I think what turned many people away from UT3 was that it had to be fixed by the players while UT and UT2kx only had to be expanded. It became a great game when the community managed to sort it out, but it suffered at launch.
I understand you're tired of hearing the same complaints, but I think all fans of the series (UT99 fans apart, maybe) had to endure complaints about their favourite specimen. UT2kx also came under fire, although I feel like negative views have become more vocal with time.
Sure, and I'm not telling anyone anything by saying that; just commenting, that's all. You may be right in a sense about the fans 'fixing' the game (though it implies something was broken), but I liked it from the start and while it wasn't a resounding success, it did receive quite good reviews
from critics with the negatives being just that it doesn't really innovate. Most of the current retro-criticism is about graphics and art style which to me is missing the point of the game and that makes me re-assert that I found UT3 to be a much closer successor to UT than 2K3/4 from a gameplay
point of view.
@Ferali: the screenshots show what UT3 is, not could have been. Just needs fresh eyes and an open mind, my friend.
Anyhoo, this is a Coke/Pepsi thing so back to the screenies. For fun.