Finally the Unreal Tournament 3 Xbox 360 version – to be honest, this for me is the preferred format for a multiplayer game seeing as Xbox Live isn’t free and so has to have some degree of stability and speed.
Developed by Epic, the same people behind Gears of War, this sees you fighting a race called the Necris as you battle to save the Earth. Quite how you do this by capturing flags, getting as many frags over re-spawning teams and destroying glowing red or blue nodes is beyond me but suspend your disbelief and get into the game and you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.
The single-player campaign completely gets rid of the tournaments of previous games and uses the story as an excuse to play some arena-based battles. There’s Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Warfare, Vehicle Capture the Flag and more and it all rips along at a frightening pace with no drop in framrate.
The game differs from the PC and PS3 versions in that it has extra content – 5 new maps, new characters and split-screen co-op and versus mode. They did it in Gears of War on the 360 so why not in this game? You’ll also not ice all the characters look like they’ve come straight out of Gears. They all look like NFL players and talk in that gruff way you’ve come to expect.
There’s also a fantastic extended trailer for Gears of War 2 on there which shows off some cool multiplayer features like the new Meatflag mode and moving cover system – I can’t wait to play it!
UT3 multiplayer is also fast and furious and I’m really enjoying it thanks to the fact that I’ve always been pretty nifty at the series.
If you haven’t yet got it on another system then I highly recommend this for the Xbox 360. A fair few shooters have already come out on the 360 since its debut on the PS3 but it’s more than worthy of joining them. Unreal Tournament 3 gets an excellent 8 out of 10.