My new PS3 and my first game: Uncharted 2

Holy crap! I’m writing in my blog again after two days! This calls for a celebration. Seriously, I write a blog then disappear for months before writing again. Anyway, today I’ll be writing about my experiences with the PS3 and Uncharted 2. Both of which I recently bought about a month and a half ago. Aren’t you excited!?

 
I first bought my PS3 just after the Black Friday madness, and I was lucky enough to find that Amazon still had a sale on a PS3 bundle which included 160 GB, Uncharted 2, a digital copy of Pixeljunk Shooter, The Karate Kid Blu-ray, and $25 gaming credit (also used for LBP2). I was supposed to recieve the GOTY version of Uncharted 2, but the listing turned out to be an error. I ended up receiving the regular version of Uncharted 2. However, Amazon compensated me with $10 credit towards any PS3 pre-order so it all worked out.  Despite the loads of stuff I was getting I wanted to start off my first few days with more games just in case Uncharted 2 wasn’t to my liking. So I ended up buying Valkyria Chronicles and Demon’s Souls w/ art book and OST. About 5 days later, the PS3 arrived and I was predictably excited.
 
After setting it up to my HDTV, and setting up my profile I toyed around with the dashboard to see what it was like compared to the 360 dashboard. Although it is simply a copy and paste from the excellent PSP dashboard, it doesn’t look right when you see it on a huge TV instead of the small PSP. It’s more of a personal preference, so I can see other people preferring it over the new 360 dashboard.
 
The Blu-Ray Player is fucking fantastic. I watched Inception 5 times in 1080p and the picture quality was perfect. While Blu-Ray sounded very unnecessary when the PS3 first launched, I now see why it won the “format war or whatever it’s called” against HD-DVD. I now plan on using it as my main movie/TV playing device. It also helps that the Netflix addition is absolutely superb, and free unlike those asses at Microsoft who puts everything for Gold. So my PS3 is not only a games console, and Blu-Ray player, it is also my cable box (in a way). It only does everything.  
 
I do love how the slim looks as well. It’s not as sleek as my 360 S, but it fits perfectly in my shelf and looks sexy in its own right. The Dualshock 3 controller is well-known and loved, and I mostly agree, except for the L2 and R2 buttons . They were too mushy and easy to slip off compared to the 360 controller so I ended up getting one of these at some point. Now I feel perfectly comfortable when playing on the DS3. It also makes the controller look cooler to boot. The Sixaxis motion control often gets more flak than it deserves. Sure, it was a crappy attempt to take on the Wii's motion control grab on the market, but it is still a neat little gimmick that I enjoy more than I probably should have. Bobbling the Sackboy's head is kinda funny and cute.
 
Anyway, enough about the boring stuff, how about the games? 

Uncharted 2 = Awesome
The first game I began was Uncharted 2, a game where you kill ludicrous amounts of enemies to reach a mythical place called Shambhala in Indiana Jones-style. I must say, this is one of the most stunning games I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at. The snow looks incredibly real, the character animations are completely fluid, and the long-distance views made me want to take a picture of the TV screen displaying the view. If any awards show didn’t give this game best graphics in 2009, they had better come up with some excellent reasoning for it because this game is only matched with FFXIII in terms outstanding graphics.  
 
 This can be fun...for a while.
The story itself was serviceable and entertaining. It was no storytelling masterpiece, but with the quirky and likable characters (Nathan Drake, Sully etc.), intriguing settings (Snow mountains in Tibet), and great dialogue (“Great, power's out, and a girl's trapped. I swear to God, if there's a zombie around the next corner...”) it didn’t need a deep and complex story to be enjoyable. The ending did have me at the end of my seat which is surprising since I am cynical about predictable endings.
 
Being a big fan of shooting and platforming games, I felt that the game blended these two gameplay elements really well. Drake controlled very smoothly and I never had many problems with the camera. Usually whenever I fell to my death in the platforming levels, it would be entirely my fault for overlooking something. It was refreshing to play a challenging yet fair game. The shooting was also very fun though after the first 7 hours I did get tired of shooting the same enemies over and over again. Luckily, near the end of the game is when they introduce more powerful foes to keep me on my toes once again (no that rhyme was unintentional). The music was decent, but nothing really stood out to me all that much, which is fine since I wasn’t expecting much from that department anyway. It does succeed in giving off that Indiana Jones vibe that the game seems inspired by. 
 
