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Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo Released

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the frag-em-all dept.

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JSDopefish writes "The demo for the PC game Unreal Tournament has been released, and Blue's News has a full list of mirrors [including BitTorrent links from GameTab and AIXGaming] for downloading the 209mb Win32 client. If you like classic Deathmatch, it's a great game - I still love one on one deathmatch. The site explains: 'The Unreal Tournament 2004 official demo includes five playable game modes, and offers fans their first taste of Unreal Tournament 2004's two new game modes: the introduction of the hyper-charged Onslaught mode and the return of the fan-favorite Assault mode, which last appeared in the original Unreal Tournament. The demo also features established gametypes like Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Bombing Run'."

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Someone done borked slashdot! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255606)

Timmy?

What's wrong with /. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255607)

The last 3 nights have been eiterh 500 internal server error, or can't login error. I need this site to work all the time!!!

i like babies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255608)

but i couldn't eat a whole one

Another Mirror (5, Informative)

ASayre8 (612723) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255609)

Another mirror at runuo.com [runuo.com] (Plug: Check out the site while you're there! ;-) )

Re:Another Mirror (3, Informative)

Dracoirs (700803) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255626)

Speaking of which, there is also a mirror at http://www.publicshards.com/

Re:Another Mirror (5, Informative)

mrbass (742021) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255685)

I have a mirror here...heck it's only 209MB ..no biggie. download [mrbass.org]

Re:Another Mirror (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255909)

Dude your website looks like an advertisment!

It looks like one of those search sites that gets put up when a domain name lapses.

And google ads? Who ARE you?!

Re:Another Mirror (1)

mrbass (742021) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255945)

an advertisement? For four years I never had ads...until last september when bandwidth got outta control and couldn't afford to pay for it outta my pocket like I have been. Last month I served over 300GB.

Who am I? well pretty much a nobody and a loser. I'm a mod over on doom9.org forums..that's about it.

Re:Another Mirror (1)

Qrlx (258924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255922)

thanks! This would take forever on bittorrent at like 4KB/sec. I'm getting 150 KB/sec from you :)

Re:Another Mirror (0)

Walker2323 (670050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255959)

And another one here:

http://content-g.kontiki.com/fserve/moid/629f3b6 d- 9027-cd3f-cf51-e5ab3e7a9d63/ut2004-betademo.exe

Very fast!

Re:Another Mirror (1)

Junky191 (549088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255962)

Thanks- downloading now. I hate torrents and annoying download sites. A direct link to the binary is all I want, and you provided!

There is only one thing to say... (4, Interesting)

gooberguy (453295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255610)

I love UT2004. I downloaded and installed it a couple hours ago, and I'm amazed. Finally, there is more focus on the gameplay and less on the graphics. This equals the win for all of us with Radeon 7500 PCI graphics cards.

Re:There is only one thing to say... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255616)

UT seems to be moving more and more towards tribes, and this is from a guy working on Tribes 3, which also uses the unreal engine, albeit heavily modified... ;)

Glenn Fiedler,
Irrational Games.

But. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255759)

Unlike Tribes 3, UT2k4 will sell copies and not drive the company making it nearly to the brink of bankrupcy..

Re:But. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255803)

I beg to differ ;)

Re:There is only one thing to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255956)

Agreed, the vehicles and more focus on teamwork make it tribesish, but with the wonderfulness of working on my Mac.

Hoping that you read this, I hope that you and the rest of the irrational team do a good job at focusing as much as you can on what the tribes series has done best, teamwork, vehicles, and large levels.

The move to the unreal engine was a wise choice, but in a way, shocked me, as it could end up being just like UT 2004, but with less vehicles.

Re:There is only one thing to say... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255905)

Dude... Y2K called, and he wants his GPU back.

