Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer Beta Hands-On

Uncharted 3 introduces new modes, weapons, and maps to its multiplayer offering.

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Multiplayer might not have been the most called-for addition to Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2, but--as Tom Mc Shea found out in his review--it was a lot of fun and attracted more than 2.7 million players after release. It should come as no surprise, then, to see multiplayer making a return in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, with new modes, maps, and more high-fiving Drakes than you can imagine. If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber or an inFamous 2 owner, you can get your hands on the multiplayer mode now via a closed beta. If you're short one of the coveted access keys, though, read on for our impressions of the beta, which opens up to the public on July 5.

Before you delve into the action, the beta encourages you to take a look at the character customization options. These let you change everything from your character's outfit and facial features to weapon loadout and mods. New weapons are unlocked by leveling up your character, while you purchase weapon mods, such as larger ammo clips, faster reload times, or boosts to a weapon's accuracy, using money you've acquired during matches. Initially, you're limited to an AK47 as your primary weapon, but as you level up, you gain access to grenade launchers, rocket launchers, and the cockney gangster favorite: the sawed-off shotgun.

Once you've got your character suitably dressed and equipped for combat, you can get into a match. The beta features five modes: the familiar Team Deathmatch and Co-Op Arena, as well as all-new Free-for-All, Three Team Deathmatch, and Hardcore Arena. Free-for-All is--as the name suggests--a one-versus-everyone mode, in the vein of classic deathmatch. Three Team Deathmatch pits you and a friend against another two teams of two, while Hardcore Arena is a standard team deathmatch, minus any boosters or kickbacks.

Boosters and kickbacks are a form of power-up for your character. Boosters are equipped before a match using money you've earned, while kickbacks are activated during a match with medals that you've earned via different types of kills and assists. If you find you're dying more often than not, kickbacks are extremely useful and can restore the balance of a match. Too slow to escape gunfire? Active your speed-boost kickback. Tired of reloading? Activate the militia man kickback. Want to blow the living crap out of everything in sight? Spawn yourself a rocket-propelled grenade and blow everyone up.

If your team is seriously behind in Team Deathmatch, a new power play system attempts to level the playing field. When your team is ahead, you might incur a penalty, such as one member of your team becoming a VIP that you have to protect, with his or her death giving the opposing team more points. Conversely, if you're behind, you can gain the ability to identity the positions of your opponents through buildings for a limited time. Whether the power play system does a good job balancing matches is up for debate, but we found it injected some extra thrills into more drawn-out battles.

The beta contains just two maps: Chateau and Airstrip. You can read more about the latter in our previous look at the map, but for those with link aversion, here's a recap. Airstrip takes place on a moving plane, where you have defend the cargo hold from the opposition while it foolishly attempts to attack your team from an army of chasing trucks. This gives you the opportunity to indulge in some classic camping, picking off the poor saps as they weave around in front of you. Later, the action moves to the airfield, filled with disused crates and an old aircraft hangar, giving you plenty of places to take cover. The roof of the hangar is usable too, which is great for any snipers on your team.

"No pudding until you've eaten your vegetables, Drake."

Chateau eschews moving vehicles for a more rustic look. It's set within a crumbling stone building and features a garden filled with relics that lends itself well to small skirmishes. Small passages around the building are ideal hangouts for snipers, who can pick off unsuspecting victims. Elevated paths also provide good sniper positions and feature mounted turrets that you can use to lay waste to the opposition below you. They take time to get up to speed, though, so you leave yourself open to attack for a good few seconds. One other cool feature on the map is a zip line, which you can use to dive headfirst into a skirmish. Call us show-offs, but using the zip line to make a grand entrance before spraying bullets all over the opposition was a lot of fun and a great way to take our opponents by surprise.

We also had a lot of fun playing Co-Op Arena mode, which returns following its debut in Uncharted 2. It pits you and two companions against waves of CPU-controlled enemies. With each wave comes a different goal, whether that's defending an area in Siege, going on a killing spree in Survival, or gathering up treasure in Gold Rush. Like all online co-op modes, though, you're only as good as your teammates, and with friendly fire on, you run the risk of encountering some less-than-helpful players who love nothing more than shooting you and dancing over your still-warm corpse.

PlayStation Plus subscribers and inFamous 2 owners can dive straight into the multiplayer beta now, while everyone else gets access on July 5. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is due for release this November. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.

Discussion

208 comments
JediXMan7
JediXMan7

@BlueJay: pretty sure you get all the bonus stuff when you get the game.