So Uncharted 2 is a great game. I’m not saying anything new here and you should probably buy the hell out of it and play. It’s really one of the experiences that can stay with you as a gamer after completing it. I know right after I beat it I went on a short break just because the single player left me so fulfilled and satisfied. Now that Uncharted 3 has been announced, to say I am excited for it would be an understatement (though you could say the same for anyone on many video game sites). It is definitely a day one buy for me.
 
Edit: fixed a bunch of weird sentences and spelling errors
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Posted by Ace829

Holy crap! I’m writing in my blog again after two days! This calls for a celebration. Seriously, I write a blog then disappear for months before writing again. Anyway, today I’ll be writing about my experiences with the PS3 and Uncharted 2. Both of which I recently bought about a month and a half ago. Aren’t you excited!?

 
I first bought my PS3 just after the Black Friday madness, and I was lucky enough to find that Amazon still had a sale on a PS3 bundle which included 160 GB, Uncharted 2, a digital copy of Pixeljunk Shooter, The Karate Kid Blu-ray, and $25 gaming credit (also used for LBP2). I was supposed to recieve the GOTY version of Uncharted 2, but the listing turned out to be an error. I ended up receiving the regular version of Uncharted 2. However, Amazon compensated me with $10 credit towards any PS3 pre-order so it all worked out.  Despite the loads of stuff I was getting I wanted to start off my first few days with more games just in case Uncharted 2 wasn’t to my liking. So I ended up buying Valkyria Chronicles and Demon’s Souls w/ art book and OST. About 5 days later, the PS3 arrived and I was predictably excited.
 
After setting it up to my HDTV, and setting up my profile I toyed around with the dashboard to see what it was like compared to the 360 dashboard. Although it is simply a copy and paste from the excellent PSP dashboard, it doesn’t look right when you see it on a huge TV instead of the small PSP. It’s more of a personal preference, so I can see other people preferring it over the new 360 dashboard.
 
The Blu-Ray Player is fucking fantastic. I watched Inception 5 times in 1080p and the picture quality was perfect. While Blu-Ray sounded very unnecessary when the PS3 first launched, I now see why it won the “format war or whatever it’s called” against HD-DVD. I now plan on using it as my main movie/TV playing device. It also helps that the Netflix addition is absolutely superb, and free unlike those asses at Microsoft who puts everything for Gold. So my PS3 is not only a games console, and Blu-Ray player, it is also my cable box (in a way). It only does everything.  
 
I do love how the slim looks as well. It’s not as sleek as my 360 S, but it fits perfectly in my shelf and looks sexy in its own right. The Dualshock 3 controller is well-known and loved, and I mostly agree, except for the L2 and R2 buttons . They were too mushy and easy to slip off compared to the 360 controller so I ended up getting one of these at some point. Now I feel perfectly comfortable when playing on the DS3. It also makes the controller look cooler to boot. The Sixaxis motion control often gets more flak than it deserves. Sure, it was a crappy attempt to take on the Wii's motion control grab on the market, but it is still a neat little gimmick that I enjoy more than I probably should have. Bobbling the Sackboy's head is kinda funny and cute.
 
Anyway, enough about the boring stuff, how about the games? 

Uncharted 2 = Awesome
The first game I began was Uncharted 2, a game where you kill ludicrous amounts of enemies to reach a mythical place called Shambhala in Indiana Jones-style. I must say, this is one of the most stunning games I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at. The snow looks incredibly real, the character animations are completely fluid, and the long-distance views made me want to take a picture of the TV screen displaying the view. If any awards show didn’t give this game best graphics in 2009, they had better come up with some excellent reasoning for it because this game is only matched with FFXIII in terms outstanding graphics.  
 
 This can be fun...for a while.
The story itself was serviceable and entertaining. It was no storytelling masterpiece, but with the quirky and likable characters (Nathan Drake, Sully etc.), intriguing settings (Snow mountains in Tibet), and great dialogue (“Great, power's out, and a girl's trapped. I swear to God, if there's a zombie around the next corner...”) it didn’t need a deep and complex story to be enjoyable. The ending did have me at the end of my seat which is surprising since I am cynical about predictable endings.
 
Being a big fan of shooting and platforming games, I felt that the game blended these two gameplay elements really well. Drake controlled very smoothly and I never had many problems with the camera. Usually whenever I fell to my death in the platforming levels, it would be entirely my fault for overlooking something. It was refreshing to play a challenging yet fair game. The shooting was also very fun though after the first 7 hours I did get tired of shooting the same enemies over and over again. Luckily, near the end of the game is when they introduce more powerful foes to keep me on my toes once again (no that rhyme was unintentional). The music was decent, but nothing really stood out to me all that much, which is fine since I wasn’t expecting much from that department anyway. It does succeed in giving off that Indiana Jones vibe that the game seems inspired by. 
 
