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.
User reviews: Very Positive (253 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 30, 1998

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About This Game

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.

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System Requirements

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

Helpful customer reviews
31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
There are very few games that come close to the feeling of wonderment, of adventure into the unknown as Unreal does. And for a 1997 game, that's a serious achievement. The world of Na Pali is wonderful, it's filled with a good amount of lore and fabulous sights. The musical score is amazing. It's a journey to experience at least once.

If you haven't gotten enough of it after 12 hours, the game offers a built-in sequel (Unreal 2 is not an Unreal game), "Return to Na Pali", which expands and revisits some of the locations. However, while it can rise further above the main game in terms of quality, it also sometimes falls way below. It's still good, though!

Overall I just can't recommend this game enough. Play it.

And don't forget to grab the unofficial patch! You'll need it!
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Man, they don't make them like this any more...
The original Unreal is pretty much a perfect game in my eyes.
The world is interesting to explore as you travel through villages, temples, alien space ships, and even a city in the sky!
The combat is exciting and fast paced, with a large variety of fun weapons to play with.
And the music... Every level has its own beautiful music which fits perfectly with the area, making for one of the most atmospheric game worlds I've ever had the pleasure of visiting... And don't even get me started on the music that often kicks in when you're in battle! It will make you want to draw it out for as long as possible so that you can listen to those ear-gasmic masterpieces!

But let's be honest here, if you're a fan of these good old style FPS action games (Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, etc), you already know what Unreal is. But if, for some reason, you don't... There is no good excuse not to have Unreal in your collection!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Probably one of my favorite games of all time.
It's a game that's aged well. The environments are beautiful, if not anything else; the soundtrack is amazing.

Along with that, I've always loved exploring the lively world of Unreal. From a breathtaking waterfall, to a vertigo inducing sky city, to an alien mothership, this game is amazing, and I would love to see an HD remake from EPIC.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Doom may have introduced me to FPS but Unreal was what made me love them. Unreal was the first shooter to make me care about the story experience, I wasn't just here to mow down hordes of aliens, I was a survivor and to continue being a survivor I had to discover this new world's secrets. Told through snippets of detail from crew logs, lore, and environment design, Unreal challenges you to explore and conquer. It leaves you craving explanations and closure while making you dread them just the same, the next corner could have a hidden piece of armor or a Skaarj lurking in the shadows. Draped in atmosphere to accompany the tension Unreal brought its powerhouse visuals to full effect in '98, the advances since make it pale to today's graphical feasts, but it's still easy to get absorbed into the world of Na Pali. Unreal brought a lot more to the table in 1998 with great multiplayer modes, but then it was also far more expensive, it's easy to recommend a single player playthrough for dirt-cheap steam prices. Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
144.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
easily rivals half-life 1
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
To start this, I must say this game was amazing and very enjoyable. I loved this game just the same as I did Doom, Quake, and Rise Of The Triad. I would say just about everything about this game was top-notch and even to say a better game than many I have played today. I found the environment and atmosphere of this game to be breath taking and indulging. The music only add to the vast and vibrant levels by making it feel like there was a form of suspense or seriousness or maybe just that relaxing music to make you feel like you do not have to worry about much right now on this alien planet. Also, I must mention the AI and enemy design. Not only did this game have insanely intelligent AI, the overall character of the opponent shined differently for each of them. I would say that I played the game completely on Unreal difficulty but still to be that intelligent in the game at all is awesome. They have strafing manuevers, dodging, approaches based on your weapon(yes they will try to charge you if you have an Automag out rather than charge you with a Flakk Cannon out), they can feign death, and even go get help if they feel they might lose the fight. Then, the story. I did not find the story the most compelling but definitely something different and likeable and of course the main protagonist is silent but that just means he is much harder to judge while he remains mostly neutral anyway. Finaly, I would recommend this game to absolutely anyone that plays video games and has not played, even if you have played it, play it again.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Unreal, a game made in 1998. A game that I am sure of many people will remember for it's amazing graphics at the time. Even now in 2015 as I am writing this review, I can still say that Unreal is a great looking game with an amazing plot.

Unreal is a fast paced 1st person shooter with a huge campaign, as well as the possibility to fight in deathmatches, capture the flag and many more gamemodes with bots. The levels in this game can be quite difficult to navigate trough and have many secrets to be revealed, but are all extremely well made. There is a large variety of weapons that you'll aquire troughout the game as well as a large variety of enemies that you'll encounter in Unreal's large amount of levels, giving you the possibility to shoot your way out in every way imaginable.

A thing I should also mention is the difficulty of this game. There are 4 different difficulty settings in this game, easy being the easiest setting and 'unreal' being the hardest. What they did is actually improve the enemies' AI, increase their damage and decrease the amount of ammo, health and upgrades you will find troughout the levels. This is something you'll rarely encounter in nowadays' games where they will just increase the damage you'll take and decrease the damage you deal. Unreal has a great way of spicing up things buy making it more difficult in different ways.

