Unreal Tournament 99 vs Quake III Arena

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#1 Posted by kdawg88 (2907 posts) -

This was a big debate at the time of their relases (1999-2000). Total classics, unanimously two of the most important multiplayer shooters ever released, and are both very, very similar. Which one is your favourite, and why? If you have not played both games for a reasonable amount of time online and off, then I ask you not to vote as you will probably give a biased opinion.

Quake 3 is my favourite, mainly because it is more simple, and therefore a purer and more entertaining experience. UT's alternate fire modes, while they work well and make things interesting, I feel that choosing between modes slowed down the action. While one could say that alterenate fire gives UT the more tactical edge, it doesn't necessarily IMO make it more entertaining. This same point goes for the translocator, which I rarely use. I enjoy using the movement system in Quake III much more, as it is faster and more flexible, and this is complemented by bunny hopping, strafe jumping and rocket jumping, which is used to greater effect in Q3. I cannot say which game had better level design. UT has a very interesting variety of maps - temples, spaceships, factories et al. I did feel that Q3 maps are slightly more practical though, and adapt to the movement system better than UT (i.e. more flow). Because of the technological differences, Quake does looks better and has more detail, but I see little point in taking that into account as it does not affect the gameplay.

#2 Posted by zomglolcats (4335 posts) -
I vote for Quake 3. That game was just great and is still a lot of fun. UT 99 had some really great game modes though.
#4 Posted by the_ChEeSe_mAn2 (8464 posts) -
Unreal Tournament 99 had a bigger impact for me. Maps, weapons, music (the music oh man), and the online was miles better for me. I never understood why Quake 3 was so popular, I honestly did not have fun with it and and didn't see whats all the hub-bub about.
#5 Posted by kozzy1234 (35153 posts) -

Unreal Tournament 99 IMO

#6 Posted by MondeEdlu (181 posts) -

ut had the greatest game demo ever, deathmatch-team death match - ctf and domination, heck i probably played the demo more than alot of modern fpses

#7 Posted by Wardemon50 (1637 posts) -
Unreal 99 simply because I played it for a whole summer at the community internet access building with my friends. I will say that MoHAA is still the best deathmatch game ever made, so I still have room in my heart for Quake :P
#8 Posted by 1carus (1454 posts) -

While Quake III doesn't excel in as many areas as UT, what it does, it does fantastically, which is why I went with it. The gunplay is far superior to UT and feels so much smoother, less clunky. Apart from the machinegun which is clearly pretty inferior, all the weapons are equal in strength but are all suitable in different situations, which I love. The game is simple, but is so polished it comes off as the perfect deathmatch experience to this day.

#9 Posted by thusaha (14495 posts) -
Tough choice but I gotta say UT.
#10 Posted by chandu83 (5185 posts) -
Quake 3. No contest.
#11 Posted by nutcrackr (12454 posts) -
I really liked both games, played a fair amount of each. I can't pick a winner.
#12 Posted by kdawg88 (2907 posts) -
Unreal Tournament 99 had a bigger impact for me. Maps, weapons, music (the music oh man), and the online was miles better for me. I never understood why Quake 3 was so popular, I honestly did not have fun with it and and didn't see whats all the hub-bub about.the_ChEeSe_mAn2
Yes I absolutely love Alexander Brandon's music. He did the soundtrack for Deus Ex too, which I like even more than UT's.
#13 Posted by Devouring_One (32311 posts) -
i love unreal 99 but never played quake 3. although looking at videos of quake 3, i get the impression its as hardcore as ut99 is now
#16 Posted by blangenakker (2212 posts) -

Never played quake 3 so you get the point

#17 Posted by twigtwig (5 posts) -
I'll go with Unreal Tournament 99. One of the most exciting FPS ever.
#18 Posted by DanielDust (15402 posts) -

Ut 99 was a great game, but Quake 3 was, is, will be a superb game that will never feel dated.

#19 Posted by dmb34 (1036 posts) -
quake III, couldnt get into unreal till 2004 version
#21 Posted by kevy619 (5494 posts) -

Ut 99 was a great game, but Quake 3 was, is, will be a superb game that will never feel dated.

