The opening chapters of the game show all the greatness and care that went into this game. The graphics are stellar, the characters are once again fleshed out and believable, and there are many fantastic levels and moments in this game that are much worthy of praise. Yet something was just off. What I mention is along the lines of another user's review. There was something completly off about the flow/mechanics of gunplay. I found myself sometimes just wanting the enimies to be done with so I wouldn't have to do more gunplay. Another problem is the guns and perks. The variety of guns is very lacking in this game and there are no bonuses once the game is beat...unlock guns, ammo, tweaks, costumes; it was not there!!!! I was quite cheesed about that. Add those two together and the replay value of the campaign drops significently. And although far apart, there were more than a few areas in the game where they went on for just a bit to long...i.e. wandering through the desert, needed to end just a bit sooner. I won't gripe about the online pass bit cause I'm not much for online anyways. Now the campaign as a whole still delivers greatly in all other areas as to be expected. The story is great, the locations and visuals are superb, and the subtle add ins are fantastic. Once again drake is hilarious to listen to and fun to play as. the dialogue between characters is so believable its a joy to witness as well as play. As I said, cartain areas and moments in the game deliver greatly. A sinking ship, a plain crash, playing as young drake was a treat, and the puzzles and platforming were for the most part still fun and enjoyable, The ending of the game left a smile on my face and that says something.
So in summation I highly reccomend renting this game at the very least. Naughty Dog delivers another great game, I just can't say you'll want to replay the campaign right away as there is not much to strive for once beaten. Buy it when its cheaper, but play it ASAP!
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I LOVED UC2, so I'm not sure what went wrong here. Yes the graphics are amazing (especially 3D - wow!), and there are some amazing set pieces.
But those set pieces are really only 5 minutes here and there, and in between is a LOT of gun play just ruined it for me. Wave after wave of the same 3-4 types of enemies just bored the heck out of me and got extremely repetitive. Especially the armored ones that are practically immune to bullets. Not to mention the controls were just lacking the "tightness" to easily dispatch of them. I died more times than I can count because I was stuck on cover, or was stuck in a fight animation with a grenade by me.
I eventually did something I NEVER do - I put the game on easy (This from a guy who beat Gears 2 on Insane difficulty solo). I had a lot more fun with it after that. It really cut down on the cheap deaths.
Also, the game expects YOU to figure out what you should do far too often. I'm up for a challenge and puzzles, but when (for example) I have to STAND on the right spot just to LOOK at the right spot and am not given a clue as that I needed to do that until the "hey idiot do this" hint, it just gets frustrating after a while.
I'm not saying it's not a good game, because it is. I just think it could have been so much better. I finished the campaign because it is visually stunning and has a decent story, but more that anything I was simply relieved when it was over.