Christmas came early for PlayStation 3 owners last year with the mid-December release of Unreal Tournament 3. But this major Sony console exclusive left many Xbox 360 owners feeling slighted -- perhaps even a little bitter. Thankfully, titles like BioShock, The Orange Box, Call of Duty 4, and Halo 3 helped obscure its absence and made the wait easier to bear. But now gamers are midway though 2008, and the once-mighty deluge of Xbox 360 first-person shooters appears to have slowed to a trickle, giving Epic's fragfest the perfect chance to shine this summer.
As with most games that debut significantly later on another console, UT3 on Xbox 360 won't be a direct port of the original title; instead, players will be getting new maps, exclusive characters, all of the previously available downloadable content, improved online matchmaking, some Gears of War 2 video content, and two-player splitscreen multiplayer.