Just two days ago on Tuesday, June 28th the highly anticipated multiplayer beta for one of this year’s marquee titles, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception launched on the PlayStation Network. While both Naughty Dog and Sony struggled to maintain the online stability for the first few hours of its launch, they now have it all up and running smoothly for PS3 owners around the globe to enjoy! With that said, after speaking with a couple users on their impressions of the new gameplay mechanics, it seems a select group of the beta participants have mixed feelings on what Naughty Dog has changed/updated with the all-new gameplay style. Read more for the full details on where the mixed feelings lie and where Naughty Dog may want to head back to the drawing board.
Now that the beta is up and running and doing so with little to no delay, PS3 owners across the world have been enjoying what Naughty Dog will be bringing to the multiplayer front when Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception launches exclusively on the PlayStation 3 November 1st of this year! However, there are a few updates to the franchise that users are not too fond of.
When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves launched bringing multiplayer to the franchise for the first time, one of the primary concerns for players was the absence of sprinting. Unlike every other shooter that comes to mind, Uncharted 2 allowed you to navigate your character at a steady jogging pace with no option to sprint. Naughty Dog listened and has introduced sprinting to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but the implementation is where the issue lies. As I know many agree, the execution of sprinting in Uncharted 3 is done poorly due to an aggravating camera system and ineffective way of maneuvering while sprinting. Because of this, I have found myself ignoring the sprint feature altogether due to it causing more issues than advantages.
Character movement has also been an issue for many as Naughty Dog as slowed down the movement of the characters due to the addition of sprint. Many have described the new implementation of character movement as “clunky” and “stiff” compared to previous Uncharted titles and many find themselves wishing Uncharted 3 controlled just like Uncharted 2. Turning and maneuvering your character also appears to be more resistant and less smooth than both Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves causing frustrations for many beta participants.
The other main issue that many are having a problem adjusting to are the new shooting mechanics. While it will definitely take some time getting used to, I actually prefer the new shooting mechanics implemented into Uncharted 3 as I feel it’s more polished and offers a more realistic shooting experience, but due to many PS3 owners adopting the mechanics implemented within the first two titles in the franchise, the change is one they are finding tough to overcome. Luckily, this is just something that will come with time and I am sure by July 13th, when the beta ends, a large percentage of those who had trouble adjusting will find themselves in love with the new system.
Other than that, I along with the thousands, if not millions, of beta participants seem to be pleased with Naughty Dog’s latest offering. Everything from the revitalized visuals and level of customization, to the ability to shoot your opponents while sliding down a zip line, adds to the experience brought with Uncharted 2 and I’m sure if it wasn’t already, November 1st has been marked on all of our calendars as the day we will all wreck havoc on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
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