While the PLAYSTATION 3 has garnered an image of going through rough growing pains through it's first year of launch. It has received a decent share of good gems throughout it's first year of sales. Unreal Tournament is no exception.
For those who are expecting a deep single player campaign, you may be dissapointed. The storyline is pretty basic and to be honest, very bland. However, for those who feel the need to complete the single player campaign, Epic Games did provide a Co-Op mode for campaign mode.
The bread and butter of Unreal Tournament series has always been it's online multiplayer. Unreal Tournament III is no different to this. The servers are very easy to find a game, and the interface is managable. The core gameplay is very fast and ferocius. You will soon find that if you stand still for more than 3 seconds, you will be fragged in an instant. What will turn the casual FPS gamer on to Unreal Tournament is the simple fact that it's very easy to pick up and play. But it is hard to master. With the unreal engine III, gamers are also able to create maps and content and upload to the PLAYSTATION 3 servers. This feature alone can increase the longevity of this game significantly.
The graphics are stunning. Made by the same developers as Gears of War, I wouldnt expect anything less out of Unreal Tournament III. Environments are detailed, textures are detailed, overall it looks as good as it plays.
There are some gripes with the game however. I was dissapointed that in order to have multiplayer on UTIII, you must have more than one PLAYSTATION 3 or you must play online. There is no option for splitscreen play. Which may turn some gamers off from buying this gem in general. Also, it's a hassle to get decent mic support to function. Hopefully this will be fixed with a patch.