Unreal Tournament 3 probably shouldn’t feel as fresh and as exciting as it does. When you get down to it, UT3 doesn’t change a lot of the things that you liked about Unreal Tournament 2004. It’s still the same fast-moving and action-oriented first-person shooter. Yet the game’s new maps, the requisite graphical overhaul, and easy-to-understand gameplay modes all feel great. The way the shooter genre has changed over the three years since the previous game is also a factor. With most other games slowing things down and going for a more realistic, militaristic pace, UT3’s hypercharged gameplay explodes out of the gate feeling refreshing and new.