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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2 updated PS3 logo.jpg
North American box art.
Developer(s) Naughty Dog
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s) Amy Hennig (Creative Director), Bruce Straley (Game Director)
Writer(s) Amy Hennig[1]
Composer(s) Greg Edmonson
Series Uncharted
Engine Naughty Dog Engine 2.0
Havok (game physics)[2]
Native resolution 720p[3]
Version 1.03
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) NA October 13, 2009 [4]
JP October 15, 2009 [5]

AUS October 15, 2009[6]
EU October 16, 2009[7 ]

Genre(s) Action-adventure, Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Online multiplayer, Online co-op
Rating(s) BBFC: 15
ESRB: T
OFLC: MA15+
OFLC: R16+
PEGI: 16
Media Blu-ray Disc
Input methods Gamepad

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3.[8 ] It is the sequel to the 2007 game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Officially announced in the December 2008 issue of Game Informer, it was released in October 2009 [4][7 ] and has been named by Metacritic as the most critically acclaimed game of 2009.[9]

Contents

Gameplay

Uncharted 2 is an action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective, with the player in control of Nathan Drake. Drake is physically adept and is able to jump, climb, and scale narrow ledges and wall-faces to get between points. Drake can be equipped with up to two firearms – one single-handed and one two-handed – and a limited supply of grenades. Drake can pick up weapons, automatically replacing the existing weapon he was using, and additional ammunition from killed foes. The player can direct Drake to take cover behind corners or low walls using either aimed or blind-fire to kill his enemies. The player can also have Drake fire while moving. If Drake is undetected by his enemies, the player can attempt to use stealth to take them out, such as by sneaking up behind them to knock them out with one hit, or by pulling an unsuspecting foe over a ledge from which Drake is hanging.[10] Some areas of the game require the player to solve puzzles with the use of Drake's journal, which provides clues towards the puzzles' solutions. When enabled, a hint system provides gameplay clues, such as the direction of the next objective.

Throughout the game are special treasures that may be hidden or in difficult-to-reach places that the player can collect. Collecting these treasures, along with completing certain feats within the game, is tracked by the awarding of medals, which gives the player in-game money to use to unlock extra content on the disc, including concept art, game movies, and game cheats such as guns with infinite ammunition. The statistics tracked for a large portion of the in-game medals are used to award PlayStation 3 trophies.

Multiplayer

Uncharted 2 also features both competitive and co-operative multiplayer. The co-op multiplayer allows a maximum of three players to take the roles of Drake and two other "hero" companions and features missions involving gunfights, platforming, and teamwork-based objectives.[11] Players can also assist their comrades if they become critically injured or if they are grabbed by an enemy.[11]

The competitive multiplayer allows a maximum of ten players to play against each other in two teams of five. Four competitive modes are featured: Deathmatch, Plunder, Elimination and Chain Reaction.[12] Deathmatch features two teams of five, with one team acting as heroes and the other as villains. Players can choose their own appropriate character models (such as Drake, Sully, Elena, and new characters Tenzin and Chloe for the heroes team). As players accrue points and rank up, they can purchase more skins for both heroes and villains.[12] Players can select two Boost abilities which assist them in the matches.[12] Plunder is similar to the traditional capture the flag game mode, and sees each team attempt to capture the treasure from a central point in the map and return it to their base; the player carrying the treasure is slowed down a great deal, and may also choose to hurl the treasure away at any point, in order to keep it out of reach of the enemy, or to pass it to a teammate.[12] Elimination has two teams of five players against each other with the objective of killing everyone on the other team. In Elimination, the players do not respawn. The goal is to eliminate the other team three out of five times. Chain Reaction has the player capturing flags, but the player must do them in a specific order – one team works out from their base needing to capture 1 through 5 while the other team starts out from their home and needs to snag 5 through 1.

