The legacy of Unreal Tournament – plus some mods to level up your game

When you think of first-person shooters, there are a handful of titles your mind instantly thinks of. Games like Doom, Quake, and Halo are classics, but you can’t have a conversation about blistering fast shooters without including Unreal Tournament.

Unreal Tournament, released in 1999, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and we thought it would be fun to look back at the iconic shooter, highlight some of its influences on the genre, and even dive into mod scene which not only helped produce many more modern classics but change up the core experience of the game for players.

Unreal Tournament inspired many shooters to come

Unreal Tournament (sometimes referred to as UT99) is the sequel to Unreal developed by Epic Games. It shifted the focus to the multiplayer portion of the first title. Its fast-paced competitive shooting is still to this day a blast to play against real people or the well-coded bots. Whether playing Capture the Flag on the iconic Facing Worlds map or blasting your way through opponents in team deathmatch on Deck 16, there is plenty to love.

So much to love, in fact, that many modern shooters take cues from games like Unreal Tournament and Quake III (released at the same time). Whether it is the game modes or the weapons, many other titles have built on the success of these iconic first-person shooters.

In addition, these two games showed that two similar-playing games could exist and be successful at the same time. The similarities between the two also helped ignite message boards and LAN parties with conversations of “which was better” and you can still see fans of the two series debating their merits to this day.

In the first-person shooter genre, this was a new thing and helped pave the way for shooters to see similar release dates …read more

Source:: GOG – Good Old Games

      

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