If you read between the lines of my Unreal Tournament III review, I think you'll find that what I'm really saying is that I liked it because I was good at it, which is not often the case with these things. I don't last a second in Tom Clancy games, or even Halo. Only once in my life have I been truly skilled at a game, better than most people, and that game was Quake II CTF. Playing UTIII reminded me a lot of those days. The rocket launcher feels almost exactly the same, even with a control pad. And so if these days I'm not really looking for the kind of gameplay you find in these skill-based multiplayer games, at least this one didn't grind me into a pulpy mess beneath the other players' boots. Hence, a positive review.
Is that cynical?