Re:There is only one thing to say... (1)

SteakandcheeseUm (191173) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255934)

Yeah, my first impression of this game is that it is exactly like Tribes 2, except the turrets are user contolled, and some of the team play modes are different (but AWESOME). At first, I found the vehicle control mechanisms a little bit worse than Tribes 2 (you have to hold down jump to gain altitude) but I guess I can live with it. Having the multitude of variety in vehicles should make the teamplay interesting.

Sports numbering (0, Offtopic)

Jad LaFields (607990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255611)

I kinda like the once a year incremental scheme the UT team has going. It makes it feel more episodic [slashdot.org]

Re:Sports numbering (2, Funny)

the_truk_stop (448393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255663)

the once a year incremental scheme...makes it feel more episodic

Unfortunately, it seems doubtful that Epic will be releasing the game with episodic prices.

wooot (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255614)

haha you punks. I'm a subscriber and started downloading this eariler so*6#%&..l.^^% no carrier

UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (5, Informative)

AIX-Hood (682681) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255617)

And who could forget the UT 2004 Linux server: http://www.filerush.com/torrents/ut2004-lnxded-dem o-3120.tar.bz2.torrent [filerush.com]

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255674)

what are system requirements for these game servers? (i just built a 300 mhz fileserver/gateway, can i run any game servers?)

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (1)

the_truk_stop (448393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255676)

Forget the server. I looked at the site, and there doesn't appear to be a Linux client. It would appear that Epic is abusing Linux admins' good will.

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (4, Insightful)

SmittyTheBold (14066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255713)

No, you're looking at the wrogn target market - they're not after those who run Linux servers and might be willing to add game serving to the mix.

They're going for those people who want to set up a cheap, effective dedicated server. Many gaming clans will run a server with two or three games running servers in the background, but since it's a dedicated server there is no need for a GUI - and no need for Windows. If the game has a Linux version of the server, it's much easier on the clans than shelling out a few hundred dollars for a Windows license. These groups like to build a cheapie rack-mount box and lease space at a colo at the end of a fat pipe. For gaming. Gaming is the primary requirement, Linux just makes it cheaper for them.

It also helps that Linux has a reputation for being a "good server" that's stable, and has good remote-admin capabilities.

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (3, Insightful)

augustz (18082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255799)

Give folks who actually admin linux boxes some credit.

Some of us like the ability to easily setup a dedicated server using a server at a colo or other high bandwidth facility...

Thanks epic for providing one rather than requiring us to purchase windows machines.

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255678)

Thanks! Now i don't have to worry about Wine again... whenever I go near that thing, my ears start ringing and my left leg goes completely numb. Don't ask... long story involving a bad configuration file and a freakishly overhyper cat.

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255683)

Anone know if there will be a UT2k4 linux client when the game goes gold?

Re:UT 2004 Linux Server bit torrent (2, Informative)

grahamdrew (589499) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255721)

All reports say yet, including Atari's initial press release. Should actually have Tux on the box.

Aparently a Linux client witll be released shortly (4, Informative)

Nailer (69468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255765)

According to LinuxGames [linuxgames.com] .

Re:Aparently a Linux client witll be released shor (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255820)

Unfortunately, Ryan 'icculus' gordon needs sleep, before he's coherent enough to fix a bug. should be out tomorrow (american time)

See also this link... (4, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255940)

Post #31 in Link [bluesnews.com] : "Icculus (Ryan Gordon, the guy doing the ports) said Linux and OSX demos should become available within a few hours of the Win32 release."

Fun with Torrents (5, Informative)

The Human Cow (646609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255619)

Here [213.158.116.18] is a torrent, if you need it.

Re:Fun with Torrents (4, Insightful)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255675)

Personally I dont see why 1million+1 people make torrents of the files, all you need is 1. The main problem with large releases like this is keep the tracker up under the strain.

PC Demo? (0, Flamebait)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255620)

Where's my OSX demo? This new 2004 version must require pretty high quality hardware. There must be about as many PC's that can actually handle this game as there are macs. It's not like my dad's P-II 400 with a matrox G200 is going to be able to handle this. Why no OSX?