Gold Rush is a cooperative mode of play where 2–3 players must team up to obtain a treasure, which is randomly spawned on the map, and take it back to their base, much like Plunder. However, AI enemies try to stop the players from returning the treasure. If a player goes down and is not revived before the timer goes out, they will not come back until the next round. In each consecutive round the enemies become tougher to defeat. Survival is the second cooperative mode of play, where 2-3 players must work together to defeat a total of ten waves of enemies, each wave becoming more and more difficult.

On September 15, 2009, another beta was released and an open beta was released to the EU and US on the September 29, 2009 via the PSN store. Both expired on October 12, 2009.[13].

Plot

Nathan "Nate" Drake’s new adventure in Among Thieves revolves around the doomed voyage home of Marco Polo from China in 1292. After spending almost 20 years in the court of the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan, Marco Polo departed with fourteen ships and over six hundred passengers – but when he arrived at Persia a year and a half later, only one ship and eighteen passengers remained. Polo never revealed what had happened to the lost ships.

The story begins in medias res, with a wounded Nate waking up to find himself in a train hanging off a cliff. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Harry Flynn and Chloe Frazer approached him with a job offer to steal a Mongolian oil lamp in an Istanbul museum. Nate accepts the job when he learns that the lamp may lead to the treasures in Marco Polo's lost fleet. Flynn and Drake acquire the lamp, which contains a map showing that the lost fleet had been transporting the Cintamani Stone from Shambhala before being thrown ashore in Borneo by a tsunami. Taking the map, Flynn double-crosses Drake, who is arrested and imprisoned for three months before Chloe, who claims to have had no knowledge of Flynn's treachery, asks for the help of Drake's friend Victor "Sully" Sullivan to secure his release.

Nate and Sully follow Flynn and his boss Zoran Lazarevic, a war criminal who is widely thought to be dead already, to Borneo. With the help of Chloe working within Lazarevic's camp as a mole, they discover that the lost fleet never actually possessed the Cintamani Stone. They locate a tomb containing the bodies of Polo's passengers, as well as a Tibetan phurba and another letter from Polo saying that the next clue is in one of the temples in Pokhara, Nepal. Flynn and his men appeared in the tomb soon after and take away the letter, but Nate and Sully make their escape by jumping off a cliff into a river. While Sullivan decides that the quest is too risky for him to carry on, Nate and Chloe head to Nepal, finding the city in the midst of civil war as Lazarevic ravages the city looking for the right temple. After surmising that the temple they are looking for would also be adorned with one of the symbols on the phurba, the couple survey the area on the rooftop of a local hotel and find out its location.

En route to the temple, the pair runs into Elena Fisher and her cameraman Jeff, who are tracking down Lazarevic to find proof to show to the public that he is in fact still alive. The four reach the temple and discover that the stone and Shambhala are in the Himalayas. Just as they are about to leave the group is ambushed outside the temple, and Jeff is shot by one of Lazarevic's men. Despite Chloe's insistence to leave Jeff behind, the group pushes on further until they are finally caught by Flynn and Lazarevic. Chloe reluctantly pulls her gun on Nate to protect her "cover", while Lazarevic executes Jeff. Lazarevic and Chloe then leave for a train, but Nate and Elena manage to escape just as Flynn is about to kill them. The couple rushes to the train yard and catch up with the leaving train on a stolen jeep. Nate boards the train and finds Chloe, who is upset about Nate having taken Elena and Jeff along earlier and refuses to leave with him. As the two argue Flynn suddenly arrives and shoots Nate in the abdomen. With no other option, Nate shoots a pile of propane tanks, killing Flynn's men but sending Nate's half of the train towards a steep cliff.

