Unreal Tournament III Hands-On

It's only funny when someone gets hurt in our look at Midway's upcoming Xbox 360 shooter.

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At Midway Gamers' Day 2008, the Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament III was playable for all who dared to challenge its wicked weapons, brutal bots, and all-new split-screen play. The play areas were set up to highlight this new functionality, with journalists and their posses of bots challenging each other to quick capture-the-flag matches on single TVs, with single systems. It was all good fun, especially when people got hurt.

Big soldiers, big guns, big action: Unreal Tournament III is coming to the Xbox 360.

Of course, you've probably already read quite a bit about Unreal Tournament III, given that the game debuted on the PlayStation 3 and PC last year. The Xbox 360 version offers everything on those versions, including all the updates and patches, plus the split-screen play, three entirely new maps, two revamped maps, and three brand-new player characters. We talked to Mark Rein, the vice president of Epic Games, and he said that his favorite new map was called Rails (a working title). In this map, a rail-mounted assault turret can travel up and down the field of battle. Apparently, one awesome application of the apparatus is to provide cover fire for a fleeing flag carrier. As your mate streaks downfield with the enemy banner, you can leave all manner of violent death in his or her wake from the security of your mounted pod.

Of course, all of the normal Unreal Tournament III action was also on display, with charged-up rocket blasts, flak cannons, sniper rifles, and all the other imaginative weapons for which the series has become so famous. We played a couple of one-on-one capture-the-flag matches, and everything seemed to be going well until an enemy bot nabbed our flag. Then, running backward and juking from side to side with the grade of a figure skater, it managed to kill us and the rest of our team with a flak cannon. It was some darn fine pistol work, especially for an AI construct. But that embodies two qualities that the Unreal series is famous for: smart bots and slick moves. Unreal Tournament III for the Xbox 360 will have both in bunches.

Even though it's due out sometime this summer, the game is already running flawlessly without any hitches or hiccups, even when the entire world seems to be exploding from two perspectives. And that's important, because the new split-screen functionality has been sewn into every aspect of the game. You'll be able to play local versus and cooperative matches with friends, but that's nothing. If you have a friend over, you both can jump into the co-op campaign of a friend far away. Or, if you have link cables, you can easily set up four-player co-op or versus matches.

That's quite a bit of new content for a game that's already been out awhile on both the PS3 and PC, but according to Mark Rein, there will also be a surprise on the Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament III that will reveal details about another upcoming Epic game, Gears of War II. That's just one more reason to await this game's violent arrival sometime in the summer of 2008.

Discussion

148 comments
K-Grogg
K-Grogg

So why is it that when a game is ported from 360 to PS3, it doesn't even get trophies added, but when its the other way around, god forbid that the developers don't add heaps of new content to make the 360 version superior. PS3 is a smaller market, sure, but it doesn't mean you have to treat us like crap, I used to be a fan of Epic Games, but now this...

giyanks22
giyanks22

Why didn't they release it with the 360??? It seems like a waste, because why release for PC and PS3. Either release just for PS3 or Just PC or just Xbox.

master_49
master_49

Am I the only X360 user who got tired of waiting and picked up the PC version, and now feels a little slighted that they finally released it on 360 with extra stuff? Damn! May just have to get it again for the 360...my laptop needs some UT3 love. Okay, I feel better now. :)

Richardtr
Richardtr

Well???? We're waiting!!!! Review??? I thought this place would have an official review immediately after its release. My score so far is a 9.6!! Awesome game!

bigbrain120
bigbrain120

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bmg5230
bmg5230

yeah but who needs good bots when you can play against unpredictable REAL people online! Anyways, I'm super excited about this game!

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

Svitas you are so dumb i am ace with the computer but i dont want to waste a couple of grand each time a game comes out.. i had an awesome rig b4 crysis and my rig is considered obsolete now which i hate thats why i think consoles are better they get good graphics, good controls . and if you have a TV which you can use for many other purposes not solely for gaming you are in for a treat.

xbriggs
xbriggs

i have never played unreal up it look good i will have to give it a try.

Diehardgames2
Diehardgames2

Looks like a good game. I may just buy it when it gets released.

Jecht216
Jecht216

Always been a Unreal fan, and this game is just one game you most get for no hold's bar gore and adrenaline action.

amulbocus
amulbocus

UT3 is an awsome game (i got the PS3 version), but we got MGS4 to play now which makes everything else pale into comparison, oh i forgot its a PS3 exclusive and always was lol (mwahahaha).

gearsOwar
gearsOwar

i am buying this ggggaaaaammmmeeee

spartanlaser
spartanlaser

wow the graphics look amazing...i think its cuz it uses the unreal engine hmm.

WATS0N
WATS0N

is this game coming out july 4th plz say yes, july 4 in britain (eu)

Extreme124
Extreme124

Gears of war on PC was really bad come on the controls su**ed and everything eles and the console one was 10*better

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

Freaken sweet ,it is about time UT III is coming to the 360, I thought Epic had betrayed us 360 owners, not that this is a reason to get a PS3.

svitas
svitas

ttime32 Dude a god tv is more expensive then monitor, mice, keyborad togethere. So ok OS is about 20€ maybe les OEM I mean and hard drive well it cheap like 60€ to but I would go for something like 150-200€ so that will have 1tb. It still can be but I just don't have the time to build from a site a computer.

ttime32
ttime32

svitas wrote: Um ... u forgot the cost of hard drive, operating system, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, soundcard ... etc ... so its alot more than ur lil $600 computer

ttime32
ttime32

um ... who cares about bots in a game like this ... the focus is mainly on multi player anyways

svitas
svitas

jonnydanby You can't read? "there is not a single game that bots are actualy very smart " that go for all pc,xbox,ps and all others system. I just stated that there won't be "smart" bots on xbox360 and maybe in next generation. But I do prefer pc gaming but now and then I do play games on console but thats like let say 1 game my 1-2months maybe more.

jonnydanby
jonnydanby

svitas, do you have a pc stuck up your ass?! you clearly spend too much time with one anyway, i think you should maybe see a doctor...

svitas
svitas

Patch595 And you still won't get the proper bots on 360 maybe in next console. I don't mean that it is sucks but there is not a single game that bots are actualy very smart just precise but not smart.

