It's usually a bad idea to make predictions, but as we've scrutinized the list of titles scheduled for 2009 – and we've done it more than once – we're starting to think that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will run away with many Game of the Year awards from various major publications once the year is over. Its closest competition could very well be Killzone 2 , but sometimes, we just have to admit that an extended period of time between a game's release and the GoY Awards translates to diminished interest. This is why they try to produce Oscar hopefuls towards the end of the year.
You've probably been reading some hands-on impressions of the game, and we're positive you know all about the upcoming multiplayer beta test . Well, we saw the game in action a little while back and Arnold says it's the best-looking console game he's ever seen. Yes, ever . Then, if you take into account that the first game was absolutely phenomenal, and the addition of multiplayer and even more gameplay enhancements for the sequel…well, it's difficult to argue. God of War III won't make it until next year and although we're holding out hope for Gran Turismo 5 , we seriously doubt it'll happen. Many games have plenty of potential this year but if there's one thing we're 99.9% sure of, it's that Uncharted 2 will be yet another absurdly refined and wonderfully satisfying action experience. Everything we've seen and heard thus far puts it further and further ahead of most any other title on the horizon, and again, only Killzone 2 appears to be a major contender for the crown.
It's going to be gorgeous. It's going to feature the same rock-solid mechanics from Drake's Fortune , only with the added benefit of more options and diversity. The story is going to be deeper and more involving as we've heard about a stronger emphasis on Drake's character. There's going to be competitive and co-op multiplayer. Now, we hate to be rash and say, "just give Uncharted 2 the big award right now," but we will certainly say it's a favorite. Or perhaps, to be more accurate, the favorite. Anyone have any objections?
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves