We've been telling you about the impending greatness of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for months. And now, the first leaked review for this masterpiece has hit the Internet…and we're hardly surprised.

It seems the latest edition of French publication PSM3 magazine has already weighed in on Naughty Dog's sequel, and it has quickly popped up on N4G . As you can see, Uncharted 2 has broken the mold; it's like a damn supercar that pins the MPH needle and says, "guess how much better than the maximum number I am?" The top score a game can receive from PSM3 is 20/20 and yet, this particular title – maybe for the first time ever in the magazine's history – has pulled down an impossible 21/20 with the label of, "Monstrous." The conclusion of the article reads-

"Long, visually stunning, deep and explosive, Uncharted 2 combines all the qualities you can find in a videogame, and more! A new milestone has been reached in the videogame history."

If anyone doubts that this game could indeed be a landmark achievement in the world of game creation, they haven't been paying attention. Just about everything we've seen, heard, and yes, even laid our hands on, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that…well, this is going to be a very special experience. Of course, we imagine an embargo date is attached to this game, so you'll have to wait a bit longer to see some official reviews. But this 21/20 is a damn good sign…

Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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AshT
AshT
11 years ago

can't wait to get my hands on this one, great job ND..

ohmikkie
ohmikkie
11 years ago

me too. ad to think i nearly never bought the first one.

Zorigo
Zorigo
11 years ago

ohmikkie, i only got the first one free with my ps3. i might've never joined the bandwagon otherwise.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

That's intense.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Awesome! Way to GO Naughty Dog!!!! Good for you!

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Niiiiice! This game is going to be beyond epic. This will undoubtedly cause a major stir in the Microsoft community. They'll say they were paid off or something.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
11 years ago

Who cares what the Microsoft community says? Let them say what they want to say, they're the ones that are losing out on this gem.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

The fanboys might. The MS bigwigs? I'm sure they'll compliment the game and even buy a copy for themselves then say its for "research".

Don't forget, Microsoft's own Aaron Greenberg loves MLB The Show. Just as many Sony suits love Gears of War.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

paid off? isnt the magazine called Playstation 3 Official Magazine? Not much of a stretch there. I'm not doubting Uncharted 2 as i will be getting it day 1. I would prefer getting a rating like this from a magazine without the playstation 3 tag. Although once that happens then those fanboys would then have the "evidence" they can use to call them being paid off no matter how baseless.

Nick Maim
Nick Maim
11 years ago

Microsoft community will say: "Time to get me a ps3!"

And we'll say: "Welcome, and hey, you got a little bit of wool still stuck in the corner of you eye there…. "

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Johnld: Does PSM3 stand for Official Playstation Magazine? It almost seems like it would be OPM, not PSM3…

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

my bad, its an unofficial ps3 magazine from france. but my point still stays because its still a playstation magazine. thanks for the heads up

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

No shock here. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Culoslap
Culoslap
11 years ago

I really hope Uncharted 2 wins game of the year. I also hope it'll make all the Call of Duty sheeple realize that there are other games besides Call of Duty.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Amen!

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

If this happens with reviews in america than I can see this jumping up the sales charts easily

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
11 years ago

ROFLMAO…THAT IS EPIC AS HELL HAHAHAHA. Oh god that's rich. Naughty Dog hardly fails…though I am sort of sad that they're not continuing the Jak & Daxter franchise on the PS3…they still make great ass games.

Can't wait for Uncharted 2. Boy PS3 sure is looking great this year. Did you guys hear about that one Japanese analyst saying that FFXIII alone will sell 500k of PS3 units?

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

PS3s will be looking good this year? It has been great since i bought mine when it launched despite all the people bashing it. I have a lot of games for it right now. The only thing that stops me from buying more games is that i dont have money.

yak4life85
yak4life85
11 years ago

For me is money and time!

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

beta tomorrow boys:) and sept 29th for those who didn't pre order

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

It's a shame I'll have to cut my time playing it short to try the MAG beta

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Can I recast my vote in the poll?

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

This game comes shortly before my Birthday, and same with a Crack In Time.

I pray that anyone, and everyone who wants the game, is able to get it 🙂

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

It's shortly after my b-day 🙂 I'll use the money I get to pick it up. I already preordered, and that will make it much easier for me to get. Then I have to worry about Tekken 6!

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

That sounds fantastic although I worried that other reviewers see this and go extra tough on Uncharted 2,maybe give it a bad score on purpose(wouldn't be the first time this happens).I just hope everything goes well for Naughty Dog.

