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.

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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Neon_Knight
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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Pinkis007
Pinkis007 Apr 3 2010, 5:40am says:

Where put mappack? i copy all files to directory but maps wont work

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Pinkis007
Pinkis007 Apr 3 2010, 5:29am says:

Pretty cool Q3 remake. nice work

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Communist_Partisan
Communist_Partisan Mar 29 2010, 1:01am says:

hungry nandos hasnt played the full experience

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leilei
leilei Mar 31 2010, 8:20pm replied:

i haven't played the full experience either. hell, my motives for OpenArena is completely opposite from the competition. I don't even play it online, lol

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hulk0
hulk0 Mar 12 2010, 7:26pm says:

0.8.5 patch released!

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Justin123991
Justin123991 Feb 23 2010, 5:33pm says:

Anyone play?

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psilas
psilas Feb 28 2010, 2:43pm replied:

Of course, lots of people play, just at different times.

Great game that also works with the 'True Combat' mod, making it a GREAT pair of games for free.

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BenjaminPulido
BenjaminPulido Feb 19 2010, 3:26pm says:

good game is quake 3¡¡¡

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thewonderboy
thewonderboy Jan 1 2010, 10:22am says:

if you want try quake 3 get demo you dont get sadly same feeling of this but great game better graphs but this gives different feeling than quake 3 i suggest thisone for anyone but if you wanna play quake 3 for free try quake live :p
And big minus for this is that quake 3 mods wont work on this (all of them.... Some work)

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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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