Like any other game, it needs music. The music in this game is not just some lousy drums and some silly beeps here and there. No no, there's a lot more to it than just that in Unreal. Each and every track is extremely well made and adds a lot more to just a simple level where you pass a cave or tunnel. As soon as you'll enter a spaceship for example, you'll notice the music will change to a more electronic style which fits really well with the level.

All in all, Unreal is a great fast paced futuristic shooter with a nice variety of weapons, great enemy A.I. and an amazing storyline that I could reccomend to anyone that doesn't care about graphics, but about gameplay instead.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
It's from 1998, and it's better than every singleplayer modern shooter today. Here's why.

This game, in my eyes and probably a hefty handful of other eyes, is virtually FLAWLESS. The visuals, the gameplay, the story, the EVERYTHING. Every single weapon in this game feels like it has a purpose, as opposed to having 20 different assault rifles in your average shooter. Every single weapon also feels like it has impact, making killing anything with anything satisfying. The only, and I mean ONLY PROBLEM with this entire game is that the levels can be a bit too confusing. I'm looking at you, Bluff Eversmoking!
This game, no doubt, gets a 9.8/10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
One of the best First Person Shooters ever made (not THE best, though- that's still Deus Ex).


The gameplay is incredibly solid. The guns are unique and varied, satisfying to use, and balanced, too. The enemies are tough and challenging (it's hard to believe that enemy AI hasn't surpassed a game made in 1998, 16 years later!). The scenery was breathtaking on release, and still doesn't look that bad today. The levels are almost always well designed to reward exploration, and often have multiple ways of getting around. The music is exceptional, and worth a listen to even if you don't own the game. The story does its job well, and the atmosphere is superb.

My few complaints would be that some of the mechanisms for opening doors can be arbitrary and confusing at times, as are the few points where you have to kill a certain amount of enemies to progress.

Overall, you won't be disappointed with this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
EDIT: wrote this review because today is my 10 year anniversary on Steam and I was feeling nostalgic. And also because my graphics card has been dead since October and I haven't replaced it and I'm suffering "gaming-withdrawal".

I was 17 in '98. After a decade of console playing, upon graduating high school, that summer I decided to celebrate by building my own computer. Unreal was the first FPS I ever played, on my first homemade computer.

Funny: after my Windows '98 was up and running, I went to my local CompUSA to buy "Doom", since that's all I'd ever heard anyone talking about. It wasn't in stock, and the guy behind the counter said, "Yo, have you heard of Unreal?" And the rest, as they say, is history.

I was blown away. Sets were colorful, AI was challenging (oh SNAP i just shot him that ♥♥♥♥ faked his death!), music was atmospheric, weapons were fun, SP campaign was LONG. Every time I killed a Skaarj I triumphantly screamed ♥♥♥♥ YOU, B♥♥♥♥ and emptied my clip into his carcass just to make sure he wasn't faking me out. I played that game STRAIGHT for like eight months. Easily 300+ hours. Many times in the middle of the night with earphones blasting and my eyes popping out of my head like a cartoon: WTF IS THAT ♥♥♥♥ HOLY ♥♥♥♥ ITS COMING RIGHT FOR ME OH YOU WANT SOME TOO??????? DIE MOTHER♥♥♥♥♥♥RRRRRRRRRRR DIIIIEEEEEEEEEE XFGUDVTUFTYFBIYGYNGOGOIUMIP<:LKLK>*!@(Y

I only stopped playing when I went back to CompUSA in February 1999 and simultaneously bought my second and third video games for my PC: Half-Life and StarCraft. But that's another story.


Unreal's graphics are dated, yes. But the gameplay is still strong. I still get excited when I enter that dark slug temple and hear the tribal drums beating over the sounds of bullfrogs and waterfalls.

Unreal was the greatest, man.

(interesting side note: because of "No One Lives Forever" i never actually got to play Doom 1&2 until 2004, right before Doom 3 came out. wasn't bad...for sprites.)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Unreal Gold is THE classic first-person shooter for the late 1990s. I have been playing this game for nearly 15 years(not counting the hours listed on my profile). The graphics were stunning when the game came out, and are still pretty good, even by today's standards. The AI is smart compared with earlier shooters(and a few later ones). I really can't say anything bad about Unreal.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This is a very enjoyable FPS game. Both the main game and expansion pack has great atmosphere, giving me a sense of adventure and exploration. Add the cool weapons at your disposal (that flak cannon), and this is an instant classic.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Unreal is a peculiar relic
Its graphics were revolutionary in 1998 but they've aged horribly. The enemy AI is complex, moving around, dodging and generally being very resilient. Sadly the enemies are few and far between and withstand huge amounts of damage, which leaves a lot of downtime wandering empty hallways and makes your seemingly fantastic arsenal feel like pathetic pea shooters. The levels are huge and mazelike and it's easy to get lost, unsure of what you're supposed to do or what that switch you just flipped actually did.

By normal FPS standards Unreal is slow paced, maybe even boring, but it's an interesting history study when you think of it as a sort of "proto FPS RPG" that focuses more on exploration and world building than constant pulse pounding action.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
it's a real classic game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Another great FPS classic, and this one has even aged incredibly well.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Oh heck yes.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
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79 of 85 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.6 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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