Uncharted 3. When you read that, Im sure you'll be thinking bout Nathan Drake and his adventures in the sand. Surely, you wouldnt be thinking bout its multiplayer. Well, Im writing this blog here to change that. Whenever you see the name Uncharted 3, I want you to remember not only of its pretty grand single player, I want you to remember its pretty dang fun mutliplayer. Here's some of the reasons why I enjoy the MP and why you should at least consider to play it. Let's get the boring stuff out of the way first.
Multiplayer comes down to 5 vs 5 which fits the game quite nicely IMO. Competitive modes come down to Team Deathmatch, 3Team Deathmatch, free for all, objectives mode, plunder(think basketball but with guns), Elimination(no respawns TDM), The Lab(special version of TDM but with whacky maps and or load outs). There are also 4 co-op modes, wave based, one competitive mode, co-op story mode and co-op shade survival(demon version of wave based) for those who just want to buddy up instead of shooting them down.
Now that you got some idea of what it's about, let's get started.
Its Free!(but with limits)
As of February of this year, the multiplayer portion of Uncharted 3 is free to play. If you do choose to play the F2P version instead of the full game's MP, let it be known that there are limits, just like most F2P titles. You can only level up maximum of 15 and unlock certain weapons by literally cashing out. Doesnt help that after each map, you are forced to watch one ad before you can do anything. You can still quit but the ad will continue to play till it ends.
Customization, customization, and oh, did I mention customization?
Other than weapon loadouts, there is also a grandiose amount of character customization. You want your Elana character with cat ears? Sure! You want Nathan Drake with sunglasses and a hat? Why not! Other than customizing pre-made characters, there is also a character maker, though it is very limited. Your character has only one gender and they are split to three races. There is at least seven different voices but clothe options are a plenty! So when you jump in, don't be surprised to see a flaming skeleton man or fat Nathan Drake breaking your character's spine.
Gorgeous maps, beautiful visuals, jaw dropping sets. Oh and they're all FREE.
If you havent seen any of the maps, you can bet your pot of gold that each map is just as b-e-a-u-tiful as the single player's visuals. There's also some great verticality and design to each map. If you ever wanted to feel the rush of running away while being gunned down and chased OR sliding down a rope and shooting some guy down, this is the game for you! Naughty Dog has recently released all of their DLC maps for free, for celebrating the U3 anniversary. The DLC maps include Uncharted 3 make overs of most of the U2 MP maps and a recently newly designed map. Boasting a hefty 22 maps, variety is a plenty! So expect tons of jumping and the X button being your best buddy during your time with Uncharted 3's multiplayer.
Team's score ahead of you? Well, time for a power play
Here's another feature that sets this MP apart from most others. Whenever a team is 6+ kills ahead in a Team Deathmatch or the Lab or Elimination modes, the losing team has 3 chances to equalize the score. Each chance/power play is a minute long and usually follows by Marked Man(one of the winning team is targeted and given bonus points to kill), Exposed(winning team member's names are revealed and show how close/far they are) and lastly Double Damage(explains itself). Each one takes a minute and happens randomly before the match's time is over.
Sounds are damn well made in this MP
Perhaps this is me but this should be mentioned as well. The sound direction in this MP is amazing. What I mean is that you can actually tell where a gun is shooting or explosions are a happening. Near or far, the game will clearly indicate to you where a gun or explosion or a messy death just went off. Not only are the sounds well recorded and produced but the in-game music fits perfectly well too. For example, every time you obtain a kill or something epic like getting 5 kills from hanging from a ledge, the game plays a nice 'whistle' tune, iconic and akin to Killzone's 'chirp' sound. The music that plays during power plays are especially fitting to hear. Here are some of the songs that will play during your matches http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Satisfaction of the animations and melee
Another part of this MP that is satisfactory to experience is the melee. Ever felt like a pulling an enemy down like in those TV shows or movies? Well you can in this game. Whilst hanging and if there is an enemy next to you, you can kick his ass off and let him plummet! There are also stealth melees. If an enemy leaves his back open to you, you can stealth kill the guy if timed right(blue symbol pops up to indicate the right time). Sometimes, if an enemy is close to death, the game will let you melee your opponent in a very cool looking animation, for example, your character would slide under the near death opponent and punch his....you can guess yourself.
Those are just some of the reasons why U3's MP is one of my top multiplayer games I still play to this day! While I hope to have made you somehow more interested in this addictive MP, I must warn you of some of the mixed parts of the game that you either love...or hate.
For example, like in CoD, there is a sorta kill streak and reward thing. Instead of a 'sky strike', U3 players get Medal Kickbacks, special attacks or bonuses given once you reach a certain number of medals. Medals are often obtained by pulling some skill kills or just sitting in cover for 10 minutes. Some of these Kickbacks include the ability to turn your character into a bunch of spiders that one hit kills(takes 20 medals), grants you a rocket launcher and much much more. There are also character boosters by the way.
So, with that, I hope that you at least consider U3's MP to be a viable choice to gaming online. You might as well try it, its free anyways and you wont be loosing much. Hope to see you online...fresh meat.