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Unreal Tournament 3 Strategy from Epic Games

Chris Mielke's Avatar + Posted by Chris Mielke on Dec 10, 2007 // Art Production Manager, Epic Games

Hey there – I’m Chris Mielke and I’m the Art Production Manager at Epic Games, developer of Unreal Tournament 3, which hits the PLAYSTATION 3 this week.

I’ve been asked to talk about one of my favorite Unreal Tournament 3 Vehicle Capture the Flag (vCTF) maps – Suspense. There are so many good nooks and crannies in this map that I had to highlight a few!

Unreal Tournament 3 Strategy from Epic Games

If you haven’t played Suspense – this map is a giant suspension bridge that has a flag base at each end. You can set up killing zones by using the towers as blockers, snipe or infiltrate the base by using the suspension bridge itself or use the various power ups to do flag runs. I’ll go into each one of those below and give a couple random tips at the end.

The main weapon on the map is the Goliath Tank – most people just drive it down the bridge and it usually gets blown up by an AVRiL, but there is a way to maximize your firepower. If you take the tank from its starting position and drive it diagonally across the street to the right to the first large bridge support pillar – then you can use the pillar as a barricade against AVRiLs and tank fire. By poking your turret out around the corner of the pillar and rocking back and forth to avoid incoming fire you can control the whole street and take out snipers on the far side by the SPMA. However, crafty people usually try to flank you in the Manta or by jumping to the building behind you – so be vigilant! If you get good at this maneuver you usually can easily get a Rampage every time.

Next – the bridge suspension cables provide access to the upper reaches of the bridge. To access this area you run up the cables, use your hoverboard to skate up the cables (kind of tricky!), or have a Raptor pilot drop you off on the top platform. Before you journey up to the top – take a Sniper Rifle or the AVRiL! If you want to snipe – on each suspension bridge tower is a UDamage (for a total of two… which you can easily grab one and then the other in a loop using a narrow walkway). The only way people can reach you on the top platforms are the same ways you got up there (which isn’t easy), and you can have some fun while they scramble to reach you. By using the suspension cables to facilitate your getaway is a fast way to get the flag and escape quickly. Usually people are looking on the ground for the stolen flag/flag carrier – not in the air!

When you are doing your flag runs remember to power up using the Body Armor and the Jump Boots (to help you escape). These are located in the “middle” of each bridge support (between the ground and the AVRiL platform). The Body Armor is on the on the right side as you look down the bridge from the base and the Jump Boots are on the left. Once you grab these items you will have a good chance at grabbing that flag and making it back to your base alive.

Unreal Tournament 3 Strategy from Epic Games

Finally, some random tips:

· When the Redeemer under the bridge appears, the manhole covers in the center of the bridge open – providing easy access to this weapon.

· Use the “lock on” function with the Rocket Launcher to kill any Mantas or Raptors strafing your base – too many people use the Stinger against aircraft and the results are much more effective with the Rocket Launcher.

· Crouch while grappling to a vehicle on the hoverboard – this keeps you steady, closer to the back end of the vehicle to avoid incoming fire, and doesn’t bounce you around as much.

That’s it for me – have fun and I’ll see you on the battlefield in Unreal Tournament 3!

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+ gardea on December 10th, 2007 at 9:32 am said:

Thanks for the tips, but me > all at UT :)


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+ Ghostm on December 10th, 2007 at 9:37 am said:

I’ve never played a UT game before. I’ll have to wait for the reviews and see what people on here says about it. Thank you for the post though! It’s always nice to see quality titles coming to the PS3.


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+ zookey on December 10th, 2007 at 9:48 am said:

AAAW can’t wait thanks for the tips!


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+ gamerholic on December 10th, 2007 at 10:00 am said:

OMG! So many awesome games out! I’m gonna be so broke this chistmas!


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+ ChikenPac on December 10th, 2007 at 10:00 am said:

does this game support split-screen online multiplayer like warhawk? I mean, can multiple people play online at once on the same ps3 using the split screen? this would be good because not too many of my friends have ps3’s (shocking, I know) and it would be cool if they could come over and play UT3 with me


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+ White-Sharingan on December 10th, 2007 at 10:06 am said:

Sony, where is the UT3 advertisement ;(

you wont sell a game as much without advertisement.


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+ leetfoo on December 10th, 2007 at 10:10 am said:

UT3 is looking great. I really hope it supports 1080 output for non-720p TVs.


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+ JimmyHACK on December 10th, 2007 at 10:23 am said:

Midway and Sony definitely under promoting this game..

Gamestop better ship my damn copy today..

thanks for the tips


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+ Driffter9126 on December 10th, 2007 at 10:24 am said:

Can’t wait to play it. See you all online.


