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Sequel to one of the best shooters around
on December 3, 2011
Uncharted 2 was probably my personal favorite third person shooter of all time. My first current-gen console was the 360, a good choice at the time, but Sony has become the superior company in my eyes. I had bought and played Gears of War, but after seeing the first Uncharted I'd felt that Gears was inferior at least in graphics, which wasn't enough to warrant me buying a PS3. After seeing Uncharted 2 with even better graphics and gameplay I decided on getting a PS3. I loved the story, characters, setting, gameplay and the graphics.
After buying and beating Uncharted 3 I can say that I was completely satisfied with the game. Many of the interesting and charming characters are back with expanded backstories and more of the excellent dialogue that has become a staple of the series. The story starts off slow, then kicks up the pace considerably, perhaps reaching the peak a bit too early. The conclusion is satisfying yet a bit abrupt at the same time. Despite my doubts of any scene surpassing the train scene from Uncharted 2, the 2 chapters based around water were breathtaking, and it thrills just as much if not more than the predecessor. The gameplay is improved in numerous ways - better gunplay, grenade throwback, improved melee combat and better set pieces. Sloppy AI drags down the experience at times and some scenes can degenerate into trial and error on harder difficulties. The graphics are stunning, the sound is great, and the experience overall is very solid. Being a sequel, it isn't as fresh as the predecessor, but there is still plenty to love, and it is well worth a purchase, despite some AI issues.
As for the collector's edition items, the price seems very reasonable. I decided on getting this over the Skyrim collector's edition as I found the packaging and collectibles more appealing. The package is great, the design on the tin case is nice. The ring and buckle are well-made and the fit conveniently in small drawers in the box. The figure is detailed, stable and accurately made.