PC market is underpowered (5, Insightful)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255666)

There must be about as many PC's that can actually handle this game as there are macs. It's not like my dad's P-II 400 with a matrox G200 is going to be able to handle this.

That's actually an interesting point. The specs on games these days are pretty insane compared to the average PC in the family home. Even if a family has a, say, 1.4GHz machine in the home (and I'd guess way less than half of homes is at that level), it probably has a really crappy video card in it.. or even on-board video. This means that 90%+ of machines out there can barely play these games at 20fps in 640x480.

Given this, it really seems like the PC games industry is propped up by gaming die-hards.. whereas the console gaming market is propped up by everyone who owns one. Perhaps we should all remember this when we start bitching about the gaming freaks who mod their cases crazy all the time.. it's these guys who keep the PC industry in games ;-)

Re:PC market is underpowered (4, Insightful)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255745)

I must disagree, in the friendliest possible way. See reply to parent, above.

PC sales in 2003 were 168.9 MILLION units: http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,84 05079%5e15306%5e%5enbv%5e,00.html . Even back at the start of last year reasonably muscular processors were standard, and by the middle of the year the ATi/nVidia war had sent the price of decent-ish video cards crashing. Right now you would probably struggle to find a mainstream PC with less than 256 megs of ram and a 2GHz processor. My folks got a new PC last year with the lowest end GeForce FX - and it runs most games like a dream.

IMHO there are oodles of PCs that can run newer games around. Let's not forget, too, that most of these monster rigs are used to play stuff at max detail, max textures, 1600x1200 hyper resolution (I know, I have one). For the average home user a game running at 800x600 is still walloping anything on a TV screen for detail and clarity.

Apple may finally have released something with a bit of oomph, but they are hardly gonna dominate the games industry.

I agree to a certain extend with your main thesis, though: that high-end gamers drive the market along. Unfortunately this means games like Deus Ex 2 and Doom III will run like a slideshow on any normal machine. Personally I wish each level of technology was given more time to mature, so that we could see the modern equivalent of running Wolfenstein on a 286...

Re:PC market is underpowered (1)

mog007 (677810) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255818)

My folks got a new PC last year with the lowest end GeForce FX - and it runs most games like a dream

I assume you mean the Geforce FX 5200 non-ultra? I have one, and the packaging would probably have made a better video card. I tone down everything to 800x600, 16-bit color, and low texture quality, not to mention leaving Anti-Aliasing and A.F. at controlled by application.

This video card is the worst card I've ever owned, and if it were still supported, I'd plug in my old Voodoo 5.

Re:PC market is underpowered (1)

bfree (113420) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255838)

Of those 169 million units, how many were for business use and how many home? What percentage of them all were budget machines, i.e. onboard vga or equivalent video. I'm curious, and not really sure what I'd guess, but my impressions are that most non-gaming parents will downplay gaming and end up with a barely useful card/onboard, while most gaming non-parents will go for consoles. Of course there are the die hard gamers who pay $300 for a graphics card and they certainly seem to have finally brought an end to non 3d graphics cards (though onboard stuff is generally still rubbish for new pretty games). How long can they keep it up though in the face of a complete lack of interest in 3d for anything other than games, probably longer now that at least MS are using desktop chips in their console, what percentage of NVidia's chip sales last year were for Xbox?

Re:PC market is underpowered (1)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255933)

Well, I know what you're saying - a lot of those machines will be for business etc. etc.

I guess my point was that even if only a third or fewer were home machines and of those say 1/3 are wiped out by shitty graphics cards etc., that still leaves a potential market of millions of machines capable of playing games reasonably.

And, as a PC and console owner and player, I don't know many 'serious' gamers who would choose a console over a PC. I suspect most people who do so can't afford a PC or couldn't be bothered with the hassle of keeping up to date. Despite the IGN/Gamespot propaganda, consoles are still a world away from the PC in terms of visuals, controls, and quality of games.

