Unreal Tournament - Dreamcast

Also known as: Unreal : Tournament Edition

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Also for: PC, PS2, Power Mac
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Epic Games Soft. Co.: Infogrames
Publishers: Infogrames (GB/US)
Released: 29 Jun 2001 (GB)
Mar 2001 (US)
Ratings: 15+
Accessories: Visual Memory Card, VGA Compatible, Keyboard, Vibration Pack


One of the best first-person shooters on the market today is finally available for the Dreamcast. Once upon a time, you would need a high-end PC to run a game like Unreal Tournament. Not any more, The DC is proving to be the better home for first-person shooters. If you want to experience one of the best gaming sensations around, check this out.

The Tournament mode of Unreal comes in four different flavours; Deathmatch, Domination, Capture the Flag and Challenge. You only have Deathmatch to start off with, and as the name suggests it's a game of kill or be killed. Be the first person to reach a set limit of frags (kills) and you can move onto the next level. After you complete five levels, you open up the Domination ladder and so on.

Domination is a great game; the idea is to control three areas of the map simultaneously. For each icon that you change to your colour, it starts to slowly accumulate points for your team. Having at least two red icons is the only way to win. Domination is a power struggle with plenty of confrontations because you have a fair idea of where the enemy is and which icon they are protecting.

Capture the Flag is easily one of the most popular rule variations to first-person shooting games because it is so heavily team orientated. The idea is to capture the enemy team's flag and successfully return it your base. If your own flag is still there, you score a point, and the first team to reach the set limit wins. There is a fine balance between running for the flag and defending the base. Work well as a team and victory will be yours.

If you successfully complete all three Tournament ladders, the Challenge levels open up. These are one-on-one fights to the death. Be warned, they are tricky. Always make sure you have a good choice of weapons, plenty of health and armour, and try to make use of shields and power-ups.

The weapons in Unreal Tournament have two firing modes, and some weapons can even be charged up. The rocket launcher, for example doubles as a grenade launcher if you use the secondary fire function. If you hold either fire button down, more rockets or grenades will be loaded into the chamber, up to a total of six. Six rockets at once can really hurt.

You really need to invest in a mouse to get the most out of Unreal Tournament. The joypad works okay, but you cannot look around and aim fast enough. Pleasingly, the joypad control is set to "GoldenEye" mode as default, with analogue stick controlling direction and the pad's digital buttons operating strafing and adjusting the vertical view.

The frame rate takes a slight hit occasionally depending on the size of the level, but nothing really to get upset about. Unreal still holds its head up high even with split-screen four-player matches, with more than 40 levels, fully customisable game options, such as 'insta-gib' and adjustable game speed. Add the fact that you can play this game over the Internet with seven other people and you can see why this is such an amazing title.