Uncharted 2's presentation is the first thing which will capture your attention and imagination. Its luscious and well-defined visuals convincingly place you firmly within the varied environments which range from snowy landscapes and jungles, to war-torn cityscapes and ancient temples. Complementing the settings are a wealth of elemental effects that interact with the characters - snow piles up and sticks to clothing, while water adds a wet sheen to shirts and trousers.
The animation deserves a special mention, with Drake reacting to his environment as an actor would on a movie set. He shields his face from the heat of fire, skids in the dirt and dust, flips tables over for cover, and staggers, stumbles and wheezes if he's hurt or running for his life. This nicely adds to the dynamic camera angles which provide an extra sense of visual energy as well as offering clues to what you should do next.
The music score also creates a thrilling atmosphere, building drama during the action scenes and subtle emotion for the game's quieter and more considered moments, aided by high quality voice acting. Everything sounds natural and believable, whether it's the quick-witted quips of the cast, the sound stage of a tense gunfight or even Drake's panicked cries when a grenade lands nearby.