Returning to where the story began, Nate escapes the train and travels through a snow storm, recovers the phurba among the wreckage before falling unconscious. He wakes up in a Tibetan village, where he is reunited with Elena and is introduced to a 90-year-old German man named Karl Schäfer. Schäfer tells Nate that the phurba is the key to finding Shambhala, but Nate tells Schäfer he is no longer interested. Schäfer sends Nate and the village leader, Tenzin, to find the remains of the men in his expedition, who were looking for Shambhala and the stone 70 years earlier. Traveling through a series of ice caves to an ancient temple filled with yeti-like creatures, Nate and Tenzin discover that Schäfer's men were SS members on an Ahnenerbe expedition and that he had killed them to protect the world from the power of the stone. They return to find Lazarevic's men attacking the village. After securing the village, Nate and Elena find out that Schäfer has been kidnapped along with the phurba, and the couple track Lazarevic's convoy to an abandoned monastery. The two locate a mortally wounded Schäfer, who tells Nate that he must destroy the Cintamani Stone.

Nate locates Chloe, who surrenders the phurba after he promises to take Lazarevic down. Nate and Elena use the phurba to unlock the secret passage to Shambhala underneath the monastery, but Lazarevic corners them and forces Nate to open the gate. When the gate opens the group is attacked by the monsters from the ice caves, but Lazarevic manages to kill them off and reveals that they are actually human guardians of Shambhala, powered by the Cintamani stone and dressed like monsters to scare off anyone who trespass the city. Just as Lazarevic prepares to kill both Elena and Nate, another wave of guardians attacks which allows them and Chloe to escape. Making their way to the stone, Nate discovers that the stone is in fact a giant amber of petrified blue resin embedded in a giant Tree of Life. As they prepare to go after Lazarevic, a wounded Flynn arrives and detonates a grenade, killing himself and seriously wounding Elena. Nate leaves Elena in Chloe's care and sets off to confront Lazarevic at the tree. Nate arrives just as Lazarevic drinks the tree's sap, which heals his scars and renders him nearly indestructible. Detonating the pockets of explosive resin in the tree, Nate defeats Lazarevic and leaves him to be killed by the guardians. Nate reunites with Chloe and Elena and they escape the city as a series of explosions begins to destroy Shambhala.

Back in the village, Chloe asks Nate if he loves Elena. He does not deny it, and Chloe bids Nate goodbye as Sully carries a recovering Elena over to him. While Sully chases after Chloe, Elena and Nate pay their respects at Schäfer's grave before embracing. They share a kiss and together they walk over to the edge of a cliff and watch the sun set behind the mountains.

Development

First revealed by Game Informer in December 2008, the first teaser trailer shows a weary, wounded Drake marching through a snowstorm to reach a phurba half-buried in the snow.[10] Lead character artist Richard Diamant remarked that the trailer was rendered in real-time, using the game's engine.[14] A second teaser trailer was released soon after, showing a badly wounded Drake stuck in the remains of a wrecked train hanging precariously over a cliff.

Uncharted 2 features an online multiplayer component, the beta phase of which was playable by those who bought early copies of the game inFamous.[15] The beta was also accessible by annual subscribers of the PlayStation Network service, Qore, on June 3, to those who have subscribed to Qore by May 15.[16] The beta codes from Qore began to be sent out on May 8, 2009. Beta codes from inFamous shipped inside the game's packaging, on May 26, 2009.

On July 27, Naughty Dog Co-President Christophe Balestra revealed through a Twitter post that the game would not require installation to the PlayStation 3's hard drive.[17]

Motion capture

In E3 2009 videos from Naughty Dog showed the voice actors of the characters performing the motion captures in some of the scenes.[18] The actors act out the scene wearing specially designed suits, and their performance was used to provide both the motion capture and voice work. The actors would even rehearse together in a room and had discussions with the creative directors of the game before carrying out the performance.[19]

Graphics and technology

Naughty Dog intended to maximize the utilization of the Cell's SPUs, as their estimates for utilization in the first Uncharted were only around 30%.[20] As a result, the game has more realistic environments and animations.

Uncharted 2 uses Naughty Dog Game Engine 2.0, a revamped and optimized version of the original engine that has allowed the game to have real-time moving environments, more realistic textures, and animations. It is notable that the game is one of the few to utilize Screen Space Ambient Occlusion.

