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 (203 reviews)
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.

Helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
When i was a child, fun games for me were... not complicated. First time i got scarred in a video game was here, in this Golden piece. I was exploring a crashed space ship, dead bodies everywhere, one suspicious death. Wherever i went there was just more bodies...

Found a native facility, and fear. Wall in front of me closed shut, lights going out one by one. And that unhuman sound of a Skrajj.

Its a must have
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
A farcry from the 'M-M-M-MONSTER KILL!' action that action that the series is probably known for today, Unreal is beautifully atmospheric whilst still delivering on a highly polish fast-paced shooter experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Brings back memories one of my first online games. INF FTW
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Still amazing!
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Playing this again is so enjoyable. I remember the first time playing, and there is still some great stuff here. The first time you walk off the Vortex Rikers, and look up, and it is just amazing. The Skaarj are still a great enemy. Glad this is available.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Beautiful game, God-like music, pure uniqueness and unreality that you will rarely see in the games right now.

Unreal is a creative game made in the old times when Quake 2 was born. However; What makes it special is that it was released on its own source, engine, and everything else. It is freely changable with how you play it; Game-speed (overall except of the music), the way you see your weapons (Right, left, center, hidden), and with the custom hud.

The game is ambientic. You feel like you are going forward the way you ticked those maps off without any kinds of annoying loading screens. And it feels good when you finish the game. Very dramatic.

Genres: Action FPS + Puzzles. If you are the lazy thinkers of this generation please do not waste your money on this lovely game. All the time it requires thinking and knowing were are you going, were have you been, etc. You do not dumbly shoot the aliens. Never.

Since the game is old and never gets updated now it contains glitches. If the button is not working, or the door is not opening feel free to use a console. Gladly they do not ruin the game. (Multiplayer is not dead)
Weapons.....are unreal. Dispersion Pistol is the cutest~ Automag is for scouts. Stringer is for semi-minigunners. ASMD Shock Rifle is for semi-snipers. Eightball is NOT for rocketjumpers. Flak Cannon will work for anyone...for the shotgunners I would say. this thing (But not anyone will), GES Biorifle is for spammers! Rifle...for tryhard snipers. Minigun for minigunners...and Dispersion Pistol for kawaii people. :3

Items....are adorable (Some of them) Invisibility is useful but helpless when you attack someone with it. Flashlights are quick. Flares are useful at dark levels. Nali Seeds....good for people who like to eat healthy stuff~ Everything else you will find out yourself.

And overall...what can I even say now. Title sais it all!

72/10 Would play forever more, with a lovely Dispersion Pistol and a Razorjack~

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Fantastic game from the early 2000's. Unreal has a great atmosphere, a nice variety of weapons, and a fantastic soundtrack. Just remember to quicksave often!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
so listen. what we have here in the modern fps community is some ♥♥♥♥. weve got bland cover shooter be-a-sponge over in one corner and we've got bland cover shooter be-a-sponge deluxe collectors edition in the other. instead of drowning ourselves in garbage, lets take a trip back to 1998, the year of incredible vidya. games like thief and half life began their journey in this very year. however, theres just one other FPS that came out that might be one of the greatest games ever: half life. but besides half life, we're gonna talk about UNREAL, because its UNREAL how ♥♥♥♥ing good this is.

first off, if youre playing for a cinematic experience, youre not gonna get it. sorry buddy, looks like youve got to continue playing DMC or TLOU. instead, this game drops you right into the action as you wake up on a torn up spaceship. as for story, while it initially doesnt present one, the story is all in your surroundings and taking in what is currently happening. you have to draw conclusions. weve got some dead soldiers here. what killed them? theres a journal here next to a dead body inside a shack. did he make the shack? or did the alien species here make the shack? all you really know is that you commited a crime bad enough to put you on this prisoner ship--but its time to redeem yourself.

aw yes, aliens. youre the only survivor on a remote planet and everything but the bunnies and 4 armed vortigaunts want to rip your arm off and beat you with it. but youre going to beat the odds and claw your way off this ♥♥♥♥ing desolate wasteland, bullet by bullet. and that brings us to the next and most important point: GAMEPLAY

♥♥♥♥ the story, right? i know who you are. you want to know the gameplay. wait, you dont want to know the gameplay? ♥♥♥♥ off and go play dear esther then. anyway, its very basic. you move, you jump, you strafe, you shoot. theres items and to press buttons and stuff you just ram them with your head, i dont know. what i do know is that gunplay is incredibly satisfying. all enemies shoot projectiles of sorts--this means that you are NOT a sponge and instead must rely on strafing to avoid enemy gunfire while returning your own fire. this leads to mastering skill and becoming incredible enough at strafing that you can clear an entire level without getting shot once.

