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.

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

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bujoro.08
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
In my opinion, Unreal is one of the best action-packed monster hunter games i have ever played, despite its age. For a game that was created around 20 years ago, the graphics and lighting are incredible! I wouldn't have gotten this game if it was on sale for 75% off. It might as well be Black Friday. Even its normal price is fairly low for this game's worth.

In this game, you're prison ship crashed on an alien planet. A monster invades it and kills almost everybody on board. It's your job to grab a gun, get out there, and hunt some monsters! This game has over 45 levels, and each one is pretty long. This game is pretty much a compact version of Portal, Indiana Jones, and Call of Duty all rolled into one! There are many different monsters, and even a few bosses! The bosses are called Titans, and you only battle them occasionaly in-game. Eventually, if the game starts to get tricky to figure out how to continue, ask a friend who has completed the game. Trust me, EVERYONE gets stuck at one point.

The levels in this game are a mix of ancient temples, Sci-Fi, etc. There are 10 different weapons, and the best part is, you can carry all of them a the same time! No dropping weapons for other weapons!

This is one of the best monster-hunting games i have ever seen. I highly recomend you buy it.
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Spaceduck31
( 29.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Pretty cool game the music and atmosphere are on point and the action is fast and intense highly recommend.
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Tom Araya
( 41.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Everyone is playing Fallout 4,GTA V, COD: Black OPS III on their sexy computers and i'm still playing this game.I hate my life.
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0oga Booga #dicksoutforharambe
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
If you like first person shooters and you haven't played Unreal yet, what the actual ♥♥♥♥ are you waiting for ?
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Kolya
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I was 3 when I played this and it was my first pc game ever, after 10 years it's still just as amazing.
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Phendrana
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Honestly, this is my least fav classic fps.
Now I will admit, I enjoyed some things about it, such as the cool weapons,environments,ect but generally there's a lot of things that are constant in this game that just annoy me.

Story is the ship you were aboard on, a prison ship, crashed and it's your task to explore the planet and look for a way off of it. Simple but it works

But you find out other beings are on the planet and are doing pretty horrifying things to the natives of the planets.

Again simple but it works.

Now for the gameplay, it's okay and fast, I can deal with it.
But what I don't like is the general annoyances this game is full of.

The enemies are annoying, from enemies that dodge your attacks constantly, to almost every enemy being a hit sponge even with more powerful weapons, it just gets annoying and repetitive fast after a while.
Level design is also just annoying. Most of the time it just looks bland, the same temples, the same techno alien ship designs, the same caves, just bleh after a while honestly. Plus they drag on too long along with this game.

But I can still appreciate it for what it is and how it spawned the Unreal we know and love today.


Besides that, it's my least fav out of the big classic FPS. I prefer Quake, Doom 2, and Strife honestly.
It's an okay game but not that good.

If you're someone that likes retro FPS then yeah i'd say you should check this game out.
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Bubli [SI]
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
runing better on old comp
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|NotD| Bob The 3RD
( 29.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is phenomenal. It was released after Doom and Quake but it stood out because the engine at the time brought something new to gaming for first person shooters: Jumping. This was unheard of and it was makes this game great from the 1990's. I bought this game in 2010 but didn't end up playing it until April of 2016. One of my biggest regrets to this day. I bought it before I really got into games from the 1990's back in 2013. There were a whole gob of games from then that I played first like the entire Doom series and Quake 1 and 2. The soundtrack for Unreal is by far one of the best soundtracks and quite frankly fits perfectly with the game. I would recommend picking this game up, on sale or not.
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SGN
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
AMAZING soundtrack, tons of action, good scares and a long, entertaining campain.
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Rage Kage
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
If you haven't played this yet, I highly recommend playing it. Such nostalgia, all around great game. The beginning sparks out imagination by throwing you into the heat of action, little to no story guidance but the terminals are there to feed you information about your surroundings. Truely a gem from when video games were great and sparked by passion. Great job James Schmalz and the rest of the team
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
"Unreal Gold" includes the base game "Unreal", and its mission pack "Return to Na Pali". It also uses the menu from Unreal Tournament, rather than the one from the Unreal disc version.