On August 26, 2009, it was revealed that Uncharted 2 uses between 90 to 100% of the Cell's processor and uses 25GB of a single Blu-ray Disc. In the same interview, it was asked if the game could run on Microsoft's Xbox 360 hardware in which the response was "never" due to the size of the DVD format discs. Uncharted 2 uses all 25 GB of space on the single layer Blu-ray disc.[21] However, Evan Wells later pointed out "...now it's at least busy 100% of the time, but it's still not fully-optimized code. I mean, in order to get to that 100%, it was more about making sure the pipeline was filled, and we weren't running into one of the processors becoming idle because there wasn't a job ready for it." [22]

In the interview, Christophe Balestra also pointed out how important it is to ship every system with a hard drive. "The fact that every PS3 has a hard drive is huge for us." He went on to describe how the game takes advantage of Sony's offerings. "It's the combination of Blu-ray and hard drive. You can play the entire game without loading. We don't require an install. We're doing all the post-processing effects on the Synergistic Processing Units. The quality of the depth of field we have, you can't do that on the Xbox 360."[21]

Special editions

Contents of the Fortune Hunter edition.

Naughty Dog's creative director Amy Hennig revealed a special Fortune Hunter edition of Uncharted 2 that isn't obtainable in stores. The Fortune Hunter edition contains the game, a replica of the Phurba Dagger artifact and stand, a BradyGames strategy guide, an art book, the official soundtrack, and a collector's case autographed by Naughty Dog. It is also said to include various downloadable content.[23] A collector's edition of Uncharted 2 has not been announced for sale in the United States.

SCEA marketing manager Asad Qizilbash told readers of the PlayStation Blog that the limited edition giveaways will take place on that blog, PlayStation Home, the game's multiplayer demo, and a few other unnamed places. Qizilbash also mentioned that only residents in the US are eligible to win. Only 200 copies were released.[23]

Exclusive to the PAL region, the Uncharted 2 special edition contains the game, gold versions of the Beretta and AK-47 weapons, two post cards, a PlayStation 3 theme, and multiplayer skins. [24] The game comes packaged in a steel case by SteelBook. Never formally announced, the Special Edition was discovered on the game's official European launch site, with the only link for the special edition leading to one of Britain's major game retailers, Game. [25]

Downloadable content

The first DLC was released on November 27, 2009 and featured a new multiplayer map, "The Fort," from The Fortress chapter in Drake's Fortune' for free'.[26]

On December 11th, Uncharted: Eye of Indra Multiplayer Skin Pack was released exclusively for the PAL PlayStation Store. It includes all four parts of the motion comic Uncharted: Eye of Indra and two Uncharted 2 multiplayer skins based on the motion comic. The pack contains Rika for the heroes and Pinkerton for the villains.

PlayStation Home

In PlayStation Home, the PlayStation 3's online community-based service, Naughty Dog has released a themed game space for Uncharted 2, developed by Outso. [27] This makes the second game space to be released from Naughty Dog, the first being the game space for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. This space is called "Nepalese Village" and features the mini-games Mask Mayhem, Torch Race, and Fortunate Thieves with rewards. There's also an Uncharted 2 Blog that lets users access the Uncharted 2 blog. It was released on October 23, 2009 in the European and North American versions of PlayStation Home.[28] In the video on the PlayStation blog, Jack Buser, the director of Home for SCEA, describes the mini-game, Fortunate Thieves, as being a "full on, interactive mini-MMO." The Uncharted series is the first game series to have a game space for both games of the series in Home.

