Fret not, for we’ve got some fresh Uncharted 3 campaign footage to help you pass the next four minutes and 54 seconds (nine minutes and 48 seconds if you watch it twice!), which gets you that much closer to you getting your hands on it yourself in a few weeks.
The footage above comes from the ‘Desert Village’ section of the game’s campaign. You’ll see plenty of Drake being Drake. The new melee system is on display, as is your standard Uncharted gunplay and Drake being Drake with smart-ass witty comments, only this time he does it all in the desert.
Sony and Subway have teamed up to run a rather unique promotion for Uncharted 3. While the November 1st game release is still almost a month away, you can actually play the full Uncharted 3 multiplayer right now.
Sony has shipped out a ton of early multiplayer access codes to Subway. You can get your hands on one either by purchasing a medium drink with the promo cup, or you can find the code on select chips (Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar, though not all bags have the code) and foot-long sandwiches.
The easiest and most sure-fire way to get your hands on the code is to go for the drink. If they have the promo cups that feature Drake artwork on them, those cups all have a code on them.
The access you get to the game is to the full competitive multiplayer game. This is not a demo and not a stripped down version. You have access to all the game modes, unlocks, etc as if you had the complete disc but only bothered playing the multiplayer (at which point we’d question your Unchartedness). Even better news (at least for people that have the codes) is that unlike the beta, everything you unlock during this early access period WILL roll over into the full version of the game on November 1st. You won’t lose your leveling, XP, unlocks, or trophies when the full game comes out.
Of course, the digital version of the multiplayer will be disabled on November 1st, which means that if you want to continue playing you’ll have to actually buy the disc based version of the game at that point.
The Uncharted 3 beta is nearing its end (Thursday is the last day!), but in order to ease that dreadful news a bit, we’ve got some good news for you as well. If you log into the beta now you can take your first shot at a new multiplayer map, Yemen. This is the 3rd map featured in the beta and this is the first time players have been able to access it or even see it.
Additionally, a full co-op campaign level is now available for you to try out with a buddy.
So enjoy it while it lasts folks, because our time with the beta is winding down and soon we’ll begin the long wait until the November 1st release of Uncharted 3.
If you were one of the few folks that didn’t have your PSN+ account activated, the wait is now over and you can join everyone else in playing the Uncharted 3 Beta. As of now, the beta is officially open to anyone and everyone that wants it, free of charge, from the PSN store.
Additionally, we’re now in week 2 of the beta and as we told you last week the available game modes have now changed. You can now play Team Deathmatch, Free For All, Team Objective, Hardcore, and Co-op Hunter game modes. Check out our Uncharted 3 beta game modes breakdown for details on what each game mode is.
Those will change again next week. For now, just the same two maps (Airstrip and Chateau) are available, though we’ll finally get to see a new map next week with the release of Yemen.
If you tried to log on to the Uncharted 3 beta in the first evening after it’s release you were likely greeted with a host of error messages, mind boggling amounts of lag, and even your PS3 freezing up repeatedly. Things got off to a rocky start, there’s no doubt about that, but things seem to have settled down now.
The beta was running much more smoothly this morning and and afternoon. It’s difficult to say if that means things are fixed or if it just means that there were a lot fewer people online in the middle of the day, but now is the perfect time to find out as everyone should be getting home from work and hopping online any minute now.
So how is the beta working for you? Still a laggy mess, or are things running better?
The Uncharted 3 Beta will be available around 5pm EST tomorrow. Follow us on twitter and we’ll update you as soon as it goes up. That exact time is controlled by Sony’s PSN so Naughty Dog won’t have any say in it, and as such it is a tentative time that could change. Remember, to play tomorrow you need to either have purchased inFamous 2 or be a PSN+ subscriber. Luckily, everyone should be a PSN+ subscriber right now if you’ve redeemed your free month of PSN+ that was given to you for the PSN downtime. If for some reason you don’t have that, the beta will open its doors to you on July 4th.
The beta will end on July 13th whether you had early access or not.
If you’re worried about your location, don’t be, unless you’re in Japan or Asia SCE. If you can access the PSN store from anywhere else then you can access the beta, as it will be available for all regions that have access to the store. You’ll need to download the beta from the PSN store, so make sure you’ve got at least 1.7gb of free space on your hard drive as that is how much space it’s going to take up.
