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Towards the end of December I posted a blog about video game
inspired New Year resolutions for 2013, with one of them being to play online with
members of the community more than what I did in 2012, which was practically
none at all. I think I said I was going to try and play with community members
at a minimum of once a month. In January, I had a few different opportunities
to play with members of the community, including playing Team Fortress 2 with
Harry a couple times, and Far Cry 3 with Markus1142, DJH and Zachary Pligge a
Well, I'm happy to report this resolution is coming along
better than some of my others, like losing a little weight and reading more. Today
marks the second month (2 down, 10 to go) I had the wonderful opportunity of
playing with members of the community.
So, I invited Mojomonkey12 and Ace13 (hmm...12, 13?) to a
friendly game of Uncharted 3, and both agreed. It wouldn't be the first time I
played the game online with Mojo as we played UC3 last year a time or two. In
fact, the last time I played the game was last year when I played with Mojo.
Obviously if we were playing Uncharted 3, y'all know what
system we were on, and anytime you're going to play your Playstation 3 online
there is a certain amount of preparation that comes with it, especially if you
don't play online all that often (which I don't).
I blew the dust off my PS3 and powered it up knowing full
well there would be some sort of system update...which there was. Thankfully I
did it earlier in the day so I didn't even notice it took nearly 30 minutes to
run through the updates. After the system updates were installed, I loaded the
game up and discovered it had an update too. It's a good thing I thought to
update prior to playing or else I might've been sitting around for 40 minutes
waiting for everything to finalize. Then of course there was the setting up the
headphones and mic, which sounds easy enough...but I use these Nox headphones
that require a little more effort to set up and configure. Alas, I was ready to
Sometimes when you play with totally new people there is
that moment of awkwardness as introductions are made and first impressions are
formed. Since I've talked with Mojo on a number of occasions and played this
very game with him, there was none of that. Talking with Ace13 was completely
natural and wasn't forced at all. It's apparent within the first few moments
these two are genuinely good, kind hearted people...the perfect teammates to
spend your Saturday night playing video games with. After a few minutes of chit
chatting, we considered what mode to play and how to proceed...although I think
Ace13 had something different in mind.
"What do you guys want
to play, campaign, survival...deathmatch?" -Ace13
Deathmatch? Heavens no...this is only my third time ever
playing the game. Thankfully everyone agreed campaign would be the best.
If you haven't played Uncharted 3 online with other players
in the campaign mode you are missing out on one of the best online experiences
ever. As much as I love Halo, I'm not a big fan of its co-op campaign mode...but
Uncharted 3...Uncharted 3 gets it right.
Playing Uncharted 3 again, I was remained how beautiful the
game is, how cool the characters are, and what makes this game so amazing. I
was also reminded how much fun it can be playing with a couple of your closest
Mojomonkey12 and Ace13 are two of the best online players
you could ask for to play with online. They're both similar in that they are
true teammates - they're more worried about teamwork and working towards a goal
on a unified front than rushing ahead for their own for glory and riches. Yes,
it's apparently quite possible to unite with team players who are less
concerned with their own individual score...and instead work on keeping the team
safe while trying to achieve the overall mission. Playing with them is carefree
and downright fun. There wasn't any competition for scores or who could get
through the round first - it was more like, "Oh...I will brave the hail of
bullets and risk life and limb trying to get to your location to heal you...for
the tenth time...and do it with a smile on my face and hint of joy in my voice."
And that was Mojo...Ace was every bit as supportive.
The three of us played through a couple of the missions. We started
out strong but one particular level really gave us grief. It evolved into a "who
can revive who the fastest" level. Regrettably, I was the source of a number of
the episodes that saw the whole team getting wiped out and having to restart
the level over. As gracious as my teammates are, they would deny this claim, or
at least say they were equally to blame...in the end though, we were having fun
and that's all that matters. In my defense, this was only the third time I
played the game online.
(Mojo, Saint and Ace)
It was a wonderful evening of gaming and I even learned a
few things about my fellow teammates and members of the Game Informer
I learned that Mojomonkey12 is a high speed, balls to the
wall player...and pretty good with the grenades. In one particular instance we
were taking heavy fire from snipers perched on the roof of a nearby building.
In between ducking and weaving behind cover, I was searching for a way to
disperse these bad guys when I saw a small explosion and this enemy soldier get
launched like a ragdoll 10' in the air; Mojo's handiwork. I already knew Mojo
was a great dad, but I also learned he plays Yahtzee with his son, so he definitely
gets cool points for that.
I learned that Ace13 is an ace at playing Uncharted 3 (and I'm
guessing at Uncharted 2 as well based on our conversation comparing the
multiplayer component between games). She's one of those players that are good,
but humble and not annoying about it. She knows the maps and missions; the
characters and different weapons...she quickly took on the role as tour guide and
squad leader (and unfortunately...medic). Mojomonkey had to depart after nearly 2
hours of gameplay, but Ace13 and I managed to play a few rounds of survival
mode which really demonstrated her skill and carried me through wave after wave
of bad guys assaulting our position.
I guess I should wrap this up...it's getting late and there
are games still left to be played. If you're looking for a great game to play,
look no further than Uncharted 3. And if you need some great players to help
you out, you won't find better than Mojomonkey12 and/or Ace13...
Just don't agree to playing deathmatch against Ace... You've