As usual, there are plenty of extremely promising titles on tap for this year's holiday season and it'd take a while to list them all. But perhaps you're a little strapped for cash and you can really only afford to nab one $60 title, or maybe you just want to know what should top your priority list. Well, as we're not entirely certain that Gran Turismo 5 will launch in 2009 (although we still believe it will), we can tell you that Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves should be #1.
It's not just the stunning visuals. It's not just the stellar voice acting combined with intriguing characters and Indiana Jones-esque plot pacing. It's not just about the gameplay, which we've already heard will boast entirely new stealth and combat mechanics. It's not about the addition of multiplayer. No, it's the entire package, and what it represents for both the industry and the gamer. Thing is, you kinda know what to expect with even the best stuff that's coming our way; it all seems to fit snugly into a certain genre and while Uncharted 2 would technically be called "action/adventure," there are many different elements tossed in. It's a cinematic adventure crossed with the puzzle-solving of something like Tomb Raider and the intense combat associated with third-person shooters like Gears of War . In short, it almost seems impossible that someone might find this game unappealing. I mean, is that even possible ?
The available media should be enough to convince you, even if you've already salivated over the screenshots. To learn more about the intricate behind-the-scenes details, check out the Director Interview, which is in two parts (here's Part 1 and Part 2 ). If you didn't get into the multiplayer beta, go ahead and watch some Co-Op and Multiplayer action . And when you're finally ready, lay eyes on the two newest videos that came straight from GamesCom last week: the Chloe Trailer and Fortune Favors Trailer . Once done with all the media, the seasoned game veteran will notice several important things: polish, engaging action, and of course, a few genuinely humorous portions. In all honesty, this is about as close as gaming can currently get to a big-budget action flick in the movie theaters.
Naughty Dog is pulling no punches with this sequel. Just remember the excellent original title and think "bigger and better," and that's all you'll need to know. If you're a PS3 owner – or you will soon be the proud owner of a snazzy new PS3 Slim – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves absolutely must top your list. Really, you can't afford to miss this one.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves