After getting hands on with the Beta, i was pretty determined to buy the game.
The story mode see's you playing as Nathan "Nate" Drake, again, after a two year gap after the first game, which was also a very good game, but i think this game surpasses the first one in every single way.
The controls are pretty much the same as the first game, the only difference in control is the use of grenades. No more Six-axis Aiming, which i think is a great improvement. The controls for climbing are very much the same, although, like in the first one, i think that trying to jump to certain ledges while hanging on other ledges can be a bit awkward: Sometimes, Drake just doesn't seem to want to do it. The controls for shooting are the same, but now, when you blind fire over cover, you are given a small area in which you can aim, just like when you run and gun. The melee system in the game i think has been greatly improved. You can no longer Take down an enemy by simply tapping Square 5 times, the enemy can now often put you in a grapple. which will prompt you to press a button to release yourself, and continue attacking. So now, there are no Quick Combos or Brutal combo's. The stealth kills arw a great edition to the game, making some parts of the game do-able without being seen, so its something refreshing to do after a huge fight to survive in your last shoot off.
The game is also Longer than Uncharted 1. Uncharted 1 being 22 chapters, Uncharted 2 is 26. Although, i do think towards the end of the game, it did get slightly repetitive, and i did beat the game in under a day, about 9 hours, but this is simply because it was so damn good, and i couldnt put it down.
Now to the online:
I think that this is a brilliant addition to the game, and it was needed. After playing the beta, i had high hopes for the online, and Boy, did they deliver. Naughty dog have done an amaizing job with the online service in Uncharted 2. But there are 2 gripes i have the online: The melee system in it is completley broken and unfair, and number 2, it may take a while to find a game, but this is quite a rare occasion.
Overall, i think this game surpasses Uncharted 1 in every way, and is DEFINITELY the best game on the PS3, and the game of the year so far. If you have a PS3, BUY THIS GAME...Now...Bring on Modern Warfare 2