In times of war, in a far away galaxy, there lived a guy named Reaper. He was a former miner.
One day, the Krall and Necris (the "dark deads of space", working with the most powerful - Nanoblack - technology) invaded his colony, Twin Souls, destroying everything and everyone. To escape, he ordered one of his teammates, Othello, to take a fighter spaceship. That wouldn't help evacuate the colonists but at least get his sister to safety. A few moments later, he gets shot with a rocket launcher. Only with luck he survived; rescued by his sister. She arranged a deal with the Izanagi Corporation. They are now - in opposition to Unreal II, where they are the main antagonists - the Ronin's¹ employers because they were able to provide a hospital and a mercenary gig which gets them to their revenge on the Necris.
|A Krall killing a colonist. In the background you see the necris inquisitor "Akasha"|
The Izanagi are into whatever makes them money and they send the team of four, consisting of Reaper, Sarah, better known as Jester (his sister), Othello and Bishop on a mission to "steal" Axon's gear. That includes the Axon Goliath, which is a hefty armored tank. From there on it's just the regular game modes like CTF, Warfare and Deathmatch against seemingly "random" enemies.
|The Axon Leviathan. The most powerful vehicle in the game. Four turrets and a main gunner.|
Such missions continue until you finally head to the Necris homeplanet, Omicron 6. Lusting for blood, your team manages to intimidate Akasha² when you defeat her forces at Necropolis, the Necris capital. You follow her until you reach her little safe-house. So far you got her locked down. She's trapped on Sentinel, no support, no hope of escape. This is where it ends.
When you killed Akasha, you try to report in to your team, but no one replies. It turns out to be a trap by Phayder Corporation (the Necris "creators") and Malcolm, who used to command you in the name of the Izanagi. He ran their spec-ops. You were a disposable asset for him.
Then you see a Necris warrior throwing Reaper's sister Jester down from a higher level of the building. Her last words were "Told you, it was a trap", laughs a bit, coughs blood and dies. Full of rage, Reaper vows Vendetta on Malcolm, since he was the only one who knew their plans. When he charges his Rocket Launcher for attacking the superiors of Necris forces, the picture cuts off leaving us with an open end.
Okay, okay, I admit, there's a lot to the story but only if you work it out for yourself. They don't display all the information as I did. You just play missions which are tactical strikes in the form of standard game modes against (if you don't bother working it out for yourself) seemingly random enemies.
That alone leaves me thinking that Unreal Tournament is a pure multiplayer game. At least it's way more fun online.
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I must correct myself, I remember a song that fits now ;)
|¹ Ronin: the last survivors of Twin Souls. The team you control in the UT3 campaign, consisting of Reaper, Jester, Othello and Bishop||² Akasha: the necris high inquisitor. Leading force of the Twin Souls slaughter. Killing civilians for a living.|