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Reviewed: Unreal Tournament
Author: Chris Kim       Date: February 10th 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay/Multiplayer:

Those people that thought the future of first person shooters wasn't going anywhere better think again because Unreal Tournament introduces some of the most innovative and immersive gameplay modes ever found in a game before that have an addiction level as high as drugs. Top that with the coolest Assault and best implementation of Capture the Flag in a game, UT turns into a gaming addiction that any gamer should not miss. Topped with the most impressive single player AND multiplayer game, no other game has come this close to topping gaming perfection.

Graphics:

Utilizing the excellent Unreal engine, the developers pulled off excellent looking graphics and well produced environments, models, and special effects will still maintaining enough scalability that even lower-end machines can still run the game well enough for the game to look decent. Those with powerhouse machines will really have some great looking graphics on their monitors that are very close to jaw dropping amazing.

Sound and Music:

In the past sound and music have just been extra gimmicks to add some extra to the game, but with Unreal Tournament this has all changed. Not only has sound been integrated into the gameplay, but the sound effects can actually be used as queues and clues as to what and where players are coming from. With the addition of 3D APIs--A3D and EAX, gaming has never sounded better.

AI and Difficulty:

Never before in a first person shooter has a game seen artificial intelligence of opponents as sophisticated, complex, and smart as the bots in this game. Opponents will move and perform actions with actual thought and intelligence. They won't just move about mindlessly and just start shooting at anything, search and destroy--as with other human opponents is a key factor in what the computer decides to do.

Controls and Interface:

Probably the most streamlined, slickest, and advanced interface in any game to date. The interface is nearly 100% configurable and will suit anyone's needs and tastes as to what they want the game to look like. The HUD is one of the most informative in a first person shooter while not overloading or cluttering up the interface. Controller options are plentiful and many choices are available at the end of the user.

Overall:

This game is the first person shooter of the year offering more than just the normal first person shooter can. Along with many gameplay options and every other category that excel beyond what we expected, there is nothing better than the honor of getting the praise of one of the best games ever, not in just multiplayer either. The single player game brings something new and interesting as well. Unreal Tournament sets the table for what all future first person shooters should strive for.

Glide Underground Editors Choice Award
Pluses (+)
  • Addictive As Hell
  • Excellent Graphics
  • Useful Sound Queues
  • Assault Mode Kicks Ass
  • Slick Interface
  • Minuses (-)
  • Requires a Fairly Powerful Machine
  • No Really Unique Firepower
  • Hell On Your Social Life
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    Added:  Thursday, February 10, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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