Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Common Sense Media says

Extraordinarily fun, cinematic, Indy Jones-type adventure.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Main character Nathan fights against "bad guys" in the game, but he's not a squeaky clean character, as his past alludes to his being a treasure hunter.

Positive role models

Nathan isn't a great role model as he uses violence to get to this alleged treasure, but he's not a malicious person. He's also shown sleeping with his ex who is seeing someone new.

Ease of play

The game is quite easy to control, with a lengthy tutorial mission to teach players how to manipulate Nathan's character.


While it's not over-the-top compared to other action games, Uncharted 2 does contain violence and some blood. Nathan, the hero, can shoot guns, lob grenades, and even break necks or perform choke-holds on unsuspecting enemies.


The game doesn't contain nudity but there are suggestive scenes and innuendoes. For example, Nathan's ex-girlfriend climbs on top of him suggestively on a bed. Dialogue suggests sexual activity between these two.


No F-words are in this game, but you can hear words in the dialogue (or yelled during fight scenes) such as "sh-t," "damn," "bastard" and "hell."


Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nathan, his friend, and ex-girlfriend are seen drinking what appears to be bottles of beer at an outside bar near the beginning of the game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Uncharted 2 is rated "Teen" because it includes shooting, grenade throwing, and fist-fighting, plus some blood can be seen on the main character Nathan and his defeated enemies. It's not overly violent or gory, mind you, but isn't for young kids or tweens. The game also contains some profanity and sexual references (including a female player seductively sitting on top of a male character while on a bed).

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

You don't need to know anything about 2007's impressive Uncharted: Drake's Fortune to appreciate the even better UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES, but the story reintroduces Nathan Drake, a scruffy-looking treasure hunter who accepts a daring mission to locate a legendary jewel, once in Marco Polo's possession, which is said to hold mysterious powers. Played from a third-person perspective, Drake's adventures take him through multiple environments, such as snowy Himalayan mountaintops and dangerous Nepalese streets, as well as indoor environments that require stealth. Objectives are as exciting as they are varied: finding a way into a building by scaling its walls; taking down mercenaries with guns and grenades (while taking cover to avoid their relentless gunfire); and jumping across deep chasms and fast-moving train cars.

Is it any good?


Absolutely. On par with any Hollywood action film -- and perhaps even superior to many of them -- this video game delivers terrific dialogue (with some of the best lip-synching in a game to date), plot twists, a love interest, seedy villains, comedic relief, and huge set pieces in which to play. Helping achieve this cinematic effect is the game's lack of noticeable load times, a Naughty Dog hallmark. While the game keeps you on somewhat of a tight path, you might be forgiving of its linearity because along with the intense single-player campaign and drop-dead gorgeous visuals, there's a host of co-op and head-to-head multiplayer options, with smooth matchmaking functionality. Truly, this game is one of the year's best.

Online interaction: The game includes numerous multiplayer modes -- covering both co-op and competitive options. Gamers can text or talk (with a headset) with others, which might include inappropriate language.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game needed the swear words or the little bit of blood. That is, does it really add to the game? It would still likely get the "Teen" rating as you can shoot and kill humans, but it might have been less offensive to some families. You can liken this game to James Bond adventures that are action-packed, but contain violence and sex.


  • This is one of 2009's top rated games. What makes it so good? What do you look for in a video game?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:October 13, 2009
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byNiluda February 21, 2011

Exceptional Great, But Only for 13+!

First of all, this is an amazing game. Outstanding. But it IS a it inappropriate at some points. The enemy is absolutely ruthless; he will kill his own men if they are disobedient, and he kills an innocent man in cold blood. Nathan Drake is an exceptional role model for doing what he likes which is fortune hunting, but he always gets caught up in these messes, which he doesn't like or want. But throughout the game, he racks up a large body count with MANY different types of guns. But some of the things he does, (jumping from building, swinging on poles, etc.), are absolutely amazing. This game also has AMAZING graphics, much better than any other game. This game is also a bit educational and got me a bit into history, (which was nearly impossible), as it has all the background information of Marco Polo and what happened to him and his men, but about halfway through the game it starts to get more fiction-like, (obviously). This game should definitely be 'T' for the loads of violence and one sex-related scene. And I must say, while playing other games such as Call of Duty at my friend's house, (I'm not allowed to play 'M' games yet), Uncharted 2 is very similar in terms of violence, but not in language. All in all, I find this game exceptionally great, but really only for 13 and up. Some parts, (including Drake getting shot in the gut and blood spewing out), could be a bit frightening for younger kids

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old Written byCrazyblades727 May 23, 2010

The other side of the gaming story (kids opinions)

Great game. I don't see why the website says "not for kids" on most of the games i play. Its just that i know the difference from right and wrong. I beleive kids 11+ can play this!

What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old Written byCormorant March 25, 2011

Just explain.

You can turn off online interactions, which seems to be the main problem for you guys. Then they can't go online, talk to people, all that jazz.

My only concern is the sex but if at age 10 they don't have a clue about making babies there's a problem. You don't have to describe the entire thing, but they should know enough that when two people are in bed like that they are having sex.

What other families should know
Too much sex


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