Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Impressions

GamesCom saw the unveiling of a brand-new level from Naughty Dog's upcoming action adventure game.

Hot on the heels of winning GameSpot's Best PlayStation 3 Game award at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Uncharted 2 made its next major showing at GamesCom today. Naughty Dog's community manager, Arne Meyer, was on hand to show off a new level from the game, which, in contrast to what we've seen of the game so far, took place atop a remote snowy enclave. Don't fret, though, because Drake is accompanied on this expedition by Tenzin, a Tibetan villager who agrees to help Drake on his quest to find a sacred dagger.

The GamesCom demo opens in spectacular fashion, and the puzzles and set pieces only get bigger from there. Playing as Drake, Meyer shot down a crate from the top of an icy ledge, which provided a rope for him to grab so he could wall-run to the next section. In these outdoor sections, Drake slowly became covered in snow, and his movement was hampered whenever he was deep in the powder.

It wasn't long before Drake came across a huge man-made cave, which contained many different puzzles and tests of agility. Standing on different switches, Drake and Tenzin (who is controlled by some smart computer AI) were able to lower three huge bells to within jumping distance. After circumnavigating the outer shells, Meyer then made it onto a huge cog system, and he had to time his jumps accurately to make it across the various wheels in his path.

It was a section that seemed to test Meyer, who died frequently and at many different points. To be fair to the Naughty Dog rep, he was playing in front of an audience, but the demo was full of tricky sections, with gears moving in opposite directions that demanded precise movements, and fast-moving obstacles that demanded perfect timing. Thankfully, the checkpoints are frequent, so he was always placed right back at the spot before he died.

Once Meyer had made it past the bells and cogs, he and Tenzin were able to raise bridges, only to see them destroyed by the bells as they came loose from their sockets and plummeted to the ground. This meant more climbing for the two explorers and an opportunity to see the impressive scale of the game's caves and to hear the beautiful incidental music that accompanies the action.

The GamesCom demo showed off just how much grander Naughty Dog has made Uncharted 2 over its predecessor. Since most of the videos of the game have shown city environments, this huge deserted mountain was a nice counterpoint, and a strong hint that the final game will offer plenty of variation. The full game will be out on the PlayStation 3 in the fourth quarter of 2009, and we'll be sure to bring you more info on the game the next time we see it.

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Discussion

117 comments
dimitre1400
dimitre1400

this game will be game of the years or killzone 2 both are great

Realacide
Realacide

got it pre-ordered and cant wait to play

jabjab960
jabjab960

It really good to see a game on the ps3 that look really cool and fun! Naughty dog thank you!

sguint-eyed
sguint-eyed

now how about an actual video of the demo?

Luiz_AF
Luiz_AF

anybody knows if there's a video about that demo? I've been searching for it all over YouTube and other websites.

joeallen06
joeallen06

u can just hear the 360 fanbois sweating

joeallen06
joeallen06

@Vasot u div alen wake i havent seen hardly owt from it

PSplayer09
PSplayer09

second to (if not) better than crysis in graphics.

spyd3r108
spyd3r108

cannot wait for this - naughty dog does it again!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Can't wait to get my hands on this game!

coximus22
coximus22

Uncharted is, basically, the Indiana Jones games we always dreamed of and never got.

coximus22
coximus22

Man this looks incredible! Even if the single player is only "as good" as it's predecessor, the addition of what looks to be amazing multiplayer will make this game a very good candidate for GOTY.

iRMB09
iRMB09

This is going to be the best game of 09 and 10 second only im my books to Bioshock 2, but evan that means that this is going to be so good that if we play it our brains will melt

supsupb0i
supsupb0i

i can't wait for this to be released!

cube-gage
cube-gage

This game will be superb. A good old fashioned adventure game, set in nepal how awesome is that. I hope there are some gurkhas in it at some point. Uncharted is a great new franchise that im sure will be with playstation for many years to come. I only wish naughty dog bought crash bandicoot back, they could make some excellent crash games just like 1,2 and 3. Those were my favourite games of my child hood and I still play them now.

octotoke
octotoke

360 owners should probably not comment on games they will never get to enjoy

Dr_Manfattan
Dr_Manfattan

being an 360 owner i could either do the fanboy thing of saying this game looks terrible, or i could do the honest thing and say this is one of the games making me want a ps3, and i plan to buy one when i find one cheap enough.

IbnLaAhad
IbnLaAhad

Lol. The hit of the year. And this year is nearly over anyways.

falconj
falconj

uncharted 2 is gonna be great

custerke
custerke

Looks wicked, loved part 1. This will be a must-have if you played Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

sephm
sephm

Indiana Jones + LaraCroft + Crash Bandicoot = Nathan Drake =D P.s Crash bandicoot is indicating how crazy he is =P

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

@ CainGi1988 You hate fanboys but your advising them to only choosing one console out of the three? Isn't that exactly what being a fanboy is? lol I know cause I'm a pS3 fanboy )-P

kamizuka
kamizuka

@JoeBeetle1 yea it is very nice to see blue-ray games, and i really hope Jack 4 would be on blue-ray

JoeBeetle1
JoeBeetle1

With the great push Naughty Dog has done with Uncharted I, II (FREAKIN AMAZING) and the support and loyalty for the PS3 it would be nice to see a next Gen Jak and Daxter come our way, PLEASE. Great to see good company's like Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch doing the PS3 and it's fans right! Keep it up!

KingsEye
KingsEye

with no doubt it will be the hit of the year.Am waitting^^.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Already got it pre-ordered. Looking forward to it!

tweety0813
tweety0813

I love this game it is cool how you can do combos and own every one

DoctorBedlam
DoctorBedlam

I like the screenshot they captured for this article. Drake is knocking a guys lights out without even looking at him. That's some serious boxing skill. :P

itwiz90
itwiz90

OK, this is a Holiday gift, Santa Claus if you are reading this, I want this game for Christmas.

techzilla77
techzilla77

Reminds me I need to put more money on my reserve tonight when I get off work.

techzilla77
techzilla77

The slim will sell like hotcakes at an IHOP.

XxlamerzxX
XxlamerzxX

Hey vasot, Alan Wake does look cooler Sigh, i admire those who own both the 360 and ps3

Vasot
Vasot

FAIL !!! Alan Wake looks cooler from this

CainGi1988
CainGi1988

I hate fanboys. I have both the PS3 and the XBOX 360 and I dont like to make love to one over the other like these gay fanboys. Just accept there are 3 competing consoles, choose one, and leave it at that. I'd rather get anal over a football team, rather than a console. Its just sad.

Excedra
Excedra

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Excedra
Excedra

Lara Croft + Sam Fisher = Nathan Drake!!!!!!!!!!!

kamizuka
kamizuka

Love to See Only on Ps3 games, doont you just love the Blu-ray ?! i mean look at the graphics!

MAJORLAGGY
MAJORLAGGY

might have to pick the first one up first, when I get the slim PS3.

whereismyFACE
whereismyFACE

....i will get this one... not only because it's release date is my birthday!!!

CageFury
CageFury

@ Luiz_AF Gamespot gave MSG4 GOTY last year...

cometkd
cometkd

buying another ps3 slim sept1st to go with my 60gb that i got in oct 2007 need to support sony plus i want the ps3 in my bedroom and ps3 slim is going to sell billions!!!!!!!!! whooo......hooo.........bring on uncharted 2 plzzz....gow 3 and heavy rain, and others!!!!!