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  • Summary: Reload with Unreal Tournament 2003 - the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner - "Unreal Tournament." Using the latest Unreal technology, Unreal Tournament 2003 takes you to the merciless arenas of the future, where elite warriors rely on skill, speed, cunning and awesomeReload with Unreal Tournament 2003 - the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner - "Unreal Tournament." Using the latest Unreal technology, Unreal Tournament 2003 takes you to the merciless arenas of the future, where elite warriors rely on skill, speed, cunning and awesome firepower to demonstrate their style and become the ultimate champion. [Infogrames] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Mind-blowingly more amazing than its older brother!
  2. From the minute you install the game you will be amazed how wonderful this game looks, and plays.
  3. 91
    The game is drop dead gorgeous...As far as the gameplay is concerned, the overall physics are still the best in the industry.
  4. The game is regressive in a sense that it doesn't bring anything new to the field of online shooters - it's as straightforward and arcadish as online shooters get, and at the same time, it's highly progressive with its incredible physics, 3D, and net code.
  5. While not perfect by any means, there's enough fun in Bombing Run and Double Domination alone to make this one worth picking up for some multiplayer fun.
  6. Minus community support, amounts to a visually amazing, dependable, but overall mediocre online first-person shooter. [Jan 2003, p.96]
  7. It's just been so toned down from the original that on one hand while I applaud the balancing of the weapons, on the other I miss the raw intensity that permeated "Unreal Tournament."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. KarlD.
    Oct 1, 2002
    10
    What are you waiting for? GO BUY THIS GAME! This is the only shooter you'll ever need, single player fun, multiplayer fun, GREAT What are you waiting for? GO BUY THIS GAME! This is the only shooter you'll ever need, single player fun, multiplayer fun, GREAT graphics and superb gameplay all the way! Simply awesome! Expand
  2. Feb 19, 2012
    10
    One of the greatest games when it was released. Extremely detailed maps, slick graphics, interesting weapons, and a whole lot of fun. NiceOne of the greatest games when it was released. Extremely detailed maps, slick graphics, interesting weapons, and a whole lot of fun. Nice pace for a FPS. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Dec 25, 2002
    10
    I actually think its a 9.9 but 10 is close to it. Why i think that? The weapons are awesome The graphics are cool The maps are great The I actually think its a 9.9 but 10 is close to it. Why i think that? The weapons are awesome The graphics are cool The maps are great The sounds are okay The gameplay is SUPERCOOL The system requirments are O.K The bots are ok too But the menu is only worth a 8 bye. Expand
  4. IB
    Oct 1, 2002
    8
    Gorgeous, sexy and vapid. More new tech than you can shake a stick at, and so few interesting design elements that it'll start turning Gorgeous, sexy and vapid. More new tech than you can shake a stick at, and so few interesting design elements that it'll start turning up on used software shelves in a few weeks. Can't fault Epic for stunning execution; they set out to make the hottest FPS available, and they did just that. Just. Expand
  5. SimonB.
    May 29, 2007
    7
    As a first person shooter fan and a great UT fan, I can personally say that UT2003 was a huge balloon that was blown right out of the sky. As a first person shooter fan and a great UT fan, I can personally say that UT2003 was a huge balloon that was blown right out of the sky. The gameplay is still there with bots that have similar A.I. problems to the first game. Though to a great deception: Assault is replaced by an action-packed tactical football game. Instead of playing football with tackles, the players go look for the ball which is in a neutral field. Then, the ball is taken and all teams converge on the ball carrier. Why? Because if he reaches the "goal", he will score. In order to tackle the carrier, who has regenerating health but no weapons at all aside from the ball gun, the defending team uses all its weapons and abilities to strike him down and take the ball. Once the carrier is dead, the ball drops for anyone else to take. There is a pretty clumsy passing system, but it "passes". The game can get pretty hectic once you are the ball carrier, as you try to make it out alive to the goal. A good team has great coverage of the ball carrier and know not to let any ball carrier through their lines of defense. Otherwise, you can get scores like 57 to nothing. Shooting the ball into the goal gives one point. Jumping through the goal gives 7 points. Jumping through the goal isn't as easy as just shooting the ball, though. You'll come to realize that as you play. Aside from Bombing Ball (that football game), there are all the classics coming back, revamped. When I say classics, I mean maps and guns alike, as well as some of the characters from UT GOTY. Brock, Lauren and Malcom make a comeback but there is nothing dramatic about the game. It goes out like a Professional League where aliens and modified humans alike battle in fierce fights of extreme gore. The variance in all the maps gives free movement to the players and really gives a feeling that you are in a wide opened world, aside from the claustrophobic environments of the first opus. The weapons have more "unrealistic" sounds to them. Which doesn't please all, but hands up all the way for the music. Music which mixes orchestra and trance music together in order to give Unreal Tournament 2003 a baroque feel, which it already has. Expand
  6. BitBurn
    Oct 8, 2002
    7
    Not bad, not bad at all. Just the same old redundant story again....mind you I only tried the demo!
  7. JC
    Nov 20, 2002
    2
    Graphs are good, I'd even say great.....but thats about it. The weapons are way too spammy (newbs heaven) and all the cool weapons that Graphs are good, I'd even say great.....but thats about it. The weapons are way too spammy (newbs heaven) and all the cool weapons that existed in UT are now.....dead. Shock Riffle has been demolished, the sniper is now a ''lightning gun'' that has a fire rate of 1 shot per decade and the mini gun is a little toy made to dig holes into a teddy bear (and the teddy is still going to survive). The game is TOO heavy and ask too much for the little PC processors (I got a 1.6Ghz and it still sucks). The multipalyer game online is jaggy and you can't differenciate players from the background.... 2/10 final answer Expand

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