Between the hours of 8 am PT on November 5th and 12 pm PT on November 6th, there was a contest in the North American Home (in which only U.S. citizens could participate), where users could win the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Fortune Hunter Edition. Between those times, users went to the Uncharted 2 space and played the "Mask Mayhem" mini-game. The user who placed first on the Uncharted 2 space's leader board won a copy of the Fortune Hunter Edition.[29] Users had another chance to win the Fortune Hunter Edition in the Uncharted 2 space between the times of 8 am PT November 20, 2009 and 12 pm PT November 21, 2009. Between those times, users had to try to get in first place on the "Fortunate Thieves" mini-game leader board to win the Fortune Hunter Edition.[30] The user who placed first on the Fortunate Thieves leader board won the Fortune Hunter Edition. Users had one final chance to win the Fortune Hunter Edition from 8 am PT December 18, 2009 to 12 pm PT December 21, 2009. Users had to play the "Torch Race" mini-game and be first on its leader board in the Uncharted 2 space.[31]

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 96.19%[32]
(75 reviews)
GameStats 9.6/10[33]
(92 reviews)
Metacritic 96/100[34]
(103 reviews)
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A+[35]
Computer and Video Games 10/10[36]
Edge 9/10[37]
Eurogamer 10/10[38 ]
G4 5/5[39]
Game Informer 10/10[40]
GamePro 5/5 stars[41 ]
GameSpot 9.5/10[42 ]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[43 ]
GamesRadar 10/10[44 ]
GameTrailers 9.3/10 [45]
IGN 9.5/10[46]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 5/5[47]
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) 10/10[48 ]
Official PlayStation Magazine (Australia) 10/10[49 ]
PSM3 (France) 21/20[50]

Uncharted 2 received universal critical acclaim with a GameRankings score of 96.22% and a GameStats score of 9.6/10.[32][33] The game also received a Metacritic score of 96 out of 100[34], making it the most critically acclaimed game of 2009.[9]

The first publication to review Uncharted 2 was the French edition of PSM3. In their review, they called the game "Long, visually stunning, deep and explosive, Uncharted 2 combines all the qualities you can find in a videogame, and more! A new milestone has been reached in the videogame history." The magazine awarded the game its first ever, 21/20.[50] The second review was by PlayStation: The Official Magazine, which awarded the game a perfect score. In their review, they stated, "Forget Game of The Year. This is one of the greatest games of all time!".[47] The UK edition of the magazine also gave the game a perfect score,[48 ] and was later awarded "Game of the Year 2009" by the magazine. IGN gave the game a 9.5 out of 10, saying "No, Uncharted 2 is not perfect, but it's closer than pretty much any other game out there these days."[46] GameSpot gave 9.5/10 saying "Uncharted 2 is a complete game that is completely awesome."[42 ] Gamesradar gave it 10/10, saying "Simply put, Uncharted 2 is a reason to own a PS3."[44 ] G4 gave the game a 5 out of 5. Adam Sessler remarked Uncharted 2 is the "best single-player experience I have ever played", while listing one of the game's cons as "It has an ending".[39] 1UP.com scored it A+, commenting on the game's high quality music and sound[51] and Eurogamer scored the game 10/10 stating that "The attention to detail is beyond compare."[38 ] PixlBit said, "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is easily one of the best games on the PlayStation 3," and awarded it 5/5 stars. [52] PSX Extreme said, "it is without question the best game the genre has seen in a very long time." GameTrailers scored the game 9.3 / 10, saying that "if you own a PS3, you got to have this game." The Guilty Geek said,"The game is everything that the first was but bigger and better," stating it could easily obtain the Game of the Year award.[53 ] Edge gave a 9/10 saying "Ultimately, no one will disagree that Uncharted 2 is one hell of a ride, and the best PS3 action game to date."[37] ScrewAttack recently put Uncharted 2 on their list of the Top 10 PS3 exclusives at #1. [54] The Game Informer gave it a 10 out of 10 as well as putting it on the list of the top 200 games of all time.

