Welcome to the Arena, where high-ranking warriors are transformed into spineless mush. Abandoning every ounce of common sense and any trace of doubt, you lunge onto a stage of harrowing landscapes and veiled abysses.
User reviews: Very Positive (329 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 1999

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Packages that include this game

Buy QUAKE III Arena + Team Arena

Includes 2 items: Quake III Arena, QUAKE III: Team Arena

Buy QUAKE Collection

Includes 8 items: Quake III Arena, QUAKE, QUAKE II, QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning, QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero, QUAKE III: Team Arena, QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon, QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity

 

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"The best FPS title I played in my life. Releasing Quake Live version on Steam, id made Quake 3 available to the masses. Also, its F2P. Try it out!"

About This Game

Welcome to the Arena, where high-ranking warriors are transformed into spineless mush. Abandoning every ounce of common sense and any trace of doubt, you lunge onto a stage of harrowing landscapes and veiled abysses. Your new environment rejects you with lava pits and atmospheric hazards as legions of foes surround you, testing the gut reaction that brought you here in the first place. Your new mantra: Fight or be finished.

System Requirements

    3-D Hardware Accelerator with full OpenGL® support, Pentium® 233 Mhz MMX®processor with 8 MB Video Card or Pentium II 266 Mhz processor with 4 MB Video Card, or AMD® 350 Mhz K6®-2 processor with 4 MB Video Card, 64 MB RAM, a 100% Windows® XP/Vista compatible computer system (including compatible 32-bit drivers for video card, sound card and input devices), 25 MB of uncompressed hard disk space for game files (Minimum Install), plus 45 MB for the Windows swap file, 100% DirectX 3.0 or higher compatible sound card, 100% Microsoft-compatible mouse and driver, joystick (optional)

Helpful customer reviews
90 of 94 people (96%) found this review helpful
111.5 hrs on record
Hell. ♥♥♥♥ing. Yes. The Arena is a cruel, cruel Mistress - she will build you up, only to break you, & just when you think you're rid of her, she'll drag you back into her clutches.

In short, for those of you who are woefully unaware, Quake 3 is hands down the pinnacle of the "Old School" '90s FPSs designed by the original id Software team, using an entirely different Gameplay model than the Modern FPSs of CoD & BF. A more common term for it is "Twitch Gaming" due to the extreme level of reaction time required to truly match up against not only other Players, but also the Bots. To quote Dark Souls - "Prepare to Die", because you will, over, & over, & over.

Seriously, buy it. Once you do, get ioQuake 3 (Google it), & the Quake 3 Widescreen Fixer Mod.

Far as the Online Multiplayer portion (which is arguably 95% of the Game) fear not, for the MP Community is still extremely active, & if you're of the Competitive Nature, the CPMA Mod (Challenge Pro Mode Arena - the Standard in Q3 Competitive Play since nearly the very beginning) ups the ante by making an already difficult Game even harder (works both Online (PvP) & Offline (Bots).

See you in the Arena, challenger.... If you dare ;)

P.S. You're also going to want to check out "Defrag" at some point or another, if for nothing else then to just learn more about THE most insane Mod of all time, hands down.
Posted: June 25
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
I fired this up, bringing back a flood of nostalgia from the late 90's early 2000's FPS scene, when it was all about the frags! Fast paced arcade style action, and Quake 3 had some of the most finely tuned of this, with maps that were fast paced, as well as with their own pitfalls, camping spots, and high-risk items. My favorite part about this game was the customization, I have custom skins, models, weapon paks, maps, everything, and something about "shaders" makes me thrilled to see! All and all, a fantastic game if you have a hankering for nostalgia of the time, and even if you dont, fast paced old school arcade action, with none of that regenerating health and realistic physics bogging down the gameplay. I miss these kinds of games!
Posted: June 21
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
It might be 15 years old, but it's still one of the finest Arena shooters of all time! Frantic, frenetically fast paced action with plenty of depth and skill involved. Lots of maps are included, and almost all of them are fantastic.
Posted: June 28
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
feel the energy coarse through your urethra as you mow down millions of people in this fast paced deathmatch. also you can play as a skeleton.
Posted: June 19
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
If you disliked Quake Live because how limited it was. Then get Quake III Arena!

The main competitor to Unreal Tournament '99. This game is moddable, and you could find hundreds of custom models to play as, like Vash the Stampede, Darth Vader, and so many pop culture characters to find, download, and play as in Quake III Arena. Even you can download hundreds and hundreds of custom maps to play with others!

Regardless of the complaints being multiplayer-focused, it is still super fun, jump, run n' gun fun! Even id Software was nice enough to give us a single player game to get to the top in the campaign. Also, if you want to hone your multiplayer skills, bot match that is easy to find unlike Quake Live. Also, the Multiplayer is still alive to this day, knowing that people prefer this game over Quake Live.

If you were disappointed with Quake live, then get this!

P.S. You can actually see people's models unlike Quake Live! And it's also completely Buy-2-Play without having to pay for some silly premium content. Just buy and have fun.
Posted: September 23
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216 of 238 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I shoplifted this game from a K-Mart when it came out (its been over a decade i think the statute of limitations is up on that).The point is that this game was good enough to lie, cheat, and steal for. Ive since bought it several times over, so i feel better about it.
Posted: December 17, 2013
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