Alien Arena is a standalone that combines a sci-fi atmosphere with the tournament style deathmatch of Q3A and UT2k4. With major graphical features such as GLSL per-pixel lighting, ragdoll physics, light blooms, real time lights and soft shadows, Alien Arena brings a level of beauty and immersion not generally seen in deathmatch. The game also includes mutators, adjustable effects, bot skill settings, and fully configurable deathmatch, team deathmatch, CTF, All Out Assault, Team Core Assault, Cattle Prod, and Deathball games.

Martian invaders. Dm-Chasmatic remake! Martian Warrior Extermination, room of carnage.

The game features original artwork, with with a dark sinister atmosphere combined with an off-the-wall campiness, and trippy, techno type music. There are currently over 60 maps, loaded with weapons(each having an alternate firing mode) and powerups.

Alien Arena has fast, smooth gameplay, and players can play online against one another or against the bots, which feature multiple skill levels, and will rocket jump, strafe jump, and taunt you mercilessly.

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5 comments by Irritant_new on Jan 10th, 2014

Way back in early 2008, Alien Arena received a major graphical overhaul, updating all of the player characters and many other items. Generation 2 served us for six years, slowly evolving over time as changes in the rendering engine came, to take advantage of new features. Well, six years is a long time, and the decision has been made to move to Generation 3, starting with the player characters all receiving updates. In some cases, the entire mesh has been reconstructed, in others portions have been redone, or enhanced. Skins will all be redone either completely or whatever portions are needed to bring the standards and consistency to current levels. Some weapon models will also receive either updates or be completely new, with only a few remaining unchanged, as some of them were more recently constructed, and others updated already(can you believe the blaster mesh has hung around since 2006?). Powerups were all very recently updated so those will remain as is for sure.

As of this writing, four of the nine characters have been completed. Here are some images of the updated versions of the Martian Warrior, Commander, and Slashbot. For "before" images you can peruse the images here on or the official website.

The Generation 3 Martians are coming...
Slashbot Generation 3Generation 3 Commander

Polycounts have are roughly 50-90% higher, and the UV layouts have been optimized to allow for more detailed, sharper texturing. Performance in normal gameplay should be completely unaffected due to the rendering changes made over the past year. Our tests in very extreme scenarios(i.e, filling a room up with fifteen Martians clumped together) showed only a small decrease in framerates on a variety of platforms. As you can see the look of the game is evolving, while Generation 1 was quite campy and silly, Generation 2 took the game to a darker, more sinister look. Generation 3 is furthering that trend, moving it towards a more "horrifying" visual...the stuff nightmares are made of! Just wait until you see the new Overlord model...

The other change that will occur is that a number of levels will be receiving updates. We are currently working on a new terrain rendering system, that is in it's early stages, and working very well thus far. Some levels will be receiving terrain bits where appropriate, and some other updates. As in the past, we may cull out some levels that are dated and just not worthy of continuing to be part of the base game. It's also possible that some game types such as Deathball and Cattleprod may be relegated to the archives, as they never proved popular at all and maintaining them and their levels will dilute our efforts to push the game forward.

The tactical version of the game is also proceeding as planned, and we are busy working on content and other gameplay enhancements that will be discussed in further news updates. We expect all of this to be released some time this Spring, which will include the full demo of Alien Arena: Tactical.

Generation 3 is coming...

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Alien Arena:Tactical Demo Alpha for Linux/Unix/OSX

Alien Arena:Tactical Demo Alpha for Linux/Unix/OSX

Sep 6, 2013 Demo 1 comment

This is an alpha of the Alien Arena: Tactical Demo. Alien Arena: Tactical is an offshoot of Alien Arena that is a class-based teamplay game that pits...

Alien Arena: Tactical Demo Alpha for Windows

Alien Arena: Tactical Demo Alpha for Windows

Sep 6, 2013 Demo 0 comments

This is an alpha of the Alien Arena: Tactical Demo. Alien Arena: Tactical is an offshoot of Alien Arena that is a class-based teamplay game that pits...

Alien Arena: Combat Edition for Linux/Unix

Alien Arena: Combat Edition for Linux/Unix

Sep 5, 2013 Full Version 0 comments

Alien Arena is a freeware online deathmatch game with fast and furious action for Windows and Linux! The game runs on the CRX engine, and features modern...

Alien Arena: Combat Edition for Windows

Alien Arena: Combat Edition for Windows

Sep 5, 2013 Full Version 1 comment

Alien Arena is a freeware online deathmatch game with fast and furious action for Windows and Linux! The game runs on the CRX engine, and features modern...

Alien Arena Accessory Pack

Alien Arena Accessory Pack

May 19, 2011 Multiplayer Map 3 comments

A collection of numerous third party maps, models and textures created for Alien Arena.

Q3dm17 "The Longest Yard" remake for Alien Arena

Q3dm17 "The Longest Yard" remake for Alien Arena

Nov 16, 2006 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

A very faithful remake of the classic Q3DM17 "The Longest Yard" for Alien Arena 2007.

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TheCheese33 Dec 5 2005 says:

Damn! These visuals are so bright, they're completely blinding! I had to rest my eyes for a while after I played.

I don't know, the guns don't have the same oomph as they do in other games. And even the rocket launchers feel underpowered! My suggestion for you is to make them feel more powerful, and somehow make the game more fun.

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Alone_In_The_Dark Oct 31 2005 says:

Just played this game, all i can say is ... FUN FUN FUN :D

Graphics are sweet and it's just loads of fun..especially when other online players say YOU ARE CHEATING when you are just good :P... 2K6 version is the first one i've played, and i loved it, just a few suggestions though :

2- Faster shooting rate for some guns, the guns just shoot too slow
3- More players :P

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kobin Oct 30 2005 says:

wow.that is

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CD_TOASTER Oct 28 2005 says:

awsomeness :D you should post pics in the pimage section or something. it deserves more than 21 people watching it

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Stallion001 Oct 6 2005 says:

Wow this mod looks good... nice visuals! Kinda looks like it has HDR in it

Keep it up :D

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Ketsui Jan 10 2006 says:

Ok, you guys are doing great! ive seen your work, i have a god like computer, i was bored so i tryed it, and its realy fun... but if you want to update, please do a .exe not a darn .rar, it messes some people up, thanks (probaly your bigest fan) Ketsui.

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Sticky Sep 28 2005 says:

Holy crap, this was released on my birthday! O_O

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Canuck Sep 28 2005 says:

Very impressive screenshots. Good work so far guys! :)

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beretta Feb 10 2006 says:

can i have human looking bots on my team in the 2006 version?

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Shadow_Walker Aug 7 2005 says:

Looks like a good mod.

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wow this game is just awesome :)
its my favourite game, i play it since months and it dont becomes boring.

I would recommend this game everyone

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