I wouldn't describe myself as a fan of Unreal, Unreal Tournament perhaps but Unreal...no thank you.
I borrowed this game from my brother and I just could not get into it. I forced myself to complete it but it was far from enjoyable. The types of planets you visited are a somewhat recycled format and the character conversation is far from sophisticated in its pathway. The graphics were good at the time and the AI are probably the only other good point. The AI give you something of a challenge and there are random allies dotted around the planets which may aid you. Unfortunately it does get a little annoying when you've tried your hardest to save your ally only to find that he/she is meant to die anyway so your efforts go to waste.
The game is also very short, you can complete this in around 1-2 days it's certainly not worth £30. I found it quite disappointing and I really wasn't expecting much from it to begin with but the gameplay is the same old thing rehashed.
Come on people! This is 2003!!! I bought Unreal 2 when it was released because all the review said it was fantastic. Now, normally, I wait for demos to come out before I buy a game, but I'd played all my other ones to bits and was bored. So I splashed out and paid £35 for this game. I got home and installed the game on my computer and loaded it up. Very nice! The graphics and sound were superb. I went down the steps to play the training level (VERY slow walking speed, by the way!!!), admiring the graphics on the way. Then I got to the first combat bit in the training level. That's when the cracks began to appear. It just got worse once the first level arrived. You see, apart from the graphics and sound, this game is OLD! It's at least 4 or 5 years old in terms of gameplay. One man alone running through an alien infested world, working completely against the odds. Come on! Obviously people like it as it is a very popular game, but I grew out of these types of game after Half Life! Ok, Alien vs Predator 2 was similar but at least that was SCARY! This is just blasting through hordes of aliens! Certainly not my cup o' tea!!! I got halfway through the first level before switching it off and uninstalling. Give me something to make me THINK, please... Well, I've learned a valuable lesson from my experience. ALWAYS play the demo first!!! £35 is a lot of money to spend on a game, and if it is as shallow as this title, it's a waste! This game is nothing more than a technology demonstration. I fully expect this review to be unpopular, but that's just my opinion on the game!
PUBLISHER: Infogrames DEVELOPER: Legend Entertainment RATING: 15+ TYPE OF GAME: First Person Shooter It looks amazing? that is the first thing I?m going to say about this game. But are looks everything? No is the answer to that. For me, Unreal was an amazing and quite revolutionary game with more than amazing graphics... Unreal 2 is quite a good game that does look amazing, but I?m not sure the graphics are worth it considering the specifications you need in order to even play it. So, let's begin with looking at probably the least important aspect of any game of this kind of genre: the story. Unreal 2 is set in the same fictional universe as the original Unreal. You play Marshall John Dalton, captain of the star ship Atlantis accompanied by your trusty crew... this is the general setting of the game, but there's a lot more to it. It's not long until the entire sector breaks out into an interstellar war. It is thus your responsibility to fight the enemy, whilst also protecting civilians in your sector. So that's the story... to be honest, that's not relevant to the game whatsoever? I mean, most games like this have a similar story and who cares who you are when all you're doing is blowing aliens to bits. The game consists of a number of missions linked by a (really gay) narrative? to be honest, I found the story aspect throughout tedious, and was just waiting to get back to the action every time there was a load of talk. However, the missions themselves were good... although, incorporating separate missions in any game is bound to make it entirely linear, which is not always a bad thing, and Unreal 1 was just as linear. One of things that I really loved about the game was probably the different areas that the missions take place. You travel to an ice planet, a jungle planet, a lava planet, a mining camp and a research camp. Having such different locales means that the graphics are really differ
ent and diverse in the different areas that you go, even if the choice of location are predictable in themselves (I mean come-on, a variety of planets with different environments isn?t exactly a mind blowing idea). In terms of AI, i was quite impressed with Unreal 2, The aliens being less sophisticated than the human opponents, but nevertheless, not stupid and they frequently dodged my shots, hiding behind available sections of the terrain. Now I?m going to move onto weapons... i guess the Unreal 2 team thought they were being incredibly innovative and different incorporating 15 different weapons... but, to be honest, that's just too many... people want power, not quantity, and at the end of the day, some of the weapons such as the Shocklance are just crap and you're just never going to use them. I'll now get back to the graphics, which I?ve only touched on before, and i guess there's more to say than just "amazing" (although, that is very true). The exteriors are probably my favourite part - the lush foliage and amazing skies just look so pretty (I?m a girl, OK?). The interiors look good too, making use of really impressive lighting effects. All in all, the graphics are some of the best around. The downside of course is that you need an amazing graphics card... according to minimum system requirements a 32MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX would do it... it wouldn't, so don't even bother trying. In conclusion Unreal 2 is quite average, it's a bit too predictable and linear and is not different enough to warrant being a classic game. Saying that, it is a good contender to other games on the market, and it's amazing graphics blow a lot of games out of the water. You can pick this game up for about £20 - it's worth it in my opinion, because although it had its downsides, it's still a good game... not a great game, but a good game.