By Dale Weir on February 26, 2011 - 3:29pm.
Hanno Hagedorn is a 3D artist that worked on Crysis, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. After promising (mostly himself) to create an online portfolio of his works, it's (mostly) done. Most impressive among his work are these digital sculptures of characters from Among Thieves. If they could be recreated in resin, I'm sure they would be mounted proudly on the bookshelf of every Uncharted 2 fan.
By Matthew Kaplan on December 25, 2009 - 6:34pm.
Forgive this bit of Scroogery on Christmas (hey, it's not my holiday). I'm mostly reacting to Gamespot picking Demon's Souls over Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as Game of the Year for 2009. It's a positive reaction to the action-RPG title that I've seen elsewhere, so I'm not entirely surprised. But I also feel it's the latest in a series of hyperbolic reactions calling the game "new" and "inventive," when what I really think people are reacting to—both positively and negatively—is the game's difficulty.
By Guest Critic on December 17, 2009 - 9:28am.
Can a Video Game be a B-Movie, and Does this Present any Problems?
HIGH Watching Uncharted the movie, I mean game, unfold.
LOW Actually playing the game.
WTF There is absolutely no need to figure out what to do on your own, eventually the game will tell you.
By Brad Gallaway on December 8, 2009 - 9:15am.
Plenty of Sugar, Little Nutrition
High The train section in the middle of the game is exhilarating.
Low The firefights drag on, never as exciting as they should be.
WTF The weird "warp" animation when the devs force Drake to make an extra-long jump.
By Brad Gallaway on December 5, 2009 - 2:08am.
Still on my quest to play all the "big" games of 2009, I've almost got Uncharted 2 wrapped up… only two or three more sections to go. Having already put together a rough list of the year's top ten, I was wondering which title I might have to bump to make room for it. That concern is now moot, since it's not going to make the list.
By Alex Raymond on November 4, 2009 - 7:02pm.
The Style Is In The Details
HIGH Finally glimpsing the lost city of Shambhala.
LOW Quickly dying ten times during a chase sequence before getting a hint as to what I should be doing.
WTF "Don't you love how the water makes your jeans all squidgy?"
By Brad Gallaway on April 22, 2009 - 9:40am.
Playing Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune on PlayStation 3 right now.
I played it for a bit when it first came out, but it rubbed me the wrong way and I tossed it aside. I was quite surprised to have that reaction, really. I was a big Crash Bandicoot fan when ND was still producing it, and had a very good time with the Jak & Daxter series. I expected great things from Uncharted, and at the time I felt like it really didn't deliver. Didn't even bother finishing it.
While skimming through Metacritic the other day I came across the Uncharted breakdown and was a bit surprised to see it that rocked an 88. Now, although I will be the first to admit that my taste doesn't always run parallel to the majority, that number seemed a little high to me, and being the Naughty Dog fan that I am, I felt like I should give it another shot. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind, or perhaps Saturn was out of alignment, or something. Who knows?
Game Description: Jak II is a true plot-driven adventure game, where every mission has a direct effect on the storyline. With stunning graphics and animations, Jak II takes gamers on a journey through an enormous mystical world, darker than they have experienced before, as an impressive tale unfolds., The series goes dark as Jak and Daxter complete racing, platforming, shooting, and fighting missions in a Grand Theft Auto 3-inspired city.
By Brad Gallaway on December 24, 2003 - 12:00am.
Looking at the total package, I'd say that Jak II is still better than a lot of other titles out there based on the quality of its controls and graphics alone, but I'd also recommend the original Jak & Daxter and both of the Ratchet & Clank titles over Jak II. They all have the same stellar production values, but Jak II lacks the cohesion, pacing, and spirit the others possess.
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