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The line for Uncharted 3 at E3 was always long, which was a good sign. More so, I bet, because you got a cool t-shirt and a code to unlock gear in Uncharted 3. The game mode we played was called Hunter Mode. There was an offensive and defensive side. When you’re on the offensive side, your goal is to grab treasure and deliver it to the treasure box. Defensive side, of course, tries to stop you. There are multiple treasures in the level, I’d guess about 5 of them. After the time runs down, you switch from offensive to defensive (or vis versa). Two levels were available at E3, both were fun and pretty large.
You have 1 buddy in the game, which is highlighted by a box over their name, so you want to stick by them, because they are friends with benefits! For example, you have greater firepower when you are together. I’m sure there are other benefits, but I didn’t notice any. One really cool thing is, when you kill an enemy, you can both stand over the body and high five each other! I seem to recall you can sometimes revive your buddy as well. Not sure if your buddy is random or if you can choose them. Seems like, in this demo, it was random. I hope in the final game, you can choose your buddy.
The line for Starhawk was never very long at E3 for some odd reason. I usually just had to wait for the current game to finish for my turn at the game. When you spawn, you get a top down view of the battlefield and you get to choose where to drop your pod in your home base. You can steer it slightly when it’s falling in mid-air. What’s cool is you can actually kill others when you land! I never got to see this in person, though. After you land, you press square to burst out of your pod.
I couldn’t pass up a chance to try this out. In the demo you can control a helicopter or a fighter jet. First I tried out the helicopter, the battle takes place in a city. You assist other troops on the ground. Targets include regular guys with rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns, trucks & tanks. When you are close enough you can lock onto a target and use your mounted machine guns or 2 different types of missiles in this demo. Sometimes when you take out a target you get a nice quick cut scene of the destruction then right back into action. Near the end of the demo you get to take on a few enemy helicopters. Then you finish the demo off with taking out a bridge with supply trucks on it.
Rockstar Games is hitting its stride now. Two straight games that are genre defining, and potentially revolutionary, they’ve released now, both of which to fan and critical acclaim. But which one is better? Team Bondi’s homage to film noire or Rockstar San Diego’s western classic?
I’ve already stated on this blog that Red Dead Redemption is among my favorite games of all time, and L.A. Noire was my most anticipated game of 2011. But, which game will I say is better?
I have to warn you, this post contains spoilers for both games. If you haven’t finished it, I suggest you wouldn’t read the “plot” section of this post.