open World Masters

house2478d ago

i thought they were going to give it a 7 or something but they gave it a nine not bad im kinda surprised

ultimolu2478d ago

At this point, I could care less. This game is a 10/10 for me. And I had a dream about Nathan Drake too...*sigh*

n_n

kws10652478d ago

Edge is the last boss to defeat haha.

Blaze9292478d ago

What do we have here? More complaining over a freakin number (thats good)....sad

LiquifiedArt2478d ago

Its laughable how "Over the Top" and "Astonishing" something on PS3 NEEDS to be, to be given AAA status. Meanwhile xbox has a slew of them with Rehashes, Glitches, Laggy and bugged out experiences being given AAA status.

odd...

callahan092478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

This review is pathetic. They chastise the game for not being a first-person perspective game, saying that you can't feel like you're the hero in third-person the same way you do in first-person games. They criticize the game for not being an open-world game, too. So basically, they're going to say that this game can't be perfect because of the type of game that it is? Ridiculous. They even say that it "involves a lot of killing" and they say it in a negative tone. Uh, ok. Didn't you guys give Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV 10's? They have even MORE killing! I don't remember them complaining about the amount of killing you needed to do in Gears of War 2 last year.

When they actually talk about the EXPERIENCE, and not stuff that is wholly arbitrary, then the complaints stop and they go on to heap massive praises on the game, saying things like:

"Its pacing is remarkable, only rarely allowing you to shuffle back from the edge of your seat and recline"

"This is a masterclass in capturing the player’s attention"

"The most absorbing game of 2009 to date, the sort that makes three hours of play feel like one."

"You know when you leave the cinema with friends after you’ve just enjoyed a Pulp Fiction or a District 9, and you can’t wait to discuss the experience? You’ll get that feeling playing through Uncharted 2, just as you did playing through, say, Resident Evil 4."

They don't even mention the multiplayer except in passing, not even a full sentence. There is an off-hand comment acknowledging the existence of multiplayer. That's it. They don't give any opinion or details on the multiplayer modes available, the map selection, the way it plays, the co-op, the cinema mode, none of it. It's completely absent from the review. So they're really only reviewing the campaign here, but when you buy Uncharted 2, you get a whole lot more than just a campaign.

It's yet another in a long line of pretentious reviews by Edge, the double standards continue and the arbitrary complaints pile up. How do you acknowledge all of the amazing work put into Uncharted 2, and call it the most engrossing game of the year, heaping such praises on it, and then use some lame arguments to justify not giving it a perfect score? The value in the box alone, the sheer scale of the production, the improvements and additions that Naughty Dog have made since the original, and the fact that they're calling it the most engrossing game of the year would have led me to believe it would get a higher score than Halo 3: ODST, but I guess not, huh.

Christopher2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Other than having a game put out from a London-based game company, what do PS3 games have to do to get higher scores from Edge, honestly? I mean, all it took for Microsoft was to put out an expansion to Halo 3 to get the same score as Uncharted 2. I'm thinking that the leap from Halo 3 to ODST is not as much of an improvement, by a long shot, as it was from Uncharted to Uncharted 2.

Also, complaints about it being in third person and not an open world game are really pathetic. Just very poor game journalism.

1. How are we going to really attach ourselves to Nate and the other characters if we're spending the time looking out through Nate's eyes only and only seeing what he sees?

2. Why do games have to go to an open-world concept when we know that this leads to a less controlled storyline. Uncharted 2 is about playing through their movie, not about you driving around in their movie's locations and occasionally participating in the story.

Prototype2478d ago

Basically Edge is playing follow the leader on the review scores so they can argue "We gave another ps3 exclusive a 9+ isn't that good enough?" when if you read between the lines of the review this is what I see:

It's not multiplat
It actually lives up to the hype
No Multiplayer trophies outside some co-op
You can pick up from the story even if you never played the first game
We will give it a 9 so people won't think we're biased towards the PS3
My wife/gf didn't give me any last night
Microsoft forgot to pay us to lower the game to 6-7 so no food this week

I go off personal preference and if a friend has a game I'll see/play for myself. I refuse to let reviews judge for me; I've played games rated below 7 that were legendary and games rated 8+ that just sucked.

