Uncharted 2 and I have had a very interesting relationship. I first watched my brother beat this game back in October, but I had too many other things to do, and so I refrained from playing it myself. In fact, I even had my friends over to try the game out, and I hadn't played it myself yet. Finally, my brother forced me to play the game, and I did from about ten at night until about four in the morning. I'm in Tibet now, approaching the end of the game.
For me, the part of this game that is so good is its cinematic approach to EVERYTHING. It is an absolute joy to watch, and the action scenes are every been as entertaining as the calmer dialogue sequences filled with sarcasm. If Metal Gear Solid 4 had taken this approach last year, it likely would've made my list.
Unfortunately, Uncharted 2 shares a very big problem with Metal Gear Solid 4. The gunplay is not up to the standard of the rest of the game, and the fabled "train" sequence that everyone else is gushing about is mostly just the shooting aspect of the game. Unfortunately, I spent nearly a fourth of my time playing on that train, not to mention the longer gunplay sequences in the previous parts of the game. Don't misunderstand; the shooting mechanics work fine, and it's not that I have a problem with how it controls, but rather the lack of satisfaction when I shoot something in it. When I play Call of Duty, I'm gratified in multiple ways with every shot I land. The controller rumbles whenever I fire, and if I hit, I also get that little "click" sound and the crosshairs even turn into an "X". Every shot makes you feel awesome, and that's what I expect out of shooting in video games now. This game, unfortunately, did not have the gunplay that matched everything else in the game.
Still, so long as you're not actually holding the controller, this game is a definite contender for Game of the Year. Its amazing platforming sections, its genuinely interesting puzzles, and the fact that it happens to be (not "would be", is) a great freaking movie, up to par with Indiana Jones and National Treasure. The absurd detail and care taken into the graphic design, the sound effects, the awesome voice acting (which never fails to live up to par), and the excellent characterization make Uncharted 2 a game that's going to be hard to forget.