Re:PC market is underpowered (1)

BerntB (584621) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255773)

The specs on games these days are pretty insane compared to the average PC in the family home.
The idea with new games is to press the state of the art of graphics.

If you just want a good game experience then stick with the original U Tournament. :-)

(The problem with the original is that there are only three groups of people playing it now -- newbies, cheaters and very experienced players. The standard robots are more interesting than newbies and people that (with or without autoaim) can shoot 4 head shots in 2 seconds!)

I really waited for UT 2003. I hope 2004 is fun to play and not only looks good...

Re:PC market is underpowered (2, Interesting)

RzUpAnmsCwrds (262647) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255794)

UT2004 has a "pixomatic" renderer that is supposed to make the game farily playable without 3D acceleration.

And, by the way, you *can* play UT2003 with Intel Extreme AGP Graphics. It's not as good of an experience as a 9800XT, but it's playable.

Re:PC Demo? (5, Interesting)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255686)

"There must be about as many PC's that can actually handle this game as there are macs."

Uh...huh.

Maybe you should take a look at the high end PC market some time? An insane number of top of the line video cards, memory modules, processors and motherboards are available and they sell like hotcakes. Because PCs are far less generational than Macs there is a tendency for a lot of people to gradually upgrade and thus keep relatively up to date in terms of hardware.

Sorry to ruin the illusion but at a totally uneducated guess I would put money on the number of PCs worldwide that can run this game being in a ratio of at least 50:1 to the number of Macs.

Re:PC Demo? (5, Funny)

runderwo (609077) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255858)

No kidding. I don't understand who could possibly play games on a 9" black and white screen with a one-button mouse anyway. Maybe some Mac people here can provide us with more information.

Re:PC Demo? (1)

Durandal64 (658649) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255910)

Say what you will about Apple's mice, but not even die-hard PC users think their monitors are garbage.

Re:PC Demo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255928)

It must have taken forever to get the UT engine ported over to LogoWriter and Hypercard... You have to respect Atari's dedication to multiple platforms.

Re:PC Demo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255869)

Not to mention PC parts are cheaper! The average Joe who shops at Walmart for a PC still has a good chance of playing this game with better performance than a Mac on a cheaper system.

Re:PC Demo? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255791)

Where's my OSX demo? This new 2004 version must require pretty high quality hardware

Hey, troll - Macs are shit. iPod batteries fail, Powerbook screens go bad, their desktops are underpowered and their entire range is overpriced. Steve Jobs has no clothes. Get over it. Buy a PC if you want gaming.

There must be about as many PC's that can actually handle this game as there are macs.

Apple ships less than 3% of the volume of PCs - sad thing is that absolute entry level $400 PCs (such as the ones Dell is currently selling with a 2.4GHz processor) are quite capable of running games like Unreal Tournament 2004. But entry-level Mac computers are $800 - and they only have half the memory.

Assuming everything else is equal (and that the base-level Mac could actually run the game with only 128MB of memory), merely based off sales figures - there are still 33 PCs capable of running UT2004 for every 1 Mac that can.

It's not like my dad's P-II 400 with a matrox G200 is going to be able to handle this.

True, but that's a six year old system. The stupid thing is that it could easily be upgraded for about $300 (new motherboard, CPU and video card) so that it *would* run UT2k4 just fine. Try doing that to a 6-year old Mac.

FYI, you could also spend $1200 to build a top-of-the-range PC and you'll be able to play any game that comes out in the next four years. Which is just a little more than the basement-level Mac - and about a third of a cost that a top-of-the-range Mac would set you back. And the PC would *still* run the game better than the Mac.

Re:PC Demo? (1)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255877)

My 1.2 ghz Athlon with a Radeon 7500 runs UT2k4 just peachy. This machine is very old, and could be picked up today for less than $200.

