E3 '07: Unreal Tournament 3 Hands-On

It's big, it's bad, and it's coming to the PlayStation 3 this November.

As part of Sony's annual press conference here at E3 2007, the company revealed that Epic's Unreal Tournament 3 would be coming exclusively to the PlayStation 3 this November. While that sounds like a real bummer for PC owners, you need to remember that, for whatever reason, the console makers seem to forget that the PC exists. So the game will be releasing on the PlayStation 3 and the PC this November. Regardless of all that, Midway brought the PlayStation 3 version to Sony's press conference, and we got a chance to play this long-awaited first-person shooter on its new console home.

This first-person shooter appears to be running quite well on the PlayStation 3, with plenty of graphical detail from top to bottom, all running at a good, firm frame rate. The demo station we saw was running a standard deathmatch against bots, allowing us to get a good feel for the controls. R1 and L1 handle your primary and alternate fire. R2 is used for dodging, something that required you to double-tap the movement keys on the PC. Epic's Jeff Morris, who was on hand to talk about the game, commented that he's been dodging much more frequently on the PS3 because of this easy-to-use controller mapping.

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Aside from the PS3 version looking to be on par with the PC version, the other key thing to know is that the PS3 version of the game will have support for mods and other user-created content, in a way that sounds like it will be a first for consoles. Mods built for the PC version will work on the PS3 version of the game. Right now, Epic is testing this functionality by copying the content onto a memory stick and then copying that to the PS3 hard drive. But they're hoping to get the PC removed from that equation to make mod and map downloading a part of the PS3 version. To speed up the loading process overall, the game can be completely installed to the PS3 hard drive, but you'll still need to have the disc in the drive for copy-protection purposes.

To hear Epic describe it, there are only a few differences between the PS3 and PC versions. And aside from the controller differences, the two versions do look quite similar. For one, the game will implement Sixaxis tilt control for steering the hoverboard or piloting the redeemer missile, which is a superweapon that you can steer into targets. Game speed and the size of collision areas are also being adjusted a bit to better tune the game for gamepads.

Overall, the PlayStation 3 version looks impressive, and the idea of mod support just might make it a viable alternative for a series that's primarily thought of as a PC franchise. It'll be interesting to see how the two versions stack up when they hit stores this November.

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188 comments
Swift18
Swift18

Idk im hoping that the Cell will bring somthing to the table that nothing els can. Im gettin this on the ps3 with the Keyboard and mouse support whats the diff? besides like 4k that i would need to run the game perfectly.

Karaam
Karaam

look if you're used to playing on PC, buy the PC, if you have played more on the consoles, buy that version, thats why midway is making it multi platform.

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

i bet that the ps3 version will be the best of all

patrickkkk
patrickkkk

im a regular FEAR player on the PC, but being able to play UT3 on my 57inch HDTV with a mouse and keyboard... cant freakin wait.

patrickkkk
patrickkkk

remember you'll be able to use your mouse and keyboard on your ps3 for this game!!! huge PLUS

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I am really looking forward to this game. I will get it for my ps3. I will never get it for my 360 as it will probably take up 3 disks and still look worse.

Jose3190
Jose3190

ANOTHER AAA PS3 GAME!!! CAN'T WAIT

x_kenney_x
x_kenney_x

i'll orbably get this if it come out for the 360 but im not sure. i really like it on pc but on a console i don't know. i didn't like unreal 04

Viseroid
Viseroid

There better be keyboard/mouse support. They didn't put four USBs on the damn thing just to charge controllers you know. I loved UT 2K4, this one will be awesome.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

All I want to know is the hardware requirement so I can go out and buy whatever PC I need to play.

xXrebel666Xx
xXrebel666Xx

I just creamed in my pants. Im nearly in love with it already...

Rakuho
Rakuho

fuzzydoor: "This game will be such a fantastic game, 2008 will be a great year for the ps3" it will be a great 2008 for the ps3, but this game is coming november...

