Version 1 of the Improved Announcer sound mod for UT2003 is out! The newest patch from Epic has finally allowed for the most annoying aspect of UT2003, the announcer, to be modified into something bearable and, believe it or not, actually cool. Sound effects have been taken from Unreal, UT, and UT2003; modified, and blended into a patch that allows you to keep on top of a match without getting annoyed to the point of nausea by the announcer.
This is a new announcer voice pack for Unreal Tournament 2003. You must have UT2003 version 2.166 or later for it to work. Improved Announcer fixes one of UT2003's greatest flaws: its highly annoying announcer. Even the makers of the game have admitted the announcer they chose is incredibly annoying. This pack keeps the good aspects of the voice announcing and gets rid of the rest, substituting it with sound effects and other voices so that you can still keep on top of the match, but not be annoyed to the point of quitting. Some sounds are drawn from the original Unreal Tournament's announcing, which was much better quality. Other effects are taken from elsewhere in Unreal, UT, and UT2003. Effects were edited and increased in volume to match the other UT2003 sound effects. TO INSTALL: Extract IMPROVED.UAX to your UT2003\SOUNDS directory. Open the file USER.INI in your UT2003\SYSTEM directory. Scroll to the very bottom and, under the [UnrealGame.UnrealPlayer] heading, change the line "CustomizedAnnouncerPack=" line to read "CustomizedAnnouncerPack=Improved" Save the file and exit. Set Announcements to ALL and Announcer Volume to 4 in your in-game UT2003 audio settings for best effect. NOTE: Double Domination mode is now finally "playable"! Now you can see just how incredibly fun that mode really is, without the nauseatingly annoying announcements.
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