Taking its cue from Battlefield 1942
, Onslaught allows teams of players to frag each other in a whole new way. The biggest addition is user-piloted vehicles, which add a completely new dimension to things. Vehicles control rather well and are sure to have many players running for them as soon as the match starts. These include things like a tank and a Hummer. Two of the more interesting, and weakest, vehicles are the Manta and Scorpion. The Manta is a one-man hovercraft which benefits from speed. The Scorpion is a mobile, one-man buggy that is sure to be the bane of any on-foot solider thanks to its two, scythe-like blades that can pop out at the press of a button.
Those who aren't able to obtain vehicles can snatch up anti-vehicle weapons to even the playing field. Another interesting addition to your arsenal, which includes all of the weapons from UT2k3, is the spider mines, 8-legged mines that lock-on to nearby targets and run them down. The purpose behind Onslaught is to grab power nodes scattered throughout the map trying to link up power generators. This adds a strategic tug-of-war element to the game. You have to think about which nodes you want to defend and which to destroy.
Again, if you haven't downloaded this demo by now, you are missing out. Players who, for whatever reason, are not into multiplayer games can also join in the fun since all of the game's modes are also playable with AI controlled bots. Regardless of your gaming preference, Unreal Tournament 2004 is looking like something no FPS fan will want to miss out on.