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Unreal Tournament is still, arguably, the most popular Unreal game ever released. It generated an enormous community and was many people's first multiplayer experience. Alongside Id Software'sQuake III Arena it helped up shape the multiplayer landscape for generations of games and gamers to come. The Capture the Flag map CTF-Face is often cited as one of the main selling points of the game, so it comes to no surprise that almost every mention of the game also mentions the map as well.
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering (2000 - Winner)
Computer Action Game of the Year (2000 - Nominated)
Computer Game of the Year (2000 - Nominated)
Computer Strategy Game of the Year (2000 - Nominated)
Game of the Year (2000 - Nominated)
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The game is ranked as the 20th. best PC game of all time.
"It’s bizarre to think that Unreal Tournament is a spin-off game, so well has it established its legacy in the gaming canon. Indeed, Unreal Tournament has enjoyed more sequels than the series from which it stemmed. Some will point to 2004 as the finest example of the series, while others will jump up and down insisting that Quake III is superior to all the UT games. But this is MY list, dagnabbit, and the original Unreal Tournament is and probably always will be my favourite multiplayer shooter.
Unreal Tournament is just bursting with ideas, so much so that id deemed to release a team-based expansion to Quake III about a year after the initial release. That’s all you need to know about this particular rivalry. UT is the daddy, and I’ll stick a Redeemer in the maw of anyone who says otherwise."
The Dreamcast version of the game is deemed one of the best Dreamcast games ever.
"Long before Gears of War and Fortnite, Epic Games created the excellent multiplayer shooter Unreal Tournament. Much like Quake III, Unreal Tournament focuses primarily on multiplayer battles rather than a staged, story-focused campaign, and it’s packed full of different modes to satisfy nearly every competitive player. First released on the PC, the Dreamcast port features smooth and twitch-focused shooting, complete with an array of crazy weapons to frag your friends and send them soaring through the air."
"Unreal Tournament is where many FPS addicts got their start. Coupled with stellar gameplay, it delivered a polished experience with some of the best visuals of the time. Its frantic, high-paced combat style was backed by a diverse array of weapons that were always fun to use. Also, have you ever played a game and heard an announcer say “Dominating!", “Double Kill!", or “Godlike!” Well, those came directly from Unreal Tournament. Despite being thirteen years of age, you can go back and have a blast rotating through several powerful weapons, laying opponents to waste, and then hear the announcer say “Killing spree!""
The game is ranked as the 31st. best game of the 1990s.
"I don’t know if I’ll ever truly be able to articulate why Unreal Tournament is a better game than Quake III, but if I had to, I’d start with the level design. Q3’s levels are all fun to traverse, but sort of uninteresting. Just a lot of average looking arenas and industrial areas. Unreal‘s are, as pictured above, weird repositories of untold lore and wonderful skyboxes. If two games were exactly the same in every way, I’d always pick the one with more interesting scenery."
The game is ranked as the 92th. best game of all time.
"The fact that a 16-year-old first-person arena shooter is still considered essential should give you some idea of this game's quality. Forget the convoluted lexicon that swamps shooters today - once upon a time, an FPS didn't need killstreaks, supply drops, and attack helicopters to keep it exciting. In the fiery crucible of UT, everyone starts with the same badass Enforcer pistol. You want greatness? You get out there and take it, soldier.
Once you jump into the action, you realize this death-drenched disco has it all: some of the best weapons ever to grace your monitor (Bio Rifles and Flak Cannons for the win), a jump-happy physics engine that rewards verticality as much as as it does speed, AI that's still as deadly and reactive as real players, and a soundtrack that'll have your blood pumping quicker than a handy shot of epinephrine. Godlike."
The game was deemed the 13rd. greatest FPS game of all time.
"A first person shooter loaded with amazing maps, diverse game styles, awesome weapons, and one of the best bots in the business, Unreal Tournament was as close to flawless, both in its ability to entertain and in its fine presentation. Everything in the game was utter perfection. Whether you’re in it for the single player quest or the online extravaganza, from its good weapon balance to its great level design Unreal Tournament had everything what you need. Unreal Tournament is now regarded as a modern classic but it was a bold and risky move by Epic Games at that time. Upon its release, Unreal Tournament became an instant classic and a very influential game for future First-Person Shooters."
The game was deemed as one of the best PC games of the 1990s.
"Unreal Tournament is largely responsible for popularizing “twitch” gameplay. While it does feature a single player campaign, Unreal Tournament’s biggest draw was in its multiplayer mode. Whether it was online or local connections, players were able to shoot the holy Hell out of each other in a variety of game types. This sort of addictive multiplayer experience was the precursor to the Call of Duty craze. Every multiplayer-focused FPS game owes a lot to Unreal Tournament."
The game was deemed the 19th. best first-person shooter of all time.
"It’s weird to call a game about people jumping around and turning each other into fine paste with a variety of deadly weapons “sophisticated” but Unreal Tournament proved to be a stark contrast to the straight forward bloodbath of Quake and Doom thanks to the variety of modes and mutators it gave players to toy around with. Wanna play Capture the Flag in low gravity with guns that kill opponents in one hit? You could do that! Of course, regular old Deathmatch was just as satisfying thanks to the tight controls and creative weapons (the nuke-throwing Redeemer remains a personal favorite). And no first-person shooter since has come close to making earning killstreaks so much damn fun: Muh-muh-muh-MONSTER KILL-KILL-KILL-KILLLLL."
