You can't haxx0r (advanced properties) from inside the game, but since it's a UEngine game you should know where to go for all that.
Don't turn on 3D hardware; it sounds like crap.
My only gripe (and I'm sure there's nothing that can be done about it) is the ball. It's not really a ball; it's a multi-sided 3D object. But that's obviously not something that can be fixed so I'll deal. But it's fun nontheless. If you really want to be a l33t haxx0r, take the textures from the UT second disc (and the newest Epic drivers, if you don't have a Savage3 card), and play with the compressed textures.