Uncharted 3: New & Improved (Now With More Beta!)


As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a PlayStation fan. I think the game that escalated that fandom without a doubt has got to be the Uncharted series.

It’s that time again with the UC3 Beta coming out today on the PSN around 2pm PST (according to Evan Wells’ twitter) and then I’ll be able to go home and starting handing tickets for the “pain train”. The videos showcasing the new maps that will be available to play will be “Airstrip” & “Chateau” along with some co-op options.

Now if you couldn’t tell, I’m just this side of being excited to be included in this boner-inducing beta and not only will you be able to play the beta – you’ll be able to earn in-game rewards for the actual game when it comes out in November. Now that is something to write home to the alumni association about.

As far as our battled-tested protagonist: Nathan Drake…you got to feel for this guy. He gets beat on, shot at, put in constant danger and apparently he’s still got one more Arabian adventure in him. Can you imagine how that conversation would go:

Foo: So Drake what have been up to?

Drake: Looking for treasure and getting shot and taking down bad guys like a pissed off kid with a magnifying glass.

Foo: Oh.

So…maybe not that exciting after all. It’s probably for the best he’s actually a complete work of fiction and I can summon him anytime I like. A lot of websites are hyping up the beta because of the success of Uncharted 2 last year and were no different here on PS3BlOG.NET, check out our big “Uncharted 2 GOTY Edition Giveaway” and be sure to enter. I would, but i own it, beat it, platinum’d it and now I use it for practice for this upcoming beta.

If you have played Uncharted 2, do yourself a favor and cut the cord from Call Of Duty and go play a quality game that’s put out by an even better quality studio “Naughty Dog”. Rent it, buy it, Gamefly it – if you friend has it – steal it and never talk to them again. Trust me, it’s worth every minute of your precious time – I guarantee it.


Written by: Damon - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Pedro on June 28th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    So, can anyone download the Beta with a PS+ account today or is it just for those who have a pass?

  2. #2 by FooBear408 on June 28th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    your PSN account has to be older than April 20th and you had to download the “Welcome Back” Playstation Plus 30 day pass to be eligible for the beta.

  3. #3 by CHEETO on June 28th, 2011

    “Rent it, buy it, Gamefly it – if you friend has it – steal it and never talk to them again.”
    That cracked me up. Good stuff mate. have you been on vacation or something? cause I haven’t seen your post for a while now.

  4. #4 by ZFM12 on June 28th, 2011 [ 1485 Points ]

    About time XD

  5. #5 by FooBear408 on June 28th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    Vacation? What’s that?

    But seriously, I just work. A lot. I try to write a least four articles a month. Any bay area coverage as far as media events and such, I usually cover 1 so keep a look out for those.

    Not enough Foo for ya?

    I also chime in with my two cents on the weekly podcast. So check that out and feel free to call in with a question!

  6. #6 by Pedro on June 28th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    FooBear408: your PSN account has to be older than April 20th and you had to download the “Welcome Back” Playstation Plus 30 day pass to be eligible for the beta.  

    All that applies, so I’m eligible, but do I get to download it or not? I don’t have a pass.

  7. #7 by Royalty32 on June 28th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    NEED HELP!!! Im trying to dwnload the U3 beta. I have PS+ and the Infamous 2 voucher code. For some reason the code is not wrking, is anyone else have this problem if so can u help me PLEASE!!!

  8. #8 by FooBear408 on June 28th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    Yes.

    And if you still have trouble getting into the demo, I’ll snag you a UC3 beta code. Just message me on the PSN.

  9. #9 by FooBear408 on June 28th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    It won’t be available until some time after 2pm PST.

  10. #10 by Royalty32 on June 28th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    what is that eastern time

  11. #11 by Royalty32 on June 28th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    OMG OMG OMG. Im now dwnloading the beta. SUPER PUMPED. If anybody wants to play wit me (no homo) my psnid in. Beast_Mode_2612

  12. #12 by FooBear408 on June 28th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    @Rotalty32

    I hate you so much right now. I’m still at work.

    **shakes fist**

  13. #13 by CHEETO on June 28th, 2011

    Royalty32: OMG OMG OMG. Im now dwnloading the beta. SUPER PUMPED. If anybody wants to play wit me (no homo) my psnid in. Beast_Mode_2612  

    You will get some hate mail, yes sir.

  14. #14 by Royalty32 on June 28th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    So many ppl tryin to get on the beta it done crashed already.