Re:PC Demo? (1)

dchamp (89216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255923)

Even if there are as many macs out there as the # of PC's that can handle UT2k4... how many of those macs can handle it? Probably a fairly small percentage. I've played MOHAA on one of the makeup mirror imacs, and it was pretty choppy. I don't think it would handle UT2k4 very well at all. A mac from the same generation as your dad's P-II 400, would be what... a 133mhz iMac? That's not going to be playing much UT2k4 either. If you're going to compare Apples to Oranges, you have to at least make the comparison relevant.

I don't know what the actual #'s are, but I wouldn't be suprised to see that the # of PC's capable of high-end gaming is astronomically higher than macs.

BitTorrent links for the Mac version? (2, Informative)

jamie (78724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255621)

Anyone know any BitTorrent links for the Mac version, also released today [insidemacgames.com] ?

Re:BitTorrent links for the Mac version? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255635)

I'd tell you, but I know you and Michael will try to censor them.

Assholes. Stop modding down posts that expose you editor scum and your lies.

Hmmm, Windows only. (0, Interesting)

Trogre (513942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255622)

There only seems to be a Microsoft Windows version at this point.

Anyone know if they have plans to do a Linux version like they did with UT2003?

Re:Hmmm, Windows only. (4, Informative)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255650)

No, the mac post is out too. Not sure about Linux. See my other post for the link if you are too lazy to look for yourself.

Re:Hmmm, Windows only. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255756)

They are going to support Linux, in fact, according to some sources, they are actually going to put a penquin on the box this time, unlike UT2K3, which they forgot to mention had a linux port. (The Linux binaries are included and installed with a shell script on the 3rd CD)

The official Linux response: (5, Informative)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255935)

Ryan Gordan, Epic Games:
UT2004 Linux Demo client is not ready yet. There's a showstopper in it, but I've been awake for days, and can't gather the concentration to fix it.


This will be available soon, but probably not tonight. Sorry to disappoint.

The good news is that getting these embarrassing moments out of the way during the demo means the final retail version will be ready to go on time.
So there ya go. Hopefully all you 'Nixies will have your demo goodness by tomorrow :)

I am hunterkll.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255623)

I want to go to a hotel with guk and pretend like he's Michael Jackson with me!

Gotta frag in linux (5, Interesting)

notanatheist (581086) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255625)

If the linux install is on the CD I'll be buying another game at near full price. :)

Re:Gotta frag in linux (5, Informative)

dominator2010 (735220) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255639)

Not full price if you already own UT2K3. Epic is giving a rebate to those who buy UT2004 and already own UT2K3. That means the game will actually be $20

Beta? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255629)

Why does the file name say "beta demo"? I thought this was the official version?

Re:Beta? (4, Informative)

Vaevictis666 (680137) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255672)

It's a beta demo because it's demoing pre-release. Theory goes once the full game hits retail shelves they'll update the "demo" to non-beta status, with any last minute bug fixes and balance tweaks.

Though from what I've seen of the stability, they might as well call it a Gamma demo :P

C'mon Bittorrent! (1, Funny)

lpret (570480) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255630)

Channel the force of slashdotting and speed my downloads!!!

Hrm, still only 6 KiB/s...maybe time to pray to the bittorrent gods...

Re:C'mon Bittorrent! (1)

Datafage (75835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255902)

That's weird, I spent most of my BT time for this demo at 400+ kBps... it was GOOD!

So far so damn good (5, Interesting)

PHlLlPY (670556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255633)

I was thinking of posting this myself but I haven't gotten around to stop playing the thing to do so. the emphasis seems to be more on teamwork than solo rambo stuff as before. it runs about as good as UT2003, which isn't saying much as my GF3 is really showing its age. I will definitely be buying this when I see it at Bestbuy, unless of course Doom3 or Halflife 2 suddenly decide to appear on the shelf.... go download it

Much better. (1)

Richie Magoo (472195) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255634)

It definitely has more of a ut feel to it. Much better than 2k3! I'm starting to drool over the dvd version.