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+ Zaku on December 10th, 2007 at 10:31 am said:

Really appreciate the tips :) Can’t wait to play this come Christmas.


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+ lars on December 10th, 2007 at 10:35 am said:

Please update on the following questions.

Does UT3 support 1080p at 60 frames per sec?

Does Ut3 support Rumble on the Dualschock 3?

Thanks


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+ JimmyHACK on December 10th, 2007 at 10:41 am said:

game is AVG 30 fps… dont know max native resolution though…

as far as rumble, mark rein said they have rumble working, just didn’t know if the gold build had it or not… if not update will add it shortly.. we will all know come tomorrow though


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+ Rzarekta on December 10th, 2007 at 10:48 am said:

Definitely buying this game. And yeah, where are the TV ads for this game? How does Epic expect this to sell anywhere near Gears of War without a huge ad campaign like that game had. Whatever, as long as enough people buy it to have games available online, it’s all good.


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+ OrganicShadow on December 10th, 2007 at 10:54 am said:

People always forget that the Rocket Launcher is a pretty diverse weapon as far as what kind of targets you can take on with it. It’s not just for frags and deathmatch.

Alt fire while letting the RL lock on. Then you get a nice display of 3 rockets spiraling out of your gun and homing on the target.

I really, REALLY hope BestBuy has this in stock wednesday. I will skip lunch break to pick it up.


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+ Jeigh on December 10th, 2007 at 10:59 am said:

I played Quake 3 Arena a while back so I’ve been expecting good things from this. The visuals sure aren’t disappointing. And I get the feeling the gameplay will be even better. I’ll be picking this up soon.


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+ linton on December 10th, 2007 at 11:02 am said:

is this an actual game as well as on-line?, or is it doing a warhawk – on-line only?


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+ fed315 on December 10th, 2007 at 11:10 am said:

can i rank up in this game


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+ fed315 on December 10th, 2007 at 11:12 am said:

yes it has a story mode


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+ sixthsense on December 10th, 2007 at 11:12 am said:

@Linton

Yes both


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+ Davitr0n on December 10th, 2007 at 11:20 am said:

I have never played a UT3 game and I generally suck pretty hard at FPS games, but I really want to play this game. (looks really cool to me for some reason) I hope the single player campaign is at least decent.

Just wondering, are those screenshots from the Ps3 version? I assume they are but you know what they say about assuming…

I asked for this game for Christmas, and I hope they can find it!


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+ brentos on December 10th, 2007 at 11:23 am said:

Does anybody know if this game supports split-screen multiplayer modes?


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+ afrosheen on December 10th, 2007 at 11:31 am said:

Do you guys plan to advertise this game at all?


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+ linton on December 10th, 2007 at 11:37 am said:

thanx!


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+ Sollus on December 10th, 2007 at 11:39 am said:

Watch ESPN. It’s ads have been on there numerous times. Along with Ratch and Clank and Uncharted.


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+ SonicTHP on December 10th, 2007 at 11:39 am said:

I am very excited about UT3. I don’t play FPS games much at all, but I have fond memories of various UT games in the past which leads me to want UT3 quite a bit.


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+ TheApprentice on December 10th, 2007 at 11:41 am said:

nice tips :D

Look forward to the battlefields!


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+ zola on December 10th, 2007 at 11:50 am said:

So can someone official PLEASE answer this question?

To be able to make mods on our PC’s, do we have to buy BOTH the PS3 version AND the PC version?

because that is ridiculous!

please someone official form Epic or Sony here answer this simple question!

thanks!


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+ mobiletone on December 10th, 2007 at 11:50 am said:

two words HALO KILLER!! think i’ll get my old GOTY edition of UT out and installed on the pc tonight just for the craic.


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+ Neil on December 10th, 2007 at 12:09 pm said:

Yes Sony you need to advertise this more.

There needs to be a commercial of this game. Start with the text “From the Creators of Gears of War” and then show gameplay followed by the “On Playstation 3″ tag.

There you go. Simple way to double your sales.


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+ Stoffinator on December 10th, 2007 at 12:25 pm said:

Waiting for this game and waiting till I have some money to buy it.


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+ kadab on December 10th, 2007 at 12:31 pm said:

CHRIS will the usa version be playable online on a european PS3


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+ ALEX GREY on December 10th, 2007 at 12:31 pm said:

This game will SELL PS3s. We need an Ad campaign of EPIC proportions.
@zola
You need the PC version of UT3(Unreal Editor) to create mods, but the PS3 version allows you to import PC mods and play them on your PS3.


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+ eclipse26 on December 10th, 2007 at 12:40 pm said:

i just read where the PC version has only sold 66,000 copies in November. UT3 is a very important PS3 timed exclusive game. Will the sales of the PS3 version fair better than the PC version??? What is going on Epic…..you guys advertised the HELL out of Gears of War….you gonna show UT3 on PS3 the same love….or will it get the marketing love once its ported to Microsoft’s (The Evil Empire) Xbox360?????????….fair and valid question to me…could I get a fair and valid answer!!!!!!


