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Eight Quake III Arena modifications are on Desura now.

Posted by feillyne on Aug 28th, 2011

All suported mods

Eight fine Quake III Arena mods were published on Desura. Most of them (six!) are total conversions.

Total conversions: Q3 Rally, Urban Terror, Bid for Power, Combat, True Combat, Navy SEALs: Covert Operations
Partial conversions extending the core gameplay: David Hunter and Excessive +

You can play these mods via retail ("play") or Steam ("play through Steam") if you have a Steam copy of Quake III Arena. Also note that Quake III Arena and consequently its mods are mostly multiplayer-oriented, so you'll probably have to grab your buddies to play these mods (as zero to few servers are up at the moment).

Q3 Rally

A car driving and car combat modification.

Another Murcielago Shot MacDaddy fragged the Mini
Murcielago at the Canyon MacDaddy in Deathmatch

Urban Terror

"Where Quake meets reality" is the motto the developers of Urban Terror have adopted. While many mods these days tend to focus on realistic game play, Urban Terror takes a "fun over realism" approach to the FPS arena by keeping the Q3 speed and physics.

ut4_thingley ut4_tombs
ut_austria ut_algiers

Bid for Power

Bid For Power is a total conversion for Quake III that plays nothing like the original game. Players take control of Ki-powered superheros and battle it out in a mostly aerial fight. The game is highlighted by the work of a great art team and an original style, and the gameplay is extremely fast paced.

In game In game
In game In game

David Hunter

David Hunter is an unwitting collaboration of some of the very best 3rd party productions for Quake III Team Arena. Packaged into a single megalithic title, it is combined with the awesomely modified David Hunter game play, creating a modification for pure thrill factor, David Hunter features an entirely new game style, based around the player set-up skirmish. Battle over a wide array of maps built in an equally wide range of styles, sizes and scales. The extremely fast paced adrenaline pumping game play can provide some extremely tense moments, and by comparison, most 1st person shoot ‘em up titles cannot compete with the pure intense game play driven action provided by David Hunter. Only in the David Hunter universe will you get to fight with such ferocity against an unforgiving foe! Solid walls of lead are unleashed upon unsuspecting foes with an unnatural fury, exhilarating bolts of energy sear across beautifully drawn arenas and a great many corpses line the battlefields.

Ingame: Andronicus Furious
Evil Playground Ingame: Ancient Archipelago

Excessive +

Got tired of standard CPMA/QuakeLive ? Excessive Plus is for you, the fastest, most explosive 3D Action/Shooter (FPS) active mod in the world. It works with Quake III, IoQuake3, OpenArena and Xreal. What's possible on Quake3 excessiveplus ? Shortly, you can do anything with excessiveplus ! So join it, and enjoy it ;] "E+ is modification where all weapons and movement, are super-powerful and in every way excessive."

e+ fragfest evening e+ wth metal mod applied
Funshoots Funshoots


Inspired by a subgame in the classic Atari title of the same name, you are a crack tank commander pitted against tank drivers like yourself in a variety of malevolently-designed arenas, forced to fight for pie, cake, and your very survival (insert maniacal laughter). You fight from an overhead perspective (looking down at your tank and the rest of the arena) against bots (artificially-intelligent computer-generated buzzword buzzword opponents) or against other humans online with your treaded vehicles machine gun and mortar cannon. Support gametypes include everything included in base Quake...

combatdm_09.bsp combatdm_07.bsp
combatdm_06 combatdm_05.bsp

True Combat

True Combat is an action packed realism mod where big jumps, fancy strafing and fantasy weapons are no where to be seen. Expect hard fought team-based objective battles where staying alive is only the first challenge you will face.

In game In game
In game In game

Navy SEALs: Covert Operations

Navy SEALs: Covert Operations is a realism total conversion mod for ID Software's Quake3 engine. NS:CO pits players in realistic combat missions such as:
- Retrieve Information in a suitcase and return it to a capture point
- Defend Fortified Area's from Capture
- Assassinate VIP Player (distinct model for VIP)
- Capture Specific Points on the map for your team to win.

Navy Seals has one of the most realistic damage effects you will ever see in a Mod. You won't see anyone taking one-hundred bullets and surviving here. It's all based on reality and how bullets really effect someone when hit by them. NS:CO Feature Highlights Weapons, Weapon Handling & Equipment * 22 scale real worked weapons * sophisticated weapon attachment system * scopes, flashlights, bayonettes, laser sights, silencer etc. * 5L-SD, sophisticated location specific damage system * projectile code system - realistic per projectile ballistic physics and more!

NS 1.9_10 NS 1.9_9
NS 1.9_8 NS 1.9_7

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All available mods:
Q3 RallyDavid Hunter Urban TerrorBid for Power
CombatTrue Combat Excessive +Navy SEALs: Covert Operations

Mods install to the main game directory. You can also set your own mod launch commands on Desura, a short User Launch Options tutorial is here.

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MattyG Aug 28 2011 says:

Considering ioquake3 allows mods to be run independent of Quake 3 itself, I don't see the point...

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne Aug 28 2011 replied:

Yes, you're right. Q3 Rally is an example of this. There are also many indie games based on Q3 source code. Some mods can be run on OpenArena.

Desura currently allows releasing mods only for one specific game, not across many games/apps, so it'd be a bit difficult to get all possible versions of them here.

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Kapukw Aug 28 2011 replied:

Urban Terror (and possibly other games/mods) has standalone engine. ioUrbanTerror engine included in game/mod files in Desura version?

Maybe someone will create two pages or download options for this game?

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne Aug 28 2011 replied:

It'll be done. Hmmm, Desura releases only 1-2 free game(s) each week, so its publication will have to wait one way or another. (There are no limits for the number of mods published though.)

Whole ioUrbanTerror wasn't included, only its "mod" (base) folder.

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medve Aug 28 2011 replied:

whats with the limit of free games on desura?

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hogsy Aug 28 2011 says:

I thought most of these 'mods' were now standalone games.

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne Aug 28 2011 replied:

Alpha (unstable) ports, some run on ioquake3, others stand-alone.

The purpose of publishing them on Desura was to give Quake III Arena owners a possibility to easily install and run them on Q3 (not any other Q3 forks though maybe they could be supported later on).

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hogsy Aug 28 2011 replied:

If they're stand-alone then they could very easily be installed and run using Desura (like any other game that's avaliable on Desura). In fact I don't see any reason why not to be quite honest.

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne Aug 28 2011 replied:

Yes, they could be. There's nothing here that says "no", it'll take time though.

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AmDDRed Aug 28 2011 says:

Just wondering, if three mods of these eight are based on real guns, could they join their efforts together?..

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne Aug 28 2011 replied:

Maybe for same reasons that AAA developers wouldn't join their efforts. Too hard to manage (too many people in the development team), and each team is more concentrated on their own vision of the mod.

Though who knows if they could? If they really wanted...

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MARiN3 Aug 31 2011 says:

i played true combat elite (mod for RTCW:ET) and i really liked it.

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thunderising Sep 3 2011 says:

Bid for Power is standalone?

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