E3 06: Unreal Tournament 2007 Impressions

The latest chapter in the Unreal Tournament series is coming to the PC and PS3, and we saw what's new at E3.

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LOS ANGELES--Midway and Epic Games showed off a bit more of Unreal Tournament 2007 at E3, and we got a good glimpse of the new warfare game mode, which is described to us as a blend of the existing assault and onslaught modes found in current Unreal Tournament games.

The game will feature two sides--The Axon and the Necris, an alien race--and the battles between the two will feature both infantry combat and vehicular combat. In terms of content, Unreal Tournament 2007 won't have as much as the 2004 version of the series, which featured upgraded versions of practically every official level made for Unreal Tournament. That's because the leap to the next generation requires a lot more work for maps. That said, we're told that there will be a large number of maps and vehicles available in Unreal Tournament 2007. For example, we saw the Axon's Leviathan, which is a huge wheeled transport/tank with four individually manned turrets. Each turret has its own shield, and it can be destroyed separately. Meanwhile, the Nemesis is the Necris' walking main battle tank, and it looks awesome. It can seat two players, one controlling the weapons underneath. It sort of looked like one of the Martian war machines from War of the Worlds, and it appeared almost organic.

The new warfare game mode is a bit complex, but it's designed to keep players working together as a team. Warfare maps are asymmetrical, and both teams have distinctly different goals. One team may be tasked with destroying something, while the other team may be tasked with defending it. You'll often have to battle to access a conduit that will give you a power orb, and you can then transport the orb to another location to use it to unlock objectives, such as powering up a sentry gun to blast the enemy to pieces. As usual, you can play this mode with bots or with other players, and the levels will max out at about 32 players.

One of the new features shown to us was a hover board, which will be useful if you find yourself caught without a vehicle far from the battle. Instead of having to hoof it on foot, you can jump on your hover board and zoom quickly to the fight. The downside is that you won't be able to use weapons when in this mode, so you won't want to ride the hover board in combat, because you'll be an easy target, and if hit, you'll tumble off the board, leaving you even more vulnerable.

The PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the game should be fairly identical, though Epic is, of course, making adjustments to the console version to accommodate the gamepad controller. Still, other than that, the power of the PS3 means that the PS3 version looks just as good as the PC version. Meanwhile, the PC version will have built in support for the Aegia physics card, which will result in more impressive explosions when something blows up, though its impact is mainly cosmetic. It'll be more useful for online servers, since the server has to calculate all the physical reactions in a match. Still, it's not necessary, since the game will ship with decent physics if you don't have a physics card. Unreal Tournament 2007 is due out early next year for the PC, and details on the PS3 release aren't yet available.

Discussion

19 comments
AFWorm
AFWorm

It will be mine. Oh yes, it WILL be mine.

Last_Grimreaper
Last_Grimreaper

It's a must have. only downside is that I really need some serious cash abaout 5K or so. Damn

ZosoFan
ZosoFan

"this game will be even better than gow cuz it uses a better engine and graphics tech that only ps3 and a pc can handle " Okay, Ut2007 and Gears of War use the SAME engine! Also, 360 could handle Ut2007. On top of that Gears of War looked slightly better at E3 than Ut2007 (I play Ut2004 everyday btw) You shouldnt doubt the 360s power, you can take EPICs word on it. "Caleb1dunn if these are real screens then this should be proof that the ps3 has better graphic then the 360 " Okay, you havent seen Gears of War huh? :) This is from the PC build btw.

Mr_duong
Mr_duong

this game will be even better than gow cuz it uses a better engine and graphics tech that only ps3 and a pc can handle

firebreathing
firebreathing

This game doesnt really look like it's going to bring anything that new to the genre. The tri-pod like vechiles look cool and all, new gameplay modes and such, but it probably won't appeal to people like me who want something different. Then, again I could be wrong, we'll have to wait and see. It doesn't exactly cost that much to maintain a PC that can run games decently. Now if you're the kind of person who HAS to have every game you play run on the highest settings then you will be paying out the ass for it, that's what you get for being superficial though >_>

Permutation
Permutation

Unreal Tournament 2007 will not necessarily reflect Gears of War graphically. It is likely to be an improvement to Gears of War, especially in consideration to the hardware rendering capabilities of the PS3. Yes, Unreal Tournament 2007 will be utilizing version 3.0 of the Unreal Engine but, it will also be running a build of 3.0 higher than that used Gears of War. This title looks awesome.

MrRyano
MrRyano

This game looks awesome graphics, gameplay and everything else. I'll probly get it for PC

360KilDab
360KilDab

sounds good but cost on support of games for PC just raise every day due to new graphic cards and proccessors i rather buy a system and spend less money on this.

King_Andy
King_Andy

i can`t w8 for this game to be released i just love unreal tournament

bigelf72
bigelf72

oo7sk8punk you noob Gears of War uses the Unreal Engine 3.0 that was debuted back in 2004 AND MADE BY PUBLISHER epic games (the creater of both UT2007 and Gears Of War) So unreal tournament 2007 has the same graphics as Gears of War and vice versa. Just differently executed. Afterall UT 2007 is gonna have 64 player online support.

cybolt
cybolt

You mean the screenshots that ARE from the pc? Compare them to the pc dev ones. Before judging graphics quality, wait for system specific shots. Looks like it'll be a success though:)

blackleech
blackleech

The Unreal series has always owned... and will continue to be the benchmark for great gameplay and graphics.

oo7sk8punk
oo7sk8punk

im sorry but you can tell me that these screens look any better than those for gears of war

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

if these are real screens then this should be proof that the ps3 has better graphic then the 360

chappellesshow2
chappellesshow2

I hope this game is as good as the other unreal games, and will be a sucsessful FPS for the PS3.

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

1st post... but seriously, i cant wait for it...