[Impressions] Nathan Drake, We Hardly Knew Thee

It feels like only a week ago that we were pulling people off of ledges
Author: Ryan Green
Published: July 20, 2011
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Not too long ago, a wise old man named Sam Bishop, and a complete idiot (who shall not be named) got to see something magical: E3 2011. It was there that the two travelers were able to glance at a game that remains at the top of our list of games to play this year. That game is Battlefield 3.

Sorry. That was that other game. The game we're talking about right now is Uncharted 3: Drakes's Deception. While nearly everything we've seen thus far of the single player experience has been stunning to look at, the multiplayer remained in the dark for quite a while. Until a few weeks ago, that is, when we finally got to go hog wild in the multiplayer beta.

After things had settled down, I asked my colleagues about their experience with the beta.

Nathan Tsui, Associate Hotdog Cooker

The game is a blast. While I was initially put off a bit by some of the changes from Uncharted 2 multiplayer, I've since adapted over the course of several hours and can't wait for the final version. I like the seemingly extensive levels of customization, both aesthetic and practical. I like the new weapons and maps and modes.

But really, Uncharted 3 multiplayer is not a very radical departure from its predecessor, and that might also be why I like it so much. It still feels very much like Uncharted, and that's why it's great, especially with a group of friends who all know how to play. I'm looking forward to the upcoming improvements and content, and you can be sure I'll be there on day one.

Parjanya Holtz, Master Chef

I never really got into Uncharted 2's competitive multiplayer, mostly due to a lack of time. However, this beta has me by the balls. Seriously, I'm having a hard time concentrating on playing anything but the Uncharted 3 beta right now, and that's saying something considering that there are only two maps to play on.

Yes, it's (naturally) kind of glitchy, and yes, matches come to a screeching halt occasionally, but I haven't had this much fun with a game's multiplayer since the first Modern Warfare came out. I love the integration of the Killzone-ish objectives that keep changing on the fly, and it generally feels well balanced. I don't think I've come across a single game where one side dominated over the other.

I like the treasure system a lot, and shooting guys feels nice, even if the somewhat sluggish aiming required some getting used to at the beginning. But really, I can't wait for November to see what else Naughty Dog has up its sleeve for the multiplayer.
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