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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
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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. 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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  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 18 out of 35
  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. MikeU.
    May 13, 2008
    10
    What is so bad about this game? I don't get it. Yes it is linear, just like half-life 1 and 2, so stop thinking HL is so great, its What is so bad about this game? I don't get it. Yes it is linear, just like half-life 1 and 2, so stop thinking HL is so great, its linear too. I don't exactly see the cliche in the story, I thought it was very original and creative. The weapons were really fun and the voice acting was ok. some parts really scared me quite a few times. This game is probably really cheap now, so get it! But If you can get your hands on the special edition, get that. It has some great multiplayer. Underrated game! Expand
  3. LeighW.
    May 10, 2006
    9
    I bought this about 2 weeks after it was released, based purely on the sucess of it's predecessor. I wasn't totally blown away, but I bought this about 2 weeks after it was released, based purely on the sucess of it's predecessor. I wasn't totally blown away, but I did find this to be noe of the more enjoyable FPSs I've played. Personally, I think it's very underrated. Storyline aside (I don't really care for them, but this at least had one that was mildly engaging), this is an excellent FPS with a lot of unique level concepts and weapon designs. If I were to describe how this game plays, I'd simply say it was 'fun'. It's enjoyable to play, simple as that. And with today's technology the graphics are still nice and run incredibly well. All you HL2 fanboys should realise that this game is no more or less linear than HL2, and there are more weapons and enemies. It's a good game. 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. Jok`RdeMo
    Feb 12, 2003
    3
    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
  6. TylerDurden
    Mar 6, 2003
    3
    Ok the only good thing is the graphics. The story is lame, the overall game time is very short, at the start there is 3 "helpful" characters, Ok the only good thing is the graphics. The story is lame, the overall game time is very short, at the start there is 3 "helpful" characters, which are really just a decoy and a little softcore porn to get you to stall and think that the game is longer than it is. The objectives are just find a artifact and return it. Very bad game. 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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