Today, Unreal could almost be called a hidden gem. It was big back in 1998, but over the years it has somewhat faded into obscurity, at least compared to games like Doom and Quake, which are still widely known and popular. Perhaps this is because Half-Life, a great, but in my opinion inferior game, released at the same time and received vastly more media coverage. Or because the multiplayer version, Unreal Tournament, would become the flagship of Epic Games.

Unreal remains one of the very best single-player FPS to this day. The gameplay could be described as an in-between mix of action-packed shooting (Quake) and atmospheric exploration (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.). The shooting isn't quite as polished and fleshed out as in the id games, but the leveldesign is top-notch. Together with the great music, it creates an immersive atmosphere that's rarely seen in games. Unreal will lead you through so many unique and memorable places over the course of the campaign that it's hard to list them all. You'll explore ancient temples, and it will make you feel as if you were Indiana Jones. You'll also make your way through the decks of a crashed spaceship, and you'll feel just like Ellen Ripley. Add a village in the sky here, an alien mothership there, the leveldesign will take you from one highlight to another.

The arsenal consists of ten weapons and, seeing as this is an older game, you can carry them all. All weapons have two fire modes, while some have additional depth to them, such as the ASMD that can do combos or the 8ball that can load up to six rockets or grenades at once and fire either spread out or close together and even lock on enemies to fire heat-seeking rockets.
All weapons are different from one another, most are interesting and innovative. Unfortunately, they are not balanced. Different weapons have different strengths and weaknesses, but some are outright better than others. The Flak Cannon is a strong counter for the quick and aggressive enemies that like to engage the player in melee combat, and will be your preferred weapon for most encounters as long as you have enough ammo. The more powerful hitscan weapons also pack a good punch and are overall strong and versatile. The most common enemy creature in the game, the Skaarj, is agile and very good at dodging, which makes it a real challenge to inflict meaningful damage with weapons that fire projectiles. Those weapons tend to become easily replaced as your arsenal grows.

Unreal pits you against a number of enemies, from small insects to huge monsters. They really fit into the world and make you believe as if those creatures are actually living there, and not just random mobs placed into the maps by the leveldesigner. Most enemies are distinctively different from one another and require different tactics and weapons to defeat. Each level usually has a prevalent enemy type that makes up most of the population in that area, while the other, general types will take more of a backseat but are still there. The Skaarj, which you'll see throughout the game, come in about a dozen variations with varying stats and skins. Noteable is an AI that is impressive even today, almost two decades later. The pathfinding may let enemies find you even from far away through terrain that is difficult to navigate. Most enemies are reckless when at full health, and cautious when injured. Their ability to lead with projectiles as well as Skaarj's mobility and agility make for a formidable challenge on higher difficulties.

Unreal does have multiplayer, though it's probably hard to find online games after all these years. The multiplayer always seemed to lack something that ended up making it feel unfinished, though I could never point out exactly what that was. Perhaps it's the weapons which are designed to slay monsters, though they are still potent and perfectly capable of fragging players once you get good at the game. If you want to give multiplayer a more serious try, I'd suggest checking out Unreal Tournament, what's basically a polished version of the multiplayer released as a new game, and the best of its kind only challenged by Quake 3 Arena.
It's also possible to play with bots, and they give inexperienced players a good run for their money. Filling DmFith, DmHealPod or DmMorbias with 16 bots and just reveling in the carnage it would unfold kept me entertained for hours on end in a time when internet access wasn't readily available. It's definitely worth checking out.

I'd also like to mention that, on a technical level, Unreal could quite possibly be the most impressive game relative to release date, which makes a worthy history lession second only to Wolfenstein 3D. And if you had a 3dfx Voodoo card in 1998 you know exactly why. We were used to playing Duke3D and Quake when Unreal came along with its colored lightning, reflective surfaces, glow effects, volumetric lightning, and and and... it was eyecandy on a level that put Crysis to shame. Even the AI was and still is amazing, only really outdone by F.E.A.R.. And yet Unreal is more than a simple tech demo. It's actually a good game, solid in every aspect. And the first game that earned the right to call itself a "Quake killer". Did it kill Quake? No, but the attempt was more than respectable.

