Nov 19, 2007
So, normally with this type of review - the type ending in a big score - the criticisms are left to the end. Let’s not do that this time - it means finishing on a sour note, and then trying to rope it back with a hasty “But it’s awesome!” UT3 is insane, and brilliant, so we’re going to get what’s wrong with it out of the way early.
For the fourth entry in the series, Epic has concentrated a lot more on the offline campaign. Here are the two worst things about UT3: the bots and the offline campaign. You play Reaper, a man in a dress with a hilariously crap goatee. You, your sister Jester, your token black sidekick Othello and apparently Catholic sniper Bishop are all that’s left of the Ronin, a band of... yada yada... destroyed by whoever when they inevitably... etcetera. It’s tragic. The campaign consists entirely of one-off matches comically unrelated to the absurd briefings, and punctuated now and then by cutscenes of you arguing with a man in a beret.