It is an open source multiplayer first-person shooter. It uses the id Tech 3 engine source code (which is released under the GNU General Public License v2), and fills in the blank with all new media to make a playable game.

  • It's not a 'scavenge the internet for stuff' compilation project, the only things scavenged are some maps, which are OKAY because their source was released under the GPL.
  • Everything is strictly open source so they can be improved forever (and ever). 
  • The additional "Missionpack" game types and weapons are merged into the base, so you get to lay the mines in overload maps. 
  • There's more game types than the base game, like Domination, Last Man Standing, and what not. ("What not" does not refer to a gametype of that name - Ed)
  • Uses ioq3 for various feature additions, but it is not ioq3 dependent; it's also intended to be vanilla compatible. (The only thing that won't work is ogg music) 
  • The art direction is different and not strictly 'gothic'. There's more of a eastern slant than the usual 'put skulls n' blood all over it's cool' you find in most games. 
  • It's not next-gen, and computer compatibility range is wide enough to run on that dusty Pentium II in your attic. 
  • There are bots, perfect for when you're stranded on an island. 
  • There's also people playing it on the internet.
  • It is Free Software, so there's no guilt in downloading it and redistributing it.

OpenArena is licensed under the GNU GPL version 2 - data and engine. Anyone can contribute to it, if it complies with the GNU GPL.

WARNING: OpenArena contains Mature Content. I'm serious. If you don't like shooting the bloody guts and beating hearts out of voluptuous barely modest combatants then don't play it, or play without the mature pk3 file and use com_blood 0/cg_showGibs 0 (but be aware that pure servers may not agree with this).

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OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

Jan 19, 2014 Multiplayer Map 1 comment

The OpenArena Community Mappack (also called OACMP) is a mappack containing GPL'd maps made by the community itself. The idea is to give GPL servers something...

OpenArena Old Versions Mappack

OpenArena Old Versions Mappack

Jul 22, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This mappack is composed of older versions of current OpenArena maps. It also includes unfinished maps whose bugs have been fixed.



Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This is a copy of sRGB map but under CC BY SA license.

Legocurse revision 1.2 CC BY SA

Legocurse revision 1.2 CC BY SA

Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is a copy of legocurse but under CC BY SA license.

Legodeck revision 2 CC BY SA

Legodeck revision 2 CC BY SA

Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is a copy of legodeck but under CC BY SA license.

Legocurse revision 1.2 gplv2

Legocurse revision 1.2 gplv2

Feb 16, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is based on dm-curse for UT. I made this years ago and now I'm releasing an updated version under GPLv2.

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leilei Jun 9 2006, 2:21am says:

That was an old comment. Bots are "temporarily" in, as the usage of the cut-up files is touchy.

(In reality i left them in by accident)

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leilei May 9 2006, 5:18pm says:
Quote:Also note that there is no bots yet.
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cheeseyballz May 9 2006, 3:34pm says:

How do i get bots into my server? im hosting a server and people join but theres not enough challenge!

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666jake666 May 1 2006, 6:50am says:

I am not quite sure how ur doing but well keep up the good work :)

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methy Mar 9 2006, 6:50am says:

I still wish there had been nicely physic modelled titties. Nah, I'm just joshing, this saves me buying Quake 3, ironically for the third time. I bet John Carmack hates you and all of your friends.

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emergency56 Feb 25 2006, 6:45pm says:

what game is this for? is it a stand alone game o_O

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TheDebonairNomad Feb 25 2006, 8:47pm says:

If you still have the Gargoyle Arena player models you should add them to OA.

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duckedtapedemon Nov 29 2005, 12:31am says:

dang it

that KILLS some fantasies

i guess they were DOOMED to start with

i'm just a CORPSE of myself now

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TheDebonairNomad Nov 27 2005, 4:19pm says:

There can't be buttsex in D3 those skeletons had no ***.

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duckedtapedemon Nov 13 2005, 3:34pm says:

coming soon: doom3 underage butsex!

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Highest Rated (4 agree) 10/10

I love finally see OpenArena on Desura!

It's a great game, maybe the best shooter Q3 based.

Great job devs :)

Dec 12 2011, 7:52pm by waltercool

Lowest Rated (2 agree) 1/10

Uninteresting gameplay, markets itself as a "shooter for adults" and therefore tries to make it's sad attempt at becoming a better game by giving female characters as little areas covered by clothing sound less sad.

This game is a waste of your time.

Dec 12 2011, 9:53am by TheLastProject

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