The beta has arrived!
If felt like Christmas came early today when it was announced that the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta would be going live a bit ahead of schedule. We’ve been enjoying kicking some butt as our favorite Uncharted characters with you all day and hope you’re having just as much fun as us. If you want to join in on that fun, you’ll need a copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to gain access.
As of now, here’s what we think so far:
Other than some less than stellar load screens and wait times, everything that’s going on within the actual matches has run smoothly thus far. As far as graphical performance goes, rest assured that from the get-go, Uncharted 4’s beta has looked just as good as when we last saw the game during its action-packed E3 showing earlier this year.
– The Store
By hitting the touchpad during matches you open the Store, which lets you spend your in-game cash to purchase one of four different abilities that you can equip in your loadout. This can be earned by getting hits, downs, or KO’s on enemy players. New treasure locations on the mini-map will also aid you in raking in currency if you can find the means to get to them.
The Store offers a whole new experience and form of strategy to Uncharted’s multiplayer that we haven’t seen before. Now you have to keep track of how much money you have, what items cost in your loadout, what abilities work best for the map you’re playing on, and when the best time to spend your cash is.
If you want some examples of what abilities you can use, pre-selected in the assault class is the option to speed-up your grenade resupply, while another will immediately summon an RPG into your hands. One of five mystical powers can be equipped, including the Wrath of El Dorado, which when thrown launches spirits to damage nearby enemies, and lastly there’s the Brute. This one is already being called-out online as too powerful as it fights by the player’s side for an extended period of time to ensure the player gets their money’s worth. Both the brute and mystical powers could use a bit more balancing and thankfully we have the beta to let the developers tweak that before launch.
– The Rope
We’ve never felt more vulnerable in Uncharted’s multiplayer than when we’re swinging across sections of the map via the new rope mechanic. It took some getting used to, but after figuring out its learning curve and falling to our death a few times, we think we have it locked down. In the end, it as well feels like a great addition to the multiplayer that can equally get you in and out of some sticky situations.
The Island is where Uncharted 4’s graphical performance truly shines. Take in the bugs flying around you and go for a walk along the edges of the map to see the sunlight shining through the trees to get a sweet taste of what the end game will look like. This map also makes good use of shortcuts and places where you can utilize your rope. The Island is from the same jungle location in the demo that was shown during the PlayStation Experience keynote a year ago.
– Madagascar City
We’ll be honest in saying that we much prefer battling in the green landscape of the Island over the market in Madagascar. Although this map offers more places to hide from enemies, buildings to cut through, and corners to peer out of, it seems the whole field of the map is not used. The outer layers remain untouched as players converge to the center for their shootouts.
Also, grappling points for the rope feel a bit forced with them being present just for the sake of having them, with one in particular along the outer layer of the map that may never get used during matches. This map is a new version of the market that Sully and Drake cut through during the E3 2015 demo.
In the end, we once again think that Naughty Dog is about to strike gold with its take on a multiplayer experience. The new additions are more than welcomed by us and feel fresh compared to the entire haul of shooters we received this fall. Plus, a quick look at the customization options that can be unlocked have us intrigued to earn them all when the full game arrives this March. We’ll be playing this beta right up until its end on December 13th.
Feel free to tell us what you think so far of the Uncharted 4 beta in the comments section below!