The game placed 19th in Dengeki online's reader poll of the best games of 2009, making it the only western game in the list.[55]

Sales

NPD Group's sales data shows that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the top-selling game in the United States for October 2009, at about 537,000 units sold.[56] While Media Create's sales data has Uncharted 2: Among Thieves selling 47,000 units for its first day in Japan.[57] Phil Rosenberg of SCE says the game has crossed the one million sold mark on November 12, 2009. [58]

Awards

At Sony's E3 media briefing, an Uncharted 2 gameplay demo was shown early in the conference. Critics were very impressed with the demo, which led many to believe Uncharted 2 to be a unanimous competitor for "Game of the Year" with Uncharted 2 winning the most E3 awards of any game according to Naughty Dog. As for the Spike Video Game Awards, Uncharted 2 received a record eight nominations in various categories and was voted by fans for three wins, including Game of the Year.[59] IGN.com also awarded Uncharted 2 their overall game of the year award.


Sequel

The co-game designer of Uncharted 2 has confirmed a sequel. [60][61]

See also

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Box artwork for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Developer(s) Naughty Dog
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Engine Havok
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure, Third-person shooter
System(s) PlayStation 3
Mode(s) Single player, online Multiplayer and Co-op
Rating(s)
ESRB: Teen
BBFC: 15
CERO: Ages 15 and up
OFLC: Mature Accompanied & Restricted
PEGI: Ages 16+
Preceded by Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Series Uncharted

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (アンチャーテッド 黄金刀と消えた船団 Uncharted: Ougontou to Kieta Sendan ?, lit. Golden Sword and Vanished Fleet: Drake's Fortune) is a PlayStation 3 action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the sequel to the 2007 game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Officially announced in the December 2008 issue of Game Informer, the game was released in North America on October 13, 2009. A European release date was initially announced as October 23, 2009, however this statement was later retracted by Naughty Dog co-president, Christophe Balestra on Twitter. Sony later announced a European release date of October 16, 2009.

Uncharted 2 picks up a couple of years after the events of Drake's Fortune. Similar to the previous story, Nathan Drake’s (voiced by Nolan North) new adventure revolves around an unsolved historical mystery – this time surrounding Marco Polo and his doomed voyage home from China in 1292. After spending almost 20 years in the court of the emperor Kublai Khan, Marco Polo departed with 14 ships and over 600 passengers and crew – but when he arrived at his destination a year and a half later, only one ship remained, and only 18 of the passengers had survived. Although Marco Polo described almost every other aspect of his journeys in minute detail, he never revealed what happened to the ships that were lost. Nathan is introduced to the idea that Marco Polo's lost fleet can be recovered, and so he embarks on his newest treasure hunt.

Pre-order perks

Some special considerations were available from certain retailers when players pre-ordered the game. The following items or perks were given out in addition to the game itself:

  • Amazon.com: Treasure map showing the locations of treasure throughout the game.
  • BestBuy: Downloadable special golden guns for use in online multiplayer.
  • Game Crazy: Temporary boost to gaining money and bonuses during online multiplayer.
  • GameStop: Access to an exclusive multiplayer demo (September 9–19th, 2009) and a download of the Revenge Attribute multiplayer unlockable.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
  • Controls
  • Characters
  • Weapons
  • PlayStation Network
Walkthrough
  1. A Rock and a Hard Place
  2. Breaking and Entering
  3. Borneo
  4. The Dig
  5. Urban Warfare
  6. Desperate Times
  7. They're Coming With Us
  8. The City's Secret
  9. Path of Light
  10. Only One Way Out
  11. Keep Moving
  12. A Train to Catch
  13. Locomotion
  1. Tunnel Vision
  2. Train-wrecked
  3. Where Am I?
  4. Mountaineering
  5. Heart of Ice
  6. Siege
  7. Cat and Mouse
  8. Convoy
  9. The Monastery
  10. Reunion
  11. The Road to Shambhala
  12. Broken Paradise
  13. Tree of Life
Appendices
  • Treasures
  • Store
  • Medals
  • Trophies







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