Unreal Tournament 3 marks the return of the world's première first-person shooter. It unleashes the full power of Unreal Engine 3, taking graphics, gameplay, and challenge to a whole new level. Players engage in intense battles with other human players online, or against Unreal artificial intelligence that sets the industry standard. With the most powerful futuristic weapons and vehicles available, this is FPS action at its best!
As many mentioned, this is the fine example of a game which sold out it's potential as a shameless FPS with no storyline. In all honesty, the Unreal series were standing strong without such things as Plot or Storyline supporting them, and it would seem the implementation of such terms as Respawner and the like in a game called Unreal for a reason seems redundant.
The single player consists of pre rendered cynematics followed by simple bot matches on various normally playable single player maps and it would seem that it almost gives the impression that Epic Games were desperatly trying to make Unreal3 into a game it should not be.
Unreal has never been in the need of a storyline or plot and many will agree that it's earlier titles like UT2004 or UT99 are better games in it's series. However the game graphics are wonderful and the sloppy single player mode does not stand near the multiplayer experience as it should be expected.
However the graphics are also the game's downfall: the game effects and the weapons themselves seem to give this ominous glow, which makes every pvp encounter into a rave party with neon lights and disco balls. Also, for newer players, the over-done weapons can prove a challenge to memorize and recognize during the fast gameplay, unlike Unreal 2004, which simple and easy to distinguish weapon models had no such issues.
Characters are too big (too much Gears of War like). Too few female characters (and no I don't want half naked female characters) and I miss the classic characters like in UT. Personally don't like the hoverboard. Vehicles are fun. Looks good, but perhaps overdone as the environment is so detailed and filled with light (glow) so you can't clearly see the difference between objects (aka harder to see players). Story is crap as it is no story but badly hidden matches. Yeah sure Respawners? Riiiiight. *haha* Moving on... Missing gametypes like Bombing Run/Domination that were not included by default. Don't like the flag models, the taunts are gay and miss the classic ones that had STYLE and not just shouting taunts (I am really annoyed by that). Music on the other hand is GREAT. Weapons feel a bit different from UT99. And seriously why are the Kralls not like how they were in UT99 (how it should be) and WHY AREN'T THERE ANY SKAARJS INCLUDED???!?!?! I mean is this Unreal or not?? Furthermore it's called Unreal TOURNAMENT, where is the tournament? Remember your roots. Damn.
I believe that the Unreal Tournament games do lack in plotline. But why is that such a bad thing? Example. People didn't care if Battlefield had a plotline. They only cared about the multiplayer. BF3 is the same way. CoD is actually mixed. Most are paying attention more to the multiplayer. I do not see that Unreal Tournament had to do any with the plot. Sure the plot was "meh". But Unreal the original games prior to Tournament are your plot games. Those are the games or Single Player. I do believe this game is attacked pretty harshly. I think the AI is excellent and probably the best scripted AI I have seen in history. They are not stupid and are quick and work great. The games have a lasting appeal because of the Unreal modding kits given to the public. That is WHY it does very well. Games with modding kits given, grant power to make things out of imaginations and ideas by the community. Games recently like this, which lacked it, were given lower rates because of that. And that makes sense. It brings more replayability to games. I like this game. Its one of the greatest series in history, Let alone, they did not fail in all games. Its one of those rare scenarios where all the games were ideally very good.