Already pre-ordered it (1)

Lane.exe (672783) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255661)

Should be in by the 20th. Happy fragging to all.

Personally, I'm looking forward to assault mode the most.

hmmm (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255662)

Anyone got an ETA on the linux version?

Once Nvidia becomes a bit more solid on 2.6, I imagine a AMD64 compiled unreal 2004 with 2.6 would be quite a nice experience. Although there are still some K8T800 chipset support problems for linux with the popular boards like MSI K8T neo and others. The Nvidia chipsets don't seem to cut it in the benchmarks at the moment, so unless they drop their price point the VIA is the way to go.

For those of you looking for other games on linux. Savage the battle for Newerth has just released a huge update for their retail version which speeds things up nicely. THE game of late 03 early 04 is Savage. Definitely worth a look-see if you haven't tried it yet.

Thinks are looking up for a linux desktop:

2.6 kernel
open office 1.1 is nice
new KDE and Gnome releases
mozilla 1.6 and firebird steadily approaching a 1 release
GIMP 2 comming up real soon, and that SVG one (name?) too.
Jahshaka and Gstreamer are promising for video editing, as is the commercial Mainactor from Mainconcept.
Enemy Territory native, Savage Native, Quakes, Tons of stuff under WINE.
Seeing some rad stuff from GPL Blender 3D, commercial Maya and Apple Shake working in industry.
Good ol' apache tanking along.
some of the GPL databases slowing moving from mid-commercial to big iron.
Innovation in python and php.

This damned well rocks. I don't code, so thank you to all the coders who have made this the year of the FULL desktop switch.

Re:hmmm (1)

bobsalt (575905) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255717)

thnx man, I was wondering why fed 64 beta wouldnt install on my athlon64 w/ gigbyte K8T800 ...gentoo loaded up fine on it though...is this some sort of sign that I should be using gentoo????-lol

Soon (4, Informative)

ReKleSS (749007) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255720)

PlanetUnreal [planetunreal.com] has a message from icculus saying that the linux version will be out soon, but 'not tonight' because he's short on sleep and can't concentrate.
-ReK

Mac too (5, Informative)

Skrectumis (687389) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255669)

Yup, it's out for the Mac as well. Macgamefiles.com has a couple of mirrors for it...painfully slow mirrors, but mirrors none the less.

Re:Mac too (1)

Graff (532189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255836)

Macgamefiles.com has a couple of mirrors for it

I've tried a few of those mirrors and have gotten only corrupted files. I've tried downloading with OmniWeb, Safari, IE, and even tried curl. No go, I just keep getting files that have corrupt bzip2 blocks...

Unreal 2003 was a disappointment (3, Insightful)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255690)

When I bought Unreal 2003 my expectation was thru the roof. Two months later I find myself only using the game to test video cards.

I am sorry but this company milked the unreal series to the degree of no return. Not sure I can spend any more $$$ on another potential disappointing sequel.

Doom III and half life 2 demo... those should be ready by the year 3004. But that's still before the next Duke 3D which will be here in 4004.

Re:Unreal 2003 was a disappointment (5, Insightful)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255774)

Download the damn demo and try it before you bitch.

Re:Unreal 2003 was a disappointment (1)

AdamTheBastard (532937) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255787)

Thats one of the points of a demo. It gives you and everyone else a chance to look at the game at the cost of some bandwidth. If you like the game enough then you should go out and buy the retail copy.

Re:Unreal 2003 was a disappointment (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255893)

Parent is an obvious troll; there was no Unreal 2003.

Re:Unreal 2003 was a disappointment (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255900)

Yeah, I had high hopes for UT2003 too. Until I played the demo and figured out it wasn't much more than UT with prettier graphics, and decided not to buy it. Maybe you should have done the same thing?

Since you're not sure if you can spend more money of a sequel, why don't you try the damn demo first before complaining? Maybe it'll make up for 2003's suckiness. If not, just delete it and move on.

