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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 mustAs 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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. 82
    While the title does make some significant breakthroughs these are largely confined to a technical realm and offer little in the way of new gameplay.
  4. The stupid and uninspiring storyline, coupled with some EAX related problems never got me hooked on this one. Unreal 2 is still an entertaining game, but it's way too simplistic and "old school" to live up to today's single player FPS standards.
  5. A generic, rest on your laurels title from developer Epic that, while beautiful to look at, is a bloated (3GB mandatory install), largely plotless shooter that is disappointing given the pleasant surprise that the original "Unreal" was.
  6. A flawed masterpiece. There's so much that's done well but so much which counters it to its doom - like the weapons. At about 15 in total there are simply too many, and they claw to convention like a headcrab.
  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 33
  2. Negative: 17 out of 33
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    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 wasloved 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. TimH.
    Jun 24, 2005
    10
    Why is it that every game MUST break new ground in gameplay? Solid gameplay is solid gameplay, why must devolopers "reinvent the wheel" every Why is it that every game MUST break new ground in gameplay? Solid gameplay is solid gameplay, why must devolopers "reinvent the wheel" every time they produce a game? Do we expect novelty because of the high price we pay for games? Perhaps. Or do we expect more bang for our buck from larger developers? Whatever the case, Unreal II has a fine story, the graphics are simply extraordinary, and the gameplay is certainly on par with any game deserving of a 9 out of 10. Plus, I picked up a new copy for $2.75, it's a pretty sweet game on a 6800 Ultra for that price! Think I'll quit complaining and look for some extra levels for this bad boy. Expand
  3. DanielL.
    Oct 15, 2003
    9
    What was so bad about this sequel? It was a bit short bit I kept up high expectations of it for a long time. Every level design(except Na What was so bad about this sequel? It was a bit short bit I kept up high expectations of it for a long time. Every level design(except Na Koja Abad) was great. You guys suck and I don't. How could you not think it was good? A let down from the first Unreal and a little graphics demanding but Unreal2 was a brilliant game. I hope there's an Unreal3 in the near future. Expand
  4. Jok`RdeMo
    Feb 12, 2003
    4
    Why so BIG weapons? Where tale from first unreal? What happened to that prisoner? In Awakening is just not enough scenario. Just 1st person Why so BIG weapons? Where tale from first unreal? What happened to that prisoner? In Awakening is just not enough scenario. Just 1st person shooter, which looks like console game, nothing more. After first UNREAL I am very disappointed. Expand
  5. SzilardB.
    Aug 22, 2008
    3
    I'd loved it, if i hadn't played Unreal 1 before... nice graphics, but boring gameplay.
  6. Oct 17, 2013
    2
    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 theNo, 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
  7. Draclif
    Feb 13, 2003
    0
    Wow...I'm very disappointed with this title. I am a huge fan of the other Unreal series titles including UT2003, but the system specs Wow...I'm very disappointed with this title. I am a huge fan of the other Unreal series titles including UT2003, but the system specs for this game border on deceptive practice. Simply, the system requirements on the box are outright wrong - they are way too low. I have the exact system in their 'recommended' settings and the game crawls from the very first firefight even with the very lowest graphic and sound settings. It was simply unplayable. Other titles similar to this (Like UT2003, C&C Generals, Ghost Recon) work very well. I hope through high returns that Legend Entertainment is is in for an Awakening of its own. Expand

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