Unreal Tournament 3 Hands-On

We take a stroll through each of the Xbox 360's new maps.

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The road to Unreal Tournament 3 has been an interesting one for Xbox 360 owners. Not only have they had to gaze with green-eyed longing at the PC and PlayStation 3 versions available since late last year, they've also had to endure a storm of uncertainty regarding the possibility of user-generated mods existing on the Xbox. While that particular question still remains unanswered, at least those patient 360 owners can look forward to seeing some new content when the port finally arrives this summer. The most substantial addition to UT3 on the Xbox has to be the five new maps being offered. Like a travel guide with a Bio Rifle instead of a map, we recently spent some time in these new environments to see what they're all about.

The new Necris maps tend to look like this after a few more hours of destruction and chaos.

First on the itinerary is Rails. This map is designed for use in the Vehicle CTF game mode. It's a giant level featuring a wide assortment of vehicles to choose from. Your selection isn't just limited to the Raptors and Mantas other levels offer. No, the big twist here is the pair of rail tracks from which the map derives its name. Each base is connected by these tracks, giving you the ability to sit on a mobile turret and cruise from one end of the level to other while shooting anyone in sight. You don't move very quickly on these turrets, so when you're sitting on the thing you tend to become a pretty easy target. To make up for that, the cannons pack a real punch. The setting has a very Gears of War feel to it, a postapocalyptic urban wasteland that feels simultaneously futuristic and classically European. There are lots of alternate routes through demolished buildings and a river bisecting the level that you can actually swim across if you're up to the task.

Another new map exclusive to the Vehicle CTF mode is Suspense Necris. As the name suggests, this one is an alternate take on the Suspense map already seen in prior versions of Unreal Tournament 3. The difference here is that the map is set following the Necris invasion, so the whole place looks quite a bit different. What began as a level set in a deep canyon with a flowing river and a massive bridge acting as the primary route from one base to another is now in ruins. The river has mostly dried up, chunks of the bridge have gone missing, and rather unfriendly tentacles crawl ominously in the distance. Downtown Necris, a map designed for the Warfare mode, takes on a similar look. It maintains the dense urban feel of the Downtown map, but with an unpleasant, ripped-apart look to it. Both of these alternate maps feature Necris vehicles rather than the Axon fleet the originals have.

The other two maps are both set in frozen climates with more than enough snow and icy water to go around. Cold Harbor is a Warfare map featuring one base set on a seaside harbor and another at the top of what could practically be considered a ski slope. From the outside, the map doesn't look particularly big, but when you begin to explore you'll find a cavernous docking bay leading to numerous underground passageways and elevators that will save you the trouble of traversing the steep, snowy hill. This one is probably our favorite of the bunch. The sheer brutality of the hill gives the map a unique feeling the others don't have.

Finally, there's the other cold-weather map, Koos Barge. As a simple deathmatch or team deathmatch map, it's the smallest of the group. The entirety of the map consists of a single freight ship out at sea. In the distance you'll see other boats bobbing up and down and the faint outlines of snowy mountains. This boat has two levels where you can fight: down in the holds among the shipping crates, and up top on the deck. It's generally to your advantage to stay on top, because while you can jump down below from nearly any location, those stuck below have only a few options to make their way up to the deck. In our experience, we had the most success just hanging out on the deck and picking off everyone down below.

Other new additions to the 360 version include a pair of new characters--a Ronin named Kana and a Liandri named Nova--and the ability to play in split-screen both online and offline. And then there's the downloadable content Epic released for the PC and PlayStation 3 versions, which will all be included in this go-around. You can expect to see Unreal Tournament 3 released July 7.

Discussion

78 comments
mforbesy
mforbesy

AWSOME! This is a must have for any online FPS fan. Amazon has it on sale for $45 today with free shipping.

tonicmole
tonicmole

I'm get'n it today! Can't wait. Alone in the Dark was a bit of a let down.

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

Never played a UT game with a controller before, hopefully it doesn't feel too slow :/

Sameo45
Sameo45

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capitancahonas
capitancahonas

lol'd so much I choked on breakfast - I know a few "older" boys who own Ps3's and are still mummy's little soldier. .you know who you are lofl, i Don't entirely agree with bmg5230's Wii thoughts, but I will always have a soft spot for Nintendo, and they are the true innovators of the big 3. UT is shaping up great though, finally, something to wrench me from cod4MP?-Doubtful- I swear I've never played a game so much..

