Oh how I’d love to make a huge list of games that need sequels or remastered releases. So many good series have gone to the wayside, such as Manhunt, Red Faction and even Darksiders in more recent years. With many of these, I wouldn’t care if it were a sequel, remaster or reboot that came out, but there’s one series that needs to be revived more than any other: Unreal. That’s right, there was a game coinciding with the engine’s name. There was also an Unreal 2, and these games were great showcase shooters for what the engines could pull off, as was Unreal Tournament. I was blown away when Unreal 2 first came out and I completely devoured the original Unreal as well as its Return to Na Pali expansion. Too bad we haven’t seen an Unreal game with a story since 2003.
So what made Unreal great? Everything! You name it, this game series had it. The first game was raw perfection. Environments were diverse, as were enemy types. The graphics were great at the time and the online multiplayer rivaled the best titles out there. The levels ranged from creepy caverns, to large outdoor environments and futuristic ships. Then the weapons, oh the weapons. There a sniper rifles, flak cannons that shoot ricocheting shrapnel, saw blade shooters, rifles, grenade launchers and many ways to blow apart your enemies. Attacking enemies usually leads to limbs flying about. It was a total blast and felt more like Unreal Tournament than a linear title.
Of course, we can't forget Unreal 2, which showed off the second Unreal engine. The weapons were similar and it had a primarily sci-fi feel, but made fantastic use of lighting, which would make it tough to spot your enemies. That wasn't frustrating either. It actually made the gameplay more immersive by demanding the players focus. This title was more linear than the original, but included insane amounts of detail my computer at the time wasn't able to run it. I had to get a better computer to play the game, and it rocked. I was amazed. The whole thing felt like it was paving the way for games like Half-Life 2.
At this point, it must be said I know the Unreal Engines are going strong and Unreal Tournament is getting a free-to-play reboot, which is great, but I want is an Unreal game with a strong single player campaign, just like one and two. I want a story and to decapitate more Skaarj. There was something special about playing a campaign based around showcasing an engine. The Unreal 4 engine is out and it looks amazing when used for games like Kingdom Hearts 3 and Rocket League, but I want something showing what the developers dreamed the engine could make. They’d naturally stretch themselves to make a great game, as with the first two Unreal titles. Please, give me another!