Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the first game in the Uncharted series to feature an online multiplayer gameplay component. Competitive multiplayer pits two teams of five against each other in various gameplay modes, whilst co-operative multiplayer
unites players into teams of two or three and tasks them with battling the game's A.I. engine to complete a goal. The multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves received significant praise, being cited as one of the reasons for the game's longevity.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure game, with special attention paid to the shooting and platforming aspects of the genre. This carries over to the multiplayer mode of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Players carry a primary weapon (a long gun) and a secondary weapon (a pistol), with the ability to switch between these weapons freely. Furthermore, the game also encourages player movement, with the ability to transverse between several levels on certain maps. When under fire, players are expected to take cover behind objects situated around the map, and hand-to-hand (melee) combat is also common in certain close-quarter online environments.
Throughout gameplay, players earn in-game money. This in-game money can be spent on perks such as new skins and Boosters for the player to use. However, this cash also accumulates in order to decide the player's multiplayer level. Furthermore, Medals can be earned during games for completing certain feats. These Medals reward players with additional money, and where applicable, can contribute towards the player earning particular Trophies for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
 Game modes
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer features a number of game modes. All game modes pit two teams of five players against each other, with one team being designated the Heroes and one team being designated the Villains. These designations have no effect on actual gameplay, they merely determine what skin each player will use for the game. Certain gameplay modes focus on killing players on the opposing team, whilst other focus more on teams completing certain tasks.
 Team Deathmatch
Main Article: Team Deathmatch
The cornerstone of the multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Team Deathmatch pits two teams of five players against each other with the goal of defeating players on the opposing team. A goal of 50 kills is generally set for both teams to win, with a time limit of 20 minutes. If neither team scores 50 kills in the 20 minutes, the team with the most kills is awarded the victory. Team Deathmatch was confirmed as being in the game when it was included in the beta testing phase of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Main Article: Elimination
Elimination is a game of five rounds, each with a three minute time limit. With five players on either team, the target of Elimination is to defeat all players on the opposing team. However, when a player has been killed, they do not respawn for the rest of the round. When all players on one team have been eliminated, the round is awarded to the team that is still standing and the next round begins until one team has won three rounds. Elimination was confirmed as being in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer when it was one of the game modes included in the playable demo of the game released to the public.
Main Article: Plunder
Plunder is the Uncharted series' take on the traditional capture the flag game. Two teams of five players compete to retrieve a golden idol spawned in a random position on the map and return it to their own chest. When one team retrieves the treasure five times, they win the match. Alternatively, if the time limit (generally 20 minutes) expires, the team who has retrieved the idol more times wins. Plunder's inclusion in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer was confirmed when it was included as one of the two gameplay modes available in the beta phase of the game.
 Chain Reaction
Main Article: Chain Reaction
In Chain Reaction, there are five capture zones on the map, numbered one to five. One team begins at zone one, while the opposing team starts at the fifth zone. The teams have to work their way through the map capturing the zones in numerical order; ascending for the team that begins at zone one, and descending for the team that begins at the fifth zone. Players capture zones by residing in them and defending them from any opposing players until the zone is in their control. The team that captures all five zones are declared the winners. Chain Reaction was confirmed as being in the game when it was included as one of the game modes available in the demo of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer released to the public.
 King of the Hill
Main Article: King of the Hill
In King of the Hill, a capture point (the Hill), spawns on the map. This Hill will reset and respawn several times throughout the game, and it is up to both teams to capture the Hill by residing in it and defending it from the members of the opposing team. As long as a team controls the Hill, they earn points, and the first team to reach the goal score (generally 50 points) wins.
 Turf War
Main Article: Turf War
In Turf War, three capture zones spawn on the map. It is the objective of both teams to capture as many of these zones as they can by residing in them and defending them from the enemy team. The longer a team holds one or more zones, the more points they earn. When a team reaches 250 points, they win the match.
 Competitive Co-Op
As well as the competitive online gameplay modes that pit two teams against each other, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer also includes a number of co-operative gameplay modes that unite players into teams of two or three and present them with a task to complete.
 Co-Op Objective
Main Article: Co-op Objective
Co-op Objective is a gameplay mode that follows three players as they fight their way through Zoran Lazarević's soldiers to complete an objective. The team of three players only receives three tries; a try is lost when all three players are defeated. There are three Co-operative Objective gameplay modes:
- Nepal Warzone features a setting very similar to that of the war-torn city in Nepal seen in the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves story, especially the chapter Urban Warfare. Nepal Warzone follows Nathan "Nate" Drake, Chloe Frazer and Victor "Sully" Sullivan as they fight their way through waves of Zoran Lazarević's soldiers to retrieve a treasure.
- The Sanctuary follows Nathan "Nate" Drake, Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer as they fight their way through the monastery seen in the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves story, specifically the chapter The Monastery. The main objective for Nate and his allies is fight their way through waves of Zoran Lazarević's soldiers and aim to destroy a communication tower erected by Lazarević's forces.
- The Village involves Nathan "Nate" Drake, Elena Fisher and Tibetan mountaineer Tenzin following an objective similar to that seen in the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves story chapters Siege and Cat and Mouse. Nate and his allies must fight their way through Tenzin's village, defeating Zoran Lazarević's forces and ultimately destroying a tank and a helicopter.