bmg5230
bmg5230

I'm not exactly sure how this whole PS3 vs XBOX 360 debate got started in a page previewing Unreal Tournament 3 but... I would just like to say that the Nintendo wii kicks way more ass than either system. The only problem is that most of the games on the wii are **** 3rd party disney games such as "High School Musical: the game!" So, I spend most of my time on my lovely XBOX 360 because the online play is fun. You can actually have a conversation with people online while playing a game, something that is unheard of on the playstation network because NO ONE use a **** mic! Anyways, what I'm trying to say here is that xbox 360 and PS3 are pretty much the same except online play is more fun on the xbox... and PS3 has MGS4 (wow... do Sony fan boys just throw that out when ever they can't accept the fact that they spent too much money on their beloved black box?) I do believe the xbox was a good $200 cheaper! Anyways, i guess it just depends on what type of person you are. If you are a 30 year old man still living with his mother, you'll get the PS3. If you are an American teen, you might own the xbox 360. And if you are a small child that doesn't understand the difference between a good game or a **** 3rd party game, you most likely own a wii.

ivanmrcaca
ivanmrcaca

What a Bunch of PS3 Fanboys are in this forum. Ok guys, let me explain something, this thread is about UT3 on Xbox 360, who cares about MGS4?, so go an waste your lives on ONE game and let us enjoy all our incredible list of Great games. UT3 on Xbox live Rules!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Am i right in thinking that EPIC are putting some 'Teaser' GOW2 content on the disk? not that this would make me buy it, just curious. Also why are there MGS4 references on this thread, yes im sure its a great game (of that particular genre) and considering that by contrast its probably the best game on the ps3 to date im not suprised people give it massive hype etc, im just curious to know that although its on mighty Blu-Ray, why its been completed in less than 16 hours of gameplay.

ElJay2010
ElJay2010

wow i check the comments on the bottom 2 c wut everybody thinks about UT3 an c if they think it is a good game or not. insted i get 2 read about ps3 and 360 comparison insted. k as far as mgs4 goes yes it is a gr8 game but it is not sumting u will play over an over again cuz u need da multiplaya 4 sumthing like that. 360 has a game that will blow everything out of the competitiion this yr an that game is GoW2, so plz ps3 fanboys give it up an stop bragn everytime u hav a halfway decent game, unless a ps3 game sales mor than halo 3 wich H3 i think sold 25 million in 1 week breaking da record 4 the biggest entertainment sale n hitory. so ps3 fanboys just give it a rest.

amulbocus
amulbocus

Lorddaggeroff - PCs with 8800 series GPU's absoluletly blow consoles away, like my 8800 GTS. But the Cell processor is something very special with more processing power than Quad core extreme, hell the US military use Cells to power their explosives simulations!!! Anyway UT3 on 360 with split screen is definitely a good addition.

amulbocus
amulbocus

Adeson - Sorry i went over board on that one, just certain people talk S$%T on these forums sometimes. The 360 will never come to an 'end'. But you got to admit we are seeing the real benefits of bluray now, especially when certain games demand massive storage mediums e.g. mgs4. What i meant was, games are gonna get much bigger in filesize and DVD just wont be a viable storage medium. Whos to say MS wont bring out a Blu ray player for the 360 like the HD one, definitly could happen.

Adasen
Adasen

Amulbocus. What makes you think 360 owners will never play MGS4? Most non fanboys have a variety of consoles these days and probably play whatever takes there fancy. BluRay, the end for 360?? lol, Wake up. Anyway UT3 for the 360. Looking forward to it. Online should be a blast over live and the new maps sound like a nice little extra. Cheerz Epic. Oh and Cliffy, hurry up with GOW2!!

railz38539
railz38539

pupu, Ninja Gaiden 2 is nowhere near the quality of MGS4. I like it, but I haven't even given it a thought since I bought MGS4. Yeah, GS was paid off for MGS4 and not paid of by ms for one of their largest titles because of they are so much more honest and caring. Definately. Nobody was paid to do anything. You can disagree with the review (even though you've never played MGS4, so, your opinion would still be idiotic) but you are just plain stupid for saying that.

amulbocus
amulbocus

pupu 07 - Mate are truely being serious with your comment. Have you played MGS4 - it should have been 11 out of 10 matey. You cant even spell properly "MGA4" what is that? Just accept the fact that your jealous, you aint ever gonna play MGS4 as its duel layer blu ray, which is the beginning of the end for the 360 matey. Come on 360 owners, admit defeat on this one, no game is gonna come close to MGS4 on any platform inc. ps3. If a game should be put forward for an Oscar this is it, Hideo is a genius... full stop.

