Uncharted 2 "Gold Rush" Mode PreviewBy Patrick Klepek - Posted Jul 24, 2009
Even though what I really want to play is the epic-looking single-player portion of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Sony isn't letting anyone near that yet. Sony and Naughty Dog did premiere a new co-operative mode at Comic-Con, though, called "Gold Rush". It's essentially Naughy Dog's take on the capture the flag mode, with some interesting variations that ensure you'll only enjoy it with teamwork.
On one side of the map, there's a treasure chest. On the other, there's treasure. Can you guess what the objective of Gold Rush is? Teams must fight their way over to the treasure, capture it and drag it back to the other location. The treasure isn't an idol that fits in your pocket, though; it's massive, heavy and disables the person who chooses to pick it up from firing a two-handed weapon. Pistols only here.
By changing the way one player is able to contribute to the match, it quickly requires everyone else to begin paying attention to enemy combat patterns. While the player holding the idol is able to take out a few enemies with the pistol, it's not nearly as effective as the other weapons and you're not going to have a chance to run for cover when the situation heats up. You can choose to drop the treasure, but since it takes a moment to pick it up or drop it, it's not a light decision.
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If you're not playing as a team, Gold Rush is worthless. The sheer enemy numbers and respawn time means a team needs to be cooperating. That's not exactly an easy feat at Comic-Con, where the level of player skill varies wildly because the kind of person playing varies just as much. Then again, maybe that's a fantastic way to find out what playing Uncharted 2 multiplayer online will be like -- Comic-Con isn't much different from the Internet, you know? I lucked out, thankfully.
My team eventually figured out a good rhythm for defending the player with the treasure, allowing us to score two times before it became clear the person behind me was going to beat me over the head unless the controller was handed over. It wasn't common for the treasure to ever make it to the other side, so I took some pride in being a successful treasure-holder during one of our matches.
Naughty Dog has already said another Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta is planned. If its showing "Gold Rush" publicly at Comic-Con, seems likely it'll show up there, too. Just make sure you're playing with some friends when it arrives.