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+ foolio_67 on December 10th, 2007 at 1:09 pm said:

This game looks great!


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+ JimmyHACK on December 10th, 2007 at 1:12 pm said:

@33 MS advertised the hell out of gears of war…. that’s why i saw Midway or even Sony need to pick up the slack advertising UT3


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+ eclipse26 on December 10th, 2007 at 1:22 pm said:

whats up JimmyHACK thanks on the reply………..ok cool…So Microsoft was pushing Gears like that…which makes sense for them to do because it truly is a great game….however im with you and take it a step further…..SONY themselves should step up the advertising for UT3…Sony did well with marketing Assassin’s Creed push on a multi-plat and that game should sell a million WW on the PS3 by Jan.1(honestly i dont think Ubisoft thought the PS3 version of AC would sell as great has it has in a short period of time, just hoping for the best)…..SONY just needs to continue to apply that marketing preesure like they have as of late


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+ Savage on December 10th, 2007 at 1:34 pm said:

Does anyone know when the first reviews of UT3 will come out. Metacritic.com has not listed any yet.


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+ pr1m3_5u5p3ct on December 10th, 2007 at 1:36 pm said:

awesome! thanks for the heads up on that Chris. lol… my name is Chris too, anyways, cannot wait to try the random tips out as the game will hopefully be in my hands tomorrow!


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+ grognard66 on December 10th, 2007 at 1:44 pm said:

A couple people were asking if this was online only like Warhawk. For those not familiar with the series, UT boasts some of the best bots in the industry so you can have fun matches offline and you can adjust the A/I for the bots (or allow it to adjust dynamically depending on how well you’re doing in the match).

I think there’s supposed to be some rudimentary single player campaign mode, but that’s essentially just bot match through a series of maps. There’s been a demo of the PC version out for a while now and I’d highly recommend you check it out – good stuff.


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+ TheDevilsJoker on December 10th, 2007 at 1:50 pm said:

Sweeeeeeettt!! I may get this game after all. It sounds immense. Is this PC/PS3 Cross platform gaming? Or PS3/360 when it comes out? I’d love to play with either Friend A, who owns a PC, Or friend B, Who owns a 360.


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+ Herby on December 10th, 2007 at 2:13 pm said:

Thanks for the tips and I can’t wait for the game. I tried to get it today.


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+ RatchetFanatic on December 10th, 2007 at 2:48 pm said:

there’s no cross platform play.


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+ Simstim on December 10th, 2007 at 3:13 pm said:

Looking forward to this game. My PC is a piece of crap.


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+ Se-7-eN on December 10th, 2007 at 3:46 pm said:

Thanks a lot man! Definitely going to be picking this one up for the PS3 instead of PC…. Thought I would switch it up a bit!


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+ liquid0 on December 10th, 2007 at 3:54 pm said:

hopefully the advertise this when its out, this is the killer app for the Christmas, been a fan of ut since 99.


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+ TwoBlack4America on December 10th, 2007 at 3:54 pm said:

The game looks great! Hopefully there’s an ad for it where I can see how it looks in HD.


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+ dodomasta3000 on December 10th, 2007 at 3:56 pm said:

i’m sorry for this post but it has to be posted…as we all recall the gamespot event…gamepro does the samething…i just posted on gamepro and realized that they to are pretty much pro-microsoft..there top write Blake snow needs to be check out by the playstation community…they always post negitive things about the ps3 or sony in a whole and prasie the microsoft 360…just a heads up to the playstation bloggers..watch gamepro..as i see them as the next gamespot…thank you for your time…also im soulofawarrior on gamepro but my psn tag is dodomasta3000 on the psn..dodo like the bird…someone important needs to check gamepro on there fanboy ways…thank you.


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+ dodomasta3000 on December 10th, 2007 at 3:59 pm said:

oh and ut3 looks sweet as hell but leave it up to gamepro there say the ps3 version is a waste of time..i only post there to battle the negitive fanboys..can’t wait for HOME to get released so i can leave gamepro for good and post on here…anyways ut3 is grand and should never hit the 360…imo..thank you again.


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+ DigiTaL_ on December 10th, 2007 at 4:15 pm said:

i am looking forward to running through a battlezone with gibs flying left and right. UT has always been a game i enjoyed playing, i actually started my online battles with UT so i cant wait to unleash my Flak Cannon once again……


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+ aaquib on December 10th, 2007 at 5:29 pm said:

Looks awesome, I just hope my EB gets it by tomorrow!! I hope this game goes to selling really, really well. Please Sony, please market the @#$% out of this game.


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