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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What better way to end a stressful working week than with a fistful of freedom! This week we have three fresh faces for everyone to enjoy along with an old favorite!

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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.

sRGB CC BY SA

sRGB CC BY SA

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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gabsd84
gabsd84 Nov 26 2011, 7:01am says:

I would like to see the Linux version on here as well.

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Protektor
Protektor Dec 12 2011, 7:12am replied:

The Linux versions are now up here and available for everyone.

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Neon_Knight
Neon_Knight Dec 4 2011, 4:32pm replied:

AFAIK all versions (Win/Lin/Mac) come in the same file.

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Techna
Techna Oct 10 2011, 7:01pm says:

The Linux version needs to be put up here :/

+11 votes     reply to comment
Neon_Knight
Neon_Knight Dec 4 2011, 4:43pm replied:

Same as above. :P

The package includes the Linux version alongside the Windows version and the Mac version.

+3 votes     reply to comment
RangerC
RangerC Mar 8 2011, 11:52am says:

Aww beautiful game
10/10

+2 votes     reply to comment
jirkagersl
jirkagersl Dec 23 2010, 4:04am says:

i have two release openarena one release zero.seven.zero.a zero.eight.one

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Neon_Knight
Neon_Knight Dec 23 2010, 11:02pm replied:

The only one needed by now is 0.8.5, or 0.8.1 + 0.8.5 patch, if you prefer.

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thewonderboy
thewonderboy Aug 13 2010, 2:12am says:

Hey i though how i could make this more quake 3 like so i started with few modifications which are like quake 3 skins but better... So i try these skins and custom ammo boxes but they are bugged and not showing properly?

Mod for this which changes gameplay look like quake 3 would be kickass

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leilei
leilei Apr 12 2010, 10:52pm says:

also in a shared environment, you can SHOVE IT UP YOUR ~/.openarena/baseoa

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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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