Emerging from the flaming wreck of the Vortex Rikers and into the sweeping vista of a Na Pali evening set to the swelling ambiance of "
" is my most firmly etched memory of Unreal. It's
prime reinstall fodder
—if not for the sheer scale of its levels, then for its challenging, squirrely AI enemies.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun
spotted a mod only sweetening the experience: OldUnreal 227, a fan-made overhaul carrying Epic's blessing that provides "a new, completely overworked, and fixed" Unreal.
Update 227 brings a small library's worth of technical improvements and tweaks, most notably the inclusion of DirectX 9 rendering support and a "heavily improved" OpenGL driver. The mod's overall intent, its
, is fragging lingering bugs in the 14-year-old FPS: "The general gameplay and the game itself was not touched, and it should remain 100 percent compatible to old mods and maps."
mountain-sized update list
contains more intricate details for the curious, and you can
grab the actual patch
as well. And remember: Nali don't respawn.