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Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Unreal Tournament 3 Preview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

YouGamers recently posted a preview of Epic Games' eagerly awaited Unreal Tournament 3, the latest entry in the Unreal Tournament first person shooter series. The game will feature the fast paced multiplayer action fans of the series have come to expect as well as a campaign mode for single player game devotees.

The Unreal Tournament series is known for having some of the best bot AI in the business, and the bots in Unreal Tournament 3 are no different. Steve Polge, who cut his chops coding the Reaper Bot for Quake, has graduated from programmer and co-designer to lead designer (and, of course, lead programmer). Now that Cliff Bleszinski has settled in to work on Gears of War sequels until his dying days, Polge has been handed the reigns to Unreal Tournament. Judging by the demo, the game doesn't suffer a bit for the change in leadership. Most importantly, neither has the bot AI; the same skilled bots are available as opponents and as teammates.

Even at the lowest and highest of the multiple bot difficulty settings, bots behave in a manner that's believable and unpredictable (though the most difficult settings are unforgiving to the point of insanity). Bots are refined enough to act as competent teammates during the vehicle CTF matches, and didn't appear to have any problems navigating the various flying vehicles through tight quarters. As always, though, bots are single-minded creatures, so don't expect the most advanced team tactics from a group of AI-controlled players.
The full preview is available at the link below.

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