Review by BeefieCheesie

"Unreal Tournament 2004 Once Again Proves to be the Best First Person Shooter of them all"

Unreal Tournament rocked the first person shooting world back in 1999, beautiful graphics, fast paced action, bots to die for, and multiple modes, and a little thing called Assault lead UT to the top of the FPS pile that year.

Unreal Tournament 2003, while improving on the brand, took away many things gamers loved about UT including Assault. Unreal Tournament 2004 snatches back the crown, with even more improved graphics, even more maps, a new mode called Onslaught, and the return of Assault.

It's hard to believe that the Unreal engine is still being used to this day. It's hard to believe this game and Unreal Tournament share the same engine. The graphics are that good. The textures are clear and hold up through the entire time of the level. On the plus side, it doesn't take a monster machine to run this game very well. But your PC is going to need a good graphics card to run this game the way it was supposed to be played.

Which seems odd since a lot of the character models seem to be rehashed from UT 2K3, and have little detail to them. They look really good, but at a closer glance the character texture looks fuzzy and they lack a lot of detail in the face. But on the grand scheme of things, what the characters look like doesn’t really matter when you’re blasting them away at a very fast pace.

The only negative side to all the luscious landscapes and detailed weapons and models, is the atrocious load times. You’ll be sitting in front of your computer for a few seconds, maybe even up to a minute waiting for a map to start. This can be fixed by adjusting a few things, but to have such a fast paced game have such long load times throws off the pace of the game.

The weapons in the game are the same ones from UT 2K3, but a few have been modified, such as the link gun, and the sniper rifle makes its return after taking a year off from UT. The weapons still remain very balanced, meaning that even the assault rifle can go up against a rocket launcher and have a slight chance of prevailing.

Another new addition to UT 2K4 is the vehicles. While this has been done on Halo, UT 2K4 seems to take this idea to a completely new level. The vehicles, although very powerful in some instances, have their weaknesses and can be taken out by another vehicle or even a foot soldier. The vehicle balance is what makes the vehicles in UT 2K4 more of an addition instead of a gimmick.

Unreal Tournament 2004 is a serious must buy for those gamers who still play the original Unreal Tournament and were very turned off with the release of Unreal Tournament 2003. It brings back all the things the fans loved of the original, adds some of the better maps of UT 2K3, and adds even more maps than you can shake a stick at and has a great price. What more could you ask for.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 03/18/04


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