Despite the pointless single-player, UT3 manages to provide a solid old-school feeling fps that still feels modern.

User Rating: 8 | Unreal Tournament III PC
FPS games have been one of the most evolving genres in the recent years. With so many being released, developers are experimenting with new ideas with mixed results. But Epic Games has managed to deliver a solid FPS by actually going back in time and giving UT3 an old-school style feel that feels fresh. With so many super realistic shooters out there, people are forgetting that unrealistic shooters can be just as fun, if not funner, and that's what Unreal Tournament 3 does. The single player can be considered the worst part of the game. Despite the solid cutscenes, there isn't much of a story involved and is really just a bunch of bot matches with increasing difficulty. But when you look past the single player, the instant action and multiplayer is what really makes this game great. Most the modes and weapons are standard issue, but the fast-paced feel really keeps this game alive. Besides the standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, and CTF, there's a new vehicle CTF with larger maps and vehicles. Vehicle CTF can be fun for a while, but after time, it gets annoying when you travel across the entire map to end getting killed in 5 seconds. The other new mode is called Warfare. Warfare is basically a variation on conquest. Instead of capturing control points, you must destroy power nodes to link a power line to the enemy's main generator to destroy it. And while this mode can be fun for a while, it suffers from the same problems that Vehicle CTF has. In technical terms, UT3 looks great. As you might expect, it's powered by the Unreal Engine 3 which gives the game a gritty look to it combined with an excellent framerate. I'm running the game on a Dell XPS 410 with an Intel Core Duo processor and an Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT graphics card and makes the game run perfectly. The framerate is smooth and the muzzle flashes on the guns look great. But even if you don't have a top-of-the-line machine, you can still run UT3 perfectly. To summarize it, UT3 is a great game that just about any FPS fan will enjoy!