22 September 2017

JR's Video Game Reviews - UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Total Game Time: 20-25 hours in total
Dates of Play: 25 July 2016 - 01 August 2016 (PS3)

Story - 10/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Graphics - 10/10
Innovation - 9.5/10
Playability - 9.5/10
Music - 10/10
JR's Rating: ðŸ”Ÿ9️⃣ (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"The Search for the Cintamani Stone & the Lost City of Shangri-La"

➕ The Lost City of Shambhala
➕ Zoran Lazarević
➕ Chapter 1: A Rock and A Hard Place
➕ Ch 13: Locomotion & Ch 14: Tunnel Vision
➕ Online Multiplayer Mode
➕ Easier Stealth Kills or Assassinations

Ambitious and amazing. Uncharted 2 banks on a new adventure with yet the same type of gameplay from its first outing but masterfully improves on both visuals and story. Its awe-inspiring setpieces are the game's true pride asset. Set in the majestic Nepal, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves brings our hero, Nathan Drake, on the search for the Cintamani Stone in the Lost City of Shangri-La (or Shambhala, which ever you prefer) which is deemed to give any one invincible and superhuman power. With Elena, Sully and the new Chloe Frazer, you race yourself against a maniacal Zoran Lazarević who has his own personal agenda of power. Another blockbuster video game by Naughty Dog that gives you a thrilling and gripping story in another challenging journey, this game takes a huge upgrade from its predecessor that makes my 10/10 all the worth. New weapons like the Crossbow, Pistole and the GAU-19 are great additions but the original Dragon Sniper and Desert still remain my favorites. It's stealth assassinations are way too easier and remain the better choice in accomplishing a wave of enemies before the next event takes place. This game is a also masterwork of setpieces that are now iconic in the video game universe, such being its elaborate train sequences both in the introduction wreckage and in the train while in locomotion. The end boss is damn frustrating but unlike the first, you can defeat Zoran on your own terms not having to press a predetermined button sequence (however there is this cheat on beating out the boss, better search it). Other than the single player game, the sequel introduces its first outing of multiplayer mode which is smooth and worth giving a try. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a must play in the PlayStation as it is one of the best that the platform has to offer. Uncharted 3 and 4 review coming soon.

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Time Published: 22 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

16 September 2017


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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Total Game Time: 20-25 hours in total
Dates of Play: 11 January 2013 - 27 January 2013 (PS3)

Story - 9.5/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Graphics - 8.5/10
Innovation - 10/10
Playability - 9/10
Music - 10/10
JR's Rating: 9️⃣ (9.5 out of 10, Excellent)
"The Search for the Lost Golden City of El Dorado"

➕ The Statue of El Dorado
➕ The Majestic Fortress, Monastery and Church
➕ Chapter 1: Ambushed
➕ Chapter 17: The Heart of the Vault
➕ The First True "Video Game Blockbuster"
➖ Chapter 7: Out of the Frying Pan
➖ Chapter 12: Heading Upriver
➖ Navarro

A true achievement in video game visuals and story-telling, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune upped the ante in what is the modern-day video game. It is the epic introduction in one of today’s most popular and iconic video game series. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune introduces us to Nathan Drake, the supposed ancestor of English explorer Sir Francis Drake, on a quest to search for the golden city of El Dorado. Upon his adventure, he gets accompanied by journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor Sullivan (“Sully”) going against another group of treasure hunters set to steal the famed treasure. WOW is all that I can say in such a very polished video game with a well-crafted story complemented by visuals I’ve never seen before. In particular, the Fortress, the Monastery and the Church setting and their interiors are the true treasures of this video game, all detailed and visually pleasing. The first chapter of the game sparked the action-adventure mood you’ll soon experience throughout the game (and its sequels). The battle on the monster-like enemies at “The Heart of the Vault” chapter was scary and challenging, marking the true “Uncharted” experience. We have three game difficulties, making for stronger and more brutal enemies. I hated though the chapters involving the jeep and the ski-boat as they are boring and very much frustrating to finish. Gun controls are impeded by the limited positions and its dynamic environment. The end-boss Navarro is also bland, restricting you on only one standard or uniform method to defeat him. The game, however, presents something new to the average gamer. Many scenes prove to be memorable making you wanting for more from Naughty Dog. In all that is to say, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune initiated the “video game blockbuster”.

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Time Published: 16 September 2017 (9:00 PM)

12 September 2017


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Love You To The Stars And Back
Date Watched: 11 September 2017
JR's Rating:  (7.8 out of 10, Alright)
"The Long, Cheesy Yet Emotional Trip to Mt. Milagros"

➕ Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto
➕ "Tapang Kalabaw" Lunch Scene
➕ The Emotional "Tulay" Scene
➕ Final Call to Love Ones
➕ Second Half of the Film
➖ Shaky Camera
➖ Numerous Inconsistencies
➖ First Half of the Film

Ashira grevinda mama ajaarum! With a very weak first half filled with too many fillers, Love You To The Stars and Back redeems itself in its final half with numerous tearjerking scenes that are quotable and memorable. Love You To The Stars and Back brings us an overly-depressed Mika and a cancer-stricken Caloy on their road trip to Mt. Milagros to have themselves be surrendered to aliens. With such a weird yet effective idea, we came to experience their various yet morally-inspired struggles during their travel towards the mysterious mountain. The love team between Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto proved important in the magical formula of this movie. In fact, there are various scenes where it seems they have naturally done it. Their chemistry is well made but I still find their first movie stint better, Vince and Kath and James. The first half of the film was filled with too many unnecessary scenes (ie. "gas station" scene and too many scenes when both of the main characters debate and fight). The second half of the film was its most powerful though bringing in Caloy's cancer-stricken state very evident, making you feel pity between the two main and their families. The most powerful would definitely be the time when Caloy had an outburst of emotions while at a bridge questioning the presence of God due to his very miserable state. The ending was really cute, (reminds me of the ending of their MMFF movie), but usually those films I like are those that have unexpected and sometimes tragic ending. A lot of inconsistencies and the shaky camera made me a bit irritated but at least the movie never failed to pull my heart towards scenes made to feel with the character. Though, I'm really curious on what tapang kalabaw tastes like. Love You To The Stars and Back is still a movie worth watching, most especially if you crave for those random "kilig" and "torete" moments.

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Time Published: 12 September 2017 (9:00 PM)