Your prison ship has crash-landed on the fastest, sleekest, most dangerous 3D world ever created. Look around, crystal clear water shimmers, shadows dance and shift, alien architecture fades into the horizon.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 1998

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Your prison ship has crash-landed on the fastest, sleekest, most dangerous 3D world ever created. Look around, crystal clear water shimmers, shadows dance and shift, alien architecture fades into the horizon. Discover the secret of this mysterious planet and find out what caused a peaceful race to be enslaved by vicious merciless aggressors.

  • Over 47 eye-popping single player missions.
  • 20 multiplayer levels with 5 different game types.
  • Ruthlessly intelligent enemies, each with unique personalities.
  • An arsenal of over 13 deadly weapons...all guaranteed giblet action.
  • Includes all of the latest Unreal enhancements and technical improvements.
  • Special graphical and performance enhancements for the latest 3D cards.

© 1998-1999, Epic Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Epic, Epic Games, Unreal, and Unreal (Stylized) are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere.

System Requirements

    Minimum: A 100% Windows 2000/XP/Vista-compatible computer system.

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Cap'n Red Ivan
11.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
the eightball gun is as loud as the screams of the damned to the point I never used it, the levels feel like they rearrange themselves every time you turn your back, the ending was about as good as every other ending to games in the 90's (not good), and the difficulty reeks of "everyone sucked at shooters in the 90's" but man

anyone who says graphics don't make a game can partially go to hell.
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DeeAbel
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 18
So much nostalgia and even now a pretty cool game.
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garrett
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
I wish it was available for Linux. I am told that the original UT is.
I love the outdoor and temple levels, I don't care too much for the industrial/technical levels.
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silvaswife
100.7 hrs
Posted: August 11
This is one of my most favorite games i have played , although the master servers for the online portion of the game is broken . If many dont know you can download a patch online for it , alot of the server owners kept there servers up and many others are making some. Its highly recommended if you get bored of single player and super fun to play with others ! :)
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Runeshadow
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 10
This game still plays great after all these years. I only have a couple hours in this "Gold" edition, but many, many hours in the original. This version plays very good, just as I remembered. Highly recommend!
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Andrew2097
17.3 hrs
Posted: August 10
As other reviews of this game have mentioned, Unreal is phenomenal! Of the first person shooters I've played, this one is way better than most. The amazingly rich environments suck you deep into the plight of the peaceful Nali and the cruel world of their oppressors. When you awaken in your cell, you are alone, the bodies of your shipmates bloodied and lifeless. Many are torn in two. Sirens and garbled voice recordings break the uneasy silence, as you crawl through the battered remains of the ship, only to find that you are the sole survivor, lost on a planet full of hostile beings intent on your demise. That is only the beginning, though. Your travels to escape the planet will lead you through many varied locations that are very easy to differentiate from one another, each one more visually stunning than the last. That is definately one of Unreal's strong points.
The brilliant designers do not allow for the levels to become tediously repetitive. Each environment has it's own personality. Another strong point, and perhaps most important, is the enemy. Long gone are the days of Doom when enemies would simply stand their ground, and trade fire with you. These enemies are much more cunning than that. They will use cover, snipe at you from high perches, duck fire, dodge and even call for back-up if neccessary. Some of your enemies will even try to draw you into traps and ambushes.
This game is exceptionally challenging and rewarding, making most shooters pale in comparison. I was most impressed with the dramatic lighting, ambient sound and music, utilized to it's full potential, making this lengthy epic bristle with life and tension. This is an ideal purchase for anyone who does'nt already have this classic in their library. You can take or leave the included expansion pack, as it simply doesn't offer much more variety to the original experience, but don't over-look this title due to it's now ridiculously low price. For unparalleled on-line battle, check out Unreal tournament.
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max
16.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
One word for each aspect of this game.

Story - Intriguing.
Characters - Neat.
Gameplay - Vintage.
Immersion - Great.
Environment - Sublime.
Graphics - Old.
Sound - Fantastic.
Music - Ominpotent.

Overall - Classic.
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Rook Lubster
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 1
I'm playing devils advocate a bit here but bear with me...

I remember being in awe of this game as a kid, especially when I went into my local CEX and they had a dozen PC's running the demo on a loop. The graphics were at the time genuinely amazing. However if I remember back a bit harder I also remember never finishing it, and playing it again now I'm not the least bit surprised.

