Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a tour de force in video game storytelling. Few other games (if any) can match Uncharted 2 when it comes to top-notch acting and exciting setpieces. In fact, it's sometimes more fun to watch than play — which is a bit of a problem for a video game.
When it's not throwing cool scripted sequences at you, the action in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves can be quite linear and one-note. The lack of environmental damage in the game is also disappointing. Sure the game looks better than Gears of War et al., but at least they let you shoot up the scenery. We also think Nathan could have handled a little better — too often we fell off a ledge to our death due to the finicky controls.
To make matters worse, there's usually no room for experimentation or error during the scripted events in the game — if you don't do exactly what the game wants, instant death awaits. At times, it almost feels like you're playing a grittier sequel to Dragon's Lair, but with a more annoying protagonist.