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Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Beta Multiplayer/Coop Impressions

Uncharted 2

Now that I’ve gotten a few days with this beta, I can say that this game will be incredible and is in my top 3 most anticipated games.

Multiplayer Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Coop
There are only 2 playable maps in the beta and both maps are not very large at all. Its a slower paced shooter for the most part as cover plays a huge role as well as hiding around corners etc. I think a lot of the aiming mechanics has been corrected since Uncharted 1 and it makes it easier to get a nice head shot in from time to time on an unsuspecting enemy.

Deathmatch is as fun as it sounds. There are random things lying around like a gatling guns which makes you walk super slow and you are unable to user cover or riot shields which protect you from enemy fire but only allow you to use a pistol for retaliation. Despite being slightly slower paced, the action is pretty intense with grenade lobbing and blasting away at each other.

Capture the Flag I’ve only had the chance to play once. It doesn’t seem to come up much. It really needs to come up more often because it is insanely fun. Basically you run our and grab a huge golden idol and proceed bringing it back to your base. If you find yourself outnumbered or in can toss the idol to a team mate or toss it on top of a building to make it more difficult for the other party to pick it up and hightail it to their base.

Coop is where I think the magic is going to happen at least for me. There will be a set of online coop missions that require a certain amount of people to complete. Any bonus earned during these missions will be reflected online and in single player games. There is one coop choice on the beta that requires 3 people to join up and assist each other through the demo. At first it starts out like any other coop with enemies showing up asking to be dispatched by you and your posse. Shortly after you come up to parts that require all 3 members to stand in a circle marked with an image that indicates 3 people are needed. Once everyone is there and holds down triangle, the party progresses by either lifting up a bookshelf to use as a ladder or hoisting another member up to a ladder that is just out of reach. I also noticed random treasures laying around in the coop mode but I’ve no clue what they are for.

In the end, this is a game to keep an eye on and despite this being Naughty Dog’s first online attempt, its already amazing. Coupled with a single player game as good as the first Uncharted’s, this game will be keeping my attention for some time after it releases.