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The Escapist Staff | 22 Jul 2011 23:20
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Uncharted 3

Release Date: November 1, 2011
Platform: PS3

Quip-spouting pulp-action everyman Nathan Drake is returning again for Uncharted 3. Returning with him will be the co-op campaign, which now includes a persistent perk mode as well as tying the storyline into the single-player campaign more heavily, and competitive multiplayer, which now has character customization, increased awards, and other additions to the mode to make it even more enjoyable than the previous entries.

While demoing Uncharted 3's co-op campaign, Naughty Dog consistently referred to it as a cooperative "adventure" rather than mode - and for good reason. The mode returns with new additions, including some unique to the mode and others shared with competitive multiplayer and single player. Co-op also features its own booster (perk) system that you unlock as you earn money in the co-op campaign. While the character roles in the co-op campaign will still be fixed and mission specific, there is much more variety in how to approach combat.

The co-op level I demoed took place in a massive, worn-down brick castle. It starts off with Drake, Sully and Elena swimming through the sewers. Once safety is reached, the group is immediately ambushed and set on a series of firefights that take place in different locations. Even when players are positioned in the same area for a while, the goals and strategic points are constantly shifting. A player may decide to take a sniping vantage point one minute and then run head-on into the action with a shotgun, the next - the environments are large and complex, making each a reasonable approach. Though, mission goals often force players not to stay dormant for long. In the mission I played, goals switched back-and-forth between "get to this point," "defend this point, and "capture the gold shiny thing."

The co-op demo ended with three helicopters arriving out of nowhere with their bright lights positioned on Drake and crew. Like a great episode of TV, it left me wondering what will happen next. And, like a great demo, it left me wanting to play it again and again.

Read the full preview of Uncharted 3 Co-op here.

Game: Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Genre: Action Adventure
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s): PS3
Available from: Amazon(US), GameStop(US), Amazon(UK), Play.com(UK)

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