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

It's win-win for ND, because either way, negative or positive, the game will get sufficient media coverage, which is what the first one kinda missed out on. Uncharted 1 was and is my favorite single-player campaign for me this generation, besting even MGS4 visually and even in terms of fun-factor.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

What the hell? Just give it a 20/20 if it's so fantastic. What kind of nonsense publication is this? Of COURSE Uncharted 2 is the best game ever. But please don't bung up your review scoring just because you wet yourself playing Sony's games.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

The standards of video games are rising so its harder to assign scores to it. Im sure that Legend of Zelda ocarina of time got a perfect score on famitsu. but if Uncharted 2 got a perfect score on famitsu too, you really cant call the two games equal. Getting a 21/20 simply means that its above all the other games that they have reviewed so far or it has surpassed their initial expectations.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

You think review scores today should tell us if a game is better than one that came out more than ten years ago? Really? No, review scores are simply a gauge, for those who want one, on whether or not the game is good. When you put "/20" that means a 20 would be your highest recommendation. Putting 21/20 has put all their other reviews in suspect.

But who cares right? Not me.

archs13
archs13
11 years ago

don't be hating alienange, as you can see i don't hate your for hating

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

u might not hate ,archs, but i do

fundando
fundando
11 years ago

I agree 21/20 is stupid. This isn't fu**ing 'Nam we have rules.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

I'm sure Uncharted 2 will be a great game, but I agree with Alienange. A "Playstaion" mag giving it a nonsensical 21/20 score seems like a bit of extra controversial advertising.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

I don't mind what they did, but this is kind of another reason why numerical scores are dumb. To me, an impression of the game is perfect.

KBsocks
KBsocks
11 years ago

Is that even legal?
21/20?
Oh well not going to complain….

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

I found the first one to be one of the best games on the ps3.

I just can't wait to get this!

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Man I cant wait to get this one homes!.

NonProphet
NonProphet
11 years ago

Culoslap: I also hope it'll make all the Call of Duty sheeple realize that there are other games besides Call of Duty

What the hell are you talking? COD4 was one of the best fps ever and Uncharted was one of the best action/adventure games ever. I'm sure plenty of people (like myself) thoroughly enjoyed them both.

Can someone please coherently explain what is up with all the COD4 hate? Is it because its multiplat, or because that jackass Bobby Kotick? I don't get it. The game was fun.


Last edited by NonProphet on 9/14/2009 11:15:07 PM

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

I for one pre-order both Uncharted 2 and Modernwarefare 2. Dont you know, its cool to hate FPS/Call of Duty/Activision.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

I think by "sheeple", he meant people that think COD is the only video game/franchise out there. I know a few people who will only play that franchise and no other. They don't even play other genres. It's just COD all day, every day. It's kind of sad.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Haha. Mention one positive thing about the 360 and you instantly earn 'thumbs down'. Like doing so will make it go away…

Gears of War is a great series. Every gamer needs to experience Horde mode.

Does this mean I prefer my 360 over my PS3? Who cares. I just want great games. I am happy that MS came into the gaming industry because of the kick in the ass it gave Sony to get their act together. Without Microsoft, PSN would not exist.


Last edited by Nynja on 9/14/2009 11:17:22 PM

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

My rant is done. Now… I'm really looking forward to this game and would not be surprised if it gets highest score ever on Metacritic.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

You don't need to explain yourself to them ^_^

Some people here just secretly like to thumb down anything with Gears of War.

(I don't know who you guys are).

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

ya, you're right :/

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I would not mind if everyone who thumbed you down never visits this site again.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I didn't see anything you wrote that was an excuse for the thumbs down.I did manage two play and beat both Gears at a friends house(liked Gears 1 a lot more than Gears 2)and would like for both of them to come to the PS3 in 2011.I am though a bit curious to who here thinks Halo ODST(expansion)can possibly win anything, especially going against the monster that is Uncharted 2 🙂

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I hate MS with a passion (long before I bought a PlayStation), but I gave you a thumbs-up because your comment was the truth.

I can't agree that MS are good for the industry, though. They've proved that they'll do anything to create a monopoly. I'd rather have Sega back (and I think VF4 is the only Sega game I own).


Last edited by Fane1024 on 9/15/2009 4:13:49 AM

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

Banky A, I might have an idea who…anyone who bought into the Gears madness and got a 360 just to check it out, and getting sorely dissappointed for a costly ride of the 'bandwagon'. Just throwing that out there 😉

Seriously, I did get Gears1 (though I didn't give you the thumbs-down :), and I gave the franchise a second chance by getting the sequel on launch day. What was my conclusion? There are games that are graphically better, that pack a better single player, and have better online play (especially when compared to the sequel), but will never get the ratings or the sales of Epic's winner simply because the bloody 'bandwagon' has already left.

Did I not like Gears? They were OK. Kind of like b-movie, action movie series, that one will keep up with just to see what will happen next. Oh yeah, and there good for coop, if one is in to that sort of thing, so I hear (I don't play coop so much).