The third volume of Uncharted is due to be released on November 2nd. Because Naughty Dog is part of Sony, the game will only be available on PS3, so users should get ready to make their purchase. This edition takes Nathan Drake on a quest into the heart of the Arabian Desert. Accompanied by mentor Victor Sullivan, he must find the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’, however Drake soon finds out some terrible secrets that are hidden within the city.
Apparently there will also be an exciting twist at the end of the game. This should make all of the play time worth it, even though you may have to take breaks at times to do other things like go to work or pursue other hobbies like playing OnlinePoker.com. During the game, things will turn against Drake and he must fight for his survival and confront some of his greatest fears. Elena the voice actress, will play an in game journalist and the final scenes are said to be pretty intense.
There have been a lot of new developments in this version of the game. The environments, physics and graphics have all been improved, as well as new opponents, combat moves and stealth actions. This means that there is now a better overall package when it comes to conflict in the game. Not everything has been changed however, with the much-loved, dramatic cinematics that Naughty Dog are best known for remaining as a prominent aspect of play.
They are also apparent in the online multiplayer version, ensuring that the amazing visual effects reach everyone. These modes allow for up to ten players to compete at one time. After the success of the Beta, it looks like Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is going to be a big hit among gamers.
When it comes to game betas, most offer only a petite sampling of their game modes. The recent Gears of War 3 beta, for instance, offered players the ability to play only one game mode when it released, and added a new game mode each week for a total of four.
Naughty Dog loves you though, and they’re not going to restrict you that much. The Uncharted 3 beta will feature a whopping nine game modes. These nine game modes will be divided up between competitive multiplayer and co-op, with six coming from the former category and three from the latter. These game modes will rotate in and out throughout the course of hte beta. The single player campaign will not be represented in the beta.
So here are some details on the nine Uncharted 3 beta game modes you’ll have the opportunity to play when you get your hands on the beta in a couple weeks.
Team Deathmatch - Old faithful. You know what’s going on here, two teams trying to kill each other, the team with the most kills wins. An old favorite. This mode supports ten players in 5v5 action.
Three Team Deathmatch - 2v2v2. This works the same as deathmatch, except you’ll be paired into three teams instead of two, and you’ll have only one teammate.
Team Objective – Like Team Deathmatch, except that you have specific goals instead of just going for kills. Like TDM, this mode is also 5v5.
Free For All - No teams, just chaos. Free For All leaves every man for themselves, the player with the most kills wins. 8 players can play FFA at a time.
Plunder – Also known as “capture the treasure”, this mode will work similarly to how it did in Uncharted 2 and will support eight players in two teams of four.
High Stakes – If you’re a recovering gambling addict you’ll want to stay away from this mode, which let’s you use your in-game cash and XP to gamble on the outcome of a match. It’s a good way to level up quickly if you’re confident in your ability to win.
Adventure – “Adventure co-op” is basically the standard co-op from Uncharted 2. It consists of two and three player missions that task players with using teamwork to complete objectives or get through difficult areas.
Hunter - This game mode is the biggest reveal so far. It’s actually sort of a “competitive co-op” mode, so it would fit into the list above just as easily as it fits down here. It’s essentially a 2v2 game type, heroes vs villains. The heroes have to try and grab and return as many treasures as they can in six minutes. The villains try and stop them. But here’s the kicker…the two villains aren’t alone. The two human controlled villain players will team up with AI controlled goons to stop the heroes, and they’ll be weaker like the AI goons themselves (sort of like Perfect Dark’s counter-op mode, if you can remember back that far). As they get kills, the villains unlock medals that allow them to pick more upgraded villains to use when they respawn. The heroes get a bonus of their own, for they earn medal kickbacks every time they successfully return a treasure.
The third and final co-op game mode has yet to be revealed, but as the last remaining of the Uncharted 3 beta games not revealed, we’ll get that information to you as soon as we have it.
So there you have it, eight of the nine game modes you’ll be able to try out in the Uncharted 3 beta. Which one are you most looking forward to? Which one do you think will be your favorite? Let us know over in our brand new Uncharted 3 forum.
