Unreal Tournament 3

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Frenzied first-person shooter with gory visuals.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

In campaign mode, you portray a character seeking vengeance against an alien race after they decimate your home.

Violence

Players utilize handguns, rifles, rocket launchers, and other weapons. Blood spews freely after killing an opponent. In some cases, you can see flesh scatter.

Sex
Language

Quite a few curse words appear, like "s--t" and "f--k." However, their inclusion in the dialogue isn't gratuitous.

Consumerism

This is the PS3 version of an established PC gaming franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that as a first-person shooter, this game is violent and gruesome: Blood splashes on environments on every kill, and in some instances, players are literally blown to bits, with flesh strewn across landscapes. Players will use a wide variety of weapons including handguns, rifles, and rocket launchers. Very strong language is used. This title is best played by mature audiences.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written byresponsable-adult January 14, 2014

game review

I am a responsible adult and i think that this game is very inappropriate and i only recommend it for people over the age of 21
Parent Written byAlyssa Whinchester November 9, 2013

Let it be knowen.

Let it be knowen as a mother of two boys i actualy approve because it has a setting to turn off blood , gore , and swearing.
Kid, 9 years old April 3, 2011

Good

well if you do vechiles and stuff and not the story its fun and cool! and if you press F you play dead! how cool is that? the first one was cool too there was... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySamckey August 18, 2009

Great game, has content moderation options...

Overall, this is an awesome addition to the Unreal franchise. Like UT2, it includes some of the best graphics available; amazing game play; and simple content a... Continue reading

What's it about?

From the moment you start UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3, it's clear the multiplayer element is king. A single-player campaign seems like a warm-up for the more robust multiplayer modes. In it, you work as a mercenary seeking revenge against an alien race who wiped out your colony. All battles within that campaign are a series of offline matches on a wide selection of maps.

Most battles follow the standard format, like Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Warfare is perhaps the game's best option. You must overtake a series of small nodes that link to your enemy's power source; once linked, that core is vulnerable to attack. The first team to destroy their enemy's core wins.

Is it any good?

Epic Games, the company behind Gears of War, makes a frenetic debut on the PS3 with the gory shooter Unreal Tournament 3. The atmosphere is intense and incredibly fast-paced, arguably the fastest shooter on any console. The game also boasts impressive customization options that have bolstered a fan base cultivated in prior PC releases.

At times, the campaigns feel repetitive. However, Unreal Tournament 3 quells those concerns with a unique set of weapons, multiple maps, and challenging opponents. An intriguing feature is the ability to create maps and other modifications on the game's PC version and transfer them onto the PlayStation 3. However, one drawback is you'll need to own both the PC and PS3 versions of the game to take advantage.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the game's use of customizable characters and maps. While you can customize your characters in the PS3 version, if you want to customize the maps you will have to also own the PC version. Does that feature warrant owning two copies of a game? How does the violence in this game compare with other titles available? Did you like the game's fast pace?

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