Uncharted 3 Beta ImpressionsJuly 1, 2011
So, after the massive achievements garnered by the critically acclaimed action adventure romp Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, comes a huge wave of hype for its successor, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. How does the recently released beta stack up against its predecessor? Well, you can find out yourself if you bought inFAMOUS 2 or if you are a PS Plus subscriber (like me!), but here are my impressions.
It should be noted that I waited for this beta to download as I played the Duke Nukem Forever demo for the first time, so naturally any game that I popped in next would have seemed godlike. However, Uncharted 3 stands head and shoulders above all recently released action/adventure games, as far as graphics and gameplay are concerned.
The party mode in this game makes things very easy, as far as inviting friends goes. You’re always just a few button presses away from an epic gunfight with your buddies. The only annoying thing I noticed is that your friends can join your party at any time without you sending an invite, which can be irritating and awkward if you are trying to play a certain type of match with just one other friend.
A cool new feature is Uncharted TV while you are waiting for a match to start. As of right now it just shows gameplay trailers and story cutscenes, but I am sure that when the game is released there will be things like Top Ten Kills Of The Week videos, like in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Also new to the series is a cool customization feature, where you can change the color of your character’s clothes and other stuff like emblems. I’m sure in the final game you will be able to unlock extra clothes and whatnot for your character, much like you can in Tekken 6.
The gameplay is fast and fluid as usual, and not much has changed in that aspect since Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The boosters are better this time around, and now there is a thing called a Power Play which can turn the tide of battle for the team that is getting their ass handed to them. The graphics look even better than Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and that is really saying something.
All in all it’s a great and highly addictive multiplayer romp. If you don’t have PS Plus, get it. Besides this awesome beta, you get TONS of free stuff all year round for a measly $50. Expect Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in the fall.