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I tend to get bored with competitive multiplayer games over time, but I have found it difficult to put Uncharted 3 down over the last few weeks. The combination of gunplay Naughty Dog tweaked in Uncharted 2 and the traversal options throughout the well crafted maps offered in Uncharted 3 make the beta a lot of fun to keep coming back to. Each area breaks into multiple paths, sometimes venturing above or below ground. It never feels like you need to take the same path to get from one area to the next because there are so many routes at your disposal. A few things need work, though. Melee battles often end in each opponent killing each other. Bungie used to have this issue with Halo and tweaked it by adding additional power to the first strike, perhaps that could help. I also found it difficult to assassinate some players. I'd run up behind a player and initiate a melee strike when I should have landed a one-hit kill animation. I also found some issues with player spacing when trying to land these strikes, often swinging wildly in some instances but landing a shot from far away in others. These problems may be due to latency issues. Traversal throughout the environments works well for the most part but still feels a little too sticky in certain situations. When trying to roll into a room and out of the way of enemy fire, I often stuck to cover facing my enemy. As someone who prefers to survive enemy fire, this is not a good situation to be in. Some of the traversal in levels needs work too. Airstrip has a few choice spots where grabbing onto certain objects can be finicky, often leading to me being shot in the back while I try to scale an area. Embarrassing! I've also come to really enjoy the (just added) co-op adventure mission: Syria. It's a combination of surviving waves of enemies while attempting to complete objectives. The key to the fun for me, however, is playing with people I know. Too often I was paired with fools that were more concerned with hitting the taunt button to thrust into my player's personal space than complete the mission. The reason I like co-op is because it allows me to play with my friends and not deal with unknown riffraff. For this reason, I'm not a fan of the game's Co-Op Hunter mode. Here, two teams are formed: two player-controlled heroes versus two player-controlled enemies and a wave of fodder. BOOM video 9255 Though the mode attempts to balance things by making it impossible for enemy players to pick up weapons in the environment, it begs for balance fixes and better indication of who is AI and who is not. There's a certain strategy that you can employ with AI that is not possible with human players. Not being able to clearly discern who is "real" and who is computer-controlled makes the mode--which combines the treasure capturing of Plunder--a battle of inches. Mostly, enemy players would hover around objectives, waiting for the distraction of their AI teammates to attack from above. It just wasn't fun. I've only played half a dozen matches in Yemen, but it's probably my favorite map. The entire experience takes place in a town with tall buildings, ziplines, underground walkways, back alleys and more. It's huge and impressive, though you can sometimes run around without finding an enemy to attack. When Naughty Dog announced multiplayer was being added to Uncharted 2, I was one of the skeptical ones. To me the "bread and butter" of the franchise is Naughty Dog's ability to tell a great, action-movie caliber single-player story. Uncharted 2 proved that Naughty Dog could easily tackle both modes--single- and multiplayer--with the same level of quality. Playing the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer beta just makes me want November 1, 2011, to hurry up and arrive. Uncharted stands as one of the best franchises of this generation and, as proven by its previous releases on the PS3, Naughty Dog offers an exceptional level of quality to gamers. My hope is that the final version of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception lives up to and exceeds that standard. The Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer beta ends on July 14.