The Man Of Honour Preface
I’m back! Sorry for the short hiatus, but I had some “man of honour” business to take care of! My best friend, Marie-Eve, got married at the end of July and I was her maid (man) of honour. This was my first time being a best ma–I mean, man of honour, but five years ago (when I got married) I chose her to be my best man, so it was inevitable.
Needless to say, I had to take a break from gaming and blogging because she had asked me to design a few printed items for the wedding, and I also had to get started writing my speech–which went through several edits and a tiny rewrite the night before the wedding! I was super-nervous, but I did just fine (well that’s what my wife, and everyone else, tells me) and we all had a tremendous time. It was a beautiful wedding and I am happy that I got to be a special part of it–but enough about bouquets and bridesmaids and on to Uncharted 2!
Uncharted Was So Worth The Wait!
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an excellent game! Far superior to the first installment: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Over the years I have tried my hardest to avoid spoilers for all of the Uncharted games because it’s taken me so long to play them, and I kept hearing such great things about these Sony PlayStation exclusives.
Avoiding spoilers can be quite the challenge, especially with a franchise that’s ten years old and is still being talked about today. With the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End last year, and the upcoming launch of Uncharted: Lost Legacy (later this month), I’m surprised that I’ve managed to keep the story from being spoiled for myself this far.
Articles for Uncharted are still popping up by all of the giant dot coms, and discussions are still being had by many content creators because Uncharted is very special and Naughty Dog (the developer) has an excellent pedigree when it comes to making games.
If you’d like to learn more about Naughty Dog, I dug up this meaty IGN article about their history.
The Story Of Nathan Drake: Prince Of Thieves
So I finished the first Uncharted earlier this year–I took a break from it last year (to play some other game, I’m sure) and came back to it. Do you remember my horrible Uncharted let’s play from last year? If not, you can watch it here.
I was playing like ass, and then my wife came home and I had to cut the let’s play short. I posted the video anyway because, A: not playing well can make for an entertaining let’s play, and B: I knew that I would get another chance to play better in the subsequent games because there are three more installments in the franchise…well, four now!
Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted 2, this time with a few new faces–a new partner, Harry Flynn; and a new love interest, Chloe Fraser–to find another hidden treasure and (just as expected) gets himself into a new, life-or-death, gun-toting, and treasure-hunting adventure, with frenemies; but this time on a semi-global scale.
The first Uncharted took place on an island, but this time around Drake finds himself running rampant from the snowy tops of the Himalayan mountains, to the sunny stoned streets of Nepal. I love how Drake’s world expands in the sequel, similar to how any action-adventure story of this kind would. Properties like Indian Jones and Tomb Raider certainly come to mind. A wise ex-video game journalist once said, “There would be no Uncharted with Tomb Raider, and there would be no Tomb Raider without Uncharted.” The first mention of Tomb Raider in his quote are the Tomb Raider games of yesteryear (from the 1990’s). The second mention of Tomb Raider is the critically acclaimed reboot that launched in 2013. Uncharted is a game that was inspired by greatness, but also sets the benchmark.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has the same great storytelling, voice acting and background music that I’ve come to expect from Naughty Dog, with even better graphics and bigger set pieces. Everything about it screams big budget action-adventure movie…but that doesn’t mean I want a Hollywood Uncharted movie! Even if Tom Holland, the latest and greatest actor to play our friendly neighbourhood you-know-who, is cast to play the young and dashing Nathan Drake. I don’t think this movie should happen–video game movies never, ever, pan out, and should remain as video games only–and I hope the screenplay gets swallowed by a hangry gorilla, but I digress.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was great, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was even better, and I’ve just begun the next part of Drake’s story in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception; and before too long I will get to the masterclass Uncharted experience that is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End–not to mention the newest spin-off, Uncharted: Lost Legacy!
Reviews for Uncharted: Lost Legacy are now live, which means that the embargo has been lifted. Here’s IGN’s review.
Pictures And Hashtags Can Be Worth 1000 Words
So I deviated from the usual let’s play video that I typically do and tried something a little different here. (I actually did record a let’s play, but for some reason my live commentary did get recorded and I didn’t have it in me to do it over; so this is all I have for Uncharted 2.)
As you may, or may not know, I am highly active on Twitter–It’s my favourite social media platform, despite it’s stagnating user growth compared to the likes of Snapchat and Instagram.
I thought that it would be a good idea to take screenshots of my Uncharted 2 journey and post them on Twitter. The catch was that I could only use a one word caption to describe what was going on in the screen shot, followed by the Uncharted 2 hashtag. This very much appealed to me because (as any Twitter user knows by now) tweets have to be constructed with 40 characters or less in order to be posted. So instead of me typically trying to communicate my message with this, sometimes excruciating, 40 character rule; the pressure was off because I knew that my one word tweets would never go over the limit.
The only problem I did run into was that my one word caption rule was a little too aggressive. I quickly found out that I needed to be able to have two, three, and sometimes four, words to properly describe what was happening or convey the mood. So I changed my own rule, and with the help of Twitter Moments–Twitter’s answer to Facebook’s (and Instagram’s, and Snapchat’s) Stories–this is what I ended up with.
Side note: I did not capture any screenshots from the very beginning of the game. The idea only came to me around chapter four of the story so my Twitter Moments collection begins from that point. Also, if you have not played Uncharted 2, and you’re worried about spoilers, then do not look at this collection.
If you’re a PlayStation enthusiast then I realize that you’ve probably already played this Uncharted game. But not everyone has–I was one of those people–and having games, movies, TV shows, and comics, spoiled is one of my biggest pet peeves, so I must do my part by emphasizing that this collection that you’re about to see is spoilery. So please proceed with caution!
Final Warning For Spoilers
— Gaming Worker (@gamingworker) August 13, 2017