Nene33
Nene33

I agree with rosscero and generalish, Instant Classic and a Must Have.

rosscero
rosscero

Instant Classic I'm with generalish =)

generalish
generalish

This game will be another classic after it comes out.

fuzzydoor
fuzzydoor

This game will be such a fantastic game, 2008 will be a great year for the ps3

knicknut17
knicknut17

I am so glad that this game is coming to PS3. Now PS3 owners will have a AAA FPS to play until Killzone 2 arrives. I expect the online community for this game to be fairly large for a long time. The use of Mods in this game will only extend the life of this game. The fact that you can use a keyboard and mouse is awesome too!

jknight5422
jknight5422

Best thing you guys can do is: A.) Buy the game you want to play first. When it's done, look at buying the next one on your list. Avoid buying them all at once, since you can reduce the price a lot by waiting. B.) The PC still has uses for games that haven't been ported over, as well as old PC games that will never make it to the 360. So it still has its uses. I use it for NWN2 for example & the upcoming NWN2 expansion. Also most MMOs haven't moved to the console yet, so if you play those you still need a PC.

matte989
matte989

@ htdkid11 That is what I've been thinking ever since E3. It's like spending 300 million on 5 hollywood blockbusters each and then releasing them on the same weekend. I'm not complaining but it just seems a little weird.

htdkid11
htdkid11

why are there so many good games coming out within two months of eachother..ie. halo 3, assassin's creed, unreal tournament..

Srinivassa
Srinivassa

Yeah, I am struggling now. I really want to be a PC gamer, but it's just not economical. I can spend $1000 to build a dx10 PC, or I can spend $400 to get an Xbox 360. ...and play the same games. It's getting hard to figure. I basically agree with people who say that the console experience is now almost the equal of that on PC. I just was never as big of a console gamer. It just seems like every PC game coming out has an analog on the 360. Originally, I thought, "Why buy a 360 then?" Now, I realize that I should buy a 360 because every one of the PC versions is a lazy port that has no scalability to my current hardware. It's either buy a 360 or build a dx10 PC. Financially, that's a pretty easy chioce. Unfortunately, I still have a personal leaning toward PC gaming. What to do? It might be time to jump ship and use my PC for music, pictures, and the internet.

NateNgn
NateNgn

yea, they do look like linemen. that's probably bc of there shoulder pads.

surppo
surppo

is it just me or do all unreal 3 game characters look like linemen

red-orc
red-orc

Are there no more news about the game then that?! What about the singleplayer-campaign? Did Epic keep silent just four months before release? Huhh, how exciting ... :( I read that the campagn'll be similair to Gears of War with AI-buddies. Epic's using the multiplayer-maps for it, you can create your own character, and there are some huge bosses and impressing cut-scenes. Was it a lie?! Can't wait for your special report about this f... milestone-game!!!!!!!!!!!!!

insom187
insom187

Should be awesome, cant wait

Orthrand
Orthrand

Next system i get im gonna build myself of course thatll be 2 years at least from now. And that saves hella lotta cash. Ie i got for £1300 an Intel core 2 duo 6600 (2.4's) P5N-E sli Asus motherboard, 8800Gts, 2 gigs ram, SB audigy se, thermaltake case, 22" Monitor. If id built my own ida had a 8800 GTX, a XI Fi card, a better motherboard and at least 4 gigs ram. Probably for around the same price. Also for all dedicated Pc gamers remember the fact that GSC said Just as Crytec said theyre gamesd never run on consoles. And that one top dev (i forget who from a venerable pc company) said that by the next round of consoles PC's will be so far ahead that consoles wont be able to keep up. Not that I dislike consoles i have a desire to own a PS3 and Allready own a 360 and Wii (im not rich just determined) Its just i feel experiences like Frelancer, Baldurs Gate 2, Vampire the Masquerade bloodlines, and all other PC great games shouldnt be lost in future to the consoles in favor of the creep of MMORPG's, with the only hope coming from Eastern European countries who are still not getting it quite right.

novaslink
novaslink

Well said WARxSnake, I totally agree. I guess I'm part of the war in the end, the only thing that really bothers me, is when game play is sacrificed because of the platform it's on. But Epic has always produced great game play whatever the platform and I can't wait to play it.

