Review by Xirtam G

"Just pretty graphics?"

Unreal Tournament 2003(UT2K3) is the sequel to the 1999 game of the year Unreal Tournament (UT). UT was a massive game aimed at online or LAN play, UT2K3 uses the same basic concept with some new game modes, new weapons and levels.

Well now is the time to upgrade your PC as you will want a decent graphics card to see this game in all its glory. The player models cast Shadows . As you run under trees the Shadow falls on your weapon.
There’s foliage (Grass) That blows in the wind and sways when your character runs by.

Game play
There are plenty of game modes here. There is, Deathmatch (DM) hunt the enemy down and kill them buy any means necessary nothing new here. Capture The Flag (CTF) Involves a lot of team play the basic idea is to get your flag back to your base nothing new here either. Double Domination, A modified version of the original domination, this version has two points A and B your team must hold both points for 10 seconds to score. Last but not least is Bombing Run, the idea of bombing run is to grab the ball and run as fast as you can to the enemy base and jump in a hoop to score a touch down!. So there are only 2 new game modes to UT2003. Practice session has been replaced with Instant action which is the same pick a map and some bots and practice. The single player mode is played against bots (computer controlled players).
You progress in the game by doing levels that open up the next level in the tournament ladder. And then you unlock the final matches of the tournament.

Well there isn’t really a story here. I suppose the main ‘story’ is to become the best fighter and defeat Malcolm the undefeated champion .

Sound And Music
The sound in this game is great if you have a 5.1 speaker set up. You can hear the enemy's footsteps and gun fire. The music adds to the atmosphere and doesn't get in the way of the sound.

Online play
Ah.... the reason the game was made. The online play is the same as offline play expect instead of bots you play against real people. The only problem with that is some people are annoying and complain if they die. And think everybody else is cheating. But provided you're playing with decent folk you shouldn't have too much of a problem. The net code is very good I was able to play with very little latency (Lag, jumps in the game caused by slow modems and crappy ISP's) So there is no real problem here.

Overall 8/10

It looks pretty
It's a new unreal game
Cliffy B produced it
Cons :
Too much like the 1st one there wasn't really any new features.

Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/07/02, Updated 10/22/02

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