Unreal Tournament 3 Review for Xbox 360

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UT3 on console is a slower, less floaty game.
UT3 on console is a slower, less floaty game.

UT3 on console is a slower, less floaty game.

Epic has employed a very subtle but very important tweak to how UT3 feels to play. It's less floaty than UT 2003 and UT 2004, and plays with a heightened sense of gravity. The double side steps, double jumps and wall dodges are all still there, but it feels a tiny bit slower - especially on 360, just as it did on PS3. UT has always been known for its super fast twitch gameplay, and it still remains very fast, but UT3 on both consoles feels noticeably slower than the PC version.

Rather than being a result of any technical shortcomings of the console, this has been done to make the game more accessible to console gamers. A controller still isn't nearly as good for speed and reaction aiming as a mouse, so we're happy the change has been made. Hardcore UT fans may moan, but they'll probably be playing the PC game anyway. If nothing else, Epic is doing all it can from within the confines of the UT series to open its doors to a new audience.

Given how Epic's Unreal Engine 3 has performed on the Xbox 360 already, we expected UT3 to look brilliant and run smoothly, and it doesn't disappoint. UT3 really is a stunning-looking game that's up there with the best the console has produced. Indeed, it's Epic's best-looking game yet, better even than Gears of War, as the developer's head honcho Mark Rein told me.

Although the Xbox 360 game doesn't look quite as superb as the PC game running on a high-end machine, it's a remarkably good effort by Epic. The texture detail is outstanding and the frame rate is beautifully smooth. On an HD TV the Gothic, war-torn meaty marine art direction really shines and the game as a whole shows what UE3 powered games should look like.

UT3 will help 360-owning shooter fans get through the summer

UT3 will help 360-owning shooter fans get through the summer

The single-player campaign - the most fleshed out the UT series has seen - is simply a series of battles with bots tied together by Gears of War-esque in-game cut-scenes - and won't keep anyone's attention for too long. It does, however, provide a solid training ground for newcomers to the series not brave enough to go straight online. It's the multiplayer that'll keep you coming back though. Xbox 360 owners hoping to be able to use user created maps as PS3 and PC owners are able to are out of luck, but this 360 release does include five maps not found in the original PS3 release and two new characters. It also includes an impressive split-screen mode across all game modes (except of course online ranked matches - that would be cheating!). It's certainly a nice addition, although we imagine most people would trade it for nigh on unlimited playable maps.

Unreal Tournament 3 for the Xbox 360 is a stunning looking, slick and polished FPS that every competitive 360 gamer should add to their collection. It's difficult to see how UT can unleash itself from the shackles of its genre though. Should Epic even bother? Should we commend them for sticking to their guns and not pandering completely to a mainstream audience by revamping the game? It's great fun of course, and UT3 has done nothing that will put off fans of the genre. Question is: is it going to keep you captivated until the likes of CoD: World at War and Gears 2 arrive? We think so.

For a more detailed look at how the Xbox 360 game compares to the PS3 version, check back tomorrow for a video comparison.

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Bought this game when it first came out i love this game graphics rock but i agree with venger1974 the towers level is my favorite but use the sniper rifle to zoom into far away places and see the crapy graphics but other than that its great, the vehicles add hours of fun....no freezing here i agree with the review but i would have given it a 9
Posted 03:53 on 02 December 2008
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Truly a masterpiece, grapicss could use a bit tweaking at far distance on one particular map, the two towers, but different. A very intense and awesome game, very impressive, I have been playing since 1997 and this is a landmark on a console. What do you expect for a system that cost $399.00. I love it.
Posted 00:51 on 14 July 2008
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Yep.. Just got the game and it froze while playing that Capture the Nodes mode.

Froze up.. no good reason. Thanks
Posted 17:21 on 09 July 2008
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As alway good review Wesley!

never mind the nitpickers
Posted 20:07 on 07 July 2008
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Wesley Yin-Poole, your very arrogant. you say you prefer user generated maps over split screen play?!?! so your telling youd rather make your own map in the game then play with friends that come over to your house. I guess the only explaintation is that your a lonley ******* who has no friends, thus would rather make a map.....pitiful!
Posted 02:44 on 07 July 2008
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Nice review, I think I'll order this tomorrow :)
Posted 01:25 on 05 July 2008
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Great review!
Posted 19:07 on 04 July 2008
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We do not favour any system over the other. We will always point out differences where there are differences, for example the 360 version has split screen and the PS3 version has user generated maps. If the PS3 version had come out after the 360 version, we would have done the same. In the review, we actually say we prefer user generated maps to split screen play.
Posted 09:42 on 04 July 2008
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Your giving this game a review which is different to the PS3 version, but somehow when ever you review any other game for the PS3, you seem to COPY the review from the 360 version like you cant be assed to do it. Thats not very professional is it? Your a very bias site, more for the 360 nothing for the PS3.

Your a disgrace to the gaming community videogamer!
Posted 19:10 on 03 July 2008
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We've played the game extensively and haven't experienced any freezing, including VCTF and Warfare, but if any we here more about it we'll look into it.
Posted 17:11 on 03 July 2008
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Did they fix the freezing (necessitating reboot) that was rampant in the PS3 and PC versions? If you want to test this go into VCTF or Warfare modes and play a few games.
Posted 16:12 on 03 July 2008

Game Stats

8
Out of 10
Unreal Tournament 3
  • Great graphics
  • Split screen gameplay
  • No user generated maps
  • Super fast FPS an acquired taste
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Release Date: 04/07/2008
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC
Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Midway
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 4,102 18
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