As the latest marquee entry in the long-running Unreal Tournament multiplayer mainstay franchise, Unreal Tournament III has had its coverage weighted almost entirely towards its multiplayer mode. Still, developer Epic Games--you know, the studio that brought you Gears of War!--has claimed several times that UT3 has a more substantial single-player than any main UT entry has yet.
Is this true? Yes and no. With the PC version of the game out this month and the PlayStation 3 version in the near future, I went hands on with UT3's single-player campaign recently, playing through a number of missions. While it clearly has had far more story and structure put into it than any prior UT game, it isn't necessarily a fundamental change.
I loaded up the single-player campaign and was first surprised to be presented with an incredibly long, incredibly Gears of War-esque introductory cutscene. For those who are not familiar with Gears, it goes something like this: big, meaty dudes with big, gruff voices discuss big, manly things in the middle of a big, destructive war. There's a girl this time, though. Actually, I think there are two, and one of them is evil. And you're part of a special ops team.
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