IIMrLuigiII
IIMrLuigiII

ps3 sucks HA HA HA H A H AH HA HA RoFLCOPTERZXZTIWDSDFLWEFIMMA CHARGINMALAZA MY DEADLY LAZERB33MZ...anyway this game **** rapes for pc

matheusclifton
matheusclifton

@pupu_07 , your pathetic if you think that. go get a life, stop inventing stupid rumours

pupu_07
pupu_07

Hello my name is david i like to eat snakes, mmmmm snakes. Metal gear is a pos.,

pupu_07
pupu_07

@ambulbocus most brainiest comment ever, you know gamespot got paid off for that review, And mga4 is pretty lame actually, Ninja gaiden2 is better but that didnt give gamespot money to give it a good review.

koolaid1982
koolaid1982

the reason why ps3 owners dont play online is because plystation online sucks and no one has a freaking mic

amulbocus
amulbocus

The reason why PS3 owners dont play UT3 online is because, we are too busy playing the experience that is MGS4, which makes EVERY other game on any console pale into signifigance. But this is a good game, which would be good to play on xbox live, its just gathering dust on my shelf at the mo.

Ben399
Ben399

what is everone so exited about anyway?

azorath44
azorath44

i just bought it for pc was only 30 bucks, good thing i didn't get it for 360 the game is good but not great

Ares360
Ares360

UT3 is not such a great game for online. It has good ideas but is just spawm maybe 2 or 3 kills then death nothing new or exciting so don't get to excited. The 360 version will most likely be the same as the PS3 and give not great graphics and a lttle bit of a pathetic online fight. The graphics you see are all cut scenes and the online is basically the same thing TDM,CTF,Base captures, destroying enemy core energy. If you wish to try it I say rent it but its not worth $60. For 360 owners whatch out because I thought it was kick ass until I played it. The only thing changed for the 360 is new maps and let me tell you its just chaotic, its almost as trashy as Two Worlds and if I'm correct it will be another 8/10 like PS3 and fans of Epic it ain't no Gears with better online in fact Gears was 10x better then UT3. Sorry to burst your 360 fan bubbles.

garwalsh
garwalsh

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Artin87
Artin87

Wait! I'm confused. Are they going to release UT3 on x-box 360 this summer for real?

xboxps2cube
xboxps2cube

@ Cisioo you can play it offline, but its like bots running around to win....... the game is subpar, but it looks good and the gameplay is smooth... its just boring

Cisioo
Cisioo

Can someone answer me a question please? It may be a little stupid, but I didnt get it very well, the game is only playable online?? Or can I play it offline? Does the game have a offline mode, telling a history about the reason of fights and all that stuff? Thank you =D

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

I'll probably just rent it for the GOW 2 videos but could be good for a few yuks I suppose.

Patch595
Patch595

Man i can't wait for this game i have been waiting for a 360 version ever since there was speculation of it coming out on the xbox. Probuarly would of liked a few more maps but hey the ones we have look good enough anyway.

darkinvasion25
darkinvasion25

AWESOME!!!, i tried the pc demo in 07, but coudn't run it perfectly on max settings, but it looks like it will run great on the 360! ctf looks great, where you can hop in to vehicles, and death match too, where you can go some robot and lasers out of it on a guy and the team deathmatch, and the one where it's player versus player! and the new maps looks like it's gonna be great and the split screen too!!

Thor560
Thor560

ooohhhhh MAN!! i cant wait for this game i've been waiting so long for this game and now its here yyeeaaaa booyyyy

sirinferno
sirinferno

Gotta get this game as soon as it comes out looks awsome!

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

only with masses of FREE dlc.... if you can mod the other versions for free.. i expect free dlc

Ben399
Ben399

this just does not seem original too me. (although I'm sure it will get a good review).

Street2War
Street2War

this game is brilliant i own the ps3 and 360 and i got it for ps3 but ive got to say im gettin it again for one thing i really want the split screen and the new maps butultimately because the oneline is bigger on the xbox there gonna ba a heap more people on it unlike the ps3 version.

Kraige
Kraige

I just hope they keep the DLC for 360 coming for awhile.

Icekxg
Icekxg

Can't wait to get this for the 360. Awesome that they added splitscreen. Thank you Epic! Now they just need to advertise this game like crazy so more people are aware of the game. Where's the commercials like GeoW had?

merp300
merp300

If you play offline splitscreen, can you still fight against bots, cos most games can't. I'm gonna buy this game as soon as pos.

crazyleftykid
crazyleftykid

this looks to be the best unreal tournament yet. If it gets a good review, i might have to buy it lol.

AM_DAVE
AM_DAVE

Lol no one plays it on ps3 cos the online is pretty pants, trust me i had it but at least on the 360 it will get more attention. !!!

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

This looks pretty good im going to pick this up in July, with all these extra maps and content this will be the definitive version to get

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

This looks pretty good im going to pick this up in July, with all these extra maps and content this will be the definitive version to get

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

I didn't know this was still headed to the 360 until a few days ago... I may just have to pick it up.