  15. #15 by CHEETO on June 28th, 2011

    I can confirm that if you have the (welcome back) package you can access the Playstation store and download the Uncharted 3 Beta!

  16. #16 by Pedro on June 28th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Great. I’ve just downloaded it and after 1 round it crashed and now all I get is “Error initializing session manager”… well at least it’s beta.

  17. #17 by FooBear408 on June 28th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    I’m already level 5. This game is sweet!

  18. #18 by Pedro on June 28th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Just got to level 6 before I turn off my profile. Game’s cool. Nothing really new though.

    However, it’s a bit too buggy right now, crashed my PS3 more than 5 times, possibly 50% of the matches I’ve played, which is expected, but a bit disappointing really…

  19. #19 by Darklurkr23 on June 28th, 2011 [ 20326 Points ]

    Hey I’m wondering, if I particpate in this beta, do I get any in-game stuff? I loved how the GOW 3 beta gave you skins and stuff, is there anything going on like this for Un 3?

  20. #20 by CHEETO on June 29th, 2011

    Pedro: Just got to level 6 before I turn off my profile. Game’s cool. Nothing really new though.However, it’s a bit too buggy right now, crashed my PS3 more than 5 times, possibly 50% of the matches I’ve played, which is expected, but a bit disappointing really…  

    Mine crashed 3 times already. It is expected as you said, but for a first time Uncharted multiplayer noob (Me), I don’t really see that special something that keeps people coming back for more. I will be, however, playing the beta for a while, obviously because everyone else is! Hopefully by the end of the beta I’ll find that missing element!

  21. #21 by FooBear408 on June 29th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    mine crashed several times and made my PS3 froze once. after they disabled Facebook integration, it ran much smoother. naughty dog has since released an update for the beta, so hopefully it will be better all around.

    and I made it to level 10 last night…and I’m digging the map “airstrip”!!

    I also think the beta runs better if your PS3 is hardwired and not running on wifi.

  22. #22 by FooBear408 on June 29th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    in game rewards that will carry over to the actual game:

    Will my Beta progress or unlocks carry over to the final game?
    No, what happens in the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta stays in the Beta, however we’ve lined up some killer rewards for the retail version of Uncharted 3 if you keep playing in the Beta:

    Download the Uncharted 3 Beta and receive the exclusive UNCHARTED 3 PSN Beta Tester Avatar!
    Complete 10 matches in every Gametype of Competitive Multiplayer and receive the Exclusive Beta Decal Pack 1!
    Complete 5 matches in every Gametype of Co-operative Multiplayer and receive the Exclusive Beta Decal Pack 2!
    Complete 4 Treasure Sets and receive the Treasure Hunter’s Starter Pack!
    Rank up to level 25 in the Beta and receive a handsome reward of in-game cash on day one!

  23. #23 by FooBear408 on June 29th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    more info:

    Now, we can give you the FULL rundown of the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta for things that weren’t necessarily covered in the IGN reveal. We put together a handy little FAQ below with ALL the details.

    When can I start playing?
    Tuesday, June 28, for all Infamous 2 and current PlayStation Plus members, who all get early access to the Beta.
    Unfortuantely, PS Plus Members under the Welcome Back program won’t be able to get early access in the following countries: Germany, Portugal, Spain and New Zealand. Sorry!

    If you’re not an owner of Infamous 2 or a current PlayStation Plus member, we’re opening the floodgates to the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta for EVERYONE on Monday, July 4.

    What time EXACTLY can I start playing?
    UPDATE: The Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta is now available for download on ALL participating PS Stores (see above).

    Is the Beta available in my region/country?
    The Beta is be available in all current PSN Store regions – except Japan.

    When does the Beta end?
    The Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta will end on Thursday, July 14.

    What gametypes and maps are available?
    Throughout the three weeks of the Beta, we’ll be rotating through a variety competitive and co-op gametypes, along with access to three different maps.

    June 28
    to
    July 3Gametypes:
    Team Deathmatch, Plunder, Three Team Deathmatch, Hardcore, Co-op Arena
    Maps:
    Airstrip, Chateau

    July 4 
    to
    July 9Gametypes:
    Team Deathmatch, Free For All, Team Objective, Hardcore, Co-op Hunter
    Maps:
    Airstrip, Chateau

    July 10 
    to
    July 14Gametypes:
    Team Deathmatch, Plunder, Three Team Deathmatch, Hardcore, Co-op Adventure, Co-op Arena
    Maps:
    Airstrip, Yemen

    Can you tell me more about a specific gametype or map?