So Uncharted 2 is a great game. I’m not saying anything new here and you should probably buy the hell out of it and play. It’s really one of the experiences that can stay with you as a gamer after completing it. I know right after I beat it I went on a short break just because the single player left me so fulfilled and satisfied. Now that Uncharted 3 has been announced, to say I am excited for it would be an understatement (though you could say the same for anyone on many video game sites). It is definitely a day one buy for me.
 
Edit: fixed a bunch of weird sentences and spelling errors
Posted by harvey_the_pooka

Uncharted 3 is a day one buy for me as well. My wife has forced me to play the first two and given she hates video games for the most part that´s a pretty good testimony in itself. I am glad you like your PS3 and I have to admit mine has been turned off for too long recently. Man I have to start playing through both Uncharted games before the third one comes out. 
 
Great blog btw!

Posted by JJWeatherman

I feel the same way about the triggers. My fingers are constantly slipping off of them. I don't know how some people prefer them. 
 
Uncharted 2 is a pretty amazing game. I played it almost all of the way through in a single night while at t friends house. We just kinda traded off and kept rolling. 
 
I still really want to buy a PS3, but it's not a priority. I can still get most of what I want on the 360.

Posted by TheHBK

Nice.  I bought a PS3 a couple years back in anticipation for Killzone 2.  Big ass mistake.  I hated that game.  Finished it and while I thought the graphics were amazing and the lightning gun was sweet, it was not a good way to start with the PS3.  Eventually I sold it to gamestop and was without PS3.  Then Uncharted came out and everything was ok.  It is still the only game I have for the PS3.  And yes, it is a fucking great blu ray player.

Posted by Evilsbane

Yea I had an audience for Uncharted 2 the whole way through, people love watching that game, its just so damn pretty. And I am a graphics whore who plays on the PC but what they did on Uncharted 2 on a device that size is fucking magic, nothing on the PC looks that good right now style wise.

Posted by Ace829
@harvey_the_pooka:  While I didn't touch upon it, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a game that could definitely hold you over until Uncharted 3 comes out. It's extremely fun.
 
@JJWeatherman: No doubt, my 360 still sees play time with Halo Reach and FFXIII (blurgh), but I'm using my PS3 more atm because of the novelty.
 
@TheHBK: I also tried a friend's copy of KillZone 2 and my FPS fatigue kicked in. It does look gorgeous, but since I jumped into the action without any prior knowledge of the characters or plot, I'm sort of out of the loop and uninterested. Which is weird since I jumped into Uncharted 2 just fine.
 
@Evilsbane: I actually believe Uncharted 2 is a better interactive movie than Heavy Rain, but that's a blog for another time. (plus I only played some of Heavy Rain).
Posted by Cincaid

I recently got a well payed job, and I'm on the fence between saving up for a monster of a computer or a PS3. I think a computer first, since I already have a 360.
 
Grats though!

Posted by Hamz

Glad to see you having fun and enjoying your PS3 :) 
 
Uncharted 2 is an excellent game and definitely a great title on the console. The dualshock 3 takes some getting used too, those L2/R2 buttons can be a pain for aiming/shooting but they aren't so bad for other things. I've managed to work with them without buying the little clip things that attach. That said I kind of hope Sony rethinks the whole controller design for a future console. It's quite cramp inducing after extended periods of use :(

Posted by ShaunassNZ
@CrazyChris said:
" I recently got a well payed job, and I'm on the fence between saving up for a monster of a computer or a PS3. I think a computer first, since I already have a 360.  Grats though! "
Yeah do the PC, that's where I'm going then I'll get a PS3, my PC is pissing me off SOOO much now.
Posted by Cincaid
@ShaunassNZ said:
" @CrazyChris said:
" I recently got a well payed job, and I'm on the fence between saving up for a monster of a computer or a PS3. I think a computer first, since I already have a 360.  Grats though! "
Yeah do the PC, that's where I'm going then I'll get a PS3, my PC is pissing me off SOOO much now. "
Haha, couldn't have said it better myself. My PC needs to start about five times before actually starting nowadays. Play anything on it? Yeah right. :(
Edited by ShaunassNZ
@CrazyChris said:

