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Unreal Tournament

Saturday, January 01, 2000 by Pyro

Overall: 4
Graphics: 4
Interface: 4
Multiplayer: 4
This is another game that I have been following since it's inception. While it was still in it's beta versions, I knew that Quake 3 had some serious competition. This is another game where the object is to come out on top with the most frags. There is a single player option available in this game, but like Quake 3, it is basically just designed to get you up to speed, and ready to take on the online world. There are several "mods" built into the game such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, CTF, and one of my favorites, InstaGib. (One Shot, One Kill!). There is also practice mode, which allows you to set up your own server, and play against bots. You can adjust just about any aspect of the game, including how tough the bots are, from easy to extremely difficult. You can also adjust what weapons are used, how many frags are required, etc. Connecting to an online game is extremely easy, especially with available programs such as GameSpy.


Once again, as it was in the original Unreal, the graphics for Unreal Tournament are outstanding. The scenery is breathtaking. One map in particular that reallygot my attention is during single player mode. It is an old cargo spaceship that has been converted into a battlefield. Your running around inside, and you come up to a window, and you find yourself looking out into space. The effect of the stars whizzing past is almost enough to make you lose your lunch if you are susceptible to motion sickness.


Mainly a keyboard/mouse interface. Very easy to remap the keyboard to any combination you want. Just so long as it's comfortable for the long hours of gameplay!

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Gameplay is pretty standard for a shoot'em'up first person game. In a nutshell, run around and shoot everyone else before they get the chance to shoot you. You can pick up health, ammo, and other weapons lying around to help you on your killing frenzy. Oh..one other thing...practice, practice,practice! This is another game that should be added to your collection if you are into games that are multi-player internet capable. If I had to chose between Unreal Tournament and Quake 3, I don't think I could. In my opinion, the Unreal engine produces much nicer graphics that the Quake engine is capable of. My only gripe about this game is the same one I have with the original Unreal. It's a resource hog! I have played several practice games with 9 bots, and myself, and actually had the game lag on me during huge explosions. It's a sad statement that a Pentium II 400 with 128 megs of ram, and a VooDoo 3 3000, can't hang these days.

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