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Unreal II: The Awakening Image

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  • Summary: As a Terran Colonial Authority Marshall, you're patrolling a sector of the frontier with three crew members when an interstellar war erupts about you! Rumors of powerful and ancient alien artifacts have driven rival factions to war in an attempt to find and control the objects. You must locate these artifacts, determine their purpose and restore order to the sector - before it's too late. [Infogrames] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
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  1. 100
    It speaks like no other game in the genre, loud and with feeling, and tells a story worth telling among all the explosions.
  2. Only the lack of a rich multi-player section and some odd design decisions keep Unreal 2 from being one of the best FPS’s in recent memory.
  3. Amazingly beautiful, yet totally vacant in practically every other respect. It is certainly something fun to behold, but its lackluster showing in many other ways makes it tedious.
  4. To sum up, Unreal II is disappointing, not so much in terms of what it is as in terms of what we expected, what it hints at, and what it might have been.
  5. Introduces so many cool new weapons - like the blistering flamethrower, an incendiary alt-fire on the shotgun, and seeker orbs - that you feel cheated not getting to play with them against others online. [Apr 2003, p.112]
  6. If you’ve got a new graphics card and want something to show it off, Unreal II: The Awakening is the perfect solution, but don’t go expecting a true next-generation experience; our advise would be to rent it as you’ll likely complete it in no time at all.
  7. The bottom line is that Unreal 2 is saddled with unmemorable weapons and enemies, disappointing AI, a dull lead character, underdone level design, and a lack of technical polish, all wrapped around the same old stuff you’ve seen in so many first person shooters, most of which are better than this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 17 out of 32
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    loved it on the pc, on xbox looked a bit robotic and graphics werent as good as pc and im sure some bits were missing in places like it was cut short. but overall think it is a good game. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2013
    I loved this game, everything from the weapons to the lame humor. The game offers a mixture of both linear and non-linear missions, with a cool plot that continues a few twists which will really get to you. All the missions are on different plants, which allows them to make some very cool environments for the player to explore. As for your arsenal, you have everything from turrets and laser fences, to sniper rifles and flamethrowers. All in all an amazing single player game with great atmosphere. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2010
    This is a severely under rated game. It is not a direct sequel to Unreal 1 (play Return to Na Pali), but it is a very worthy addition to the unreal series. The action and graphics are excellent and the story, while tedious at times, is very well written and acted, and makes you want to know more about your crew. The only disappointing thing is not having the Unreal 1 weapons, but it makes sense since you have military weapons, opposed to the weapons left by crashed ships and aliens on Na Pali. This game is a must for action/ sci-fi fans. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2012
    After the first unreal was one of the best games of its time with a brilliant atmospheric singleplayer campaign unreal 2 was a real huge disappointment. Basicly this game was only about its singleplayer which wasnt really good, too short and could not keep up to the high expactations at all. Personally it felt like the IP was supposed to get used as a kind of graphic-demo for marketing purposes with this game. The fact that there is no unreal 3 speaks for itself, a once very good ip got wasted with this title. Expand
  5. Oct 17, 2013
    No, this game isn't short. I wish it was short. When I was playing this I only want the game to end. I really liked Unreal 1 because of the strange, beautiful and original atmosphere. No place in Unreal II has that atmosphere. It has no atmosphere! The levels are also very small. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2012
    This isn't Unreal, Epic just didn't give a crap when they gave the IP to some B-team: without the budget.

    What you can expect:
    - Loads of
    blabla with ashaming animations and visuals.
    - Real slow gameplay.
    - No Unreal. + Makes Quake1 look highquality again.
    + Good nightrest. (you can sleep and play at the same time)
  7. Nov 23, 2012
    Unreal II? The game may as well be called Unreal Engine II: The Tech Demo. That is all it is. In no way is it related to the first game, especially in story and atmosphere which were key in Unreal's success. The gameplay is absolutely atrocious and dumbed down. You move like a pregnant cow, you have a much less limited and inspired array of weapons, and the enemies are hardly as challenging, scary, or exciting as in the first game.

    The game would be mediocre in 2003's standards and unacceptable by today's standards. I played through it once as a kid years ago and was unimpressed. Today nearly eight years later it can not even keep my attention after the first two levels. As a regular game with no affiliation to Unreal, I would have given it a 2. However because it attempts to be related to Unreal in anyway, this game deserves a zero.

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