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Uncharted 3 BetaI have been waiting so long to play this. Ever since I bought my PS3 in May of last year, I have loved the Uncharted series, and I still play Uncharted 2 to this day (Mostly with the GiantBomb Clan), and still have a lot of fun with the MP component of the game. So when I had first heard the beta was up on the Store (thanks to this guy and his thread), I hurriedly got off of Netflix (I was watching Pawn Stars, a fantastic show) and tried to input some of these codes on IGN (Since they had an exclusive kickback with 'em), but they were all used up in a matter of 5 minutes. So I just ended up downloading it normally from my Playstation Plus subscription.
After the hour long download, I was finally able to boot it up. Too bad the first day of the beta was shit. Almost every time you tried getting past the main menu, you would get an error. After finally being able to get in to the MP menu after many tries, the first thing I did was customize my characters and mess with the emblem system. After choosing Sully as my hero character, and doing nothing to my villain character (Since I had no clothing unlocked, and still don't), I made an alright emblem with a bomb within a bomb, and a box background.
That is my first and maybe my only complaint with the beta, the emblem system is kinda limited. All it is is four layers and all you can do with each layer is change its color, size, and rotate it. You can't move the layer, it is always in the middle of the space. The character customizing seems cool, and rushing to get the treasure to unlock the clothing items (I will talk about that later) is fun.
Once I was done messing around with the customization, I thought it was time to start playing. I was wrong. See, the first day of the beta was ruined by all of the traffic it had gotten. Anyone who was anyone had downloaded the beta so the game was slow as hell for almost all of the first day. If you were lucky enough to get into a game, you probably were kicked out or your game froze. I had gotten into 5 games by 7:00 (Beta went up around 4:00 where I'm from) and each one, the game froze. Luckily, the traffic on the beta must have fallen by the night it first went up since I was finally able to finish a few games by myself, and with some friends here on Giantbomb.
Yesterday, I was finally able to really play the beta since Naughty Dog released the first patch (1.01). After downloading it, I booted up the beta, and was able to get past the menu, first try. I was very happy, since I could tell I would finally be able to enjoy the beta, for all it's worth. I played many hours yesterday, and I can totally tell that all of my UC2 playing had payed off. I was seriously wrekin' some fools out there on the virtual Uncharted world. One game of Three Team Deathmatch (Which is three teams of two, battling it out) alongside WR311, I had went 10-1, and he had went 10-3. We won very easily and Three Team Deathmatch is definitely one of the best new things in the beta.
The gameplay is very tight, and if you've ever played UC or UC2, then you know how to play. There isn't much difference in the controls, but now you can hold down down on the d-pad along with another teammate and you do a little high five like in Portal 2's multiplayer. The only thing about the gameplay that angers me, is the melee. It is downright bad. In UC2 you can melee guys from a few feet away, but in the UC3 beta, you can't be a few inches away. Also, in UC2, its either 2 melee's, or shoot a few bullets and 1 melee to kill an enemy. In the UC3 beta, its 2 melee's, or unload half a clip of any gun and 1 melee. One better thing in the melee, is that its way easier to do the execution melee's from behind the enemy, than it was in UC2.
One new thing in the gameplay, is the treasure system. It's just like the treasure pickups off of enemies in UC2's Coop modes, but it happens randomly in the competitive multiplayer this time around. If you kill an enemy, you have a chance of the enemy dropping a treasure (Which doesn't effect the treasures they currently own), which you run over and press Triangle to pick up. You can also get treasures from treasure chests that are around the map, and randomly appear. The treasure chests rarely ever give you a treasure, but usually give you money (XP), and instantly gives you 3 medals, which unlock your kickback (Which are basically a Killstreak from Modern Warfare, but instead of getting an x amount of kills, you get it from earning in game medals).
You can get up to level 25 in the beta, and there is a lot to unlock on your way up to the level cap. Things like guns, boosters (Basically perks from Modern Warfare), kickbacks, and mods for your guns. I'm currently at level 21, and I've put in many hours already, and I still want to play a lot more.
Overall, the Uncharted 3 beta is awesome, and makes me even more excited for the full game, when it hits stores on 11-1-11.
Journey Public Beta I don't even know how to describe this game, other than BEAUTIFUL. My god, this may be one of the best looking downloadable games, if not one of the overall best looking games EVER. It isn't technically very great, but it looks like a famous painter made this game's graphics. It looks like a moving painting.
The gameplay is weird, but very calming and by the end of the beta, I was actually having a bit of fun. You move your character across the dessert, picking up some kind of power-up or something (The game doesn't really tell you anything), which allows you to jump and glide across the dessert. You can surf the dessert sand, which is absolutely AWESOME. Near the end of the beta, a second character shows up, and I really have no idea if it was an NPC, or if it was a real person controlling the character (The game really never tells you ANYTHING).
Anyway, that's really it. I will most likely pick this up when it hits the virtual shelves, mostly because of how beautiful it is, and because of SAND SURFING!!