The game is mentioned as one of the best FPS games on PC.
"Epic made a name for itself with Unreal – impressive in a time when shooters were dominated by id – but it was with 1999’s Unreal Tournament that Epic earned its grand moniker. Tournament had the same core concept of Quake Arena but offered an alternative for those looking for a few more frills.
Among the game’s exciting weapons is the Bio Rifle, which weaponises toxic sludge. You can even charge it up and release a great bulb of the stuff, using it as a gelatinous landmine. Then there is Redeemer, a rocket launcher that flings a pilotable thermonuclear warhead at your enemies. You should also try the Ripper, which fires saw blades that bounce around corners. Each gun has separate strengths and alternate fire modes that need mastering in order for you to dominate in the arena.
Tournament’s maps – old and new – are filled with memorably mad architecture. There is nothing quite like leaping in low gravity between the three stratospheric towers in DM-Morpheus – particularly if you can gib someone in mid-air, spraying their gore through the sky."
The game was deemed the 141st. best game of all time.
"Quickly cementing itself as one of the best online first-person shooters, Unreal Tournament featured some of the best gameplay, visuals and level design seen at the time. Online only, Unreal Tournament was awash with thousands of players trying to prove their skills."
The game was deemed the 24th. best PC game of all time by their community.
"There's nothing quite like the original. Epic Games' Unreal Tournament remains one of the most beloved multiplayer FPS games of the late 90s. It was Quake with a shinier coat of paint, bringing online deathmatch games to the next level. With six multiplayer game modes, Unreal Tournament proved just what Epic was capable of in this realm years before Gears of War was a blip on anyone's radar."
The game was ranked as the 14th. best FPS game ever.
"To anyone that thinks Unreal Tournament is just a "poor man's Quake," we have two words for you: Facing Worlds (the map). Epic's frenetic first person shooter was at its best when you were strafe-dodging sniper fire, stolen enemy flag in hand, and turning simple corridors into tunnels of death with vicious flak cannon shells - all while the announcer screamed "MULTIKILL" at the top of his lungs. Other shooters were 1v1 affairs, but Unreal let you bring the whole gang along for the carnage."
The game was ranked the best 90s video game of all time.
"Way back when, long before Fortnite, Epic Games co-developed a game which would become a benchmark for first-person shooters. Unreal Tournament was everything players wanted in a first-person shooter and more. Its primary focus was head-to-head multiplayer death-matches which were incredibly popular.
It received critical acclaim with reviewers praising everything from the graphics and level design to the gameplay. It took the series in a new direction and set a high bar against which future FPS games would be measured."
The game was ranked as the 40th. best FPS game ever.
"When review screens of this went out, people in VG247 founder Pat’s office couldn’t believe it was real. It was true that Unreal Tournament, or UT99 as it became more widely known, pushed some beautiful visuals, but elements such as the Shock Rifle and anti-grav levels gave FPS players something differentiated enough from Quake III to ensure success."
The game was deemed the #9 best FPS game of all time.
"Though the Arena shooter has basically gone the way of the Dodo these days, Unreal Tournament had basically perfected the formula over 15 years ago. Taking the famous Unreal engine and its amazing graphics even further, it offered a bevy of game options that offered the player more variety than usual, outstanding bot AI that could hold their own against seasoned human players, and brilliant weapon and level design. The game was remarkable for being a polished final product offering smooth gameplay, almost flawless performance and functionality, and, most importantly, offered an incredibly exciting and fun experience. With multiple sequels and community mods following it, it's no surprise that Unreal Tournament is still going strong after all this time."
The game was deemed the #7 best FPS game of the 90s.
"From squad-based multiplayer, we now move on to Arena-based multiplayer, and the reigning champ, “Unreal Tournament”. Taking the famous Unreal engine and its amazing graphics even further, it offered a bevy of game options that offered the player more variety than usual, outstanding bot AI that could hold their own against seasoned human players, and brilliant weapon and level design. The game was remarkable for being a polished final product offering smooth gameplay, almost flawless performance and functionality, and, most importantly, offered an incredibly exciting and fun experience. With multiple sequels and community mods following it, it's no surprise that Unreal Tournament is still going strong after all this time."
The game was deemed the most badass arena FPS game of all time.
"Choosing between Unreal Tournament and Quake III was just as difficult for us now as it was for gamers over 15 years ago. Like Quake III, people were skeptical at first with the idea of a multiplayer focused first person shooter, but with over 50 incredible maps and 6 game types including the fantastic 'assault' mode Unreal Tournament proved that a multiplayer game could have just as much content and value as any single-player shooter of it's generation. From the sharp and satisfying sound effects on every rocket to the thrills of instantly gibbing enemies with the Flakk Cannon, this game is some of the tightest and most fun multiplayer shooting out there, and the pinnacle of arena shooters."