Uncharted 2 is a follow up to Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, a PS3 platformer in the Tomb Raider mould. It follows the fortunes of Nathan Drake in his ongoing quest to find ancient treasures and stuff like that.
It is very good. Perhaps one of the best looking games that I have seen for a long time. The attention to detail in in the graphics is astonishing. You find yourself wishing you could stop and take a proper look at the scenery as it whizzes past – which would be much easier if you weren’t on top of a moving train with heavies coming towards you and a helicopter gunship hovering above spraying you with lead. Actually, I didn’t play the game as I was watching number one son do all the hard work. I saw myself in more of a supervisory role, saying helpful things like “Try shooting at him” or “Did you really mean to do that?” at appropriate times.
The story is reasonably absorbing, involving the usual mix of temples, treasures and chaps with dodgy accents trying to kill you. And a love triangle. In this episode you are much more likely to have a computer powered character around with you who gives you a good lead on where to go and makes the whole thing more like a proper adventure. There is also a multi-player option (some of the levels look like they have been really designed with this in mind). I’ll be having a go at that once I’ve finished the game itself.
If you are new to Nathan Drake I’d advise that you pick up a copy of the first Uncharted second hand (you should be able to get it for around a tenner as it has been out for a while) and then, having really enjoyed that, you can move onto Uncharted 2 and have even more fun.