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    Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    We take a look at Unreal Tournament 3 and find that, under the hype and the pretty graphics, there's little new and a lot that's frustrating, annoying and in some places just downright broken.
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    Come on, how do you really feel

    I've not got the game (having played it on a mates pc, I decided not to), but a friend had similar thourghts/problems as yourself, he binned it.

    Maybe the patch would have helped, but he really couldn't be bothered dloading it.

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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    I agree with this review wholeheartedly. I already knew that it was just UT2K4 in a new dress (a nice, shiny dress non the less) so my expectations were slightly different but the whole Gamespy thing annoyed the living crap out of me! It's almost as bad as MS live (and that recent game that mandates a gold account to play on-line).

    I too didn't want a gamespy account so why do I need one to play on-line? Of course its a nice tie in with IGN and I'm sure the money was worth it.

    I would also like to understand why Epic deemed it necessary to remind me where I downloaded the patch from every time I start the game? Of course this is a small thing and I know that it shouldn't bother me but it does

    Anyway - I play UT3 and I like its new shiny dress. I like the new vehicles and I like the new maps but the tie-ins impact what is otherwise a good release.
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    I did download the patch and, in fairness to the game I sooooo wanted to like, I replayed it once patched and, sadly got just as wound up by it. My experience of the patched version is summarised in the HEXUS.afterburner on the page after the awards.

    I spent all weekend thinking about the review before publishing it, to make sure this is how I felt about Unreal Tournament 3 and, sadly, my feelings haven't changed. Perhaps I'm of the mind that by number four in a franchise we should be seeing something new?

    I wasn't all that impressed with Quake 4 but it did at least give us a decent enough, if slightly formulaic, single player game but Unreal Tournament 3, aside from the fact there's that ludicrous shoe-horning of a 'story' to try and justify a bunch of single player bot-matches, gets so much else wrong that it's just frustrating and annoying.

    Ok, Crysis is mainly single player game and the whole 'Aliens invade the Earth' storyline is as tired as an insomniac after a seven day caffeine binge, at least it's mildly engaging despite some of the games bugs and flaws.

    Unreal Tournament 3 had me nearly chucking my mouse at the screen with that daft FLaG explanation... rather like George Lucas' introduction of Midichlorians to explain The Force... daft and unnecessary.
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    TBH, it's even worse than the review mentions once you get into multiplayer..

    Some of the maps have terrible glitches (which the patch doesn't address) - for instance the recreated deck level crashes the game on about 40% of people's machines for no apparent reason, another is some of the warfare maps where you get stuck in the scenery, and appear to half-fall through the level and end up back in the level with random non-responsive controls before the game crashes..

    The real problem is that the weapon balance has been fiddled yet again to account for the consoles - which ends up a case of breaking stuff which wasn't broken in the last game, and makes everything feel rather "dumbed down".

    Hopefully some of the companies playing with engine will cobble together a better game as at least it seems like they've put a decent amount of effort into the engine - which is sadly lacking for the game.

    Maybe after a few more patches and the modders get their teeth into it it'll be better - but I'm not holding my breath..
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    Cheers for that input Stoo.

    I did suffer some of the 'stuck in scenery' stuff you mentioned but it only happened occasionally and just for brief periods of one or two seconds, so I put it down to me being a numpty and not jumping at the right time etc...

    As to multiplayer, I'll take your word on it and I do believe you. I just can't experience it for myself as, 14 days on from installing the damn game I STILL can't log in with my fully working GameSpy account and I'll become French and change my name to Henri Le Clicke before I sign up yet another email address to GameSpy.
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    We've even had problems with the dedicated server install with it crashing roughly every 15 minutes or so - apparently something to do with running on AMD dual core CPU's - which is a pretty big clanger to drop..

    TBH the whole thing needed several more months development, but then they'd have missed the Christmas period..

    I'm honestly preferring Warhawk in a big way at the moment - I'm going to give TF2 a play with as well based on the recommendations I've seen
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    What surprises me is that after publishing this review I had a look around the web at other reviews of it and it looks like none of the big sites have the same view... scoring Unreal Tournament 3 in the mid 80s and 90s...

    I was wondering if they'd played the same game as me and, on checking the review publication dates, it's clear they've not even played a patched version of the game, so how the hell have they come to the conclusion that this is a 9/10 or 90% scoring game?

    So it's very gratifying to see that it's not just me a being a grouch, UT3 is indeed a bit, well, poo.
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    i think your right...
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    Hmm you say it runs well on less meaty computers and this is widely regarded as the downfall of Crysis - yet my old 9800Pro PC plays Crysis at better FPS than UT3 .

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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    Hmm, that's odd because I've found that both UT3 and GoW run better under Vista than Crysis.

    I'm not disputing what you're saying, just saying that my experience is different.
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    I can't even run UT3 yet but I have the special edition with, like UTk3/4, all the video tutorials by Jason Busby on using the engine, which highlights my sole purpose really, and of some of the students in my class, for buying it. WHich is making stuff, making levels, mods, models, characters.

    Hell with the game, probably just as crap as we imagine and as you say, which boils down to epic getting bigger and bigger heads of late over recent successes.
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    Re: Unreal Tournament 3 - PC

    I purchased this game (mistake, especially after the demo came out because I knew it was going to suck) and I'd have to say your review Nick is spot on.

    You did forget to officially bash them for it being 75% console ported through.

    The menus are a joke (compared to UT2k4), and the Flak Cannon alt fire is farked up. Not to mention all the guassian blurring that they've done totally destroy the game too.

    My conclusions are about the same as yours, if you've never played UT before, you'll probably enjoy UT3, otherwise, stick to UT2k4.

    As we are all well aware of, awesome graphics do not make fun games.
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    A mistake here as well.
    The review is %100 dead on. And just like the author of UT3 review I'm as well extremely disappointed. Other than same old just prettier aspects of the game here are additional annoyances:

    1. Guassian blurring
    2. Lack of crosshair customization
    3. Lack of graphic customization other then just some two idiotic graphic sliders
    4. In game white arrows
    5. Forced online profile
    6. Multiplayer server browser lacking options found in ut2k4

    I have a feeling Epic will not release patch addressing fan requested changed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bull Dog View Post
    I purchased this game (mistake, especially after the demo came out because I knew it was going to suck) and I'd have to say your review Nick is spot on.

    You did forget to officially bash them for it being 75% console ported through.

    The menus are a joke (compared to UT2k4), and the Flak Cannon alt fire is farked up. Not to mention all the guassian blurring that they've done totally destroy the game too.

    My conclusions are about the same as yours, if you've never played UT before, you'll probably enjoy UT3, otherwise, stick to UT2k4.

    As we are all well aware of, awesome graphics do not make fun games.

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    I can't seem to sign in. I've had an account since the demo though and installed the patch


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