WARxSnake
WARxSnake

yeah tis wierd, you're right about the drivers though ive personally never had any problems with them, i guess it goes by what you mean by 'problem' if for example having the 8800 series not support nvidia scaling for games in the new drivers a problem, then yeah, i have that problem. but all my games run smooth, xp runs great, of course, i admit i wont touch vista until they bring out the new service pack this aug. i guess its also because ive always been with intel and nvidia, which are better with drivers. anyway amd and ati are going down the drain with the 2900hd and the multicore cpus. as for patching, yeah there are pros and cons. games like rainbow six vegas and command and conquer 3 auto patch or check automatically for patches when you run the .exe, which is a cool thing, but what if you dont want to patch? the choice is typically yours on a pc, and in the case of STALKER where lets say you are far into the game and they just pulled out a patch which will kill your save file, would you really want to patch the game then? it completly depends on the user i guess, and the choices he makes, thats even if he wants to have choice in the first place. i love my xbox, ive bought it very recently, and although im still trying to get used to aiming with the sticks instead of my precious mouse, im enjoying it alot. though theres no question in my mind which platform on my desk is king. in the end, play whatever you want on whatever platform you want, as long as you have fun and enjoy your time...this whole idea of console wars is stupid in the end, i admit, im part of it. (mainly because i dont like seeing people saying the pc is weak) the companies love it because it drives sales and the whole thing creates more loyal and 'fanboy' followers to whichever console in question, but in the end, its just gamers getting segregated over stupid things like which consoles or platforms is better. the pc is great for what it does, so is the xbox360 and the ps3...we're all gamers and we're all here to have fun, not to have stupid wars over peices of plastic and silicone.

novaslink
novaslink

@WARxSnake I must say that I've never had a problem with my PC, but most of my friends have had games ruined by problem with drivers. Because theres so many different graphics cards theres always been a driver issue. Sound issues is another one (though rare) and the list goes on. Some people are lucky and never see a problem (maybe that to strong a word) but thats just how it is with a PC. I remember when my friend brought Farcry, because he had a 7800 GTX, he had to patch it 3 times before he could play (strange, I only had to patch it once). These are few of the issues PC gamers have to deal with, there not major and are easy to solve but it's still an issue. I have a 8800 GTX and my friend has a 8800 GTX, but because it is made by a different maufacturer there was a driver issue at first (this is rare). There are many people that don't like this, they like to put on the game and play (you may have to patch the game on a console, but it's all done for you, no searching and some people would call this an issue with the PC, I call it lazy). That just me, what your opinion on the subject? @AH-64Undead , I agree. I can't wait to see what mods will come out of it. Unreal mods have always been a high point.

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest

eh the Vital Stats say September, but the article says November?

AH-64Undead
AH-64Undead

This better be good, the series has gone downhill from the original wich is still the best. Give me the old Unreal Tournament feeling back and the good weapons! All the weapons after the original have just not got the same satisfaction-factor.

enmanuel555
enmanuel555

this looks beter then gears of war woohoo

WARxSnake
WARxSnake

what 'problems' with the pc? why is it everytime someone talks about pc they talk about this abstract idea of problems? i know they exist but it depends on the persons rig, theres no reason why a triple A game like ue3 should just fail on pc for example, unless of course, your computer is ridden with spyware and game-hindering apps. i havent had any problems on my rig and ive had it running iwth no problems at all, all new games and old, and ive had this pc since november when the 8800gtx first came out. please elaborate what you specifically mean by "problems on pc"

novaslink
novaslink

With a high-end PC it will look more detailed, sharper and run smoother, plus a whole load of mods will appear and Unreal Ed. On top of that you've got all the problems that come with a PC. The PS3 won't be as detailed (by a small margin), not as sharp, not as smooth (again by a small margin) and I'm guessing draw distance will be lower and fewer objects on screen. But you don't get any problems that come with the PC. The last and most important thing is that the gamplay is the same on both, and as a hardcore PC gamer (I also own a 360 and PS3) and all round gamer, gamplay is the most important thing.

darkwolfs48
darkwolfs48

Controls wont be a factor as the PS3 supports M + KB. ( i dont see why epic wouldnt include that as a control option ) Bottom line is gonna be is your ps3 better then your pc, or is your pc better then the ps3. (my case ps3 > pc ) Ill hafta get the version of Unreal Ed for the pc if the ps3 version doesnt come with it. The big question... PS3 and PC will proboly share servers, but will 360 since it proboly wont support pc mods ( core users dont have a HDD).

