I giggle at the fact that it's mostly UT hardcore fans who are saying UT2003 is shit. You have one crowd that wanted a completly different game, then you have the other crowd that wanted to buy UT in a shiny new package.
What I dont get is why when people dont like a game they proclaim it in such a manner as if they're trying to say: "I HAVE MADE A REVELATION! This game is crap! These are the reasons why; You must agree or you're crap too!" (Of course, a real post would have a lot more abbreviations).
Why cant people learn to say "I dont like it" instead of "It sucks"?
Oh yeah, this is the internet. IQ subtraction is mandatory.
But personally I thought UT2003 was awesome, they've really fine-tuned the gaming experience. Sure, most of the changes to the gameplay weren't incredibly obvious, but it's the subtle changes that really made the game shine in my opinion. The Shock rifle has a really good 'feel' to it now, and all the weapon models suit their projectiles perfectly (Except I'm a bit dubious on the Link Gun primary fire animation, and the bombing run launcher). But, on the other hand, I agree that the lightning gun needs to be changed, or at least tweaked. It's hard to aim, and it's hard to tell if you hit, barely missed, or quite what.
I cant wait for the full version, and now I have a goddamned job I can get it as soon as it's out! Joy!