As most of you are aware, Naughty Dog will launch a multiplayer beta for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves ; you can guarantee yourself a spot by pre-ordering inFamous from certain retailers (Best Buy and, we're assuming, GameStop), although we don't have the exact details just yet.
So you can't mark your calendars for the beta start date, but you can most certainly view some awesome screens of the multiplayer action, and chew on a few early pieces of gameplay information. The game will support multiplayer co-op for up to 3 players and it's a different story than what we'll see in the single-player campaign. Certain actions will apparently require the help of another person so you'll need at least two players (well, duh, how else could it be "co-op?"), and we'll even have to face mini-bosses at the end of each section. The standard Deathmatch option will be available; it will boast 4-on-4 matches and you'll have to explore the maps to find the best weapons. Lastly, we see evidence of Capture the Treasure, which is – not surprisingly – a lot like the age-old FPS classic, Capture the Flag. Again, this is a 4 vs. 4 scenario, so you'll need to exercise a good amount of teamwork in order to nab the treasure and return it to your home base; the maps probably won't be easy to traverse. Anybody who thinks it'll be exactly like a typical run 'n gun third-person shooter (ala Gears of War ) online, think again. We have a feeling that online multiplayer will feel a lot like the single-player, and we have absolutely no problem with that.
Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming beta; all we really want is the start date. Let us in, 'cuz we want to see the vibrant majesty of the best-looking console game to date!
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves