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 (368 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 1999

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

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

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"A game that completely turned the FPS world around together with Unreal Tournament. Even today fans call this the best shooter of its kind."

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
84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
No screaming 12 year olds. No noobtubers or 360 noscopers. No "I f**ked your mother last night". And no campers.
Only rocket jumps, strafing, rail gunz and 100% pure skills.

11/10 - Would play again.... for real.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Pros: quake3
Cons: ...
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
THIS > QUAKE LIVE
BY FAR
The ONLY time I would EVER go back to QL is if they rolled back the DISGUSTING update.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
75.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Quake III Arena is a true Arena Shooter classic and one of the best first person shooter games of all time. Quake III Arena will always be one of my most favorite FPS games, and it's fun never stops.

10/10 A true FPS Classic. :D
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
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.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
After completing the campaign twice, and a few matches (I have a physical copy so those hours wont show) I can say that this is one of the best multiplayer based games I have ever played. Tight controls one expects from a PC fps are definetly put to use here, and if you wanted an example of PC over console, this is it. Story wise, this game is weeeaaak. It isnt told at all, and has unexplained cutscenes. You have to read the manual or look it up online to get what's going on, and I'm not going to tell you, as I feel it isnt to prominent in the game or this review. So that leaves the gameplay to decide how good of a game this is. the gameplay, is, amazing. As I said the controls are wonderful, and everything just works. Jumping to frag a guy and doing a 180 to frag another WHILE going dowhill onto another platform only to be propelled to a weapon of mass destruction is a great example of great gameplay, and fantastic level design. I would like to see how this game fairs on a console (Dreamcast version is all I know about unfortunately) but I cant imagine it being as good as the PC version. The soundtrack is a great metal and rock mix, full of the ambient sounds of screaming in some arenas gives off a darker mood, while the use of the metal can pump you up and ready you to blow up everyone in others. As far as characters go like I said the story is basically nill, but each has its own personality and little sayings in combat. Weapons in the game are designed well and all of them are fun to use, though it does seem a bit tedious stalking enemies with the machine gun you get right off the bat. Also, it is nice to see the BFG make an appearance.

My score: 8/10

Though the story is weak, I rated Half-Life a 8 or 9 and that had mediocre gameplay, so its alright. Also the game is just down right fun to play, and I will come back to it time and time again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Best FPS ever recommend it to anyone whos getting into FPS games that are not COD Or battlefield or any crappy Realistic shooter exsept Counter Strike (best recomended u play quake 3 with the CPMA mod)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Quake was my first love. I remeber as a young kid my dad secretly letting me play the game even though my mom hated it haha. Blood, gore, PENTAGRAMS!. Best game back when i started playing it in 2000, still one of the best games in 2014. Make your friends buy it, make them come over, and then kick their asses in LAN matches!


10/10!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
THE game that got me into First Person Shooters (FPSes)!
My Steam review is based on the old CD ROM version and Sega Dreamcast version of Quake III Arena, so my Steam stats don't reflect my actual playtime with it.

PROS:
+Wicked frenetic gameplay -breakneck speed.
+LOW hardware requirements: Q3A is netbook friendly.
+HUGE online community with countless online matches to jump into all the time.
+Pretty good single player campaign and bot matches, when you can't get online.
+Tons of user-created maps, mods, and arenas can be found online...for free.
+User-created content is also compatible with free, legal, open-source Q3 clones (OpenArena, Nexuiz Classic).
+Runs on Linux and Mac natively, thanks to OpenGL.

CONS:
-"Old" graphics, given you're a graphics snob.
-ATI GPUs have issues with GL drivers, but can be fixed via "testapp" and turning off the GL Extension.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Legitimately one of the greatest games ever made (ignore my playtime, I haven't had it on Steam for very long).

Lemme explain for a second. The skill ceiling of this game is so god damn high if you were to design a building with a similar ceiling height, that ♥♥♥♥ would get destroyed by the moon. Every single time you play you get your ♥♥♥ kicked, but every single time you play you want to keep playing because it's SO. GOD. DAMN. GOOD. Everything is perfectly balanced (okay, maybe the machine gun is a little weak, but it's the starting weapon). No loadouts, no leveling ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥- just a game of pure skill and nothing else. Quake is basically the chess of the video game world. Almost everyone is better than you (it's what, fifteen years old at this point?), but it instills this everlasting desire to still be the best there is. Very few games can do that, and it's exactly what makes Quake SO ♥♥♥♥ING GOOD HOLY ♥♥♥♥ HAVE I SAID THAT ENOUGH YET.

Don't even bother with Quake Live. Recent changes have casualized the hell out of it, and messed with the balance (in a negative way). Paying $15 for this game is totally worth it, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Very rarely do I say this, but this is, for sure, a 10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
This game will suddenly give you an ego such as "I am the best player in the world!" and then it just smashes any ego that you've developed right in front of your face.
10/10, buy it. NOW.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
acquire q3a, disregard live
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
This game is well worth the money. Especially if you get it with the Quake pack.

Pros:
-Awesome head to head deathmatches
-Characters from many different id Software games
-Announcer has an awesome voice
-Easter Eggs O'Plenty
-Frikin' awesome multiplayer community

Cons:
-Glitchy without disabling Steam overlay in-game
-Every once in a while, the connection gets interrupted and you have to redo a match.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Tight fun gameplay. Probably the best Quake game I have played
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Best multiplayer FPS ever. Q3DM17 <3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is a fantastic game hasnt changed since the 90s and you can get a match at anytime with plenty of choices in servers and game modes...fast and frantic
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Chaos at it's finest!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
HUMILIATION.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
No1 fps shooter, best ever, speed, adrenaline, old school feel <3
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