After you download the 209 megabyte file and install the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo you will find that it contains five maps and six game types Death Match, Team Death Match, Capture the Flag, Bombing Run, Assault and Onslaught. This is not the typical crippled game demo that you cant play for more than fifteen minutes at a time or that wont let you access most parts of the game. Even online and network play are fully functional.
The popularity of the UT2004 demo is nothing short of astounding. Epic Games reports that in the first week after the demo was released it was downloaded 1.5 million times. When you check the online servers, you find hundreds of servers and most of them are packed almost 24 hours a day. Quite a number of competitive ladders have been setup just for the demo. Obviously, they did something right with this gaming freebie.
I wont do a full review of the demo, but I will give you some highlights. The Onslaught game mode is getting most of the buzz and for good reason It is fun and innovative and fun and well designed and fun! The designers got just the right mix of vehicle combat, infantry combat, strategy, tactics, and just flat out fun game play.
The consensus from the Unreal gaming community is that, based on the demo, UT2004 brings back the fun game play, feel and balance that were missing in Unreal Tournament 2003. Im a big fan of UT2003 and active in the UT2003 gaming community and I have to agree that UT2004 takes what was good from UT2003 and makes it better in almost every respect.
The UT2004 demo is available in Windows, Linux and Mac versions. See the sidebar the right for download links. It is a big download, so if you dont have a broadband connection you may want to have a friend download it for you and burn it to CD. You can also get the demo on CD at Best Buy with any purchase of over $14.99 or purchase the CD for $4.99. How ever you get it, if you like 3D shooters at all, you will love the UT2004 demo.