Games can offer so much more than just dodge-aim-shoot these days. Arena shooters were so much fun back in the day when they were fresh, but shooters should be evolving to offer more options for killing the opponent. UT set the bar a little higher back in the day with alternate fire, deeper weapon functionality, and the ability to dodge, not to mention user friendly, organized mods. But that was nearly a decade ago. We were playing NES 10 years before that, so the 10 year leap from that to UT99 was a big one. But look at the 10 year leap from UT99 to UT3(ok, not 10 yet, but almost). We have better graphics, vehicles, and more players online. I realize that more content is always good, but the gameplay is still the simple dodge-aim-shoot it was 10 years ago.
Atleast with UC2, they tried to make something better offering a variety of play styles with adrenaline, better agility, and deeper melee(almost successfully combining 2 genres, though UC2 game is still a shooter at heart).
The game may have it's flaws, but I thought it was a step in a new, exciting direction, and a much needed advancement for arena shooter.
The more realistic shooters are atleast trying to evolve with the addition of the cover system, and obviously, the realism, though it's easier to improve upon a more realistic shooter(theoretically) because it just has to imitate real life more than the last installment. So where do arena shooters have to go to be more than just shinier graphics and more vehicles than the last installment?
It almost seems to me like Epic is getting sick of making the same, rehashed arena shooter over and over. They take on new and innovative projects more than they worry about the next UT title. Who can blame them? It's time for UT to evolve into something better. Though I can't say Gears of War is the next big thing for arena shooters(it's more like a hybrid of arena and realism, which should be it's own category of shooter), it's nice to see Epic still trying something new. In fact, I have to wonder if the success of Gears will be the first nail in Unreal's coffin? I hope not, but I definately don't wanna see another UT game that's just more of the same. It's time to move on. If Gears 2 offers a richer online experience, I'm gonna be all over it, though i'd drop it in a second for UC3.
Hey everyone, I'm just bored and I figured I'd try to liven up the place a bit