A quick refresher before we get down to business, in case you’ve forgotten how boosters worked in Uncharted 2.
Boosters are basically abilities that you can equip that will affect gameplay. In addition to the ability it gives you, you also gain experience and level up the ability as you use it.
The Uncharted 3 beta will also let you test out some of these boosters, eight in total separated between two booster slots. They are:
Booster Slot 1:
Come Here – The last opponent that killed you remains on your radar until their next death. A great way to get revenge.
Retaliation – If you are killed by a weapon that was picked up, you will spawn with that weapon when you respawn.
Cloaked – You are invisible on radar, and your movement is silent.
Weapon Expert – Equip more than the standard number of weapon mods.
Booster Slot 2:
Back in the Salled – Respawn more quickly.
Bargain – Medal Kickbacks are cheaper (beta medal kickbacks are listed below)
Power Hunter – Power weapons appear on radar.
Daredevil – Gain extra ammo for taunting over a deceased opponent.
In addition to Booster slots, some medal kickbacks will also be available in the Uncharted 3 beta. Medal Kickbacks are similar to boosters, except that they are much more powerful. As a trade-off, you have to earn them during the match by acquiring a certain number of medals, they aren’t just available to you right away like boosters.
The beta will feature four medal kickbacks. The are:
Smoke Bomb – Throw down a smoke bomb and vanish.
Speedy G – Super speed.
RPG!!! – You spawn with an RPG equipped.
Cluster Bomb – When you throw a grenade, it explodes into multiple grenades instead of just the one.
The Uncharted 3 Beta is inching ever closer, and as we move towards it, more and more info continues to come to light.
Today, we’ve got a breakdown of some stuff that will be available for you to try out in the beta, including the list of maps, guns, mods, and characters that you’ll be able to use. These are just a subset of the maps, guns, mods, and characters in the final game. Here we go…
Uncharted 3 Beta Maps
The Uncharted 3 beta will allow you to play multiplayer on two maps. The first of these is Airfield, which will include multiple levels so you can get your climb on, as well as crazy events like planes taking off and cargo shifting around in it. Below is a video flythrough of the Airfield map:
The other Uncharted 3 beta map is taken from the campaign section you’ve seen previously in the Uncharted 3 gameplay footage. The map is called Chateau, and it will take place in a burning French mansion. Again, it will be multi-leveled so you can climb around and will include live action events like pieces of the building crumbling around you. Again, we’ve embed a video walkthrough of the map below:
Uncharted 3 Beta Guns
So far, we know that the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta will include RPGs, pistols, the AK-47, G-Mal, and Dragon Sniper.
Uncharted 3 Beta Mods
Mods are modifications you can make to the weapons that you equip in Uncharted 3. The beta will include only a couple of mods for you to use, and a limited selection of guns as well.
In the beta, you’ll have only two mods to use on your long range guns (AK-47, G-Mal, Dragon Sniper).
Clip Size – Pretty self-explanatory, increase the size of your clips
Call Out – Let’s you see enemy locations
You’ll also have to other mods to use with pistols
Increase Ammo – Allows you to carry more ammo
Rate of Fire – Increase your fire rate on the Arm Micro pistol
Uncharted 3 Beta Characters
Four characters will be available to you in the beta, three when you play as heroes and just the one when you play as villains (that’s what you get for being a bad guy!). When you play as a hero, you can elect to use either Drake, Sully, or a treasure hunter (so still no confirmation of Elena or Chloe). When you play as a villain, you’re stuck with the generic pirate.
Don’t worry about being stuck with too generic a character though, as the beta will make character customization available to you. There’s been no confirmation as to how much of the character customization will be available, but if everything else is an indication it will likely be a small subset. Still, they’ll likely make most of the different types of items (shirts, sunglasses, hats, jewelry, etc) available, just a limited selection of each of them.
So there you have it, a comprehensive breakdown of the Uncharted 3 beta maps, guns, gun mods, and characters. Has that gotten you salivating for the beta enough yet? There’s less than one month until you can get your hands on the beta, be sure to keep checking back here to get all the latest beta info as it’s released in the meantime!
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