There are only two maps to play through, but people are clearly enjoying it. I've seen plenty of players at the level cap of 25 (and have seen reports of players who mysteriously surpassed it) on my slow, painful crawl up the rankings.
The two maps in question are an airstrip and a château. The château certainly takes the prize for 'best-looking' – it's a dilapidated old... well, château, set in a jungle in the arse end of nowhere. The lighting on the map is pretty stunning. It's good enough to have much the same effect as watching Wish You Were Here or Sky Holidays or whatever TV outlet they show holiday programmes on nowadays – you actually want to go there.
As well as Team Deathmatch, you get a Free for All mode, Hardcore (which takes out boosters and kickbacks), Three Team Deathmatch (you and a buddy against two other teams of two) and Co-op Arena, which is the now-obligatory co-op mode in which you face down hordes of enemies.
The two features that really stand out in the beta are kickbacks and power plays. The kickback is a pre-selected bonus – say, the ability to spawn an RPG from out of your arse - that you'll get when you reach a pre-determined number of medals. And the medals come thick and fast – it doesn't seem to matter how badly you're doing, Naughty Dog seems determined to send rewards your way. You'll get them for various things, from uninterrupted killstreaks on one end to staying under cover for a certain amount of time on the other. And, sooner or later, points mean prizes! It certainly keeps things interesting.
The beta's not perfect. The biggest flaw is probably the melee attack. You'll charge up to someone and, certain you're in range to smack them, find you're windmilling into the air. This typically ends with you getting the shit knocked out of you. This typically doesn't feel very good. Still, that's why this is a beta and not the finished product.
The climbing surfaces are also a bit hit and miss. In the air strip, particularly, there are spots that look perfectly scalable, but as you make the jump you find that you were actually dead wrong and you're being shot in the back. But, again, there's plenty of time for that to be remedied.
A few faults aside, the Uncharted 3 beta is promising good things for the finished product.
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i heard the level cap is a bug but then again i heard they've increased it because people have reached it in one day. however it's rather pointless going beyond because the levels don't carry on to the full game. if your good and wanna team up then add me.. my i.d is AliMakaveli
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