" @ShaunassNZ said:

" @CrazyChris said:
" I recently got a well payed job, and I'm on the fence between saving up for a monster of a computer or a PS3. I think a computer first, since I already have a 360.  Grats though! "
Yeah do the PC, that's where I'm going then I'll get a PS3, my PC is pissing me off SOOO much now. "
Haha, couldn't have said it better myself. My PC needs to start about five times before actually starting nowadays. Play anything on it? Yeah right. :( "
LOL, mine is THAT bad, I can play all games, but it's sad that on things like BFBC2 I have to set stuff to medium and shadows to low, and I still get hitches. MW2 gets 50FPS with a couple of stutters in a session, I think that will be the last CoD game I play anyway, I've already gone off CoD on my 360 and now PC after Black Ops came out, that game is very bland. 
 
EDIT: MW2 is on Max @1080p
Posted by onarum

Nice picks for your first games, Demons Souls in particular, IMO that's a game every ps3 owner should have.

Posted by Dolphin_Butter

I was floating on PS2 games until Devil May Cry 4 came out, which was my first PS3 game. Got it on the day I voted for the first time. XD

Posted by Alphiehyr
@Ace829 said:
" Holy crap! I’m writing in my blog again after two days! This calls for a celebration. Seriously, I write a blog then disappear for months before writing again. Anyway, today I’ll be writing about my experiences with the PS3 and Uncharted 2. Both of which I recently bought about a month and a half ago. Aren’t you excited!?
 
I first bought my PS3 just after the Black Friday madness, and I was lucky enough to find that Amazon still had a sale on a PS3 bundle which included 160 GB, Uncharted 2, a digital copy of Pixeljunk Shooter, The Karate Kid Blu-ray, and $25 gaming credit (also used for LBP2). I was supposed to recieve the GOTY version of Uncharted 2, but the listing turned out to be an error. I ended up receiving the regular version of Uncharted 2. However, Amazon compensated me with $10 credit towards any PS3 pre-order so it all worked out.  Despite the loads of stuff I was getting I wanted to start off my first few days with more games just in case Uncharted 2 wasn’t to my liking. So I ended up buying Valkyria Chronicles and Demon’s Souls w/ art book and OST. About 5 days later, the PS3 arrived and I was predictably excited.
 
After setting it up to my HDTV, and setting up my profile I toyed around with the dashboard to see what it was like compared to the 360 dashboard. Although it is simply a copy and paste from the excellent PSP dashboard, it doesn’t look right when you see it on a huge TV instead of the small PSP. It’s more of a personal preference, so I can see other people preferring it over the new 360 dashboard.
 
The Blu-Ray Player is fucking fantastic. I watched Inception 5 times in 1080p and the picture quality was perfect. While Blu-Ray sounded very unnecessary when the PS3 first launched, I now see why it won the “format war or whatever it’s called” against HD-DVD. I now plan on using it as my main movie/TV playing device. It also helps that the Netflix addition is absolutely superb, and free unlike those asses at Microsoft who puts everything for Gold. So my PS3 is not only a games console, and Blu-Ray player, it is also my cable box (in a way). It only does everything.  
 
I do love how the slim looks as well. It’s not as sleek as my 360 S, but it fits perfectly in my shelf and looks sexy in its own right. The Dualshock 3 controller is well-known and loved, and I mostly agree, except for the L2 and R2 buttons . They were too mushy and easy to slip off compared to the 360 controller so I ended up getting one of these at some point. Now I feel perfectly comfortable when playing on the DS3. It also makes the controller look cooler to boot. The Sixaxis motion control often gets more flak than it deserves. Sure, it was a crappy attempt to take on the Wii's motion control grab on the market, but it is still a neat little gimmick that I enjoy more than I probably should have. Bobbling the Sackboy's head is kinda funny and cute.
 
Anyway, enough about the boring stuff, how about the games? 

Uncharted 2 = Awesome
The first game I began was Uncharted 2, a game where you kill ludicrous amounts of enemies to reach a mythical place called Shambhala in Indiana Jones-style. I must say, this is one of the most stunning games I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at. The snow looks incredibly real, the character animations are completely fluid, and the long-distance views made me want to take a picture of the TV screen displaying the view. If any awards show didn’t give this game best graphics in 2009, they had better come up with some excellent reasoning for it because this game is only matched with FFXIII in terms outstanding graphics.  
 
