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WARNING! - This is NOT like Unreal Championship,
This review is from: Unreal II: The Awakening - Xbox (Video Game)
This is not a bad game, but I feel I MUST post words of caution here to potential buyers who are getting it for use on Xbox Live. Don't bother reading this review if you're looking for info on the 1-player part of the game.
If you're buying this game because you want to play a straight-up upgraded version of Unreal Championship on Xbox Live, you may be deeply disappointed. There are no standard fighting modes. No deathmatches. There is only one online game (and only 4 or 5 maps for that game), and if you don't like it, you're out of luck.
Other less-than-stellar points of caution:
- Load times are AWFUL. I mean, much much longer than any other Live game I have.
- You can not use your headsets in the lobby to talk to others.
- Almost all of the 4 or 5 available maps are way too large.
- People can and will join and drop from teams in the middle of your games, sometimes drastically throwing things off balance where one team has 6 players and another has 2.
All of this said, the one available online game IS somewhat fun and interesting. It does have the interesting element of basic shooter-meets-strategy. It's essentially a team-based capture the flag game, only you need to collect 4 flags instead of just 1. Where it gets a little different is that your team needs to maintain control of generators to power various extra (and needed ) items, such as automatic turrets, vehicles, force fields, etc. This adds a bit of strategy to the usual kill-kill-kill of the FPS, and I've enjoyed that so far.
Still, if you want an extremely solid FPS (first person shooter) on Xbox Live, Mech Assault and Unreal Championship are still better games. And for shooter-meets-strategy, Star Wars Clone Wars "Conquest" mode is still the top of the Xbox Live heap, IMHO.
This game is fun, don't get me wrong. I was just suprised and a bit disappointed by this game. I expected AT LEAST the things from the first Unreal for Xbox (like a standard Deathmatch option) to be here, and they're not. Though they have developed a pretty decent online game mode, if you don't like the one mode, you've wasted $40.