Patch595
Patch595

Well extra maps split screen and all the rest that you get with the 360 version may be a good enougth reason to be waiting for this game but why soo long! i have been waiting for a game on the 360 that has proper bots for ages!!!!!

svitas
svitas

Andreezy So whats that wrong? I am just sick of people that say "pc is to expensive""you will give a 4 grand for a god computer" but in reality pc gaming isn't that expensive (I give about 50-100% from consoles) at first it is but then it isn't that pc games are less expensive and free multiplayer, mods, but the main reason is not in money it is in that pc have to be instaled drivers and so on so people that are do dumb to do that play games on console or people that just don't have that much time and console is perfect for them.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

but in front of GEARS OF WAR,it is nothing;it can be like other shooter;

Count_Hollehund
Count_Hollehund

I have so much things to do and still, I can't wait for this beast to come out ! I guess I still have a game to buy this year :D

bennae66
bennae66

you know a console is doing well when ppl compare them to computers. theres nothing like resting back on a soft couch and a wireless controller in your hand and gazing up on a huge wall lit up with screen. unreal does seem to fit this premise well id still like to think this game will be a tad cheaper than a full priced new release tho

Andreezy
Andreezy

21121 your a straight up nerd lol and so are you svitas

funnysplay
funnysplay

Im glad i held off on the earlyer versions. The 360 rules over all.

Chaos_crying
Chaos_crying

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svitas
svitas

21121 And tell me why not on resoliton with 1280x1024 I will go blind witch prices so it may be a little wrong but not much and will go with euros so it will be some more (becouse of taks included) Intel q6600 165€ (or amd 9850 I don't care it is almost the same price) motherborad let say 70-100€ ram 4gb 80-100€ graphich geforce 8800gt 181€ (or ati 3870 same like with amd) power suplly 50€ case 20-30€ And totaly about 600€ and if we go in dollars that a little more then 600$ (and I am not kidding that the monly is literaly chaged from $ do €) And so this computer can give better graphich then console.

21121
21121

And a pc with 600$ budget can give better graphich then your console. I LOL'ED.

svitas
svitas

volcomstoner180 Learn something pc isn't that expensive! A pc that plays ut3 at maximum on max resolution with god fps is belove 1 grand. And a pc with 600$ budget can give better graphich then your console. This is not fanboisem it has ben proven by crytek, intel, tomshardware, intel and so on. Sorry but I am pumped today becouse everyware I go there are noobs that said like in the farcry 2 blog that gears of war has the best graphich on xbox360 and then even pc has not that god. But he can't uderstand that we have GOW on pc and with better graphich.

donwhan1970
donwhan1970

shut up all you stupid fanboy idiots.....(leaves the comments section)

donmega1
donmega1

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volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

ya also playig them on PC cost about 3 grand to get a good computer so thats why i play 360, cause i dont waste my money on games on that ridiculous scale

svitas
svitas

lolgubbe Now this is insulting the gameplay is the same as on ps3 and pc what the hell is your problem? Sorry if anybody get bad but I can't belive that people think that ut will have different gameplay in xbox.

lolgubbe
lolgubbe

never been a big fan of ut but dis one on 360 might have nice graphics and gameplay

BigGuyJJP
BigGuyJJP

I'd much rather mod a game on PC instead of a console. Halo 3 is the most you're going to get with modification...unless you take the game Paria into account. Modification on PC is a lot more fun and a lot easier then on a console. Besides, thats why epic is including 10 hours worth of mod tutorials with the PC collectors edition.

cattymeat357
cattymeat357

No mods= no fun, its funny when people complain that UT3 on the ps3 lags not really. Maybe if you use dial up Which you cant but i really dont know what to tell you.

JetMonkeyking
JetMonkeyking

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ddrfreak62
ddrfreak62

Im swy to whoever said this was superior to the ps3 version..but..your wrong. The ps3 version is MODABLE, Thats all that needs to be said. I dont have a ps3 but one of my friends does and i played it on it and it ran fine, i loved it. I will be getting the 360 version because well, thats the only choice i have.| Also this better have dedicated servers. I dont want to play random ranked matches i want to be able to choose my matches. So that i can choose between getting into an DM Instagib game and a standard one for example

harrygordon1000
harrygordon1000

Patriot298: "I remember reading reviews that said the PS3 version suffered some minor hiccups." I was about to say that maybe it's an issue with the engine but there are already games out on the PS3 using the UT3 engine... duh. I wonder if it's just the PS3's crazy architechture getting in the way again :P.

VirtuaCast
VirtuaCast

I wonder if epic made a mistake waiting so long to relese this game on 360?

Patriot298
Patriot298

I remember reading reviews that said the PS3 version suffered some minor hiccups. However it appears from this preview that the 360's version will run smooth as butter! Awesome!