 This can be fun...for a while.
The story itself was serviceable and entertaining. It was no storytelling masterpiece, but with the quirky and likable characters (Nathan Drake, Sully etc.), intriguing settings (Snow mountains in Tibet), and great dialogue (“Great, power's out, and a girl's trapped. I swear to God, if there's a zombie around the next corner...”) it didn’t need a deep and complex story to be enjoyable. The ending did have me at the end of my seat which is surprising since I am cynical about predictable endings.   Being a big fan of shooting and platforming games, I felt that the game blended these two gameplay elements really well. Drake controlled very smoothly and I never had many problems with the camera. Usually whenever I fell to my death in the platforming levels, it would be entirely my fault for overlooking something. It was refreshing to play a challenging yet fair game. The shooting was also very fun though after the first 7 hours I did get tired of shooting the same enemies over and over again. Luckily, near the end of the game is when they introduce more powerful foes to keep me on my toes once again (no that rhyme was unintentional). The music was decent, but nothing really stood out to me all that much, which is fine since I wasn’t expecting much from that department anyway. It does succeed in giving off that Indiana Jones vibe that the game seems inspired by.   So Uncharted 2 is a great game. I’m not saying anything new here and you should probably buy the hell out of it and play. It’s really one of the experiences that can stay with you as a gamer after completing it. I know right after I beat it I went on a short break just because the single player left me so fulfilled and satisfied. Now that Uncharted 3 has been announced, to say I am excited for it would be an understatement (though you could say the same for anyone on many video game sites). It is definitely a day one buy for me.  Edit: fixed a bunch of weird sentences and spelling errors "
The game has interesting characters, stories and dialogue but the gameplay is shit, making it hardly a collection-worthy title. I don't mean shit as in flat down crap, I meant it as: not awesome compared to all the other action-type gameplays I've played before and after this.
Posted by HS21

Replaying both Uncharted games in the run up to 3. Like a boss.

Posted by ProfessorEss

Uncharted 2 and PixelJunk Shooter is a good way to start yer PS3ing.

Posted by fraser
@Alphiehyr: Really? Could you be specific about the other games?
 
Not trying to start an argument or something, just genuinely intrigued. I personallly think Uncharted 2's gameplay is among the best there is for its genre. My only gripe is the lack of impact you get from shooting, it's still a bit difficult to tell when shots are actually landing on guys.
Posted by ninjakiller
@Ace829: @JJWeatherman said:
" I feel the same way about the triggers. My fingers are constantly slipping off of them. I don't know how some people prefer them.  "
Buy these.  They just snap on, and fix the retardedness that is the trigger design.  
Edited by Jack268
@fraser: I also dislike the gameplay of Uncharted. It starts off really good with sneaking around in the jungle and stuff, but I think the firefights work really badly, because once you're detected, the AI always knows where you are, and towards the end game when they start throwing 10+ enemies and then throwing in even more once they're dead, it starts to feel really dragged out. I think it's kind of hard to explain the feeling like this, but at the end of both Uncharted games I was so fucking tired of them I felt like I could never play third person shooters again. There's just something about the combat in that game that doesn't feel right, especially when it's such a large part of the game.  
 
It's definately one of the better third person shooters this generation, but there hasn't been many other AAA third person shooters this generation either. Personally, I prefer Gears of War's combat over Uncharted's. I think the story and characters are much better in Uncharted though. Overall, they're both good games in their own ways. Uncharted should just move more focus to the platforming and not the combat. 
 
also @Ace829: Glad you enjoy your PS3. It's not my favorite console of this generation, but free online services and their exclusives are really good. It's a shame developers often give the PS3 the short stick when it comes to performance in multiplatform games, but since you already have a 360 that shouldn't be a problem  :)
Posted by fraser
@Jack268: You've got a point there. I always forget how all-knowing the AI is in that game. It's mainly annoying because the game promotes that stealth element at the start so heavily, but when you try to implement it later in the game it just never works past the first few guards in an area.
 
I suppose when people criticise Uncharted's gameplay I think it's often unfounded because I immediately think they're referring to the way the gunplay feels, or the melee combat, or the platforming, all of which I really like. But if you bring in general enemy design and AI competence into it I can see why it can get pretty frustrating.
Posted by iam3green

the ps3 is a very great buy. i haven't played uncharted 2 yet because i haven't beaten uncharted 1 yet. i think it might be the game to play next on my collection of games that i have. i played the beta multiplayer thing for uncharted 2. it is a great game.