Sunday 18 October 2009

Uncharted 2 (Among the thieves) - Four hours in. And some @diaryofaledger news.

I'll review this when I'm done with it but four hours of gameplay have told me many things.

Uncharted 2 was always going to be a big game for Sony this Christmas, it was a title that simply had to get it right. And Naughty Dog (the games developer) have delivered something very special. This looks like a 5/5 title after just a short time with it.

Visually it is the best looking game I have seen on any console. For those of you that played the first game the look and feel is the same but the draw distance is absolutely stunning, this is as close to a living breathing world as you'll get in your living room.

Early levels have reminded me of Metal Gear Solid 4 but they are better packaged with far larger environments.

Enemies have the same excellent AI that they had in the first game, targeting you, taking cover and chucking grenades, forcing you to run like hell from that perfect spot you've found for Nate.

So far the whole game has played out with a support character in tow and it's the best I have seen this implemented in any title.

I haven't touched multi-player yet but at the moment this game looks like it could be one that stands out from the crowd in 2009. Review to follow but thought I'd give you a heads up as to what I thought so far. Chapter 7 awaits.


Lock down is not coming back. Post tweetathon it just doesn't seem right. One of the big learns from the experience is that to really make it work I need more followers for next years attempt. Once we clicked into gear on day two I'd gathered around 200 more, which was stunning, but with even more think of how much we could really kick some twitter ass. Now that doesn't mean I've turned back into a, 'follow me whore,' I cherish the engagement on twitter more than anything else and wouldn't change that for the world. Hell I now have a writer who does an audio-book on i-Tunes as a friend and that for me is still what it's about: meeting new and interesting people from all over the world. But I'm thinking ahead to next year, when I will be doing tweetathon again, and I don't want to hamstring it in anyway. And also all that crap that led to me protecting it in the first place seems to have stopped.

So no lock down. More careful tweeting. Less swearing. Only tweeting on breaks during work days. Honest.

And no I haven't forgotten about my promise to do something if I raised the £1000. I know what I'm going to do and where... I just haven't settled on the design...

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