Not only does it feature one of the most exciting single-player adventures I've ever played, but Uncharted 2: Among Thieves also features incredibly fun co-op and competitive multiplayer, resulting in an absolute must-buy for all PS3 owners.
Nathan Drake is constantly pit against impossible odds that are a blast to play and unbelievable to watch. Whether he's trying to escape a collapsing building or leaping from car to car along the edge of a cliff, you are always in control when something cool is happening. It's really a shame that, like its predecessor, Uncharted 2 falls apart in the end by getting bogged down with out-of-place supernatural elements and a frustrating final boss fight ripped straight from GUN. Everything before the endgame, though, is nothing short of mind-blowing. The single-player is so captivating that I beat it in one 10-hour sitting.
Both the co-op and competitive multiplayer modes are surprisingly polished and addicting. Combine them with the single-player, which adds a ton of replay value by allowing players to earn cheats like slow motion and no gravity for subsequent playthroughs, and Uncharted 2 delivers endless entertainment. All the standard multiplayer modes you'd expect are here, but having characters as acrobatic as these allows the level design to be more creative and matches to be more intense. It's the kind of game you'll be playing until the day the sequel comes out.
Uncharted 2 sets the bar ridiculously high, making other games look and sound amateurish by comparison. It's beyond gorgeous, extremely fun both online and off, and completely deserving of your time and money. Buy this game.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / $59.99 / Reviewed on PS3