Tex1172478d ago

Darkeyes: Uncharted 2 is not head over shoulders better than Demon's Souls.

There is something very special about Demon's Souls, assuming of course you are the type of player the game is trying to target.

Its kinda the difference between a huge summer blockbuster and some indy film in an arthouse.

Sure the blockbuster is awesome, but if you are the person that likes the arthouse indy movie, then it holds a very special place.

I've had a very hard time putting down Demon's Souls to play Uncharted 2, and others on this site have as well.

Also, many reviewers said they talked about this game alot around the office...even when they were reviewing what is the incredible experience of Uncharted 2.

Im not saying Demon's Souls is better than Uncharted 2. Its not. Not in the appeal to everyone mother effing awesome experience, but again....I can't get my mind out of Demon's Souls.

chaosatom2478d ago

Even Haters can't hate on PS3 exclusives anymore :P

leeger2478d ago

To those who disagreed on my previous comment, edge review is already added in metacritic, the average is now 96, it needs 3 or 4 perfect reviews to go up to 97 again.

callahan092478d ago

I believe my prior comment was well-reasoned, rational, and explains my position thoroughly, clearly, and appropriately. I don't personally see how it's disagreeable, and yet here I see the disagrees coming in. If you don't agree with what I wrote, please don't just click that button, but type up a response and let me know how the Edge review was, in your opinion, an effective and fair bit of criticism. Because I don't think you can make an argument for that. It's an objectively pretentious review, and it's trashy in its lack of detail and explanation. How can a review be taken seriously that doesn't even touch on a wide variety of the features and inclusions in the game? They don't say a word about competitive or co-op multiplayer, or the cinema mode, and their first criticism of the game is on the basis of its genre rather than on the merits of what it accomplished. It was a poorly composed and lacking review, plain and simple.

bnaked2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

lol because of edge the meta critic score is 9.6.. omg! edge again..

Lich1202478d ago

Why is everyone so worried about it being a 96 or a 97 on metacritic. When it gets that precise it really doesn't matter. I'm sure most of you are already enjoying it, reviews don't matter at that point. I picked it up at midnight and couldn't put it down till 9:30 in the morning and that's only because I beat it. It's incredible, so certainly a 96 or 97 doesn't matter.

TROLL EATER2478d ago

it has been reduced to 96 in metacritic still close to halo combat evolved

harrisk9542478d ago

Edge's 90 has officially brought the metacritic down to 96!

pixelsword2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

They don't use an average, they "weight" some sites more than others... and look what ya got when Edge chimed-in.

Do the thinking for yourselves; don't let some skewed site do it for you.

Just respect the people you respect, and don't pay attention to the ones you don't.

Prototype2478d ago

If you was wondering I actually gave a bubble I usually don't give agree/disagree, so it wasn't me

Anyways I've talked to some people at my job and not one person had anything negative to say about it; even the 360 crowd was praising the game. The only bitterness I've seen was the WoW crowd for obvious reasons.

lightningsax2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Careful, man. Comparing Uncharted 2 to Demon's Souls is comparing apples to severed heads. Demon's Souls has a lot of small innovations for the RPG world (and especially the JRPG world), and the developers decided to make the game ridiculously huge on top of that, and they added an awesome and frightening approach to the non-game-mechanic stuff like atmosphere, scope, and sound design. Don't short-change it.

I'm sure Uncharted 2 will be awesome, but it's a different kind of awesome - one that borrows heavily from games before it, but is ultra-refined and done right. It won't shake the foundations of what we call gaming by any stretch, but it will be one heck of a ride.

When I think of good movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark is up there. Even though the plot is conventional and not every actor is amazing, there's no arguing that it's an awesome thrill ride with well-done visuals for its time, and hopefully that rings true for Uncharted 2.

