Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the latest game from Naughty Dog, the highly-acclaimed and merited games studio that developed the original Crash Bandicoot games and the Jak series, follows the same formula set by its prequel, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, by mixing platforming and gunplay together, and is set to a thrilling adventure story based in exotic locales. So, what does the sequel do to improve over the original? Everything.
The game begins a number of years after the first, with Nathan Drake dabbling in his true profession. He, along with co-conspirators Harry Flynn and Chloe Frazer, attempt to steal a Mongolian lamp from a Turkish museum that supposedly contains clues to the location of Shambhala, the mythical kingdom that became part of Buddhist folklore, and the Cintamani Stone, an enormous sapphire that supposedly has wish-fulfilling properties. The discoveries made during this raid lead Drake all around Asia in conflict with war criminal Zoran Lazarevic, who seeks the Stone for his own devices. The game has often been compared to a summer blockbuster film, and the plot lends itself to this comparison. It's a fast-paced, gripping thriller that'll hold your attention from start to finish.