Want all the Drake-tastic details on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves but don’t want a subscription to the often-belated and overly-biased GameStop wank fest that is GameInformer? Some victims of the game giant’s controversial in-store brainwashing techniques have seen fit to circumvent those pesky terms of service by posting details from the January issue of the magazine, which features a 10-page cover story on our favorite tough-talking treasure hunter’s upcoming adventure.
Among the tastiest tidbits, the revelation that our hero is getting a new estrogen-enhanced sidekick by the name of Chloe Frazer, played by Claudia Black. Though I love her best for her portrayal of kickass peacekeaper Aeryn Sun on Farscape, Black has also has plenty of videogame voice acting experience, lending her audible acting talents to Crysis, God of War, Conan and Neopets: The Darkest Faerie. Come on people, Neopets!
In addition to the enhanced graphics, improved cover mechanics, more dynamic melee combat and the absence of load screens, we can also look forward to more responsive controls – whether stealthily ambushing guards, climbing lamp posts or yanking enemies off rooftops, this Nathan Drake will be much more controllable, physically if not verbally, than the previous iteration. He’s also more adaptable, as ” every character fully interacts with the dynamic geometry moving around them,” according to the article. “Environments in the background are real parts of the game world. If Drake’s on top of a train, he’s going to be shaking with the train as it moves around. As he gets inside, his move set is going to change, and he’s going to be a lot more secure because the wind’s not blowing.”