Unreal 2: The Awakening Legend Entertainment / Infogrames Entertainment 2003

In Unreal 2 you are policeman John Dalton who has a dull job, because he supervises a dull part of the universe. Nevertheless, there are alien artifacts found there and not only John and the crew of the police ship, but also most different foreign races start to steal the artifacts. The game uses a strong graphic engine, good level design and gorgeous graphics (requiring pretty high power hardware to run). After successful missions you return to the ship and talk to 3 other team members. Also about their past you learn a bit about, but you don't get really attached to them. There also is a little aboard the ship Zutun, where you search for 3 persons and then the next mission starts. The surroundings and enemies are rather different, and its mostly fun on the hellish moon with its alien spiders (reminded me partially of Starship Troopers). However, all together this is nothing much new offered in the level design which is rather simple. Somewhere you must press a button and activate therefore something, blast all the monsters you see. Final bosses have no status bar and also show no damages. You shoot and shoot until all of a sudden they keel over and die. Monolith has shown with NOLF 2 more possibilities of the Lithtech engine than Epic with Unreal 2. Such a highly anticipated game in the popular game series should offer more than only useful or good level design and splendid graphics (at least as I see it). Also the playing time of less than 10 hours probably results from the weak background story.

See also: #Unreal 2 Special Edition XMP, #Solaris Base (cancelled)

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Level Demo ~153MB ( @ Download.com)
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E3 Alpha build 697 & mirror (thanks to Delacroix & Scaryfun) 416MB
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Total Conversions
3CD ISO Demo 2.1GB (upped by Shattered)
included in Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition - Good Old Games Version ISO Demo 1.23GB (uploaded by Shattered)
Unreal 2: The Awakening Special Edition - GOG Digital ISO Demo v2.0.0.5 + E3 Alpha,Maps 1.2GB (uploaded by hgdagon)
Older Alpha build (provided by Delacroix & upped by Scaryfun) 647MB

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