gamers (82%) found this review helpful
I guess I won't be getting much sleep for a while. This is one addictive shooter. Graphics are amazing and the single player vs. bots is great for training up until you are ready for some online carnage. But that shouldn't take long because the controls are smooth and easy to remember. You really just need to master the rules of each of the different play modes. The story for the single player mode is ok, but it's really just there to get you ready for what this game is all about: dominating the online shooter genre.
All the necessary game modes for great online action are here. Capture the flag has always been my favorite, but the matches where you have to protect your nodes while destroying your enemy's nodes are quite nice. Of course, simple deathmatch is probably the foundation of any online shooter and in Unreal, it is fast paced with great level designs. The available weapons are great as always with Unreal. There's nothing like leaping off a perch to land in front of an enemy and splattering them into giblets all over the wall.
I have enjoyed playing some of the other shooters on the 360 like Halo 3, Gears of War, and The Orange Box. Unreal seems to have the best parts of each of these. It plays faster than Gears and Halo 3, but it's got better firepower and graphics than Orange Box. Graphics are better than Halo 3 for sure (not that H3 wasn't cool looking too). Only Gears of War has graphics that come very close to Unreal and that's because it's the same game engine and production company. But the art is cleaner here since the world isn't totally demolished like Gears.
I haven't played the PC or PS3 versions of this game (and probably never will) so I can't compare this version to those. I am only reviewing what I see here on the 360, and what I see, I like a lot. It's going to take something very special to come along and beat the total package that this game provides for an online fragfest.
gamers (81%) found this review helpful
I owned this game for the PS3 for a while and absolutely loved it. When I heard that the 360 included splitscreen co-op, I was sold. Downloadable content is great and all, but only when it's supported by the party that made it. User created content is often buggy anyway, so it really doesn't add that much to the whole experience.
The Xbox's exclusive content includes the aforementioned co-op, two new character models, and I believe a couple more maps (those that were released on the PSN some months ago.)
Graphically, the game is AWESOME! The Unreal engine is what a large number of current top selling titles use (Gears, anyone?) and Unreal is obviously the culprit behind it. There is a bit of pop-in, as is notorious with the Unreal engine, but the game runs smoothly even in co-op. I love the way this game looks.
It features Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Vehicle Capture the Flag, and Warfare modes as multiplayer options. There are nine mutators with which you can make the combat even more flurried and intense. The single player campaign is nothing more than a mash-up of the multiplayer options with bots. It's not a GREAT experience, but it's better than what UT games have offered in the past.
My favorite part of the game is the co-op, if you couldn't tell... It allows for a friend to sign on as a guest under your LIVE account, or even sign on under their own gamertag to earn achievements while online. This was the selling point for me.
Unreal Tournament 3 is an adrenaline fueled frag fest that needs to be experienced by all fans of the first-person shooter. If you've never played an Unreal game before, you're in for a treat. To everyone else, it's similar to past efforts with enough changes to merit your attention.
Played in 2010, and I thought this game was still awesome. I had a ton of fun playing the campaign in co-op online. I was surprised to see other people still play co-op and multiplayer. Not a lot..but still.
The game is setup unlike a lot of others. The campaign is actually just a bunch of multiplayer maps that you play with your team, and have to win a variety of warfare, capture the flag, and deathmatch matches. You don't play through actual long level environments like a Halo, or Gears of War.
This game IS Gears of War, except with much faster and quicker gameplay, jumping, better guns, and more levels. It's very fast paced, as your guy moves really fast. You can also double jump, and hit a variety of air boosters to fly you in the air throughout the levels.
You can also drive tons of vehicles like Halo, both alien and human types that fly and others like tanks. Also, anytime you play a large map on Warfare, you have this Hoverboard thing you can use, like your Michael J Fox in Back to the Future. It's wicked!! You can fly on this thing, carry flags, orbs, and even do sick tricks like tail grabs and flips. It might sound dumb, but it's not. So if you don't like operating vehicles, you can hoverboard it and also grapple to vehicles to keep up.
This game is sick straight up. A ton of the good shooters today like Gears of War, all use the Unreal System. This game is setup for another sequel, so we'll see. Rent for sure, if not even buy if you can get it for under $10. Put 50 hours into it no problem.