There would be no need to talk about Uncharted 2 then, they could have just said its one of the most beautiful looking games!
They mentioned Uncharted 2 because they think 1)Uncharted 2, 2)Crysis 2. Simple. They are marveling that a multiplatform engine could do it.
Next to is used as a close second.
No it really isn't. Behind, after and below are are examples of words to describe lesser, never next in my understanding of the English language. You're reaching desperately.