#31 Unreal Tournament

BFPS-UT

  • Original release year: 1999
  • Consoles: Windows, Mac OS, Dreamcast, PS2

Just thinking about this game, I have a ton of nostalgia for it. I remember the rivalry that fans of Quake III and fans of Unreal Tournament had with each other and all the arguments people used to have over which game is better. Obviously, everyone should love both, as both games are incredible, but that didn’t stop the arguments.

It might be hard to imagine now, with how flooded the market is with multiplayer first person shooters, but back in 1999, Quake III and Unreal Tournament were incredibly innovative. These games essentially invented smart, computer controlled AI bots and popularised multiplayer FPS tournaments and matches.

Whilst, both Quake III and Unreal Tournament are very similar, part of me has always enjoyed Unreal Tournament a little more. One of the big reasons for that, for me, was the Assault mode, which added a little depth to the gameplay, by giving basic objectives for teams to complete, in order to win. Overall though, the other multiplayer games on offer, like Domination, Deathmatches and Capture the Flag are where a lot of the main fun is at.

There have been a handful of Unreal Tournament games released since the original title, but none, in my opinion, have quite captured the magic that the first game had. There’s just something about the choice of weapons and the inventive, diverse array of maps to choose from that makes the original so great. One moment you could be leaping between roofs of skyscrapers, the next you could be leading a team in infiltrating a castle. Each and every level is well worth exploring though. Especially if you are rewarded by finding the ‘Redeemer’, the most powerful weapon in the game.

This huge beast is the redeemer. A huge nuclear remote controlled missile.
This huge beast is the redeemer. A huge nuclear remote controlled missile.

I think everyone remembers the first time they find the Redeemer. It is a gigantic weapon that can be found in many of the maps. When fired, everyone that gets caught up in the blast (except your allies) will get killed instantly. The primary fire launches the missile to a point, just like a rocket. The secondary fire allows the player to guide the missile and hit any place the player wants to.

So, in conclusion, Unreal Tournament might be old, but it’s still one of the best multiplayer FPSs of all time. I feel it has aged incredibly well. Even playing the Dreamcast version a couple of month ago, I still found was a hell of a lot of fun. Unreal Tournament has so many maps, different modes and options on offer, you can always find something to play.

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