Uncharted 2 powers PlayStation revivalShawn Drotar

Posted on October 16th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Naughty Dog’s PlayStation 3 exclusive, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, is earning rave reviews and looking every bit the part of a system-seller. In Japan, the title sold almost seven times as many copies as its predecessor, despite the fact that its box is one ugly baby.

In other words, Uncharted 2’s set to do big business, and not because it’s a big name in the industry - because it earned it. That’s a breath of fresh air. I just nabbed a copy myself, which was surprisingly hard to find. When I have to resort to entering a Wal-Mart, believe me, I’ve tried everywhere else. Even they only had one more copy left, and I suspect it was only because it got stuck behind the title next to it by accident.

This is the game Sony’s been looking for, the one that will finally drive some of the PlayStation 3’s advantages home. But they’re not stopping there, either. In their quest to get their Blu-ray playing console into everyone’s hands - and in the process, make those of us who spent handsomely to buy one at launch look like idiots - Sony will launch a new, 250-gigabyte “Slim” model on November 3 for $349. When comparing that to the Xbox 360, it’s a heck of a deal. I’ve long contended that the Xbox 360’s main advantages over the PS3 are Xbox Live, which is a huge one, and its controller, which is admittedly debatable. But just about everything else is quickly tipping into Sony’s favor.

And don’t underestimate the “hip” factor. Although it sounds ridiculous on the surface, Sony has found an ace in the hole in actor Jerry Lambert, who plays “vice president/director of (insert title here) Kevin Butler” in their ad campaigns this year. From gently poking fun at MLB 09: The Show’s cover athlete, Dustin Pedroia, to deftly mocking Sony’s own ineptitude at squelching rumors to the latest clever ad for Uncharted 2 (below), Lambert’s likable, laughable, pitch-perfect delivery is the perfect antidote to Sony’s often-smug public persona. And it’s helping. A lot. Whatever they’re paying him, it’s probably not enough. In may ways, Lambert’s becoming the new face of Sony - despite the photo of Sony Computer Entertainment honcho Jack Tretton that’s sitting behind “Butler” in his pretend office. And that’s a good thing.

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  1. DaveDQ said,

    on October 17th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    It is nice to see a game that isn’t sort of “celebrity” come in an give the PS3 a positive shift. I still don’t have a PS3, and the budget still doesn’t permit one, but with the price drop and some nice looking titles, it sure looks nice.

    I agree on Wal-Mart too.

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