Indsendt: 30. april
The review is written strictly from single-player perspective!
Short version: 90%
Unreal Tournament is one of the granddaddies of online team-based first-person shooters. It may have aged, but only in graphics, because the gameplay is still fast and exciting. And with its many game modes and high quality maps, it’s a game that you’ll never get bored of.
First-person shooters weren’t always the on-rails, self-healing, cover-to-cover interactive movies they are today. This genre was a scene of highly competitive players who were constantly searching for the next game to test their limits. And in 1999 they got two of them, one being Unreal Tournament.
The game featured a bundle of innovative weapons with two fire modes; memorable map design that is copied even today; game modes that finally showed something innovative beyond the same old death matches; and finally, bots which may feel a little dumb and predictable today, but back then they were topped only by Half-Life 1.
UT may have been designed as a multiplayer game, but it is also enjoyable in single player. It has an actual campaign mode, where the “plot” may be simple as a doornail (you play in a futuristic gladiator tournament) and most participants only have a single-paragraph story, but it is still enough to build the foundation of a world you can immerse yourself in and make you care about your team. Because despite the popularity of free-for-all death matches, this game is all about team play.
With the ever-increasing issues with the game engine (which was one of the best of its time) and the even more successful sequel, UT2004, UT ’99 faded into obscurity, but if you ever want some really old-school FPS action, you can always rely on it.