music? ♥♥♥♥in superb. the guy who made the deus ex soundtrack? yeah? well he made this one too. do i have to say anymore?

now uh, graphics. yeah, well, they suck. it's 1998 though, give it a damn break. the graphics however are actually aesthetically pleasing. theres no dull brown coffee filter, but instead, a colorful oasis. everything kind of pops out at you, not as much as, say, Halo CE anniversary, but much more than GTA4 or whatever call of duty you want to name

so, all in all, buy the ♥♥♥♥ing game. its cheap, like, 5 dollars, so you have no excuse. unless youre an awful, rotten person. then you shouldnt buy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Handsome old game~
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Somewhere around 1999, I bought this game and put it on a shelf near my computer. It was my inspiration to save my money for a Voodoo 3 graphics accelerator. The day I bought the Voodoo 3 and popped it in, I loaded up Unreal. It lived up to its name. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen at the time. Emerging from the prison ship to the planet's surface was astounding. Lighting effects, a giant waterfall with some particle effects, clouds in the sky that could obfuscate the sun, wild animals on the ground and in the air... Unreal showed us what was possible, pushing limits of systems for years after it came out, and spawning a series of games, and an everlasting engine of astounding magnitude.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The game is still amazing and even better if you install the oldunreal patch. I wish i could buy the soundtrack through steam, because it's brilliant.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
In my opinion, this is the game that started it all for the FPS genre! The birth of a revolutionary gaming engine that initially gave a ridiculous amount to offer in terms of style, enjoyability, replayability, and visually intoxicating art.

Playing it through to the very end of the game even today, in 2014, you will at the very least have great fun the further you get, and likely some massive nostalgia trips in this sci-fi themed powerful story of emptiness and survival.

Ratings are based on the time it was released:
Sound: 9.5/10
Graphics: 10/10
Story: 8/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Replay Value: 7.5/10

If you want my opinion, buy it now! It is less than five bucks on Steam and easily worth far more than that with the 30+ big beautiful levels and mysteries awaiting you to unravel. I have easily 500 hour on my original copies, but I bought it on Steam just so I can download it onto any future computers I own anywhere in the world for free.

Give it a buy before you try!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game is probrably the second best shooter ever, behind only the original Half-Life imo. It has some pretty advanced graphics for its time, thanks to the original unreal engine. You are immersed into your environment with the lighting, soundtrack, and the detailed and often sizeable levels throughout the game. Exploration is typcailly rewarded with things such as ammo, armors, or other useful items. The enemies in this game come in all shapes and sizes, from the quick Skaarj to the gigantic Titans, and tend to get more difficult to deal with the deeper you are into the game.

It certainly wont hold up to todays graphical or story-based gaming standards, but for anyone who enjoys the old school shooters this is certainly a must have.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Longer as ♥♥♥♥!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The original Unreal sits just behind the Metroid Prime series for my favorite FPS title. While the genre of "shoot everyone downrange in the face" doesn't particularly appeal to me, Unreal's expansive and atmospheric level design gives a feeling of pseudo-fantasy that I absolutely love, and its minimalist storytelling only heightens the mythic quality of the experience.

As usual if you don't like old ugly games, don't bother picking this up, but for those who can handle the old-school look I absolutely recommend giving it a try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I had played the first unreal tournament game in my youth and loved it
Then I found the predecessor and love it to
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Even without the helpful filter of the nostalgia goggles this is a game that has aged exceptionally well; its gunplay is sharp, the AI is smarter than the usual gun-wank, the story is minimalist but compelling and a great example of environmental story-telling in a pre-Fallout 3 FPS. It's also something that is still a little unique for an FPS with no RPG elements, it's very much a shooter that plays like an adventure game, relying on all of that genre's tropes and cliches rather than those set by its doom-like predecessors.

Where the game doesn't hold up is in graphical fidelity; to be expected for a game made in 1998, but for a title that sold itself on the strength of its scenery and set design it's a little disappointing when you realize you can play it on two rocks ducktaped to a piece of glass so long as it was assembled after 2008. I suppose that's nitpicking though, the atmosphere is great and its not hard to see why the scenery was considered some of the best for its time.

The long and short of this review is get it, it's historically important and cheap even if it wasn't a fantastic game. The fact that Epic declined to continue making games for this series and instead focused solely on Unreal Tournament is one of the biggest disappointments in all of gaming.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This is a review for the Playstation 4 game, The Last of Us: Remastered and the Left Behind DLC.

Quite possibly the best single player expierence I've ever had in my near 30 years of gaming. An absolute must play for anyone even remotely interested in video games. A masterpiece that will be remembered until the end of time. So well made it's almost unbelievable. I was completely floored by this game and I'm just in awe. Truly one of the best video games of all time.

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