What separates a good game from a great one? Jeroen sets out to answer that question by looking at the Uncharted series.
Sure Uncharted 2's gameplay was much better, but I preferred the story in Drake's Fortune to Among Thieves.
I agree. Drakes Fortune was more engaging and i loved the mysterious jungle setting.
They were both awesome games, Uncharted 1 got released in a period when there were articles how PS3 was doomed etc, it didn't do as well as UC2 because of the anti-PS3 campaign. metacritic Uncharted 1: 88 Uncharted 2: 96 Drakes Fortune easily deserves a score above 90
Both games were really engaging and I enjoyed them both. I even got the platinum for them after taking my precious time on Crushing mode. :D
@Istanbull speaks truth.
istandbul it had no multiplayer, so reviews shat all over it´ a crap game with MP will always beat an amazing game without it F-A-C--T unless the game is an RPG with 50+ hours of gameplay
GAMEPLAY might have been great in uncharted 2 but the gunplay was terrible just like in the first game. The shooting in uncharted game is such a disappointment especially compared to the other top tier third person shooters.
What's wrong with the gunplay? It's quite fun for me actually..
Yeah what is wrong? I don't see too much flaw in it...
Well i greatly prefer the gunplay of uncharted as opposed to "other top tier third person shooters". Especially the one that feels like youre playing in syrup.
He probably just wishes that they had auto aim haha
Yea i found the shooting mechanics sluggish and sub par. There were many flaws with the games like bad angles, akward controlls, poor shooting and many game freezes but it still managed to be a very engaging experience and hard to put down. UN2 was great because of variety and big blockbuster movie moments. Love the platforming and puzzles. It is def a must play but not the best games ive played. Probably get castrated for speaking the truth about it but oh well. I dont worship the most popular games or a console. Loved it while it lasted but not more than a rental for me.
Imo U1 was a little bet better cuz it was fresh! The U series is one of the best I've ever played..
Uncharted 2 didnt get gameplay right its gameplay was total garbage. The platform levels were so tedious, and boring i was barely able to force myself to finish the game.
Yea right TROLL, you don't even have a PS3, Uncharted 2 is an amazing game and your missing out!
Oh yes, you just HAD to "force" yourself... hum.
I don't really even bother to compare. It's just a continously good experience with the two combined.
Well said sir... well said.
The only thing I have found disappointing about both games is the final boss battles. They play differently to everything else in the game. I hated the quicktime elements of the final boss battle Fortune. I also hated the run'n'gun kill the brute at the end of thieves.
maybe he shoulda fought a giant enemy crab
No, but maybe have some puzzle elements on a grand scale to complete the game.
lol @ link nah but ur right, idk y but i would love to fight a huge huge multi human operated robot that u have to climb and take apart
Unlike some others that share your sentiments, I found the final battle quite awesome. It was just SO satisfying beating the crap out of Navaro. I couldn't see the game ending any better than that. =)
Indeed, people seem to forget that the entire last level was the final boss.
honestly the gameplay isnt all that impressive
Put the glue bottle down, it's killing your brain cells.
put your fanboyism down,its killing you altogether :) or atleast tell me what did UC do that no other game did....just another 3PS
Uncharted was the first game to really nail the cinematic action blockbuster experience. Ninja Theory really tried to do this with Heavenly Sword, but Naughty Dog was the first to completely nail it.
im not talking about cinematics im talking about pure gameplay just try to make this graphics-free cuz by the end of 2009 its no longer the best looking game,or most realistic...so ur only shot is to prove how gameplay which is totally normal,something special that no1 ever done b4 ,for me it just feels like tomb raider without auto lock-on
until you played UC1 on crushing. best... game... evah... i can only summon up to the fact author is a lame shot. UC2 shooting was really bad, headshots are more or less random. while UC1 respected that single bullet from ak was accurate, UC2 didn't. accuracy in UC2 doesn't matter. not to say how bad the bosses and monsters are in UC2. while UC1 required precision and good movement, UC2 is pure random. final boss even shoots like online laggers, trough the wall. or mosters on crushing who can aim crossbow in front of them and actually shoot you while you are behind. for UC3 i'm damn sure it won't be day 1 purchase. first look if it went into same direction will tell me if i buy the game or not
never understood how Uncharted:DF was an 8 or 8.5. but uncharted:AT was 10/10 goty ect. for me U:DF was a 10, and U:AT was off the charts. I really dig what Naughty Dog did with these games, just great fun from start to finish.
Agreed. I actually preferred the gorgeous tropical elements of the first game. But I gotta admit, I loved the lightning/thunder in Uncharted 2 when it started raining in Shambala.
Although I loved Uncharted DF (will save it for my Children’s children). The presentation of Uncharted AT was undeniable. The gaming media had to stand up an applaud. The gun play for both was great - Uncharted DF combined very (underscore) very good writing, great gun play, cinematic value and arguably, introduced the best enemy AI that we have seen on console at that time -specifically on harder difficulty setting. The flanking and attack variety was phenomenal; the 'waves' was never in a fixed pattern (directional yes, but never on rails). It made the replay very enjoyable and fresh. Uncharted AT improved on it all. I would never say that Uncharted DF ‘got it wrong’ that argument is lacking. I could easily state that every game create prior to 2009 ‘got it wrong’ compared to the innovations introduced through new and subsequent titles… that’s the whole idea associated with delivering a better product. UDF and UAT was not created and released at the same time. The author would have been better severed if he named his piece..the current title leaves him open for criticism and a thumbs down on the creditability scale.
Frankly they both suck to me, I just cant get into a tombraider, gears of war hybrid knockoff. Great graphics, and lots of bright pretty colors, kinda like a cartoon, maybe thats why you kids love it so much, but I just couldn't get into them, drake reminds me of a metrosexual, and I prefer to play as a man in my games.
what strikepackage really meant to type was that he prefers to 'play with' a man in his games.
