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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