WARxSnake
WARxSnake

if you consider that an essay, you've never been to college.

high4545
high4545

why does every point that gamespot make about games etc has to turn in to an a pointless and nerdy argument about what consoles better or if PCs are better then consoles. Who really gives a **** some of you need to get out a bit more and not write flipping essays on a message board!!

bmaisey
bmaisey

elowyn - you make some good points, but alot of bad ones. Firstly, pc games also have exclusives - crysis, stalker, supreme commander (and most other rts games). While its true that there arent as many pc exclusives than there have been, the same can be said about the ps3 and the 360. Secondly, you seem to think that the rate at which a pc MUST be upgraded is much higher than it is. An example(not a great one, but itll do) - i could run fear at a similar level of detail and much higher resolution to what ive seen on a ps3, on 1gb of ram, a amd athlon 4000+ (which is single core) and a geforce 6600gt (which together with the other vital bits, except for a screen, would come to about $200 - $300 (nz prices) less than a ps3, and you get all the other usefulness of a pc to boot). Yes its true that game developers like to push what a pc can do, and make insane games like crysis and supreme commander - however, they simply cannot make their games playable only on the most cutting edge of technology, since theyd lose nearly all of their market(sup com is suffering from this, i suspect). It would be like sony and ms releasing their next consoles next year. Thats why you get games that scale well and can look amazing on the best computers, but still pretty good on the bare minimum : half life 2 is a good example. If youre upgrading constantly, and only getting small boost alot of the time, youre an idiot, or you have insane amounts of money. While you will have to upgrade more often to properly keep up with the latest games (2, maybe 3 years if you buy the best or near the best at the time), this is simply not necessary, or feasible at all for a lot of gamers. To be honest, i prefer having the option to upgrade more often and get a big boost in both performance and graphics. As for consoles being better for gaming in general... no way! You get faster loading times from loading from the hard drive and having more processor power and ram, you dont have to deal with discs at all if you dont want to (and its much nicer), you get the keyboard and mouse combo (which is better for many games, although not as much as people say for fps', imo), and free, easy access internet play is pretty much guaranteed, with the option to host your own server. As for consoles having the same features as a computer... yeah they are starting to, but they dont do any of them as good, except for dvd watching (which they do slightly better since theyre easier to hook up to a tv). And i think youre overestimating their lifespan - the ps2, for example, has been around for 8 years, and it hasnt been very current for at least 3 or 4 of those. Not that i hate the consoles tho, far from it! Its my computers turn to suck away all my money now, but next itll be the 360...

WARxSnake
WARxSnake

elowyn89 1.i dont know, im guessing most console players buy hdtv's to run their ps3's and xboxs on? i mean all i hear on forums for those consoles is 'how can i run this 1080p how can i run that 1080p). so obviously most people who buy the ps3 and xbox360 are interested in high resolutions offered by hdtvs, so im guessing thats at least an added 1000$ for a midrange hdtv. so thats 1600$, equivalent to what you'd pay to get a mid-high performance pc. 2. yeah i guess thats true, i bough my 360 just for force unleashed which truely has no reason for not coming on pc. all the jedi knights and dark forces fans will be pissed. i also bought it for mass effect, and some other exclusives. 3. you dont need to upgrade every 6 months. no one is forcing you to, surely not the games. someone with a high end geforce 6 series card will be able to run crysis and world in conflict, and that card is ages old now. thats one of the virtues of pc gaming, choice, and control over what you want in your system and what you dont. of course, you are right in the fact that pc gaming by nature is an upgrading fest, not cheap by any means, but only if you really want to stay at the top, that is. 4. yeah as i said, you dont *have* to buy parts over and over, the more expensive the part, the more it will last. my geforce 8800gtx costs more than the 360 and all the accessories i got for it, and xbox live with that, and i know it will last past first generation dx10 games (when they come). pc hardware is coming to the point where if you buy top of the line, the hardware is so beyond what software is capable of these days that you are set for a long while with that card. also, pc gaming isnt purely expensive, there are very good deals around, such as buying a card from EVGA, and when you want to upgrade it, simply send back the old one garanteed, pay a small fee (the difference, around 50-80$), and you get a new high-end gfx card. its just, people arent aware of all this so they instantly bash on pc gaming for being too expensive. not talking about you, just in general. if one day xbox360 lets me plug in my mouse and keyboard, or even has yet another expensive accessory simulating that, ill appreciate it more, not to say i hate it. i like it alot, its plugged into my pc and shares the same screen/sound, so my overall gaming on 360/pc is fully streamlined and seamless.

dawgsfan1447
dawgsfan1447

Wait... what hapened to it not coming to 360... whaaaa? Oh well... they also forgot to mention it's coming to Mac so I should be fine :)

whiplash
whiplash

I'm sick of upgrading my PC for only a handful of games. I'd rather get this for PS3 save myself the headache (and cash).

