When it comes to the Uncharted series, I’m a bit of a wet blanket. I’ve derided Nathan Drake as a more generic, murderous version of Indiana Jones. I’ve accused Uncharted 2 of inconsistent levels of freedom. I’ve even criticized them as potentially dangerous to the medium’s long term health. I say all of this not as attempt to demonstrate my sophistication or elitism, but rather to emphasize the unlikelihood of my next statement: I can’t wait to play Uncharted 3.
What is the cause of my sudden enthusiasm, you ask? Even though the game is almost universally renowned as the epitome of single-player games, it was the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta that has turned me into a believer. Not only does the game incorporate and iterate on the competitive modes and rules of other shooters, it turns many of the aspects I see as weaknesses in the single-player game into strengths.