User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.2
Overall User Score (5 votes) 2.5

Critic Reviews

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IGN (Feb 10, 2004)
It seems that a lot of the goodies and special things that were promised to anxious Xbox owners in Unreal Championship actually ended being thrown into Unreal II: The Awakening. It's the Xbox version of the PC sequel that appeared last year as a separate product from Unreal Tournament 2K3, which was very similar to the Unreal Championship that appeared on Xbox. Confused yet? Just know that Unreal 1 was never on Xbox even though Unreal II is the second appearance of the franchise on Xbox.
Game Chronicles (Mar 30, 2004)
Unreal 2: The Awakening was one of those games that found its way back onto my hard drive, not so much because of its longevity in the gameplay department - after all, it was a linear and rather short adventure - but more to the fact that I had never been entirely pleased with how it had performed on my previous system. I had just finished the PC version for my second time – a much better experience on a high-end rig I might add – when the Xbox version arrived for review.
70 (Jun 10, 2004)
Unreal 2 Xbox kommt zu spät – so einfach ist das. Ein Release parallel zur PC-Version hätte das Game noch einigermaßen gerettet, aber auch dann wäre es deutlich nach Halo gekommen, welches den weitaus besseren Singleplayerpart hat. Im Mehrspielerbereich macht sich die Marke mit Unreal Championship selbst Konkurrenz – und stinkt leider auch hier ab. Es gibt einfach keine wirkliche Daseinsberechtigung für das Spiel: Es ist nicht schlecht, aber nicht so gut wie die Konkurrenz. Es bietet keine speziellen Merkmale, nicht mal die Optik: Auf dem PC das Vorzeigeobjekt, kommt sie hier nicht über solides Mittelmaß hinaus. So bleibt ein weiterer netter Shooter mit kurzem Einspieler- und brauchbarem Mehrspielervergnügen, der euch über den einen oder anderen langweiligen Nachmittag retten kann. Mehr aber auch nicht.
Next Level Gaming (Mar 02, 2004)
In the end, Unreal just doesn’t match the aura that Unreal Championship has. In fact, come to think of it, Atari still hasn’t sent out the press release saying the game was out. Many of us found out by seeing it on the shelf. Maybe it’s for a reason? I don’t know too many UC players that have been able to make their way to Unreal II and enjoy it.
65 (Jun 18, 2004)
Die PC-Version von Unreal 2 hat mir damals richtig gut gefallen und so freute ich mich darauf, den Titel auf der Xbox noch einmal mit einem Freund durchzuspielen. Der kooperative Modus sowie der XMP-Modus über Xbox Live! sind aber die einzigen Pluspunkte, die man dieser lausigen Konvertierung zuschreiben kann. Warum die Grafik beispielsweise derart gelitten hat, ist mir nicht ganz klar - der einstige Überflieger kann optisch auf der Xbox nur schwer mit der Konkurrenz mithalten. Auch die Steuerung ist nicht optimal angepasst, so dass man wahlweise die alte PC-Version vorziehen sollte. Lediglich Shooter-Süchtige ausschließlich mit Xbox oder Faible für kooperative Mehrspielermodi sollten Unreal 2 eine Chance geben.
GameSpot (Feb 13, 2004)
Unreal II: The Awakening has finally made its debut on the Xbox, about a year after it was originally released on the PC. As one of the most well-recognized franchises in the first-person shooter genre, fans waited for Unreal II with much anticipation, only to be disappointed by a short, uninspired single-player campaign and a lack of multiplayer options. Though the latter problem has ultimately been addressed by an add-on for the PC version, Xbox owners will be underwhelmed with this version of Unreal II because it plays and feels like a watered-down port.
GamePro (US) (Feb 25, 2004)
Unreal II features tight controls and a creative weapon selection each boomstick features an alt-fire mode (an Unreal staple), which effectively doubles your arsenal. But other vital elements got messed up along the way. The game suffers from frame rate issues, particularly in the area of character animation. Enemies and NPCs look stuttered, like they’re missing frames that would otherwise make them move smoothly.
50 (May 24, 2004)
Même si Unreal II est dans l´ensemble un bon défouloir, on ne peut pas oublier une réalisation une demie teinte en dessous des capacités de la Xbox. Avec une jouabilité bien dosée et notamment un arsenal assez surpuissant, cet opus peut se permettre une brève apparition dans votre ludothèque. Si vous adorez griller des araignées au chalumeau et êtes attiré par un univers proche de Star Wars et Starship Troopers, le nouveau bébé d´Atari est fait pour vous.
50 (UK) (Mar 02, 2004)
As a single-player experience, Unreal 2 is undoubtedly one of the more forgettable shooters on the Xbox; joining the likes of Jedi Academy and Soldier of Fortune 2 in that club of below par PC ports that have been unceremoniously dumped on owners of this capable machine.
45 (Apr 29, 2004)
Unreal 2 sur Xbox, c'est un peu tout ce qu'on aime pas dans un FPS. Déjà bourrin sur PC, le jeu l'est encore plus ici avec une difficulté trop peu élevée qui en fait un tir au pigeon martien très brouillon. De plus si le gameplay basique était autrefois compensé par une réalisation éclatante, ici, ce portage Xbox est une calamité qui touche parfois au ridicule. Mieux vaut éviter de s'approcher trop près des personnages repeints à la gouache. A oublier.
games xtreme (Apr 26, 2004)
If you are a fan of Unreal II and you want to own this version of the game as well, you'll probably buy it. But if you have a PC and a desire to get Unreal II, get the PC version and the XMP download. Unreal II on the XBox is a let down in SP and passable as a distraction in MP. If you're looking for MP then you'd be better off getting the sleek UT2004 and not bothering with this at all.
GameSpy (Feb 18, 2004)
There's nothing wrong with Unreal II: The Awakening that a 2002 release date wouldn't fix. While not a terrible game on its own, this new release starts to show Unreal's real age. Many games may use the Unreal engine, but they've clearly surpassed its rather generic story and presentation. And, of course, much of the game will feel like déjà vu to PC fans, as this port contains material that was released last year.