A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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).
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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.
Talk to your kids 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.
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