We will examine Uncharted 2 Among Thieves, which Naughty Dog released in 2009, 2 years after Uncharted Drake’s Fortune.
Naughty Dog released Uncharted Drake’s Fortune in 2007, and the game was critically acclaimed, selling ten million copies in the first ten weeks. Of course, this was not something that could be explained by chance alone. Naughty Dog developed a game engine for Uncharted from the beginning and reached a new and successful line in areas such as storytelling, animations and graphics for 2007, the date of the first game’s release. In fact, the first game, Uncharted Drake’s Fortune, was the first game to test the vibration feature brought to Playstation arms.
When Drake’s Fortune, the first game of the Uncharted series, was liked, Naughty Dog rolled up its sleeves for Uncharted 2 Among Thieves and started by updating its own game engine. The final version of the resulting game engine was called Naughty Engine 2.0. Naughty Dog had a lot of feedback, and with the updated version of this game engine, which seemed quite successful even in the first game, minor difficulties with the controls of the game were eliminated and a fully flowing game experience was obtained.
Uncharted 2 Among Thieves, which managed to sell 6 million copies, was added to the list of the best games ever by many publishers in the game media in 2009 and was considered the most successful game of the year in the action adventure genre.
Story of The Uncharted 2 Among Thieves
The story of the game is based on Marco Polo. As you know, the traveler Marco Polo is one of the rare foreigners who managed to become Kublai Khan‘s close adviser and friend. On his return from Asia to Europe, he sets off with fourteen ships loaded with Kublai Khan’s gifts. However, only a few of these ships reach Europe. Legend has it that most of these treasure-laden ships sink on the way and are buried deep in the sea.
The story of Uncharted 2 Among Thieves begins in Istanbul with Drake’s ex-girlfriend Chloe and her teammate in search of the Cintamani Stone, one of the treasures on these ships. The museum robbery that took place in Istanbul leads us straight to Nepal. We are in fierce competition with war criminal Zoran Lazerovic, who is searching for the same treasure in Nepal, and we meet again with our dear Elena, who is on the same side in this story.
The conversation between Drake and Elena has become much more fun, interesting and makes the player happy.
Uncharted 2 Among Thieves General Evaluation
Uncharted 2 Among Thieves is an adventure game with an increased dose of action compared to the first game. Thanks to the updated game engine, cinematics, controls, graphics, everything has been improved and a smooth game experience has been provided.
The storytelling is pretty good, like many of Naughty Dog’s games, and builds on the first game. Since the players recognize some of the characters from the first game, the problem of identifying has already solved, and the story manages to absorb you in a moment.
I think due to the success of Assassin’s Creed in 2009, we perform more climbing actions in this game compared to the first game, but especially the moments when we climbed the hotel in Nepal and the fast pace of the game offered an experience far ahead of Assassin’s Creed. Every moment I spent in Nepal was very enjoyable.
The game has a third-person perspective. Compared to the first game, the platform-like camera angle is less frequently used. The game time is also longer than the first game. While Uncharted Drake’s Fortune ends in 4.5 – 5 hours; Uncharted 2 Among Thieves is completed in approximately 7.5 – 8 hours. While the first game consists of 24 chapters, this game consists of 26 chapters. You can see these sections below.
Episodes of Uncharted 2 Among Thieves
- Chapter 1: A Rock and a Hard Place
- Chapter 2: Breaking and Entering
- Chapter 3: Borneo
- Chapter 4: Dig Site
- Chapter 5: Urban Warfare
- Chapter 6: Desperate Times
- Chapter 7: They’re Coming With Us
- Chapter 8: The City’s Secret
- Chapter 9: Path of Light
- Chapter 10: Only One Way Out
- Chapter 11: Keep Moving
- Chapter 12: A Train to Catch
- Chapter 13: Locomotion
- Chapter 14: Tunnel Vision
- Chapter 15: Train-wrecked
- Chapter 16: Where Am I
- Chapter 17: Mountaineering
- Chapter 18: Heart of Ice
- Chapter 19: Siege
- Chapter 20: Cat and Mouse
- Chapter 21: Convoy
- Chapter 22: The Monastery
- Chapter 23: Reunion
- Chapter 24: The Road to Shambhala
- Chapter 25: Broken Paradise
- Chapter 26: Tree of Life
There are sections that are impossible to pass without dying only once or twice, maybe their design could have been done differently. Apart from that, it is a very, very enjoyable game to play despite the years that have passed.
By the way, there is a Netflix series about Marco Polo. Anyone interested should watch it. This will also increase your enjoyment of the game. In addition, the Istanbul part in the game is very small, but I have the idea of preparing a content themed computer games in Turkey in a satisfactory way in the future. Until then, take care, dear reader.
Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Review
Briefly My Opinion
Uncharted 2 Among Thieves, which we started playing from Istanbul this time, is very enjoyable to play despite the intervening years. We missed our Elena too.