Bluejays2008
Bluejays2008

how do you get the free avatar i downloading the beta and got nothing Naughty dog won't send me a tweet back telling me how to get it

Andyrew007
Andyrew007

I can't wait for this game, I've been loving the multiplayer beta and the single player is always great.

00Killaz00
00Killaz00

I'm upset with Naughty Dog... talk about selling out...

00Killaz00
00Killaz00

The multiplayer is such a disappointment, I miss Uncharted 2, not this crap fest.... good thing it will probably have an amazing single player, and I won't ever touch that craptastic multiplayer.

Skilnes
Skilnes

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yomanjdf
yomanjdf

very good mp - u must try

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@nrdys i agree with your whole Bf3 for PC and MW3 for consoles (its what im getting both games on) comments but i dont understand why your posting it over and over and over and over and over again in an article that has actually got nothing to do with either game are you lost or something?

nrdys
nrdys

How about instead of complaining on here you guys tell them to fix it isn't that what the beta is for?

nrdys
nrdys

@ka-bamf i know everyones acting like this is the actual game.

nrdys
nrdys

@toms123 ya that would be cool if they could make offline survival mode but hey this is called the multiplayer beta so i don't think you get to play offline game modes on the mutiplayer beta

nrdys
nrdys

@HUnterkiller76 no i don't speak that language do you?

Ka-BaMf
Ka-BaMf

@leandrro First, I am just going to say you are flat out wrong. Second, this is still Beta if they didn't make that clear enough.

toms123
toms123

Why are the modes where you fight against waves of CPU controlled enemies only for online play? why not have the Survival mode playable offline? I got Uncharted 2 and have not played it since I finished the single player game and I will not buy Uncharted 3 at full new price for a short game, its just not worth it, it will be a rental at best. I want a game that I can play at any time I want to. If there is already a Survival mode it should be playable offline.

nrdys
nrdys

If you have a PC then get it also did you know the trailers are from pc? Italso will have 64 player r something like that games on pc.... and mw3 its gonna be awesome too hopefully trolls wont ruin QS like on blops thats why sometimes I like playing Cod 4 to QS and bfb2 for more squad like games and hey if you don't like Cod I don't care don't say it "sucks" because thats not true its a very good franchise that should make some changes by not making every game 1 year apart because if they didnt rush they'd have time to think of new ideas but activision doesn't give them any time. Bf3 will be 1080p on pc which is beast. So ive said this in every comment mw3 for consoles and bf3 for pc

nrdys
nrdys

besides I'm not trolling any game I'm just saying bf3 will be better on pc so you should get mw3 on ps3/Xbox. Your getting both games so whats to be mad about?

nrdys
nrdys

@aSchizophrenic I'm sure of it and it won't have like 60 something players on consoles only for pc. all I'm saying is that if you have a console you should get mw3 and if you have a pc you should get bf3.

KorialFox
KorialFox

I played about 15 matches and I can say that I really liked all the new features. There are two things that bugged me though, sometimes I felt like the shotguns are overpowered, when machine guns need more power. Most effective way is still moving, running, shooting and quickly punching, pulling, kicking down. If the guns were more powerful, the game would get more tactical sense; you would think twice before dashing through the map like crazy. I also think the level ups can be faster, be a level 5 after 2 hours playing can make one tired of it. Last thing I want to point out are small areas and tight places. Uncharted was never strong in small areas and to enter the chateau for example is like flipping a coin, because you can never cover yourself from the dozen places enemy can shoot you from. All one can do is camp somewhere unexpected and shoot down every one who throws grenade in a wrong way. I can't wait to see the final game, and if ND will get all these covered.

nixon45jm
nixon45jm

aiming on this game always sucked to me,too many bullets to get a kill but i always did like the story mode though pure awesomeness.

C4nnon
C4nnon

its a 3rd person call of duty in my eyes! to many noob tubers and rpg noobs. game is awesome to play when you don't have to deal with those kind of players! this game is made for console but BF3 is made for PC only.i hate how they down grade a pc game to a console cause PC is more powerful than a console.

leandrro
leandrro

i played the beta yesterday, worst multiplayer ever, i mean, ever, duke nukem 3d in 1997 was better than this, 8 players, crappy graphics, no realism at all, a piece of sh@#$#! the only way to sell this is spending millions on promotion

aSchizophrenic
aSchizophrenic

@nrdys Are you sure about that? I would think BF3 would still be 1080p on consoles.

aSchizophrenic
aSchizophrenic

@nrdys Are you sure about that? I would think BF3 would still be 1080p on consoles.

aSchizophrenic
aSchizophrenic

@RGDT021 You've clearly never played Uncharted 1 or 2. You rated God of War 3 a 6, GTA IV a 1, Resistance2 a 1, and you gave MIDNIGHT CLUB and FAIRYTALE FIGHTS a 10! You sir, have a terrible taste in games, and you should probably never comment again..

snoopdawg29
snoopdawg29

Not sure about that. I have uncharted 1+2. They seem good games butm it's like indianna jones all over again. I mean, it's great play, but the story is er....well... it gets pretty boring.

