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Okay, so the last post was  a bit negative, so I thought I'd take the little bit of time I have between now and church to talk about something I did enjoy.

You see, much like [ profile] futuresoon I like to watch my brother play video games that I can't play myself- he has the FPS twitch-reflexes that make it much easier for him to play stuff like Gears of War or the Arkham Asylum boss battles, and I'm a happy spectator. So this Christmas (after enjoying the last game immensely) I got him Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. There are three things you need to really know about Uncharted:

1. It's basically an action movie you can play: The original game took you (plus your elderly mentor and journalist/love inte in search of El Dorado through ruined Spanish colonies and abandoned islands, gunfighting your way through acres of lush jungle (and dying loads, so you get lots of chances to appreciate the scenery- this game is brutal), while the sequel widens its scope to include Istanbul, Borneo and Tibet as Nathan races crazy Russians and dubious Englishmen to Shangri-La.

2. The writing and characterization is superb. Here's some quotes (from the first game- I'm only haflway through the second one and I don't want spoilers):

Nathan Drake: You just count to five and pull the cord. Easy, right?
[jumps off and pulls parachute cord]
Nathan Drake: AHHHHHH! Onetwothreefourfive!

Victor Sullivan: Nate, let's just pretend for a minute that I don't really care about any of that and cut to the chase will ya?
Nathan Drake: Man only interested in the climax. You must be a real hit with the ladies.
Victor Sullivan: Never had any complaints.

Nathan Drake: [repeated Line] Oh crap. (and by the time the second helicopter gunship shows up, you'll be saying this too)

The acting in the game is excellent too- the dialogue was recorded while the actors actually acted out their lines while being motion captured, so they move and interact like real people, not just jerky animated dolls. When, at the beginning of the game, Nate is stumbing around a crashed train, a bullet in his gut and snow blowing all around him, you genuinely worry for his life. 

3. The aforementioned Nathan Drake looks like this:

(and in the first game, he gets wet!)

And trust me, the game's scenery is just as handsome as its hero:

It's basically like the most awesome Christmas action movie you can imagine, and you get to be the hero. I just watched it for... ooh, three hours straight and the only complaint I have is that I ran out of After Eights.


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