Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer
After the success of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer, the developer of the Uncharted series Naughty Dog had to take
large steps in innovating Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, though the main premise remains the same:
competitive multiplayer pits players against each other, while co-operative multiplayer unites players into teams of two or three
and tasks them with various objectives.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a third-person 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 3: Drake's Deception. Traditionally, players spawn with a primary weapon (long gun) and a secondary weapon (a pistol), as well as having two Boosters and a Medal Kickback equipped. New to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer is the ability to save four "loadouts", which are combinations of weapons and perks. The maps in the online gameplay are tailored for player movement, with players able to transverse between several levels on all maps. When under fire, players are expected to take cover behind objects situated in the online environment, while hand-to-hand (melee) combat is also common in particular areas of maps.
As players defeat opponents and complete objectives, they earn in-game cash. This cash can be spent on game-enhancing items such as skins, weapons and perks. Players also earn Medals during gameplay, which earn cash for the player and also contribute towards the requirements for certain Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Trophies.
 Game modes
The multiplayer component of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception features a number of gameplay modes, with some returning from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. Something that is new to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer is the focus on co-operation among teammates, and this is seen with the new Buddy System, which pairs players up during online gameplay. The ability to join an online match while it is already underway is also a new feature, as is the inclusion of Overtime and Sudden Death periods in matches that are closely contended.
 Team Deathmatch
Main article: Team Deathmatch
The cornerstone of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer gameplay modes, Team Deathmatch returns in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. The mode pits two teams of five players against each other. The goal of Team Deathmatch is to kill players on the opposing team, and the first team to reach 50 kills of the opposing team are declared the victors. Alternatively, if the game clock expires, the team that has the most kills is victorious. Team Deathmatch was one of the first gameplay modes revealed as being in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, as it was included in the beta phase of the multiplayer that took place in July 2011.
Main article: Plunder
In Plunder, the objective for the teams is to capture the idol that spawns on the map and return it to their chest. For each time the idol is returned to the chest (or "Plundered"), teams earn one point; the team to first reach five points are declared the winners. Plunder, which was first seen in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was revealed as being in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception when it was included in the beta phase of the game's multiplayer component.
 Team Objective
Main article: Team Objective
Team Objective is a new gameplay mode to the Uncharted series, featuring two teams of five players pitted against each other in a series of various objective-type games. Among these games are King of the Hill, Chain Reaction and Turf War, which were all seen in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. Team Objective, which largely acts as the successor to the aforementioned Uncharted 2: Among Thieves game modes, is a "best of five rounds" contest, with the first team to win three rounds declared the victors. Team Objective was first seen in the beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, which took place in July 2011.
 Three Team Deathmatch
Main article: Three Team Deathmatch
Three Team Deathmatch is a variation of the traditional Team Deathmatch, pitting three teams of two players against each other. Similar to the traditional Team Deathmatch, the objective of Three Team Deathmatch is to defeat all opposing players, with the winners being the first team to reach 20 kills. Three Team Deathmatch is a new gameplay mode in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, having first been seen in the July 2011 beta phase of the game's multiplayer component.
 Free For All
Main article: Free For All
Free For All is a gameplay mode that has often been requested in the Uncharted series, and makes its debut in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Free For All pits eight players against each other, with the objective to kill all other players. The first player to reach the 15 kill score limit is declared the winner; alternatively, if the 15-minute time limit is reached the player with the most kills is the victor. Free For All was first revealed when it was included in the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer beta in July 2011.
Main article: Hardcore
Hardcore is very similar to Team Deathmatch, although there are two major differences: there are no perks (Boosters, Medal Kickbacks, weapon mods) available, and the player is given more health. The new Hardcore gameplay mode was first seen in the beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, although during the July 2011 beta phase weapons mods were available for use in the game mode; this was later changed for the retail release of the game.
As well as the competitive multiplayer that pits players against each other, Uncharted developer Naughty Dog worked hard to improve the co-operative side of multiplayer gameplay, introducing new gameplay modes and new features intended to encourage co-operation between players.
 Co-op Arena
Main article: Co-op Arena
Co-op Arena was first seen in the beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, drawing inspiration from the three co-operative gameplay modes included in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Survival, Gold Rush and Siege. In Co-op Arena, a team of two or three players must battle against the game's A.I. engine in order to complete 10 rounds, with the rounds using the objectives seen in the aforementioned three gameplay modes.