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words right? So a video is worth at least 24,000 words per second multiplied by… or something.
    Check out the video below for looks at most, but not all, of the Gametypes, Maps, and options you can experience in the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta.

  24. #24 by CHEETO on June 29th, 2011

    Give me that video o_O like now!

  25. #26 by Sakinah on June 29th, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    Had a chance to play this a few times earlier. The graphics look good and the gameplay was smooth. I did get signed out of PSN and my PS3 froze at the title screen ( this was after the I downloaded the patch ND released ) after my third game. Other than that, the beta was pretty fun for me.

    I did make the mistake of standing around a burning part of the Chateau stage too long and died when the floor collapsed under me, lol. Wasn’t expecting that to happen.

  26. #27 by CHEETO on June 29th, 2011

    Nope, This is not working for me. I need to find a dummy guide for not sucking in UC multiplayer. My best score was 9! … tips people?

  27. #28 by FooBear408 on June 29th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    run
    reload
    repeat

    always, always – make sure you have a full clip. and try to steady your aim towards the top half of any enemy – body shots don’t do as much damage.

  28. #29 by Jason on June 29th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    UnchARTED 2 2.0 is what the game should be called. I wasnt impressed. Truly is beta but they dont have enough time to make it feel like a new entry in the series. The smoke and mirrors of the airplane was decent but overall not impressed. I deleted do to the multiple freez’s. Was fun trying to play a game and see everybody’s names signing in and out lmao

  29. #30 by YODADDY on June 29th, 2011 [ 810 Points ]

    level 2… and just have been owned 4 it

  30. #31 by Darklurkr23 on June 29th, 2011 [ 20326 Points ]

    O man what a horroshow. Just won this TDM. I had 21/11, and 4 other guys, the best he had was 5/9. Are you kidding me…… Anyway, this game freezes a hell of a lot, I hope that update fixes it!

  31. #32 by CHEETO on June 29th, 2011

    Jason: UnchARTED 2 2.0 is what the game should be called. I wasnt impressed. Truly is beta but they dont have enough time to make it feel like a new entry in the series. The smoke and mirrors of the airplane was decent but overall not impressed. I deleted do to the multiple freez’s. Was fun trying to play a game and see everybody’s names signing in and out lmao  

    I can’t give an honest opinion on the matter because I haven’t got a chance to play Uncharted 2 in the first place, but from an outside prospective the multiplayer was decent. Solid aim and shoot mechanism, although at some point when I panicked i was spraying bullets all over the place. The mele system was a bet fun, but to be honest it got a little repetitive after a few matches. I have only played TDM and free for all. I will try to check out the co-op mode later on tonight. I think the main attraction for the Uncharted series is the fascinating campaign. It feels like you are in a middle of an superb action flick with lots of twists and turns.

  32. #33 by AJ on June 29th, 2011 [ 515 Points ]

    Will be downloading the Beta tonight…hopefully the one month free PS+ membership sony offered works!

  33. #34 by Jason on June 29th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    Captain_CHEETO:
    I can’t give an honest opinion on the matter because I haven’t got a chance to play Uncharted 2 in the first place, but from an outside prospective the multiplayer was decent. Solid aim and shoot mechanism, although at some point when I panicked i was spraying bullets all over the place. The mele system was a bet fun, but to be honest it got a little repetitive after a few matches. I have only played TDM and free for all. I will try to check out the co-op mode later on tonight. I think the main attraction for the Uncharted series is the fascinating campaign. It feels like you are in a middle of an superb action flick with lots of twists and turns.  

    Thats Uncharted 2 in a nutshell. Im glad you are enjoying it.

  34. #35 by Darklurkr23 on June 29th, 2011 [ 20326 Points ]

    Where do you go on here to say where the bugs are? I’ve found a couple I’d love to tell Naughty Dog

  35. #36 by FooBear408 on June 29th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    go here:

    I like/hate something in the Beta OR I think I found a bug – where do I tell you about this?
    Let us know on the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta forum in the NaughtyDog.com Community Forums.

    We can’t stress this enough – please, please, PLEASE post in the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta forum with your thoughts, complaints and suggestions! Your forum feedback was critical in finalizing the Uncharted 2 multiplayer modes between Beta and the final retail version. We absolutely want your feedback this time around as well. You will help us make a better multiplayer game.

    DEFINITELY see you online!

  36. #37 by AJ on June 30th, 2011 [ 515 Points ]

    Played the Co-Op Arena last night….besides few freezes…loving the game…


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