NO OSX Demo? (-1, Troll)

ryanw (131814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255694)

I know it will be released eventually for OSX, it'd be nice if it was a direct release not a port... Someday...

Sound (4, Interesting)

jrockway (229604) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255696)

How's the sound support this time around? Still OpenAL?

Hopefully the Linux version will have ALSA support this time; I had to add it myself. If you'd like ALSA support (surround sound, good shit!), visit my website and download the new OpenAL driver. Thank you, Open Source :)

Try voice chat (5, Interesting)

jmv (93421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255719)

For those interested, UT2004 is using an open-source codec [speex.org] for voice communication between players. It's also probably the first game to support wideband (16 kHz) communication.

Mac BitTorrent link (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255752)

Download the zipped file then open the .torrent with your favorite BT client.

http://www.elroyonline.net/misc/ut2004torrent.zi p

Is it true (-1, Redundant)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255762)

That there will be a discount for UT2K3? I vaguely remember hearing something about this...

Icculus Rocks (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255795)

I'd hereby like to thank Ryan 'icculus' Gordon for his hard work on the Linux and Macintosh clients. (linux one is forthcoming tomorrow, Ryan needs to sleep before he can coherently fix a bug that's still in the linux client)

Andrew 'ashridah' Pilley

VERY impressive.. (5, Interesting)

CashCarSTAR (548853) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255812)

I'm not a big fan of the Quake-style deathmatch type games, I much prefer smaller locations, CS/DoD style..

However, the Demo is a LOT of fun. Assault mode is very good, at least it shows off a good map. There's 6 seperate objectives for the attackers to do, and it's fast paced enough to keep it interesting.

Onslaught mode is really good too. I'm not a big fan of the map, but the mode itself has promise. It's basically a sci-fi BF1942, just a lot faster.

And it runs just as well as UT2003. Good programming.

dopefish, eh? (2, Funny)

MrBallistic (88770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255884)

great... now joe's gonna go around the office and get everyone to play this, which'll put duke back /another/ year. what we need to do is stop putting out interesting online fps games for a bit so that they can finish that darned thing :)

Trollin' for love (4, Insightful)

mrshowtime (562809) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255891)

Well, the basic game has been improved and the weapons seem to basically do the same amount of damage now. The vehicles are horrific though. I was hoping that the vehicles would at least be on par with HALO, but they are far from it. I was wondering why nobody was using the "humvee" aka "warthog," that was until I tried it... It's like the designers said "Hey! lets make a vehicle that nobody can actually drive!" In Halo, the warthog takes a few seconds to get used to, but then it just feels right. I could not get the damn humvee in UT2004 to even turn at all. The flyers in UT2004 are fast, but are generally ineffective. Then there's the tank... Once again the designers seemed like they tried to make the tank as boring as possible. The new maps are pretty well designed and like I said before, the standard (non vehicle) gameplay has been sanitized to the point of being very blaise. Every time I play UT2004 it reminds me of how fantastic just plain old Half-Life's multiplayer weapons were. Ultimately, "Atari," has dropped the ball on this one. It does not hold up against Halo, let alone any of the next-gen titles like HL2.

Domination? (1)

KillerHamster (645942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255898)

Does anyone else miss Domination mode? That was always my favorite, and the one I'm the best at. Maybe someone could write a mod for it?

Looking to the past indeed (5, Insightful)

KFK - Wildcat (512842) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255921)

From the "storyline":
Looking to the past, the nefarious powers hidden in the shadows knew that when threatened by an enemy, the masses would give up their freedoms in the name of patriotism. And so it was that in all but name, the human race was once again ruled by Imperial forces.

Hmm... Reminds me of something [whitehouse.gov] ...

linux version? (0, Redundant)

sloanster (213766) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255939)

What gives - Is the linux version not out yet?

Guess I'll just have to be content with ut2003 until they get it together...

I sure hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8255944)

there's no bare breasts in it, think of the mental trauma it would inflict on young teenage american minds
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