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Unreal Tournament review

The next step in the Unreal series
The next step in the Unreal series
Ken Kriho

Unreal Tournament


Unreal Tournament is a first person shooter released for PC on November 30th, 1999, PlayStation 2 on October 26th, 2000, and on Dreamcast on March 13th, 2001. Unreal Tournament was developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes, and published by GT Interactive. While there isn’t much of a plot, the main objective is to win each game mode via a tournament.

Graphics-The graphics look identical to Unreal (which makes sense because both games were made by the same company) but Unreal Tournament’s character models look more refined and not as jagged. The scenery is also cleaner looking this time around.

Sound-The soundtrack and voice acting are both top notch, but hearing your opponents taunting over and over again gets tiresome. The soundtrack is actually more impressive than in Unreal, and just like Unreal’s soundtrack, the songs don’t get repeated too frequently.

Gameplay-While it is a first person shooter, the emphasis is on multiplayer. Six game modes are present, and each one was programmed well done. Bots can be used to help a new player get the sense of the game or be used if a user has a slower internet connection. There is a single player mode in this game and while it is a “tournament”, the layout is different. Rather than advancing to the next round, you advance to the next level via a ladder style.

Concept-The idea of focusing on multiplayer gameplay was a smart choice. With a lot of options to adjust to one’s gameplay style, Unreal Tournament offers endless hours of gameplay.

Legacy-With a 15 plus year legacy, Unreal Tournament has improved with age, showcasing that even games like this can’t be duplicated, no matter how hard the competition tries.

Mods-With the popularity of this game, many players have gone on and made mods of their own to share with the public (some have even landed careers as game programmers), and there seems to be no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Overall-A legendary legacy, fantastic soundtrack, tons and tons of mods, excellent gameplay, and easy to pick up learning curve has made Unreal Tournament a classic in its own right. The only negative out of this whole experience is the single player mode. If you haven’t played this game, do so. You won’t be disappointed.

Score: 5/5

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