The level design is poor. If you're of the opinion that the mid - late 90's was the golden age of level design and has subsequently gone downhill then comparing to something contemporary like quake the level design is doubly poor. Storytelling breaks the golden rule of "show don't tell" by being accoumplished through innumerable, slightly-awkward-to-access message dialogues. Enemies are wooden and moronic (again compare to quake, or even doom,) and with the notable exception 1 or 2 well loved weapons (read: flak cannon) these is absolutely nothing here beyond a cookie-cutter shooter. Albeit one that happened to look very pretty at the time.

The whole thing could written off as a glorified tech demo, and unsurprisingly that's what the name "unreal" has come to mean to most gamers, it's an engine, not a game.

Add into the mix the usual retro-gaming bug bears such as no auto save or widescreen support, awkward default key-binds and proprietary surround sound and you have an experience that IMHO it isn't worth going back to. Let fond memories be fond memories.
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Rime
20.8 hrs
Posted: July 29
Pretty good and challenging lone-surviving adventure with kind of a deep aesthetics. One of the true classics that changed the way we play fps games today.
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Looc22
15.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
The game shows it's age in a lot of ways, but it's still a fantastic run and gun game from a bygone time in gaming. The music is fantastic and the game is challenging but fair.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
One word for each aspect of this game.

Story - Intriguing.
Characters - Neat.
Gameplay - Vintage.
Immersion - Great.
Environment - Sublime.
Graphics - Old.
Sound - Fantastic.
Music - Ominpotent.

Overall - Classic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This game still plays great after all these years. I only have a couple hours in this "Gold" edition, but many, many hours in the original. This version plays very good, just as I remembered. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
As other reviews of this game have mentioned, Unreal is phenomenal! Of the first person shooters I've played, this one is way better than most. The amazingly rich environments suck you deep into the plight of the peaceful Nali and the cruel world of their oppressors. When you awaken in your cell, you are alone, the bodies of your shipmates bloodied and lifeless. Many are torn in two. Sirens and garbled voice recordings break the uneasy silence, as you crawl through the battered remains of the ship, only to find that you are the sole survivor, lost on a planet full of hostile beings intent on your demise. That is only the beginning, though. Your travels to escape the planet will lead you through many varied locations that are very easy to differentiate from one another, each one more visually stunning than the last. That is definately one of Unreal's strong points.
The brilliant designers do not allow for the levels to become tediously repetitive. Each environment has it's own personality. Another strong point, and perhaps most important, is the enemy. Long gone are the days of Doom when enemies would simply stand their ground, and trade fire with you. These enemies are much more cunning than that. They will use cover, snipe at you from high perches, duck fire, dodge and even call for back-up if neccessary. Some of your enemies will even try to draw you into traps and ambushes.
This game is exceptionally challenging and rewarding, making most shooters pale in comparison. I was most impressed with the dramatic lighting, ambient sound and music, utilized to it's full potential, making this lengthy epic bristle with life and tension. This is an ideal purchase for anyone who does'nt already have this classic in their library. You can take or leave the included expansion pack, as it simply doesn't offer much more variety to the original experience, but don't over-look this title due to it's now ridiculously low price. For unparalleled on-line battle, check out Unreal tournament.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
96 of 107 people (90%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Son, you stepped on the grounds of one the best games ever made in this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ universe.
Sit back. get the visa card, click the add to cart button and checkout.
Grab a cola and play Unreal.

Music that is crafted very carefully, with the beyond golden hands of Alexander Brandon, with the unique lightning effects that you rarely see now in games (Exept an exeption for Cube and Cube 2:Sauerbraten, those are really great), epic level design that is better in some bases than nows level design, powerful weapons and different environments make a beyond epic-mega-super-ultra-penta awesome atmosphere that is can only, but only, belong to Unreal.
For an example when you escape the Vortex rikers, and you see HyLevels Falls right in front of your eyes, which is amazing.
The gameplay featured brand new elements like dodging/faking death. etc... and is old school. which is good,
The amount of replay-abillity is very high, as you can play co op or DM, or many other gamemodes, and thats also because the UnrealEditor is very open. you can make weapons to maps to player skins and many more...
Unreal is a must play, must have.
I obviously give it a 10/10
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67 of 72 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 22, 2014
This is the original. This is the one and only Unreal. This started one of the greatest franchises that also led to the now ever-increasing-in-popularity Unreal 3 engine. It's superb, not like newer games where they spoon-feed you tutorials that last an eternity and have pointless auto-aim features. It's just you and your gun against EVERYTHING. IT'S AWESOME.
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68 of 74 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2015
Epic's best single player game. Criminally underrated. Criminally so.

The use of music; large expansive levels, colors and sparse narrative give the game a meditative flavor; which is ironic considering how they went on to make gears of war.
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65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Truly majestic FPS whose epic single player campaign remain in many ways unique to this day.