RGDT021
RGDT021

THE most over rated series of all time. F this game.

starscreamPL
starscreamPL

Even though I am PS3 player and I don`t have Xbox360 I would take Gears of War over Uncharted at any time. I played first GoW on my PC and multiplayer was a blast. I would say even that from first part was better than Uncharted 3 multiplayer mode. U know what U3 multi reminds me? Lead & Gold - yeah those games are different but there are some similarities, both have very similar, unexciting feel, both were fun for a small amount of time. I`m not saying U3 multiplayer is terrible, but it`s not great either. I`m sure there will be fans of this mode but I`m just not one of them. I definietely prefer atmosphere and shooting mechanics of Killzone3.

Skilnes
Skilnes

am I the only one finding troubles connecting to any game?

capsulef
capsulef

Do you idiots realize that this is not a first person shooter and that multiplayer is an afterthought? Even then, this multiplayer is more impressive looking than any gears of war.

capsulef
capsulef

Uncharted, hands down best graphics on any next gen console.

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

Too many bullets to kill someone? C'mon let the best aim win...not the luckiest aim win. Spray and pray should not be rewarded....accuracy and control should. And i agree on speeding the game up.

KILLZoneKILLall
KILLZoneKILLall

yea that is a lil off.... two swings to kill someone maybe one, can't fight off a neck snap. And too many bullets to drop a dude. But hey nobody is perfect

nrdys
nrdys

Also on consoles, BF3 will on have 30fps while MW3 will have 60fps. Both the console versions of the game will be 720p. GET BF3 ON PC AND GET MW3 OR CONSOLES

Skilnes
Skilnes

It's pretty nice, hopefully they will improve the weak points. as already mentioned +1 for too many bullets needed / no headshots with unscoped weapons.

nrdys
nrdys

actually i do have evidence they said bf3 will be dumbed down on consoles and mainly for pc. So if you have a pc get bf3 and if you have a ps3 get mw3

nrdys
nrdys

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bakasora
bakasora

Can't wait for the full game.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

Yeah I agree, too many hits/bullets to kill someone, and the gameplay is kinda slow, they need to make it faster.

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

its great fun but takes too many shots to kill someone

snoopdawg29
snoopdawg29

Yer I kind of agree with starscream here. It's kind of getting pretty boring. I mean I could play games like Metal gear solid 4 assassins creed and gta for hours, but uncharted, well... the graphics are abit ...boring, the settings etc... I'd rather play tomb raider lol.

starscreamPL
starscreamPL

I played Uncharted 2 multiplayer for few hours, it was fun but I got bored very fast. This one looks similar. - shooting is nothing special - poor weapons sounds, way to many bullets needed to kill someone (are there any headshots? I haven`t seen any during my games), this should be changed above else - poor camera and not too good controls - no excitement - atmosphere is nothing special compared to Killzone 2/3 or Gears of War - agile character movements are very cool but unimportant - 2 availible maps are great, IMHO better than those from U2 - same character models for different players, I don`t like it at all - taunts are pathetic - graphic is beautiful as always

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

seems like i need to find the time today to play a round o.o

ShootingPwnage
ShootingPwnage

Why are so many people complaining about the amount of bullets it takes for a kill? Try shooting at your opponents head, try melee, try grenades. @lowkey254 The co-op arena was the same for the Uncharted 2 beta, the campaign stages for co-op were available when the game released. It might be the same for U3

boklau
boklau

they need to fix the amount of shoots it takes to kill someone....other then that the beta is great.

Bubblegumxxx
Bubblegumxxx

Is it me, I found the graphic quality is actually worse than Uncharted 2?

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

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dstv
dstv

So Drake found great FORTUNE hidden AMONG THIEVES but in the end was overcome by their DECEPTION ... 3 reasons why i need a ps3 ...XD

OreoPoptart
OreoPoptart

only thing I hate about the beta is..... it take way too many shots to kill some one. a clip to kill some one that's too much

avengedblazer
avengedblazer

played the beta.. wish the kept out the perks and all that crap.. the uncharted 2 multiplayer weapons situation is better id say