See also:
* [[AwesomeMusic/{{Unreal}} Awesome Music - Unreal]]
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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Akasha]] is the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Necris High Inquisitor]] of the [[TheNecrocracy Necris]] forces in Story Mode. Described as one who "slaughters civilians for a living", Akasha led the the Twin Souls massacre that killed the friends and family of [[TheProtagonist James "Reaper" Hawkins]] and his sister, Sarah "Jester" Hawkins, with Terrence "Othello" Marshall being an unfortunate witness to the bloodshed. Also commanding the Krall, she has them raze an unknown human colony at the beginning, an operation she personally led, rendering Reaper himself unconscious after gunning down a soldier. Hiding out in "Sentinel" for the rest of the story, Akasha has her forces continue their [[RapePillageAndBurn tirade]] on Taryd and the rest of Earth, including the complete destruction and takeover of a thriving city. When Reaper finally confronts Akasha in her stronghold, she [[IShallTauntYou taunts]] him all throughout the ensuing struggle. She mocks him [[InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn going alone]], [[TranshumanTreachery claims his mortality in his weakness]], and--worst of all--says he dies too quickly "[[KickTheDog like his family]]". A [[LackOfEmpathy ruthless]] [[BackFromTheDead Necris]] who thinks she will become invincible, Akasha caused far more damage in the war than any other faction.
* ContestedSequel: See CriticalBacklash and Misblamed below. Aside from that, the rather contrived ExcusePlot explanation for many of the Tournament mechanics, such as Deathmatch to wear off regenerator (that allows respawning) capability and capture the FLAG (Field Lattice Generator which powers a different type regenerator) doesn't win favors of many people. The RealIsBrown in contrast to the rather colorful Unreal Tournament 2004 maps is also criticized too, despite the game features improved graphics, still fast paced action, and well balanced, although formulaic, weaponry.
* CrazyAwesome: Bishop.
* CriticalBacklash: Sure, it isn't ''Unreal Tournament'' or ''Unreal Tournament 2004'', but ''Unreal Tournament III'' has received a lot of unfair [[{{Misblamed}} misblaming]] for what it '''isn't''' rather for what it is.
* EpilepticTrees: Debates are still on about if he's the same Othello as the one who was in the Thunder Crash team in the past Tournament games.
* GameBreaker:
** The Shock Rifle combo and the Sniper Rifle.
** The [[TripodTerror Darkwalker]] in [=DM-HeatRay=].
** The turret in the map DM-Deimos.
* GameplayDerailment: A lot of people complained that the vehicles derailed the fast gameplay of [=UT3=], even when vehicles aren't available in common gametypes. (Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture The Flag... well, there's just one exception, but still...)
* HarsherInHindsight:
** One of the Bonus Pack 2 maps from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', [=AS-BP2-Jumpship=], retells a story about a squad of Izanagi soldiers infiltrating Liandri space and hijack a jumpship in order to be able to make space jumps without the need of a gate. Fast forward to this game, and [[spoiler:another Izanagi team, the Ronin, hijacks a ship in order to jump to Necris space]].
** [[spoiler:Akasha]]'s first line in the final match. Until the free reboot, the series wouldn't see another installment for a long time.
--> ''"My patience for games has worn thin"''
* {{Misblamed}}: Although often referred to as a flop, and even one of the biggest failures in videogame history, in reality only the PC version sold particularly poorly on its initial release. The console versions actually sold pretty well, and even the PC version began selling a lot better (albeit at a significantly discounted price) when it was brought to UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}. Unfortunately though, even the console versions got overshadowed by the likes of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', which led to impressions that the series was yesterday's news.
* PlayerPunch: [[spoiler:In the final battle, you'll receive three "X has fallen" messages. Replace X for Othello, Jester and Bishop. And then, in the final cutscene, a Necris soldier drops a mortally wounded Jester in the floor. Cue Reaper swearing revenge against Malcolm.]]
* ThatOneLevel: In the campaign, Torlan Delta, with the Leviathan and the two Darkwalkers, against the Krall.
** Also, the final battle against [[spoiler:Akasha]] in the higher levels.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The general reaction towards this game, going farther as splitting the mod community, with model/skin makers annoyed at Epic's screwing around with custom skeletons. Unreal Tournament 3 is still moddable although the mod community isn't as large as it was with Unreal Tournament 2004.
** Someone parodied it with a [[http://www.ut2341.com/UT2007_Complaints/ complaint generator]].