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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?
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.
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