The game that introduced an entire generation to the joys of deathmatching takes the first step toward a comeback with today's release of the Unreal Tournament 3 PC demo. Starting at noon Pacific time, gamers can snag three levels of the game from Fileplanet--two deathmatch maps, named HeatRay and ShangriLa, and one Capture the Flag map, named Suspense.
We've had several chances to try our hand at early versions of the game over the past few months, and it's shaping up to be a good solid online multiplayer shooter, evocative of the classic Quake and Unreal games of yore. With weapons, maps and vehicles that will be familiar to anyone who has ever spent part of the work day in a furtive online deathmatch session with co-workers, the game's almost retro vibe is a refreshing change of pace from more complex recent online shooters, such as the Battlefield series and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, which require advanced levels of coordination and teamwork (and usually those annoying headphone mics) to win.
Note that this is only for the PC version of the game. The PlayStation 3 version, originally expected this holiday season, is now missing in action and won't see the light of day until sometime next year.