So without question, one of the most highly anticipated games of 2011 is Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. I am a total noob when it comes to the Uncharted series, having played a little bit of the second one before getting bored and selling it. It’s not that I didn’t like the game, because I thought the graphics were great and it was interesting enough, I just couldn’t get into it and I knew I wasn’t going to play it. Whatever, it was free. So anyway, the multiplayer beta for Uncharted 3 is now available for members of Playstation Plus and thanks to the magic of a certain hacking situation that may have brought down Playstation Network for a month or so, I just so happen to be a member of that club for another week or so. Needless to say, I was intrigued, and decided to jump on and check it out. The results were mixed, but you’ll have the chance to check some of it out below.
The first video shows off one of my biggest problems with the Playstation 3 and Playstation as a whole. I realize this is a beta and there will be issues that are sorted out through this process, but this is a common occurrence across any game I’ve played or any time I’ve tried to download something. It’s one of the biggest reasons my Playstation 3 spends most of its time as an expensive paperweight. So after spending a few minutes here trying to connect, I expressed my feelings in a totally childish but awesome way and went back to the XBox, since you know, I knew it would work.
After about an hour, I decided hey, maybe it was just bad timing, I really want to check this out and get some video, let’s try one more time and… success! Connection. I managed to go through all of the different customization menus so that you can check out how you can change the look of your player. Check it out:
So as you can see, things didn’t end so well and I got dropped. Lame, but hey, it’s progress. I restarted my PS3 and tried one more time and got connected. There was certainly no way I was going to embarrass myself by playing head to head against people that I am sure played the series quite a bit, so I chose to embarrass myself in co-op instead. Now I legitimately had no idea what I was doing, and I still haven’t quite figure out how the hell I reload, but overall I think I held my own for being a total noob. This is not a game I plan on getting, and that is certainly not because I didn’t find the gameplay here to be enjoyable, because it was. Maybe if I really spent more time with it and went all the way back to the first game to grind out the series, I’d have a little more attachment to it all, but it’s just not for me. I can definitely see where the appeal is, though, and it really looks like Naughty Dog is giving gamers a lot of reasons to play Uncharted 3 long after the campaign has been completed, and to be completely honest, that was not something I expected.
I played some Co-Op Arena on a map called Airfield and again, I really don’t know what I was doing or what the purpose was. It seems to be a quasi-horde mode meets objective based team action. I don’t know if this is a carry over from the last game, but it was cool enough none-the-less. I am sure there is some purpose to what we were doing, but I basically ran around and looked like a jackass instead. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is set to be released November 1st, 2011 and everyone was entitled to a free month of Playstation Plus as part of the welcome back package, so I definitely think it is worth your time to check out the beta and see what you think for yourself. If I used my Playstation 3 more, I might be more interested in it, but with Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Rage and a number of other games coming out around the same time, I am probably going to pass at the beginning. Who knows, maybe eventually. It looks like hardcore PS3 players will have a fun game, though, and that’s what matters the most.