What are you talking about a metrosexual is still a man aren't they?.Or is it you prefer oversized musclular men?
Naw I think by "play" he means "play" *wink wink*...ok I'll spell it out, he sucks ok...sheesh
Article's basically just a guy whining about how Uncharted 1 was harder. I beat both on hardest difficulty so enemies takin 10 shots instead of 6 or whatever was and is a non-issue for me. Complaining about not being able to run 'n' gun through Ch 6 is equally irrelevant. You're not supposed to, but he wants to. That's not the game's fault. Stop playing it like COD. He brings up the lack of auto-aim. Dude, the game is not that hard. What are you doing? @Strikepackage lol, you must love wrestling games then. Lots of muscular, shirtless beefcake manly men piledriving eachother. Real men's men. :p
I had the misfortune of playing Uncharted 1 after Uncharted 2 and let me tell you, Uncharted 1 is kind of a fail of a game. Story aside (it's Indiana Jones and I mean that as a compliment), the game's levels seemed randomly designed, okay, not randomly, but not as well polished as Uncharted 2. Weapons were incredibly scarce and the attempt at six-axis control on the grenades made them practically ineffective in almost any dire situation. The game was hard but only because of rather average or mediocre level design and cluncky interface. Definitely think they outshinned themselves on Uncharted 2 because that game had some really well designed sequences (WET can suck it after UC2's car jumping scene).
I disagree 110%. Uncharted 1 rocked. I had more fun with it than part 2 as the newness had worn off with part 2. Part 1 was fresh, fun and is still more polished and primped than most action/adventure games I see coming out (eg Enslaved).
I played uncharted 2 first as well, and although I enjoyed uncharted 1, I'd still have to say the improved polished graphics and overall flow of the game made 2 a better game for me, 2 felt like more of a puzzle/movie with some fighting thrown in where 1 was a puzzle/fighting with a little movie thrown in. I like the former (as in my former, which is 2 =)
As much as I did like Uncharted 2 there is nothing original about the game which makes me feel this game is a little overrated. From the Gears gunplay to the Tomb Raider platforming and to the Indiana Jones narrative nothing about the game is original and originality get's a lot of points from me. The game's length was also an issue for me maybe it was too long but the final three hours leading up to the climax felt like it dragged on way to long and it began to feel increasingly repetitive...oh and the puzzles just plain sucked. That's not to take away from an overall solid game though it's just these flaws really stuck out when playing through it.
People need to get off the Gears thing. It shows your age. Look beyond this gen', look at 007 Everything or Nothing and 007 From Russia with Love. I mean really. LOOK at them. Play them. http://www.youtube.com/watc... http://www.youtube.com/watc... Glen Schofield was doing 3rd person cover shooters WAY before Amy & Cliffy but never gets credit for it. Really weird, considering there's over 150 mil' PS2's, XBoxes and GameCubes in circulation
I agree with Istanbull above: UC1 was passed over by the media since it was a time when everybody was hating on the PS3 (even MGS4 caught the tail end of this negative press). UC1 was a milestone, a joy to play, and yet, sadly, it's brushed off while UC2 is revered for having "fixed all the problems of UC1."
I love both Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, there are some criticisms but those are of personal tastes really. The story in the Uncharted series is good and the fact it combines action with adventure fits perfectly with my likings. I can not wait for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception to be released, nine months will be a eternity.
What's with all the Uncharted hate and talking about Gears ripoff/clone?
I didn't see hardly any difference between the gameplay between the two games. Thats not a bad thing though, because I thought the gameplay in both games were excellent, I just think Uncharted 2's visuals improved and the game increased in scope. For me, both games are 10/10, but I do prefer UC1 because it was the first installement and I liked the story. Tha said, I do like the multiplayer that 2 has (and yes, its got a great story aswell...I just prefer UC1's)
the gamelay in uncharted 1 was ok , i enjoyed uncharted 1 morethen uncharted 2 ....
Both awesome games, just wish they made jumping etc harder and also put some puzzle mechanics in there.
Wow...9 disagrees? Why do people have to hate on my opinion are none of these relevant points? Uncharted 2 isn't original and brings nothing new in terms of gameplay mechanics how can you disagree with that?. Maybe the fact I thought it was long and I thought the puzzles weren't good is too subjective but you can't argue there is nothing new, innovative original about Uncharted 2.
I dont think the two games are that different. They were both awesome
I consider the gameplay equally good in both - I'm happy with it that way too, as the games come across as two movies in a really good film series. In fact, if I had to choose one to kick back and play right now, I'd probably go for DRAKE'S FORTUNE. The fact that it was so overlooked at the time makes it more special for those of us who bought (and loved) it day one.
I'll always prefer the original.
Just goes to show how NaughtyDog are so aware and relevant by making a really good game ( Uncharted: Drake's Fortune ) into an epic benchmark ( Uncharted 2: Among Thieves ).
I wasn't aware Uncharted Drake's Fortune got gameplay wrong....i see the media is still going through the "Sony is Doom" phase. Well that'll pass soon once the Ps3 outsells the 360.
in uncharted 1 I felt like I could sit in one spot and just pop out to kill all enemies until the scene was over. in uncharted 2 i found myself moving around alot more during shootouts. thats just what i remember. also just because folks have a critique about a sony game does not mean "sony is doom", its more that some folks on n4g cant handle criticism and are still using supposed "ps3 bias" as an excuse/crutch for their inability to counter certain statements with words and ideas.
...try crushing and we will see how long you sit in one spot!!! this article shows me everything what i must know about crapmob - they are noobs alias wannabe hardcores.
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