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Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Impressions

The beta for Epic’s Unreal Tournament 3 was featured at Comic-Con 2007 in San Diego last week ; it was the first time the PC version of the game was made available to the public.

The Gamer's University booth at Comic-Con had 8-player death matches every hour during the show. Here's a glimpse of the red screen of death in UT3.

The Gamer’s University booth at Comic-Con had 8-player death matches every hour during the show. Here’s a glimpse of the red screen of death in UT3.

Unreal Tournament 3 sports familiar gameplay but with fantastic graphics thanks to the updated Unreal Engine 3..

Unreal Tournament 3 sports familiar gameplay but with fantastic graphics thanks to the updated Unreal Engine 3..

A close up of some of the character designs for UT3.

A close up of some of the character designs for UT3.

The Tarydium Stinger Minigun returns in UT3 with a new secondary firing mode that allows players to shoot bolts that can pin opponents to walls and other structures.

The Tarydium Stinger Minigun returns in UT3 with a new secondary firing mode that allows players to shoot bolts that can pin opponents to walls and other structures.

UT3 has a similar design to Epic's Xbox 360 hit Gears of War, but the graphics look even better on the PC.

UT3 has a similar design to Epic’s Xbox 360 hit Gears of War, but the graphics look even better on the PC.

While UT3 doesn't feature any all-new weapons, there are new vehicles in the game; unfortunately, the beta map available at Comic-Con didn't show them so this screenshot is all I've got.

While UT3 doesn’t feature any all-new weapons, there are new vehicles in the game ; unfortunately, the beta map available at Comic-Con didn’t show them so this screenshot is all I’ve got.

Other weapons returning to UT3 include the Shock Rifle, Link Gun, Bio Rifle, Flak Cannon, Rocket Launcher and, of course, the Redeemer.

This vehicle looks like something out of Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds."

This vehicle looks like something out of Steven Spielberg’s "War of the Worlds."

Unreal Tournament 3 is scheduled to arrive in November of the PC and the PlayStation3; the Xbox 360 version will be available in early 2008.

Unreal Tournament 3 is scheduled to arrive in November of the PC and the PlayStation3 ; the Xbox 360 version will be available in early 2008.

  • The beta for Epic's Unreal Tournament 3 was featured at Comic-Con 2007 in San Diego last week; it was the first time the PC version of the game was made available to the public.

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