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Unreal Gold is Free on for 48 Hours to Celebrate 20th Anniversary (Update: Also Steam!)

One of the greatest first-person shooters of the late 90s is going for absolutely free for the next two days.


Through much of the history of Shacknews, anyone who considers themselves to be a part of this community at some point or another has been asked "Quake or UT?" There are many fans of Quake and many fans of Unreal Tournament who have frequented the Shacknews pages over the years. But what about those who have not discovered the magic of the latter's predecessor, the original Unreal? The same Unreal that first released 20 years ago today?

Unreal was first released in 1998 by the folks at Epic MegaGames (now simply Epic Games), serving as one of the first real outings for the original Unreal Engine and also as one of the earliest designer credits for a young Cliff Bleszinski. Now this pioneer in the first-person shooter genre is on and going for absolutely free.

In Unreal, players step onto an unknown and dangerous planet called Na Pali, where they must survive the hostile Skaarj and find a way off the planet. In addition to the numerous single-player missions, the Return to Na Pali expansion is also included.

Unreal ranked #91 on the Shacknews Chatty Community's Top 100 PC Games of All-Time list. Looking to see what made this such a classic? Pick it up for free from This deal is set to last until Wednesday at 10AM PT.

Update: The Steam version of Unreal Gold is also available for free. Visit Steam in the next 48 hours to claim your copy.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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