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So I've missed UT and Quake style games a lot, stumbled upon UT Pre-Alpha today, installed and played a bit (with bots of course since it seems it's too early for people to play it) and I must say, I LOVED it.

Was wondering if anyone in OCN plays it? So maybe we could play together sometime? thumb.gif
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Not impressed so far. At first I was keeping up with the podcasts, forum and builds, but became progressively less interested. The game just isn't doing anything for me, and when it comes to taking on board community input I don't think EPIC is doing a very good job. They're either biased towards a select few individuals, or just ignore the community altogether - look at the balls they made of the HUD.

I also think the 'free' model is (predictably) holding the game back. I would much rather they charged full price for the game, and made it on a proper budget with a full sized dev team, especially given that the community feedback thing isn't all it was cracked up to be. I hear too much "we can't add this innovative feature because we're only a small team and we don't have the resources".

EPIC seems to be giving more attention to superficial gimmicks like "selfie cams" and "hats" than they should.
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It felt basically like the old UT games, but to the point where I might as well play the old UT games.
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UT2003 was my favorite gameplay-wise, and UT4 is trying to be more like UT (although it's still a ways of that too).

I know UT2003 was largely shunned (until it was reintroduced as UT2004 with what were, realistically, minimal alterations), but I never had an issue with it. And this is coming from someone who started with Unreal. If anything I should be biased towards UT. But every time I fire up UT2003 it just feels completely natural to me. I think it had the best pace (fast weapon switching was a huge contributor), best movement and I liked the scale of the maps. I understand that over time UT2003/04 style gameplay was exploited/distorted by players and ended up as a floaty hitscan-fest, but in the beginning when people were interested in using more than two weapons it was great.

Speaking of the strengths of UT2003, I'm disappointed to see that the sniper rifle (and an ugly one at that) has won out over the lightning gun. As I said in the Anand thread; My opinion is that the LG was far more at home in the Unreal universe than the SR ever was.

People seem to have a misplaced fondness for the sniper rifle that I find baffling. It was surely the most unimaginative and functionally flawed weapons in the original Unreal Tournament. I always thought it's model was particularly ugly, and it was the most generic looking and non-futuristic design of the lot. It looked totally out of place beside the ASMD etc. The gun was woefully overpowered, with it's rapid rate of fire and UT's ridiculous headshot hitboxes, and was far too camper-friendly for a UT game.

So along came the Lightning Gun in UT2003, which was an incredibly elegant solution to the SR's flaws. To start with it actually looked like it belonged in an Unreal game. It fired lightning which would fork on contact, blew people apart, set them on fire, provided exactly the sort of theatre that belongs in UT. Why mess around tacking band-aid solutions like tracers and smoke clouds onto the SR when the LG solves the camper problem 'natively' by having a clearly visible 'tracer' inherent to it's operation. Likewise, there is an explanation for the reduced rate of fire; the weapon needs to recharge - much better than using a manual bolt action animation (it's like 2350 for Christ's sake) to try and justify it.

There is one criticism of the LG that I think is fair, and that involves it's sound design. People say that it sounds weak. It never bothered me personally, but I will definitely acknowledge that there was room for improvement. This would be easily solved, however, and the LG has the potential to sound vastly more formidable than the SR ever could. The sound of lightning is, after all, thunder. Ever heard a close proximity lightning strike?
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I've been playing that and the new Quake Live and I love it.

Reflex is right around the corner too! It's a good time to be an arena FPS fan. thumb.gif
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I'm most interested in Doom 4 after playing the Alpha. I haven't tried out Reflex yet though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by frickfrock999 View Post

I've been playing that and the new Quake Live and I love it.

Reflex is right around the corner too! It's a good time to be an arena FPS fan. thumb.gif

*NEW* Quake live?

Did it get an overhaul or something?

I must investigate thumb.gif

EDIT:
Eh, never mind, its pay to play now
Edited by Dunan - 11/9/15 at 8:37pm
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It's meh, ok. They need alot more DM maps. The CTF maps are nice. The last build was better
     
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