All right, some people might have heard about the Uncharted 3 3D event going on from October 18th - 20th at five AMC theaters around the US. Thankfully, I was lucky that one event was taking place near DC, so I was less than an hour away. A bunch of CAG friends and I all got tickets for the Tuesday showing at AMC Tysons Corner 16 in McLean, VA.
I went ahead and already picked up my tickets while I was in Tysons Corner a few weeks before the event (I preordered online). CAG friends of mine (abhinav, jmiller80, GenDV138, nightmare452, indifference, and G-Nitro) were going to get something to eat at 4:30pm before the event, but since I didn't get off work until 3:30pm (and fighting with Capital Beltway traffic on my way there), no way I was going to be able to get there on time to eat with them. I ended up grabbing an Auntie Anne's pretzel just before the event.
So I got there, waiting around for my CAG friends. Since they still didn't finish eating, I said screw it and went inside. I got an Uncharted 3 bag containing stuff, along with my Uncharted premium pass. I gave a friend a co-worker my Subway giftcard since I don't eat Subway (the one who gave me a code to the multi-player early).
Next I signed up for the multi-player, where people were assigned to teams at random (I was team Talbot). I registered my code in order to receive my copy of Uncharted 3 a week early (one big reason I went to the event like many others, $60 for that or $25 for General Admission). After signing up I waited for my CAG friends. I spent a little time playing DDR SuperNOVA, but I screwed up. Once CAG friends arrived, I talked to them and sat in the theater. I wore my Uncharted 2 shirt w/ my PlayStation Gamer Advisory Panel hat.
The event started with an Uncharted video showcasing the game in 3D. Two members of Naughty Dog also demonstrated us a portion of the game (looked really awesome). After a little Q&A, the multi-player tournament started. Let's say my team won the first round and I was happy. I'm proud to say I got the winning kill for the team giving us 30 points at the end. Throughout the event there were prizes given during the raffle multi-player matches played. My team did very well making it to the finals. Each game I ranked number 2 on my team with a KDR of 1 usually. I did much better than expected (possibly because I was getting a bit competitive with people). I even had the opportunity to play on the big screen TV (where everyone watched me play). To support CAG, I entered CAG as my clan tag so everyone could see it.
Just before the finals, they had a raffle giving everything left away. I was really wanting the Ratchet & Clank T-shirt, but no luck. However, I did win a prize when they called my number "645" blue ticket (huge surprise because I never win). Just what did I win?
Just the perfect prize for me, since I like framing all my posters and hanging them up on my wall. Even more sweet that it was pre-signed by the Naughty Dogs (I've been close to them since the Jak X beta days). nightmare452 and GenDV138 can tell you all how happy I was. Oh yeah, I did get to hear the Uncharted 3 DLC announcement at the event, which oh course I'm buying. They showed various trailers during breaks of cool scenes or even showcasing Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
After the final raffle, the championship started w/ my team on the Villains side for the first time. Also, pretty much every game we played before hand was a nailbitter (where it came down to the end. However, this game we started out behind, and only got uglier. Eventually we caught up and took a narrow lead. Someone killed our whole team at once, we fell a part and lost the match (no grand prize for us unfortunately, something I would have really wanted). I was a bit devastated after the match because I didn't get a single kill, had 6 deaths, worst match all night despite doing good earlier. I could have had my treasure book signed by the two Naughty Dog employees at the event, but it was pretty late (just before 11pm) so I headed home. Getting an Uncharted 3 signed poster was already too awesome for me.
Overall, I was glad to be at the event. Not just because I was getting to my copy of Uncharted 3 early, but because I had the chance to watch it in 3D, play some competitive multi-player in person, and get cool Uncharted 3 swag. I loved how I got cool stuff for Killzone 3 at MLG last year. I look forward to whatever event SCEA has for their first party games.