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 2 comments

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.

sRGB Color wheel

sRGB Color wheel

Jan 29, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is the RGB color wheel, literally. 3 weapons and 3 levels.

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

Feb 18, 2012 Full Version 7 comments

The full 0.8.8 version of OpenArena. Includes: OA ver. 0.8.1 + OA patch 0.8.5 + OA patch 0.8.8.

OpenArena 0.8.8 Patch ZIP archive

OpenArena 0.8.8 Patch ZIP archive

Feb 14, 2012 Patch 1 comment

This is the unified zip release of OpenArena 0.8.8 patch. Requires the previous 0.8.5 and 0.8.1 version to play.

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homelesskid Jan 20 2013, 2:18pm says:

game is awsome but when i go on multiplayer the "players" are saying the same quotes as the computers
i know for a fact im not playing online but is there any way for me to fix that?

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1zach80 Nov 1 2012, 9:17pm says:

This looks suspiciously like Quake 3 Arena...

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Xanderstrike Nov 27 2012, 9:47pm replied:

Kind of the point...

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StudentOfLinux Aug 29 2012, 10:33pm says:

Awsome fragging fun, i recommend this game to any one who like a fast fps like quake or unreal :)

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hulk0 Aug 2 2012, 1:10pm says:

I used to play this game a lot a few years ago. Now i want to play it again, but the graphics haven't aged well at all (last time i played this was in 2005 or so). Is there a possibility that you will improve the graphics some time in the future, maybe a updated version using the, now open-source, doom 3 engine?

There need to be more games like this, nowadays everyone plays this CoD ****. But with these graphics, no wonder why nobody is playing it.

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DatPseudo Aug 22 2012, 9:59am replied:

Sorry bro, we don't play this game for the graphics :P

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hulk0 Aug 26 2012, 2:03pm replied:

I know this game isn't about graphics. I didn't play this game for graphics in the first place.

My point is that this game could be ported to a better engine like iD Tech 4, Xreal or the engine from OverDose with very little effort, so you get all the effects, better animation system, more detailed maps, better lighting and shadows, shaders and even easier workflow for the developers.

Moving to a more advanced engine (based on iD Tech 3) is easy and has no disadvantages at all. If you have a ****** pc that can't even run a game from 1999 (what this game basically is a replica of) then you still can turn all the effects off and it will look like quake 3.

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leilei Creator
leilei Sep 1 2012, 4:10pm replied:

The thing is, those "more advanced engines" will actually kill a big goal of the project - *compatibility*. I know you're referring to X-ReaL, and I think that stopped being a sole engine project and more of a CC-BY media game project of it's own as far as I recall. Many people have already requested OA to move to id Tech 4 without realizing what our goals were. It's not easy and it's not worth it.

I did experiment with renderergl2 (OpenGL 2.0 module for ioquake3 with normal maps, gloss, bump, parallax, you name it) and a lot of the stuff I rely on is regressed (namely tcMod, tcGen, deformvertices, RAVENMD4), plus I am not a fan of its not-very-backwards-compatible new shader syntax. We can't make the leap to "modern" just yet. I do want to have modern features as much as the next person who wants shiny water, but I also want to keep the scope of having a low system requirement also (and I want to go even lower than Q3 at that). It can still work out for everyone.

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GordonFreemanGTA Apr 25 2012, 8:30pm says:

how come?
i can run half-life 2
but this game lags

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leilei Creator
leilei Apr 27 2012, 10:08pm replied:

Microsoft Direct3D OpenGL wrapper from system driver I assume

install proper video drivers from your manufacturer.

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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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