TH3_1NF1D3L
TH3_1NF1D3L

Dan2002sk8er: What? Honestly, what are you talking about? The PS3 has ALREADY been beaten in graphical capability. And the equipment...Hahahahahaha. If my equipment is sooo far behind, why do I get better frame-rates for max Oblivion than the PS3? If I am indeed a PC fanboy as you speak...why do I own a PS3 as well and know, with every ounce of me, that the PC is an all-around better platform?

wars45
wars45

come on nov wooooooooooooo

Myugenjin
Myugenjin

Damn so what if someone comes up with a mod to play it off the PS3 HDD and adds mouse and keyboard support! Then it'll be even mor elike the pc version and you'd smoke fools in the multiplayer games.

elowyn89
elowyn89

WARxSnake, what you say may be true but guess what your forgetting a few vital points that are worth noticing. 1.Not everyone can or would want to spend $2000 on a computer. 2.People buy consoles because some consoles have Exclusives. 3.The big DOWNER to having a custom gaming computer is that no matter how big or how fast its specs are, chances are about a month later there will be another GFX card etc that will be better then yours. Also that means games that come out in the future will probably require you to have an even better GFX then what you have. 4.In relation to point 3 you have to constantly spend money to buy better parts for the computer. Usually these parts arent cheap and some times might only give a slight boost. Consoles are far better in terms of general gaming as they have exclusives, dont need to constantly upgrade as they stay very current for at least 5-10 years and have lots of the same features as a computer.

WARxSnake
WARxSnake

ive had windows xp installed for 4 years now without ANY bugs, freezes or BSOD. whereas console owners are experiencing RROD and bluray drives that dont even function properly. thats unheard of on a pc, and another thing, ive never had a spontaneous fatal error on my pc forcing me to call microsoft (or whoever) for a replacement after a few weeks. console hardware is by far not advanced, your next gen consoles are stuck in dx9 territory, a graphics API the pc has mastered and runs perfectly on most pc's to date. we've had dx9 for a few years now, so your next gen is our previous gen. Please dont give the 'windows is buggy' excuse anymore, because you are all in the same boat, owning one of these next gen consoles is as risky as operating vista, and having a 500$ console failing anytime if feels like kinda speaks for the conditions console gamers have to abide by these days, and having to send it back to get it fixed (being your only option) is kinda worse than having to reboot your pc when something fails. i know people whos been through 5 xboxs, failing as fast as the second day of purchase. pc technology is ever evolving and will always be ahead, while you are stuck with your underpowered ram and cores, we are about to get the new range of nvidia cards (8900s) and new intel penryn cpus, which blow any console out of the water. and before you say pc gaming is expensive... for 1800$ or less, you can build a core 2 duo 6600, 2 gigs of ram and an 8800gtx , which was used in e3 to run silky smooth crysis, a game your console will never run at its current detail level.

Dan2002sk8er
Dan2002sk8er

Darkin it's not that the 360 version isn't done yet it's the fact that Sony actually bought the rights to be the exclusive counsel for the first year. P.S. The playstation 3 can support mouse and keyboard. also you who are trying to say it isn't as powerful not enough RAM thats because it doesn't have to run an operating system, anti-virus software, internet browser, and more all at the same time. the equipment in the PS3 if years beyond you PC fanboys. honestly anyone running windows doesn't exactly have the right to say that someone else made a bad decision. Windows Blows, and crashes, and freezes, and sucks.

Dawo
Dawo

I can't believe you guys are actually saying that ps3 & 360 have better graphics than the latest pcs. And more power! I have no problem with UT3 being released for PS3 or XBOX but we need to consider the facts. Read the reviews preview of GEARS of WAR coming to pc by the good folks at Game Spot. It will look Better than the 360 version! Most Games are designed to use the latest shaders which the latest video cards always have.

hyperboy152000
hyperboy152000

its a good thing people like n3ck cant comprehend that both gamespot and epic said the two versions look very simular so if you dont have a pc and want to play ut3 when its released well.... dont look for the 360 version is all im going to say

knicknut17
knicknut17

I have a Mac, so playing Unreal Tournament III on a PC isn't an option for me. I LOVE UNREAL TOURNAMENT! Thankfully, I have a PS3, an HDTV, and a good surround sound system. I can't believe that the PS3 version is going to have support for PC Mods. This is incredibly good news that the game looks impressive. I think this game will sell BIG TIME around the world. I expect this game to have a huge online community on the Playstation Network and Home. PS3 owners can't have Halo, but instead get the superior Unreal Tournament III to enjoy while waiting for Killzone 2.