 Co-op Hunter Arena
Main article: Co-op Hunter Arena
A new gameplay mode, Co-op Hunter Arena pits two teams of two players against each other. One team is made up of hero players, whose objective is to gather as many treasures as possible. The other team comprises of villain players, who are teamed up with A.I. enemies, and tasked with killing the hero players to stop them from gathering treasures. After six minutes of play, the teams switch roles and a new round begins. This continues for several rounds, with more powerful weapons and perks becoming available as the game progresses. Hunter Arena was first seen during the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer beta held during July 2011.
 Co-op Adventure
Main article: Co-op Adventure
Co-op Adventure largely acts as the successor to the Co-op Objective gameplay mode seen in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. In Co-op Adventure, three players are united and must work together to defeat A.I.-controlled soldiers as they attempt to complete a larger and more important objective. There are five chapters to Co-op Adventure, with all chapters taking inspiration from existing content in the Uncharted series. Co-op Adventure was first seen in the July 2011 beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, as the Syria chapter of the story was available during this time.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer features a number of maps. Although the majority of these maps are drawn from the single-player story mode of the game, several maps are based on areas seen in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - indeed, several maps that appeared in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer have been remastered and renamed for use in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
The first three maps revealed as being in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer were Airstrip and Chateau. Both of these were later joined by Yemen in the beta phase of the multiplayer component of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. During the multiplayer early access promotion held by restaurant franchise Subway, seven more maps were introduced to the game. These were Desert Village, Syria, London Underground, Molten Ruins, Highrise, Facility and Museum. As part of downloadable content released for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, a number of maps have been introduced to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. Flashback Map Pack 1 included Cave, Fort, Lost City and Sanctuary, while Plaza, Temple, The Village and Train Wreck were released as part of Flashback Map Pack 2.
Perks will play a large part in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. Boosters return from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but the introduction of Power Plays and Medal Kickbacks mean that each player's multiplayer experience will be individual to them. Furthermore, the inclusion of weapon mods is a new feature that enhances the customisation aspect of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer.
Boosters are one of the perks found in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, returning from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. These Boosters are a series of unlockable perks intended to help the player during online multiplayer gameplay. As with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the player is able to equip two Boosters: one to Booster Slot 1 and one to Booster Slot 2. However, the Boosters in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception goes beyond Uncharted 2: Among Thieves by giving Boosters levels; as the player earns online Medals, the effect of the Booster is increased, with the highest level for a Booster being Level 3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception also sees the introduction of Paid Boosters, one-time Boosters that players are able to purchase prior to participating in an online match.
In the July 2011 beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer eight Boosters were revealed; four in Booster Slot 1 and four in Booster Slot 2. In the retail version of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception there are 28 Boosters in total; fourteen for each Booster Slot.
 Medal Kickbacks
Medal Kickbacks are a new feature in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. The feature works by allowing the player to equip Kickbacks to their loadouts before starting a multiplayer match. During the match, as the player earns Medals, they build towards receiving the Kickback. When the player has earned the required number of medals, the Kickback becomes available.
The first four Kickbacks to be revealed were: Smoke Bomb, Speedy G, RPG!!! and Cluster Bomb, as they were included in the July 2011 beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. In the retail version of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception there are an additional 14 Kickbacks, for a total of 18 Medal Kickbacks.
 Power Plays
Power Plays are also a new feature in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. The feature stops potential "blowout" multiplayer games by activating a minute-long event that is intended to give the losing team a chance to catch up to the winning team. During the events, the losing team is given an advantage, while the winning team earns double money. The four Power Plays are Marked Man, Exposed, Cursed and Double Damage; all of these were available during the July 2011 beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer.
 Weapon mods
Main article: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Weapon Mods
Weapon mods are a new feature in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. In short, weapon mods enhance the look of a player's gun, while also increasing the gun's stats in online matches. Weapon mods can be applied to all guns available for use with the player's loadouts, although many can only be unlocked for purchase at particular ranks. There are eight weapon mods in total; seven of these were available during the beta phase of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer that took place during July 2011.