Unreal is a fantastic, atmospheric journey through beautifully realised alien world, one filled with a sense of mystery and wonder. It is also a genuine visual and aural feast, and a game that presents level and specific sort of challenge that simply isn't seen anymore.

As is fitting for game's adventurous feel, its levels tend to be huge and exploration-heavy, and often require reading of various clues and careful scrutiny of one's environment in order to proceed. They are always expertly crafted and pleasing to the eye, be they ancient temples and moody ruins with their exquisite architecture, dark spaceship interiors or, especially, Na Pali's unforgettable outdoor locales. Many of Unreal's environments look genuinely beautiful to this day, which is no small feat.

Another expertly crafted element is the soundtrack, which simply cannot be praised enough. Whether the tracks are subtle and evocative, perfectly fitting for game's slower and exploratory sections, or fast and pumping ones that enhance many of game's intense gunfights, they are always excellent and memorable.

Now, game's gunfight are perhaps its most unusual part, one that will make it or break it for most players. Unreal opted for something quite different from the norm: while it has its share of simpler enemies that are focused on simply attacking the player while moving in his general direction (say, some of Na Pali's native fauna), major part of the game is exact opposite from mowing thru hordes of uninteligent meat. Unreal's most dangerous enemies are sparsely placed through its spacious maps, they are agile, hard hitting, constantly in motion and surprisingly intelligent (they will dodge your projectiles, run to cover, fake death etc). Surviving your encounters with these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s requires fast reflexes, awareness of your immediate surroundings and understanding the nuances of game's varied and creative (and highly satisfying, if one allows it to be) weapon arsenal.

This is a must play, and for a particular kind of player that can fully appreciate it, Unreal remains truly one of a kind game: one that was unique back in the day, and one that is even more special today.
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62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
Unreal is an FPS from 98' that lives up to it's name, one of the most aesthetically pleasing games to date which spawned the fantastic Unreal Tournament 99, which is still hands down the master of arena shooters thanks to Unreals flawless engine, extremely talented mappers and great mechanics.. This is one of those games that you NEED to experience before you kick the bucket as it's pretty much the pinnacle of FPS before the massive decline.

The story is pretty simple, you're an inmate who's prisoner transport ship crash landed on an alien planet and you'll need to explore lengthy, non-linear levels to progress, you can learn some of the games interesting lore by reading messages left on the dead bodies of humans, reading diaries and scripture on walls, similar to that in Metroid Prime where you learn all the lore from scanning objects and alien text on walls.

The graphics are incredible, especially being that it was originally released in 98', which was one of the best years for gaming in my opinion. The sound is superb, the weapons sound deadly and powerful. The atmosphere is relentlessly amazing through-out largely thanks to the sound effects, music, scenery, amazing lighting effects and all round amazingly designed levels which see you exploring large layouts, filled with many paths and many hidden secrets while fighting bad-♥♥♥ enemies that fake their death, dodge your attacks and have different behavioural attributes.

The weapons in Unreal are varied and each behaves in a very unique way, my personal favourite being the Flak Cannon which sends shards of flak at your opponents, shredding them to pieces and has an alternate fire of a grenade that explodes on impact.

I honestly envy you if you haven't played this yet, I'd kill to be able to see everything in this game for the first time again, it's an experience made by true masters who took so many obscure factors into consideration that its scary, this is one solid shooter you don't want to miss out on.
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61 of 69 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
I'm not really sure why the original Unreal has basically fallen into obscurity at this point but it really, really curbstomps the ♥♥♥♥ out of Quake 1 and 2's singleplayer. The only real gripes I had with the game were some level design confusion.

If you're a fan of the Unreal Tournament games, this is well worth playing.
Be sure to patch the game before playing: http://oldunreal.com/downloads.html
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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2015
Once upon a time there was a little game called Quake. It was pretty badass with something like 64 different shades of brown. Then once day this company named Epic asked themselves, "What if we created a similar engine and used it to run a game with colors and maybe a few trees?"

After some development, Unreal was born. The engine itself has gone trhough many overhauls and is the groundwork for some of the biggest and most badass games. Quake engine however didn't get near as much support from outside developers.

The story isn't all that special and graphics haven't aged all that well, but the gameplay is balanced and guns are fairly creative. Most of what you'll see in Unreal Tournament's arsenal started here. Do yourself a favor and bump difficulty up a bit from normal as you wont see any difficulty until about midway through the game. Also have a heart and don't shoot the goofy looking guys with 4 arms. They have enough problems to deal with, read the popups from your scanner and you'll understand.

Do buy and enjoy. You'll feel good about yourself after.
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