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Friday, February 8, 2002
 
Unreal 2 Preview
9:14 AM | Tristram Perry | Comment on this story

British gaming site Games Radar UK excerpts a preview of Unreal 2 by PC Gamer that features hyperbolic descriptions of the upcoming title as well as information from a Q&A session with Legend head Mike Verdu and some actual screenshots. The article kicks off with some over-the-top rhetoric about the promise of the unreleased game:

Unreal 2 is about technology. Unreal 2 is about the impressive talents of a large number of US coders who have come together to create a thing of sublime digitally rendered beauty. Unreal 2 is, without a doubt, the most sumptuous visual feast ever served on the banqueting table of the PC gamer. Unreal 2 is about the future, in more ways than one. Unreal 2 is about cutting-edge science-fiction rather than our standard fare of B-movie pulp. Unreal 2 is about taking the things that should be made better in PC gaming and making them brilliant.
Despite all this talk of cutting edge technology, all is not lost for those who aren't at the top of the line. According to the piece, Unreal 2 will still be playable by older computer owners, but with the loss of some of the more dramatic features and graphics. Heavily influenced by Half-Life, Verdu goes into some detail about Unreal 2's gameplay:
I was very impressed with the way Half-Life broke up the playing experience and we wanted to have similar moments in Unreal II. Sometimes you'll just be exploring a cool environment; at other times you'll be having a Serious Sam-style shootout with a swarm of aliens. In other cases you're taking on tough single opponents like a lone heavy Skaarj. I think this change in experience will keep people playing. This is reflected in the method we've used to build the game which sees you travelling from planet to planet in a ship. I hope our environments are interesting enough for people to simply say "I can't wait to see what's next!"
Will all the hype, the interview still ends on a cautionary note, stating that like many impressive games in development, things still might not come together for the second Unreal.

Games Radar UK: Unreal 2


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