As with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer, players are able to purchase skins with the cash the earn during online gameplay. These skins have no effect on gameplay, there are merely an aesthetic feature that determines how the player looks during online match. These skins range from Heroes such as Nathan "Nate" Drake and Victor "Sully" Sullivan to Villains such as Katherine Marlowe and Talbot. For the first time in the Uncharted series, players are also able to customise their characters. After choosing an basic character skin, the player is able to change the character's attire and add accessories to the skin, in order to completely create a personalised avatar.
To further show how personalised a player's multiplayer experience is, the ability to create a personal emblem has also been introduced. This emblem will be seen on the player's character, and there is also the chance of the emblem to appear in the online environment. Beyond this, taunts return from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. A taunt is another component you can alter on your profile, and this acts as a method of mocking the person you have defeated, usually in a ridiculous or outrageous manner. Here is a list of the available taunts in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer:
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 Downloadable content
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer has received extensive support from developers Naughty Dog in terms of downloadable content for the game. Packs of downloadable content are released to the PlayStation Store, containing additional multiplayer items such as skins and maps.
Classic Skins Pack 1, Classic Skins Pack 2 and Classic Skins Pack 3 were simultaneously released as the first packs of downloadable content for the game. The packs contain a combined total of 25 skins, all of which were previously seen in the multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Following this pack came Multiplayer Accessory Pack 1, which focuses on PlayStation 3 franchise Killzone, and Flashback Map Pack 1, which contains four remastered maps from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. Following this came the Fort Co-op Adventure, which includes a new chapter for use in the Co-op Adventure gameplay mode. The Doughnut Skin Pack includes six skins depicting regular Uncharted characters in a "doughnut" form and much larger than usual, while Rogues Skin Pack 1 and Rogues Skin Pack 2 introduce skins depicting the minor characters of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
 Social network intergration
A new feature included in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer is the game's intergration of social networking services such as Facebook and YouTube.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer allows the player to connect their Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception online multiplayer experience to their Facebook profile, going far beyond what other games have previously attempted. Players can opt-in or opt-out of this Facebook feature, which allows players to view any Facebook friends that are playing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception online. Furthermore, players can interact with these Facebook friends in the same way they may interact with their PlayStation Network friends; such as messaging them or inviting them to online games.
Cinema Mode, which was seen in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer, has been revamped by the developer, as the game now connects directly to the YouTube service. This feature allows the player to upload 90-second clips or highlight videos from previous games directly to YouTube. The best of these clips are to be showcased in another new feature, Uncharted TV; a video stream set in the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer interface.
The multiplayer component of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was well-received upon the game's release. IGN praised the multiplayer, saying that it improved on what was already established in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer "to make something special". The review went on to praise the longevity of the multiplayer, saying that the combinations of the various perks meant that "matches in Uncharted 3 multiplayer feel fresh every time". Gaming website GameSpot gave a similarly positive review, praising the plethora of gameplay modes available; Co-op Adventure was called "incredible" and the competitive gameplay modes were called the "real draw" of the multiplayer component. However, the review also noted that the Co-op Arena and Co-op Hunter Arena gameplay modes have "limited appeal"; with the review maintaining that neither were as good as Adventure. Co-op Adventure was also praised by gaming website Eurogamer in its review, as it was called "short and sweet". The review also supported the longevity of the multiplayer mode as mentioned in other reviews by stating that the multiplayer component of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception means that "repeated play [of the game] is warranted".
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- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "E3 2011: Uncharted 3’s New Competitive Co-Op Mode" on IGN
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- ↑ "Subway Taste for Adventure Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Experience- Week 2" on Naughty Dog Blog
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- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "New Uncharted 3 DLC, Fortune Hunters’ Club Grows" on Naughty Dog
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 "DLC Roll Out: Uncharted 3 Co-op Adventure DLC Brings UNCHARTED Series First" on Naughty Dog Blog
- ↑ "Uncharted 3 DLC Available Now" on PlayStation.Blog.EU
- ↑ "UNCHARTED 3 DLC Hits PSN Today, Fortune Hunters’ Club Benefits" on PlayStation.Blog
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 "Uncharted 3 will put your Facebook friends in the game" on USA Today
- ↑ "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review" on IGN
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