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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General_Dingo Nov 2 2010, 5:29am says:

And what happened to Sly, Widowe and Jenna?

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General_Dingo Sep 25 2010, 5:01am says:

What I want to know is why am I finding characters like Obs and Cooldude who have their skins and shaders but without icons? I had to waste a whole two minutes making them icons so I didn't have to use the consol to select them. Why?

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Neon_Knight Dec 1 2010, 7:18pm replied:

Where did you find those models?

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General_Dingo Jan 15 2011, 10:26pm replied:

They were all there inside the PK3s of I think it was 0.8.1. They just didn't have icons so you could only select them via console.

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Neon_Knight Jan 19 2011, 9:13am replied:

I mean, the site where you've downloaded said models.

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General_Dingo Jan 23 2011, 3:27am replied:

Oh, I misread things. I thought you were talking about something else. All I've seen of them is a couple of leftover .skin files and metioning on the wiki.

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General_Dingo Sep 24 2010, 5:54am says:

I made a heap of skins for Arachna, Liz and Skelebot, but I lost most of them. :(

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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 Apr 12 2010, 10:52pm says:

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

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Neon_Knight Apr 3 2010, 10:25am says:

You should put the pk3 file inside of the baseoa folder. I should pack a newer version without the included maps, anyway.

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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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