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Alright, I’ll admit, I’m a little behind the times on this one.  But as the proud new owner of a Playstation 3, I have a bit of catching up to do.

This, by far, is one of the best games I’ve played, and Nathan Drake has quickly become my favorite video game character – he’s smart, funny, tough-as-nails, and *ahem* hot.  That’s right, I said it …

Being an Xbox / Wii gamer, I found the controls to be a little awkward to begin with.  The tutorial chapters were very helpful, without being boring or dumbed-down, and I soon got the hang of Nate’s capabilities.  And while he’s no Altair, he’s still pretty impressive!

The story is very well written, and moves along at a nice pace.  It never feels rushed, nor does it lag.  There’s lots of action, puzzles, humor and great dialogue to keep you entertained and engaged, the graphics are absolutely amazing, and the voice casting couldn’t have been better.  I had a great time just exploring every nook and cranny, marveling at the detail that went into the creation of each environment.

The game is challenging, without being overly frustrating (I played on Normal).  I did walk away from it a couple of times, only to pass the chapter on the first try the next day.  The puzzles require some thinking, but you do have a Journal to give you clues, so you shouldn’t be stuck for long.  There are also a few Quick-Time events to keep you on your toes, and lots of treasures to look for along the way.

All in all, well-rounded gaming experience.  With 4 Difficulty settings and 60 treasures to find, there’s lots of replayability here.  The only downside is the lack of online play.  Do yourself a favor – beg, borrow or steal yourself a copy of this game!  9.5/10

P.S.  I thought I’d throw this in, as well.  If you haven’t seen the commercial for Uncharted 2:  Among Thieves, I’ve posted it below.  Its funny, because its true.  (I happily sat and watched my boyfriend play it for 3 days after getting it for Christmas – its just that good!)

Enjoy!!

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The year is almost over. Its time for the annual “favorites” lists. These are some of my favorite things from the past year, in no particular order.

Video Games

Rabbids Go Home – this game is hours of pure insanity. You’re a “crazier than an outhouse rat” rabbit, pushing a shopping cart, collecting junk in order to pile it up to get back to the moon. Oh, and you’re running around wearing a red lace thong. What’s not to love?!

Resident Evil 5 – this was just plain hard!  We played through it twice, and I loved/hated every minute of it.  I’m generally not a fan of this type of game, but this one held my attention.  An engaging storyline, a huge arsenal and ALOT of zombies make this very fun to play over and over again.

  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Uncharted:  Drake’s Fortune
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Books

Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey – I didn’t even know this book was coming out until a week before the release date.  A pleasant surprise, indeed!  A new take on Arthurian Legend.

Hood by Stephen Lawhead – You guessed it!  A little different take on the Robin Hood story.  Very well written.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks – Technically a 2008 “bit”, but I read it in 2009.  Assassin’s Creed, without the “animus”.  Fast paced, well developed characters and lots of action.  A must-read!

Movies

  • Terminator Salvation
  • District 9
  • Star Trek
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Zombieland
  • Up

TV Shows

  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • V
  • Vampire Diaries

Next up, my most anticipated “bits” of 2010.  There’s some exciting stuff coming up in the New Year!

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!!

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