Where the co-op implementation shines is in the breadth of options available for players. Not only is splitscreen online implemented, but there are options for LAN play as well. You can even mix splitscreen players into your LAN party! I know of a few community members who will be pleased to hear that. The online modes are not strictly drop in/out, but if you have one person drop out of a game, the matchmaking system will allow you to enter games in progress.
There is a baffling design decision in the way splitscreen is implemented, however: Though the slightly offset horizontal split has been done before, for some reason, the empty space in the UI this causes has been filled in with each player’s multiplayer emblem. I don’t know if you’re randomly assigned one to start out, but in my local co-op play, roughly a third of my screen was taken up by bright pink hearts. Now, I love my co-op partners, but not THAT much.
In any case, here we are again: a mostly-fantastic single-player experience mixed with solid competitive modes and a robust, but not always satisfying slate of co-op options. Uncharted 3 is an impressive package, and an easy recommendation. The co-op isn’t perfect, but there’s good content and a lot of fun to be had.
The Co-Op Experience: Co-Op in Uncharted 3 is once again for 3 players. This time there's a separate campaign tied together with a loose story, as well as the survival style co-op modes from the previous game.
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