IGN UK Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review

Martin Robinson from IGN UK writes: "It's unfortunate that the gameplay doesn't scale the heights of the production values, for while the gunplay is solid its relentlessness becomes weary towards the finale. But any misgivings aren't enough to derail the immensely enjoyable rollercoaster ride and Uncharted 2's wealth of character easily overcomes our gripes. As a spectacle it's without compare, its epic vistas and rip-roaring set pieces combining with writing and pacing of a quality that's alien to most videogames, helping to create one of this generation's most charming adventures."

9.0 Presentation
A minimal front-end, but when it's in full-flow the lack of intrusion underlines the game's cinematic credentials.

10 Graphics
Quite simply the best looking game around, with impressive tech matched by excellent art design.

9.5 Sound
The guns and grenades do what you expect them to, but it's Nolan North and co. who steal the show.

8.0 Gameplay
It doles out its parts with wit, but each element fails to wow in isolation.

8.5 Lasting Appeal
The multiplayer is more than generous, as is the single player's 12 hour running time.

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ross1024229d ago

seems harsh 9.5 minumum for this.

Darkstorn4229d ago

I suppose. It is a bit shocking to see IGN have a significantly lower score on UC2 than on the notoriously tough Gamespot.

Kimbo Slice4229d ago

for hits and to stand out from the glut of reviews

8'5 lasting appeal but you state 12 hours and praise multiplayer....EPIC FAIL IGN a joke just like videogamer,gamedaily and gamespy

Kattleox4229d ago

It seems to me like they are just trying to make their mark on metacritic--and obviously for the hits. I mean, they make their money off of ads, and if they don't get tons of hits then they don't get much money. I think we keep forgetting its a business and that this is their way of getting paid and feeding the family.

Not that it deserves anything less than 10s, but I certainly understand why you would do this.

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klashawnd4229d ago

Gears of War 2:

9.5 Presentation
There’s no doubting the production values are magnificent and it’s a superbly polished game. Cut-scenes, too, are excellent but occasionally break up the action a little too abruptly.

10 Graphics
The Unreal Engine 3 has never looked better. Characters and enemies are bursting with detail while the levels are a masterclass in style and design.

8.5 Sound
The musical score is rousing and sound effects blistering. Shame, then, that its marred by irritating and clichéd dialogue delivery.

9.0 Gameplay
Gears 2 plays almost exactly the same as the original, which is no bad thing. The cover system and multiplayer game has been tightened too.

8.5 Lasting Appeal
The 10-hour single-player campaign is even better with a mate in co-op and while the collection of multiplayer modes offers little new it’s still a lot of fun.

(out of 10 / not an average)

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So Gears has a better presentation than Uncharted 2?!? Sorry, I beg to differ and I thought Gears 2 was a great game. While I can't say that UC2's gameplay is better than Gears 2 (that's one thing going for Gears, it's pretty smooth), I will say that an 8.0 is just way too low for UC2. With that said, IGN UK is usually the lower of the bunch so I shouldn't be surprised. As for lasting appeal - UC2, from what I've played, seems to have much more "lasting appeal" than Gears 2 with all of the multiplayer modes and a 12 hour campaign. Can't really be mad at a 9 but in my opinion UC2>Gears 2

Lifendz4229d ago

then I would love to see a 9.5. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and this game is easily in my top ten. Maybe top five.

mint royale4229d ago

I wonder why no one complained at Gears of War 'only' getting 8.5? Seriously 9/10 is a good score - a brilliant game - AAA why has this changed suddenly? Its like it cannot be given a 9.5 without the itsnotfairpolice jumping on it claiming bias. Im thankful that there is still free speech and publications are not being bullied into giving scores.

Uncharted 2 is a fantastic AAA game. It has average scores well into the 90s and is going to sell a truckload (and not one publication has said don't buy it). Yet still there are the usual complaints of bias. Its pathetic really. I can't wait to play Uncharted 2 and I'll be getting my copy this week. Naughty deserve big sales.

thereapersson4229d ago

Gears and Halo get applauded for their lack of any real progression, and the fact that the game play remains the same from the previous games. PS3 exclusives like Killzone 2 and Uncharted get nitpicked and scrutinized -- Uncharted 2 in particular for this review -- with people making claims that the gameplay isn't "original enough".

Hey, at least he didn't give it lower than a 9. Still bullsh1t reasons to complain about the game itself, however.

SouljaBoyTellem4229d ago

Man what you talkin bout, get the f*ck outta hear wit that Uncharted 2 is better than Gears 2 sh*t. Gears is the sh*t, nah mean. I'm still on Live handing out headshots to whoeva daily so if you want some come get some gamertag souljaboytellem holla at me SODMG head honcho believe dat.

GrandTheftZamboni4229d ago

It must hurt wanting to give Uncharted 2 a low score, but not being able to give it less than 9.

mal_tez924229d ago

Shooting better than Gears of War. Improved platforming. Improved melee system. Enhanced puzzles.

Where did they lose 2 points?

Immortal Kaim4229d ago

It's called an opinion, there isn't really a simpler concept...

Wait...Isn't it out now in the US? WTF aren't you playing it instead of complaining?

Out in Aus tomorrow, can't wait to get my hands on it.

NoBias4228d ago

AN 8.0 FOR GAMEPLAY???!!!!

They need to slap themselves... Twice... I'm on Chapter 12 right now and I'm currently trying to piece my brain back together on account of my mind being blown from playing this game. This seriously is the best single player experience I've ever had in a game and I'm not even halfway done.

I know it's starting to sound cliche but I'm serious, this game raises the bar stupidly high. I'm talkin so high you can barely notice that there's a bar up there.

I wouldn't be surprised to see all 2010 games get pushed to 2011 after every game developer gets their hands on this haha.

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callahan094229d ago

What a joke. You have to look at this like they're choosing to remove 10 points (9.9 would be 1 point off, 9.5 would be 5 points off, etc.). What is the justification? Their complaints about the action are ambiguous and meaningless, and purely trifling crap grounded on their baseless opinion. What's the actual FAULT with the game? IGN has lost their touch, they've been reviewing EVERYTHING stupidly for the last year and a half.

MNicholas4229d ago

Is it really a such a boring game?

gdguide4229d ago

Just wondering why they would give a game with a 12 hour single player + co op modes + deep MP modes + photo mode + Machima mode an 8.5 for lasting appeal? They really gave no reason for a lower score. This is one of those games that is offering a LOT more lasting appeal than most games coming out this year. As for gameplay getting repetitive? Has anyone played Gears 1/2? Resistance 1/2? L4D1? Killzone 2? They should have scored it probably a 9.5 and know it.

dreamcast4229d ago

Who cares? Go buy the game! I'm putting it in now =D

Obelisk924229d ago

"Has anyone played Gears 1/2? Resistance 1/2? L4D1? Killzone 2?"

... or Halo 3? lol

thegood334229d ago

Maybe the online modes really aren't that much fun. Cuz in case you have forgotten, you can throw twenty differnet online modes on a game but if it aint that fun who cares?

ross1024229d ago

always seems to score lower then the american ign.