Guess I'll figure that out when I play it! For now, I'm too busy playing Demon's Souls.

jessupj2478d ago

I don't particulary care about metacritic because it's completely flawed, but I don't understand why Edge is included in the calculation. Their pathetic 360 bias is so blatantly obvious it's past the point of being funny and become.... I don't even have a word for it it's so disgusting. Surely when it's this obvious they would be removed from the metacritic calculation, at least for ps3 exclusives.

But that's one of the reasons metacritic is deeply flawed; because of the very sad state of this generations gaming media. It's the childish gaming journalists that actually consider themselves to be professional.

REALgamer2478d ago

Don't go getting all worked up because they didn't review the multiplayer.

Have you ever read Edge?

They do separate online multiplayer reviews.

Eg: Killzone 2 got a higher multiplayer score than its singleplayer. Usually the multiplayer score follows 1 or 2 months after the main review so they have time to play it properly.

And yes, I still find it hard to believe many people here are complaining that 9/10 still isn't good enough. Does anyone seriously see a game scoring 9/10 and think 'wow, that's not very good, sounds like a crap game'?

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learte2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

they compared to gears and tomb raider, i agree with tomb raider but is every 3rd person shooter a gear's rip off?? . I do agree that the uncharted series is like a movie made into a game. Yet nothing seemed to surprise them about the game, but you know it's EDGE nothing PS3 related has ever surprise them.

theEnemy2478d ago

you can't blame them.

When you said third-person shooter, Gears is the first thing that comes to their minds. Even if it is way way more better than gears and has more variety in it.

As for the surprise, I was surprise they gave it a 9. I'm thinking a 7 or 8 from them.

ColRomColumn2478d ago

Good solid action game, very tempted to buy PS3 for this, but one *great* game is not enough. Bit worried about the deriative of Gears/TR comment. Although what isn't these days?

The story sounds fantastic and I am sure the visuals are going to win awards. Exciting time to be a gamer, huh?

Major_Tom2478d ago

You're right, one great game isn't enough, that's why my Xbox is in the dumpster.

Sarcasm2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Jesus christ... even if the PS3 rolls out 15 more AAA titles, people like this always make that excuse "I might buy a PS3, but one good title isn't enough"

If you cant see the host of other amazing games already out on PS3, then you're not a true gamer.

bjornbear2478d ago

Even though PS3 has the biggest variety of exclusive games...o.O i think some people NEED to see Gears or Halo ON the PS3 to want one...*sigh*

The Wood2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

did you just step out of the delorian or something?? Thats an anti gamer comment right there and you should have your gaming rites removed

sikbeta2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Hey, I bought a GameCube just for 1 Game the REmake, luckily MGS: The Twin Snakes, RE Zero and RE4 came out later

Major_Tom2478d ago

that was a JOKE for people who take this website so seriously.

bunbun7772478d ago

you know what they say about jokes being 50% honesty?

For a sec there ya got me though.

lightningsax2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

One great game? I'm repeating myself here, but try out Demon's Souls for a good chunk of time if you ever get the chance. It's all kinds of awesome. It's so complex, tough, and rewarding that it reminds me of my 2nd favorite original Xbox title - Gunvalkyrie.

By the way, anyone else remember that game?

@Tom - I'm pretty sure people are responding to 3, not you.

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Major_Tom2478d ago

Strokes beard...

Interesting.

talltony2478d ago

I dnt know how anyone in the right mind can give this game anything lower than a perfect score. Seriously this game IS THE BEST GAME EVER MADE! I am not exagerrating. I really mean that. The game is so freakin incredible and it just raised the bar 5 levels in one day! I am still wondering how they made a ps4 game for my ps3.

chaosatom2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

The Xbots care, hahahhahhahahha. It was their last hope on dragging down U2.

Now the hope is all gone.

xcox2478d ago

the good thing about them releasing their assy review late is that there are millions of us who already have the game and can see for ourselves how full of sh!t these dinosaurs are