But I remember before getting the 360, I was purchasing Uncharted, and thinking that now I shouldn't worry about having to get a 360 for Gears. My suspicions where more than right but I got a 360 and Gears 1 & 2, anyways. Why? Because other than Halo and COD4 fanboys, there was no else to tell me the game was overrated, so I had to see for myself. Oh yeah, and also to play Ninja Gaiden 2, which about I was falsely informed would not be coming to the ps3, because MS published the game unlike the first one being published by Tecmo. Licensing and publishing rights doesn't work that way, apparently.

So, that's why I kinda cringe when I see hype perpetrated about the game. Some people worry about getting thumbed-down. I worry about wasting money, 'cuz gaming isn't getting any cheaper.

What's my advice? If you have a 360, then get Gears (at least a returnable used copy, and see if you like if for yourself). But don't get a 360 just for Gears, especially if you have a PS3 already. Save yourself the money. There are better games on the PS3, anyways, and plus you never know, if you absolutely have to satisfy your curiosity, Epic just might just rerelease these games for the ps3 just as Tecmo and Team Ninja did with Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2. But until then, my H2G opinion: Uncharted series has had better graphics, has had a better popcorn movie experience, and now has coop/online multiplayer. Why am I comparing the two? There're both tps's.

</rant>


Last edited by Aftab on 9/15/2009 5:33:16 AM

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Aftab;

I also am not a fan of Microsoft (as I type this on my Windows XP PC : …) or their business practices. Even though I may not like Microsoft, the truth is; What Sony and Nintendo are to the gaming industry, Microsoft is to the IT industry. They have helped push standards (even contributed some of their own) which helped with the IT boom. Many IT professionals get their start with Microsoft certifications, like myself.

Everyone keeps blaming Sony for Sega's downfall in the console business. I blame Microsoft. How many were aware that the OS in the Dreamcast was developed by Microsoft? Did anyone ever notice the form factor of the original Xbox console and controller resembled the last system from Sega? The controller layout, the directional pad, even Peter Moore! My conspiracy theory is Sega knew the competition was tough against Sony. Microsoft offered Sega a big fat check for their home console business, hardware designs, factories, and they took the easy way out.

I do agree with most of your points, especially about already having a PS3 and not need to buy a 360 just for Gears. Just go to a buddies house and play it.

Lately I have been really enjoying the co-op games and was extremely delighted to hear that Uncharted 2 will include this mode. This is just extra icing on the cake.

Back to Gears of War series… The game's plot does not compare to Uncharted's deep and compelling story. What made Gears so fun was the ability to play a game that was designed around co-op rather than having the mode tacked on like some other games (see COD:WaW). Not only did Gears 2 have an option to play the full campaign with a friend, they added Horde mode. Looking at other games with similar modes, I always loved Terrorist Hunt from the Rainbow Six games. Getting a group of friends together to fight it out with a bunch of AI enemies is a blast. I am aware COD:WaW offered Zombies, which is probably the closest people will get to Horde in Gears except, in my opinion, less fun.

I keep hoping that one day Epic will bring Gears over to PS3 that way I can play Horde on my preferred console with my friends.

Sorry about the rambling and jumping around…..

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

Interesting MS-Sega conspiracy theory about the untimely demise of the Dreamcast, Nynja. I do remember that the discontinuation was surprising, especially considering how large their fanbase was even long after their commercial funeral. After enduring the fruitless 32x, and sparsely supported, obfuscated hardware of the Saturn, Sega was finally on to something big and promising. Then poof. Gone.

So, if the theory isn't far-fetched, which I will not deny, how would gaming, online and offline, be if MS didn't interfere in anyway? Would the Dreamcast 2 be around with it's own highly-evolved online infrastructure? Wasn't PSN on the blackboard anyways with the PS2 being released with ethernet connectivity. Or were things like the PS Store just an afterthought of Xbox Live? Did perhaps microsoft push too hard to the extent of releasing faulty, red-ringing hardware to the detriment of it's consumers? Or would we be where we are now, except we would be paying for subscription fees for the PSN? Don't know for sure.

Regarding Gears, coop is cool, but I'll get a chance to do that and with someone worth his ammo maybe only one or two weekends in a year. It also had poppy graphics and artstyle that separated it from the herd of generic shooters, and gave the MS platform a cinematic experience what a game of the same acronym did for the PS2. I even heard that MS delayed the release of the 360 to double it's RAM just because Cliffy B showed how much better Gears would look with 512MB DDRAM, and how much worse it would look with 256MB DDRAM.

Gears 2 was basically the samething with incremental improvements, and Horde. I agree the story was cliche. The Aliens are the bad guys, and we are the good guys. I guess there were some minor twists, but nothing to hold one's breath over. It was a pretty cool game, but I guarantee you, if it were released for the ps3 instead, with the same or better quality, it wouldn't have sold so well. Very much like what happened to Uncharted unfortunately.