Unreal Tournament 2003
- Arena-based sci-fi multiplayer first-person shooter
- Breathtaking graphics, powered by advanced Unreal Engine technology
- Sophisticated in-game physics does away with "seen-it-before" animations and effects
- Multiple weapons including favorite blasters from the original UT and new, awe-inspiring implements of destruction
- Greater depth: 6 different races, over 35 characters, 30 maps,
- class-specific combos, role assignments, and teamwork directives
- Special Moves: a completely new concept in first-person shooters that adds another level of customization and skill
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The eagerly awaited sequel to one of the PC's defining first-person action extravaganzas, Unreal Tournament 2003 doesn't disappoint. For packed onto its three CD-ROMs is some of the finest action gaming on the planet, along with enough to keep you glued to your PC for months.
Packed in this time, in addition to traditional Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Domination modes, is the fantastic new bombing run. As with all elements of the game, it's introduced by an excellent tutorial, and even novice players will have little trouble finding their feet. Bombing Run adds a new team element, with the aim of getting the ball through the opposition goal. Think a first-person version of Speedball and you're there.
The gameplay in Unreal Tournament 2003 is far more tactical than you'd first think, although not to the detriment of those looking for a simple blast. But particularly in multiplayer mode--undoubtedly the highlight of a superb set of games--you need to think quite hard about your actions, whatever mode you're playing. It really can make the difference.
In some ways, the game hasn't evolved from its predecessor. Undoubtedly it's slicker, looks better and is more polished, yet the core of the action is still very similar. Yet it's such pure, engrossing entertainment you'd be hard pushed to grumble. In all, Unreal Tournament 2003 is an accomplished and successful marriage of the original with some very welcome new ideas. Even the weaker areas of the game are very good, but when it's doing what it does best it's utterly unmissable. Don't be without it. --Simon Brew
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It's bigger, better, faster and even more addictive than before. It doesn't try to emulate games like Counter Strike or Medal of Honour in terms of recreating the gritty realism of real life war. This is a futuristic frag fest where individual skill and reflexes win over guile and precision.
The graphics as you would expect are eye poppingly good with the levels I've seen so far a class above anything out there in terms of style and atmosphere. The addition of large highly detailed outdoor arenas is a notable improvement on UT.
The game types of old are back with Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Domination (slightly modified) all present. A new addition however is Bombing Run which I had my doubts about before playing it. Having tried it out on a number of online servers I'm hooked. It's american football meets rollerball with guns! The objective is to get the ball through the oppositions goal to score points. If you're lucky enough to find a closely matched game online, you're in for a treat because it is incredibly fast paced and end to end with twists and turns in the scores all the way. And yes team work does pay off, you're even able to pass the ball between team-mates to cut open a tightly packed opposition defence - just like in real sport.
I might go so far as to say Bombing Run is more enjoyable than Capture the Flag which is saying something!Read more ›
The Unreal Series returns once more in Unreal Tournament 2003, combining many of the great features of the original, with some of the better features of some other games, resulting in one great multiplayer game! You can now play through the Single Player ladder, taking your customised team of bots across several worlds to compete in intergalactic tournaments based on several game types, including: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Double Domination, and the new original game type: Bombing Run, mixing football with fast-paced FPS combat!
The new game includes 8 characters from each of the game worlds, and also some 'hidden' characters to unlock with your progress through the Single Player mode. And you can then take yourself or your team of bots online into a faced paced fight to the death in ANY of the games maps and gametypes. Male and Female models for each race, such as the Jugganaughts, who are gene-boosted humans in cyber-suits, to the robot Automations, all the way to the Gen Mo'kei aliens from the planet Arborea. Each and every model fits in with the games sci-fi like theme, and you may have too many to choose from to decide on a favourite.
Use brand new weapons, and prepare for the return of old favourites such as the Shock Rifle and Flak Cannon. Super Weapons help bestow fear in your opponents, using either remote controlled Nuclear Warheads or the ground targeted "VAPOR" Space-Based "Ion Cannon".Read more ›
Graphically UT2003 has to be the best looking game to date - so smooth and so detailed - it really is something to see. A Karma physics engine has been used to create realistic death animations - no longer did you get pre-programmed death sequences or die with half of your body on a platform and half hanging over the edge - now you tumble and slide and react to the environment around you.
Most of the original weapons return from the original (although they now have a superb amount of detail on them and are more balanced) as do the game types (Deathmatch, CTF etc). 'Bombing Run' is a new game type which has been added this time around. Imagine it to be a bit like a game of football with guns! A great addition and great fun.
This is an evolution rather than a revolution, but has been executed superbly and has endless possibilites for the mod community with the tools which come as part of the game package (5 programs such as Maya PLE, Unreal Editor 3.0 etc - all FREE).
Be warned though - this game requires a cutting edge PC and graphics card to see it in all its glory).
Most of the game modes from the original remain except that Domination has been replaced with Double domination and a new bombing run mode has been added. CTF, deathmatch and team deathmatch round out the gaming arenas. Double domination plays like a hockey game with both sides trying to control two points on the map in order to score, making for a hectic race to save the domination point and stop your opponents from scoring. Bombing run is a variation on the classic CTF formula, a ball starts in the middle of the field and you have to get it through your oppponents goal but all you weapons are disabled while you hold it, although you can pass it to other team members.
Possibly one of the best features however is tha addition of adrenaline, you get it from picking up pills on the map and from causing damage to your enemies. Once this reaches 100 you have the opportunity to enable one of four effects, using the normal movement keys. These range from speed, which makes you run faster and increases your rate of fire, to invisiblity which speaks for itself.
The animation is also excellent throughout, there are enough skins to keep anybody happy ranging from aliens to humans to androids.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this game is brilliant and has all the same weapons as the old game except has made them all slightly better and better characters. Read morePublished on 8 May 2009 by Mr. C. Fyfe
I love Unreal games, and this might be a wierd time to review it but in 2003 I was only 10 and didn't really think about writing reviews, just playing the game and stuff. Read morePublished on 28 July 2006 by P. F. Bailey
This game is the best unreal game i have ever played.
The graphics are mint and i have not had any problems with the online LAN play. Read more
I was quite eager to play this when it came out, but since I have got my hands on it and given it a thorough testing over the last year or so I have come to the conclusion that it... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2003 by mr_ska
If you really think about it, UT 2003 is the best first- person shooter games around. The guns are fantastic and the graphics are awesome. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2003
There's so much to talk about with UT2k3 it's hard to know where to begin.
For the first three months of playing this game, I hated it. Read more
This game Unreal 2003 is the best game ive ever played and OMG if u dont have this .... GUTTED because its KICKASS. Also thanks to amazon to sell it for cheaper than in the shops!! Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2003