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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the most anticipated titles of the year and the sequel to the critically acclaimed Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, which was one of the launch titles for the PS3. We will be reviewing the single player and multiplayer separately. Read on for the review of the multiplayer and some first thoughts to see if we think this is a game worth getting.

And I answer, WOW. That’s the word I kept repeating while playing the multiplayer of Uncharted. It’s that good. There were times where my jaw literally dropped from what I was seeing on the screen. Tanks, helicopters shooting machine gun fire at me, all while I’m taking cover from 5 opponents shooting at me. You would think with so many things happening, there must be some problems like lag or the graphics might suffer. Never while I was playing did I see any lag whatsoever, and the environments were absolutely stunning. Whether I was in the freezing mountains of the Himalayas or in a sacred temple with varying heights, the graphics were outstanding. Also, the different ways you can play this game is great. You can sneak up behind a person and take him or out, or you can climb up to a sniper point and snipe all your opponents.

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There are many modes for you to play, such as team deathmatch, plunder– Uncharted’s take on Capture the Flag – but most impressively for the multiplayer version, co-op multiplayer. Since Naughty Dog, the game’s publisher, didn’t want to include a split screen co-op, they included a co-op where you can join your friends online and all play certain levels from the game together, as a single team against the computer. The coolest part of it is that all the features from the single player are available, such as scaling walls to reach a specific room in a building. And while the environment is the same as in single player, the enemies are far more numerous and can come from anywhere and everywhere. Communication is a must here, so be prepared to talk when playing unless you want an early death. This also serves a real good warm-up for novices who aren’t quite ready to join deathmatches but want to later on.

Another cool game mode is Survival mode, taken from Gears of War’s horde mode. You and a couple of friends essentially have to fight wave after wave of bad guys, who get harder with each wave. Oh, and a little thing for all you Call of Duty fans out there, you can buy perks which give you special abilities like reloading faster.

Overall, the multiplayer is so well done and polished it could have been sold by itself. If you are a lover of multiplayer games or just a plain gamer then you must own this game. If you’re not much of a multiplayer fan, or just want to play the single player, stay tuned for our full review of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves next week.

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