DanielDust
until id makes a sequel themselves, which they don't seem to want to.
#22 Posted by AbuSharkas8 (4306 posts) -

Unreal Tournament 99 for me

#23 Posted by DanielDust (15402 posts) -
[QUOTE="DanielDust"]

Ut 99 was a great game, but Quake 3 was, is, will be a superb game that will never feel dated.

kevy619
until id makes a sequel themselves, which they don't seem to want to.

Quake 5 is in the works, as Doom 4 is.
#24 Posted by lpjazzman220 (2248 posts) -

both games i had alot of fun with, but i loved the assault and ctf matches....quake 3 was a little faster, but i liked the different gametypes in ut99 that helped change up the game a little bit more

#25 Posted by Wasdie (49600 posts) -

From what I have seen the competitive gaming community still competes with Quake 3. So if i had to choose, it will be that.

#26 Posted by Steameffekt (4950 posts) -

UT99 by far. But I can only say this because I've never played Quake III.

#27 Posted by AFBrat77 (24068 posts) -

Haha, this is a typical thread from 1999-2000. Oh well, interesting to see it again.

UT99 out of the box is the better game, but expansion and mods brought Quake III up to par.

#28 Posted by kdawg88 (2907 posts) -

UT99 by far. But I can only say this because I've never played Quake III.

Steameffekt
I told you not to vote if you haven't played both...
#29 Posted by Xeros606 (11126 posts) -
Quake 3 just because that's what I grew up with.
#32 Posted by AFBrat77 (24068 posts) -

[QUOTE="Steameffekt"]

UT99 by far. But I can only say this because I've never played Quake III.

kdawg88

I told you not to vote if you haven't played both...

I generally use a 3rd option on my Polls for those who haven't played enough of both....but want to see Poll results instantly. Seems to work well.

#33 Posted by kdawg88 (2907 posts) -

[QUOTE="kdawg88"][QUOTE="Steameffekt"]

UT99 by far. But I can only say this because I've never played Quake III.

AFBrat77

I told you not to vote if you haven't played both...

I generally use a 3rd option on my Polls for those who haven't played enough of both....but want to see Poll results instantly. Seems to work well.

I'll remember that for future reference, thanks.
#34 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -
As much as I like playing The Longest Yard, especially on instagib in Quake 3, as well as adore its twitch shooting mechanics in this day and age. I have to go with UT99. I sunk far more hours into UT over the years, sifting through all the mods, maps, skins and weapons for the game, as well as mixing at matching mutators, customizing bots, and playing the large variety of game modes. UT99' was almost like an FPS toybox, wheras Quake 3 was much more streamlined.
#35 Posted by Blade8Aus (1819 posts) -

quake iii arena. perfect feel and pace. unreal tournaments pretty cool though. I also recommend trying quake iii team arena for those who haven't

#36 Posted by gamer620 (3367 posts) -
in my opinion Q3 was better than UT, but UT2k4 was better in every aspect to Quake 3. And Quake 3s level design wasn't that good to be honest. Rocket Arena 3 however i will argue has the single best MP Level designs of any game to date.
#37 Posted by kidcool189 (4307 posts) -

is there still an online community for ut99?

#38 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -

is there still an online community for ut99?

kidcool189
Apparently there still is, surprisingly. Doubt its as populated as Quake Live.
#40 Posted by DarkSidexxx (364 posts) -

UT99 is my choice but Quake III Arena rocked too!!!

#41 Posted by DaRockWilder (5451 posts) -
I enjoyed both of them.
#42 Posted by kdawg88 (2907 posts) -

is there still an online community for ut99?

kidcool189
It is small, but steady. I play it online from time to time.
#43 Posted by HaloEleven (250 posts) -

UT99 is one of my all-time favourite games. A classic.

Morpheus ftw :)

#44 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
Q3A may have had a technically more advanced engine, but UT 1999, in my honest opinion, is just the better game. There's already a lot of solid content from the start, but it's the mod scene that sets UT apart. Tons of maps (probably because it seems easier to map for with the whole subtractive schtick), plenty of weapon and gameplay mods (the Strangelove being my all-time favorite), and best of all, if you don't have something, the game will happily download it off the server for you. Q3A just doesn't seem to have nearly as much flexibility there.