A lot of games have been making claims and allusions to the classic arena shooters of the past, namely Unreal Tournament and Quake 3: Arena. But as the latest collection of top plays from Unreal Tournament 4 shows, there's nothing quite like the original.
First-person shooters haven't gone anywhere in the last few years, but there's been a certain level of quality I've been missing. You just don't tend to see the one pixel, predictive mid-air rockets that you used to any more — and that's because over the last decade or so, arena shooters have slowly fallen out of vogue.
With Dirty Bomb, Lawbreakers, Overwatch, Reflex and Toxikk, that's starting to change. And hopefully that will mean the quality of frag videos will gravitate more towards insane flick shots and mid-air rockets rather than Call of Duty no-scopes and kill streaks.
If you're doubting my assertions, then the latest top plays from Epic's official Unreal Tournament channel should help you understand. These are the kinds of moments I grew up laughing about in multiplayer games over a decade ago — the kind of moments that aren't really facilitated too much these days.
Hopefully those times are coming back again. I wonder if you'll be able to snipe the head of X-Wing pilots in Battlefront; that'd be cool. If you've got a good enough rig you can check out the new Unreal Tournament for free, once you've made an account for the Epic Games forums.