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The First Ever Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Walkthrough Via Twitter Moments! 💙 😬

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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 was quite the challenge, especially with a ten year old franchise that 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 this 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 long-form 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, no doubt) 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, against all odds; 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 Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider certainly come to mind.

A wise ex-video game journalist once said, “There would be no Uncharted without Tomb Raider, and there would be no Tomb Raider without Uncharted.” The first mention of Tomb Raider in his quote is referring to 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 PS4 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 (at the time of writing this). 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 didn’t get recorded–probably because I forgot to turn on the mic–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 screenshot, 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 feature–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 yet 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 the Uncharted games, 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 peruse through is spoilery. So please proceed with caution!

Final Warning For Spoilers

 

Playing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Via Broadband Connection

⚠️ Don’t forget to watch the feature video        ✏️ For comments click on the headline and scroll to the bottom

Why So Serious?

One of the great things about doing a blog like this one is that I don’t have to take it too seriously. What I mean when I say this is that I can post a let’s play video (like this one), where I play like shit, and still be ok with it. I don’t work for any of the big dot coms, nor do I work for (or collaborate) with any popular Twitch and/or YouTube streamers, so I can afford to post a less-than-perfect let’s play once in a while. It doesn’t mean that I don’t take pride in what I do…I take the utmost pride in this – I wish this was my job – but I thought that I would experiment by showing my not-so-good gaming performance.

All gamers have their moment when they don’t shine. It becomes more frustrating when you’re recording because the pressure is on to create the perfect video, but you never know what can happen once that red record light is on. What if you have a terrible gaming session? For some reason it’s like you’re playing the game for the very first time and you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. You’re aiming your gun like you’re Stevie Wonder playing paint ball, missing everything; making every mistake in the book, even though you’re 90 percent of the way to completion (and have been playing the game like a boss).

Or what if your wife comes home earlier than expected, which throws your game off even more because now you’re more distracted, on top of playing like a howler monkey? Again, anything can happen. Anything can go wrong (when you’re recording). That’s why God invented editing software: so that one can extract all of those unplanned moments and embarrassing deaths. But why should I be so serious? Why should I be so professional? I’m not a world renown YouTube personality. (Not yet). I’m the gamer that nobody knows: the underdog and this is my blog! The Gaming Worker is where you’re going to get the great let’s plays as well as the bloopers. Think of it like a special feature that you sometimes get on a DVD or Blu-ray. Content is king and I am here to serve you.

If you haven’t caught on by now, everything that I just mentioned (about shitty aiming and the old ball and chain coming home) happens to me in the video. So when I say that this video is less than perfect I only say that because of my poor performance and unexpected dialog with my wife at the end. Everything else in the video checks out fine. The video and audio is good, the internet connection (for streaming) was superb, and most importantly I still had the fun!

Forget Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Now I wouldn’t want to deter you from purchasing what is a very fine, remastered collection for the PS4 – I played the demo – but there is another way to enjoy the Uncharted series on PlayStation, if you have not done so already. PlayStation Now is the game streaming service that allows you to play a collection of Sony’s first, second, and third party games. Obviously this collection includes Naughty Dog’s Uncharted trilogy – three games that I have slept on for years for no other reason than not being a big gamer. I didn’t even own a PlayStation when Uncharted 1 and 2 came out. I suppose it’s PlayStation taboo: to now have a PlayStation blog (unofficially of course) and talking about the days gone when I didn’t own the console that featured two of the greatest games of last generation. But I intend to right these wrongs with the help of Sony’s, not-so-popular, answer to backwards compatibility: PlayStation Now.

PS Now Mang!

I did a PlayStation Now let’s play just over a year ago when I took the streaming service out for a little test drive. There was a seven day trial period (which is still being offered today) so I decided to play Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, another Sony exclusive. In that post I wrote about how great the streaming experience was, but the pricing was just too steep. For your information the prices have not changed: it’s still $19.99 per month or $44.99 per three months. The latter is the better deal (obviously), but it’s still a whopping $180 per year. That’s nonsensical if you ask me when every other streaming service, like Netflix and Spotify, hovers in and around $10 per month ($120 per year). But what made me leap over the fence, and sign up for PlayStation Now, was the limited-time only deal that surfaced back in December. PlayStation was offering a 12 month subscription for $99.99, which works out to be less than nine dollars per month. It was exactly what I wanted to pay to stream video games so I jumped right on that shit. My only hope is that Sony decides to renew my subscription at the same price, but I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get there.

It’s 2007 And – Hey, There’s That Uncharted TV Ad Again

I have the worst memory in the world. The worst. My wife will tell me things that I need to remember like: upcoming plans with family and/or friends, important appointments, when to take my vitamins, you name it; but I almost always forget. This is the affliction that I was cursed with. Perpetual absentmindedness. But for some strange reason, deep within the confines of my cerebral cortex, is the hazy memory of the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune TV spot that aired in 2007. Like I said, I didn’t even own a PlayStation at the time: I was an Xbox guy.

Yes, it’s true. Microsoft won my vote back in those days, but (if you ask me) I wasn’t even a true Xbox fan because I only played third party titles. I didn’t play any Xbox exclusives. So why did I even own an Xbox? But I digress. We can save that story for another post. My original point is that I remember the first TV ad for Uncharted from nine years ago because I never saw a game that looked, or played like that before. I never got into the early Tomb Raider games – just the reboot – but even if I did; this was clearly something different. I was introduced to a modern day, Indiana Jones type-of-dude – who I now know as Nathan Drake –  and he was on a wild and crazy adventure to find treasure. Danger lurked around every corner as he travelled to remote, exotic locations searching for his fortune. My eyes were glued every time this one-to-two minute ad was shown. I wanted – no, I needed to play this game. But I didn’t. Not back in those days. Stars had to align and a few more events had to take place in my life to get me to this point.

The Journey To A Thief’s End

So finally here I am…streaming Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on Sony’s current console and loving every minute of it (except when I play like shit the odd time). I wish I didn’t wait so long to play all of the Uncharted games – seeing as how the forth and final chapter to the series (A Thief’s End) came out two and half months ago – but I guess it could not have happened any other way. My master plan is to play all of the Uncharted games via PlayStation Now before diving into the highly anticipated, and final game; which I’m dying to play. But I knew that I would be doing myself a disservice by immersing myself into the forth installment without having played the previous three. I’m not going to approach this series the same way I did the Batman colon Arkham series. No siree. I’m playing in order this time and I’m going to get Nate, Sully and Elena to El Dorado!

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