If you like FPS, you'll love Unreal. It's one of the best single-player FPS ever made, and a must-play for any shooting enthusiast. Its leveldesign, music, graphics and AI raised the bar in 1998 and still hold up today.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Comes prepatched to run on modern systems with modern options like HD and widescreen. A classic FPS that everyone should try. HD texture packs, mods and more available online.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Never got to play it, but now it's the time. It's an awesome game, literally left me speechless. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Everyone is playing Fallout 4,GTA V, COD: Black OPS III on their sexy computers and i'm still playing this game.I hate my life.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
God I miss games like this. This game holds up REALLY well despite being almost 20 years old. Doesn't even really feel that dated, and this is coming from a first time player, so no nostalgia glasses here. I highly recommend picking this up if you're looking for a solid oldschool shooter. Also, get the oldunreal mod if you can, it really enhances the game.

Pros: Great controls, atmosphere, world design, and soundtrack. Really immersive experience. Female Protagonist, which is always good to see.

Cons: Interface is a little dated and kind of kills the immersion (you get a Win98 drop down menu when you pause), Keys need remapped (set to arrow keys instead of WSAD)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game is phenomenal. It was released after Doom and Quake but it stood out because the engine at the time brought something new to gaming for first person shooters: Jumping. This was unheard of and it was makes this game great from the 1990's. I bought this game in 2010 but didn't end up playing it until April of 2016. One of my biggest regrets to this day. I bought it before I really got into games from the 1990's back in 2013. There were a whole gob of games from then that I played first like the entire Doom series and Quake 1 and 2. The soundtrack for Unreal is by far one of the best soundtracks and quite frankly fits perfectly with the game. I would recommend picking this game up, on sale or not.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
If you like first person shooters and you haven't played Unreal yet, what the actual ♥♥♥♥ are you waiting for ?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
If you like cool guns, alien worlds, or really anything to do with sci fi, then look no furhter. Unreal is a beautiful game and not just visually, the lore, music and atmosphere are superb. Enemies are as diveres as the locations you will be exploring, you start off in a prison ship and quickly move onto a mineshaft, a castle, an arena and run down villiages the locals used to live in.
The ship transporting you has crashed into the alien planet inhabited by the Nali, a peacful race that only wants to help you in your quest. Their planet has been over run by Imperialistic Skaarj, a powerful reptilian race wanting only to harvest the Nali homeworld for reasources and will kill anything in their way (i.e. you).
Unreal is a big game, my first playthrough was around 12+ hours, and thats on the highest difficulty which i 100% recommend to play on, it is so much more satisfying when you beat this game on the highest difficulty.
As i said before the atmosphere is awesome, there will be times where everything goes silent, your health is low, you are in complete darkness and the flash light is running out of power, and just the idea that there may be an enemy around the corner is absoluty terrifying. Im not going to lie, there have been times where these damn spider like enemies jump out of the wall and i have jumped at the mere hiss they make.
There has been times where i have gotten stuck but I will just take a break and come back to it later and the answer will be so obvious that i wonder why i didn't think of it before. There are also countless walkthroughs to help you get out of pickles.
Unreal also has botmatches which are always fun to play, and if you have played Unreal tournament '99 then you will see a lot of familiar maps.
The only thing that i can think of that i didnt like was dying and finding that i didn't save and since it is an old game there is no auto save so it completely your fault if you forget to save. Just shows you how different games are now.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Honestly, this is my least fav classic fps.
Now I will admit, I enjoyed some things about it, such as the cool weapons,environments,ect but generally there's a lot of things that are constant in this game that just annoy me.

Story is the ship you were aboard on, a prison ship, crashed and it's your task to explore the planet and look for a way off of it. Simple but it works

But you find out other beings are on the planet and are doing pretty horrifying things to the natives of the planets.

Again simple but it works.

Now for the gameplay, it's okay and fast, I can deal with it.
But what I don't like is the general annoyances this game is full of.

The enemies are annoying, from enemies that dodge your attacks constantly, to almost every enemy being a hit sponge even with more powerful weapons, it just gets annoying and repetitive fast after a while.
Level design is also just annoying. Most of the time it just looks bland, the same temples, the same techno alien ship designs, the same caves, just bleh after a while honestly. Plus they drag on too long along with this game.

But I can still appreciate it for what it is and how it spawned the Unreal we know and love today.


Besides that, it's my least fav out of the big classic FPS. I prefer Quake, Doom 2, and Strife honestly.
It's an okay game but not that good.

If you're someone that likes retro FPS then yeah i'd say you should check this game out.
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90 of 101 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 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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