Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extraordinarily fun, cinematic, Indy Jones-type adventure.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 108 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

 

Consumerism
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.

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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 and 14 year old Written byEricGA July 30, 2010

Constant usage to mild bad language. Way too much way too often

I consider myself very open minded on these games. My son and I love games like infamous, so a little language isn't too bad. Howeer, this game is no... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 13 year old Written byJonathan wood April 4, 2014

Fun exciting game

This is a brilliant game which is totally appropriate for anyone who has started secondary school because of its fun gaming and positive role model. I think tha... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous 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 t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old 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... Continue reading

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

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