 Co-op Arena
Co-op Arena is the second co-operative multiplayer gameplay mode available. Similar to the Co-op Objective in that it unites two or three players and allows them only three attempts in their objective, the Co-op Arena offers a less linear mode of gameplay, taking certain elements from competitive gameplay modes.
- In Survival, the objective is for the team to fight their way through 10 waves of Zoran Lazarević's soldiers, with each wave comprising of 25 soldiers. These 10 waves become progressively harder, and it is up to the players to survive the 10 waves.
- Gold Rush is similar to the Plunder gameplay mode. The team must collect the treasure while fighting off waves of Zoran Lazarević's soldiers.
- Siege only becomes available when purchased as part of the Siege Downloadable Expansion Pack, and is not a gameplay mode originally shipped with the game. Siege is similar to King of the Hill; the team must defend the designated capture zone against a number of Zoran Lazarević's soldiers.
Main Article: List of maps in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves features a number of multiplayer maps, all set across a variety of diverse environments. The majority of these maps come from the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves story mode, whilst several are drawn from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the first game in the Uncharted series.
The first two maps revealed were The Village and The Plaza, as these were the two maps available in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer beta. Two more maps, The Ice Cave and The Temple, would later be unveiled as part of the general multiplayer demo for the game. Ultimately, the game would ship with seven maps, with an eighth, The Fort, being patched in during a later update. Four more maps have also become available as part of downloadable content for the game.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer includes a Boosters feature. These Boosters can be bought from the multiplayer store using money earned by the player during games. There is a diverse selection of Boosters, with their effects varying from increasing a player's weapon's clip to improving a player's aim when they are shooting from the hip. The higher a player's level, the more Boosters that are available to them.
The Booster feature has received praise from reviewers, being cited as one of the reasons for the game's longevity and being praised for providing an incentive for players to return to the multiplayer mode in an effort to level up and unlock more Boosters.
Main Article: List of multiplayer skins in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer, a skin is how the player appears during online gameplay. At the beginning of any online game, players are designated a team - either Heroes or Villains. The team the player is assigned to controls what skin they use. Those on the Heroes team use skins such as the main protagonists of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Nathan "Nate" Drake and Elena Fisher, while players on the Villains team can use antagonist skins such as the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves characters Zoran Lazarević and Harry Flynn. As a player increases their level, they are able to purchase new skins from the multiplayer store using money earned during online gameplay. Furthermore, a number of additional skins have been introduced to the game through downloadable content released for the game.
 Downloadable Content
Main Article: List of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Downloadable Content
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has received significant support from developers Naughty Dog in terms of downloadable content for the game. The first pack of downloadable content for the game was the PlayStation Heroes Downloadable Skin Pack, released in January, 2010. The pack included seven additional skins for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. This pack would later be followed by four more downloadable content packs: the Drake's Fortune Downloadable Multiplayer Pack, the Eye of Indra Downloadable Bundle, the Siege Downloadable Expansion Pack and the Sidekick Downloadable Skin Pack.
The multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was largely praised upon the game's release. Technology website Electric Pig called the multiplayer mode "fantastic", saying that the component would keep players playing the game long after completing the story mode of the game. This statement was echoed in a review for the game published in The Telegraph, citing the inclusion of Boosters as one incentive for players to continue playing the multiplayer mode in an effort to increase their level. The same review would also mentioned the game's multiplayer beta phase as being "hugely successful". A review on gaming website IGN gave the multiplayer a highly positive review, going as far as to say that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer component was "one of the best multiplayer experiences" that a player would be able to find.
However, despite this largely positive reaction, certain aspects of the multiplayer component were criticised. In an otherwise positive review, Eurogamer criticised the multiplayer component for its "sluggish" feel when compared to the single-player story mode of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Furthermore, the article would also state that the gameplay modes were nothing new, suggesting that the game modes provided "few fresh ideas".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Breaking down the multiplayer in Uncharted 2" on USA Today online
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Uncharted 2: Multiplayer - Hands On" on Eurogamer
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Uncharted 2 Multiplayer Beta - Hands On" on Eurogamer
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Uncharted 2: Multiplayer Demo Details" on IGN
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Multiplayer Modes & Maps Guide" on IGN
- ↑ "Uncharted 2: Multiplayer - Hands On – Part 2" on Eurogamer
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Siege Expansion Pack available for purchase now!" on Naughty Dog
- ↑ "Be Thankful as Double Cash returns!" on Naughty Dog
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "The Drake’s Fortune Multiplayer Pack Releases Today for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" on PlayStation.Blog
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves video game review" The Telegraph online
- ↑ "Uncharted 2 PlayStation Heroes Skin Pack available Today" on Naughty Dog
- ↑ "Uncharted: Eye of Indra Motion Comic Bundle, Rika and Pinkerton Skins Launch on April 1" on PlayStation.Blog
- ↑ "August 17th: New Uncharted 2 Multiplayer Skins and Dynamic Theme" on PlayStation.Blog
- ↑ "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves review" on Electric Pig
- ↑ "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review" on IGN
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