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.
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Very Positive (13 reviews) - 100% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (603 reviews) - 96% of the 603 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 1999

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Buy QUAKE III Arena + Team Arena

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

 

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)

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DespicableDamo
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Used to play this on my dads computer all the time when I was a kid, along with Quake 4
Still one of the best shooters around in my opinion

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Auron Harper
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
This is one of the first FPS games I ever played, alongside DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D, and NAM. I've beaten it at least 40 times and its still entertaining. I've been playing this game since Windows 95. I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves a good time killer, and plenty of gore.
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FoxChild666
( 23.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Lost my job
Lost my girlfriend
My mom kicked me out
But that's all okay because I have taken the lead
69/10 destroyed my life <3
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Oskulock
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Pure deathmatch goodness, i personally prefer Unreal Tournament over Q3A for various reasons but i still respect the speed and purity of this game.

The master server in this version is long gone and i really can't recommend it for any other than collecting or LAN play purposes. (Or obviously the single player, which is, well, what it is.) If you wan't to play the game online i would recommend you to move over to Quake Live which has been stripped of it's F2P status and is now a purchasable game for 10 bucks and a ton of content and updates that have been made to the game over the years.
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Taquito 癌
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
extremely fun and competitve arena shooter. unreal tournament can't even hold a candle to the amount of chaos and fun this game provides. there is a ton of issues on windows 8 and windows 10 however
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pakteri
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I used to be crazy for this game and i still enjoy it.
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curlybro7
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
This is one my all time favorite games. I haven't played in years. I've recently downloaded it and it works on my Asus Windows 10. How do I play online though? There aren't any servers.
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Aset
( 184.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This is the best game in the world.
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Meat-Rocket
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
No FPS game has ever been better, no FPS game ever will be better.

If this was a real life bloodsport you'd all watch it, so you may as well buy it. It's the only way you're seeing aliens, robots and mutants get gibbed to bits with lasers and rockets. Let the inner bloodthirst live vicariously through video games.
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Violetron9000
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Its A good fps in modern day it kinda aged and the fact no one else plays servers so I play offline.

Btw: Railgun is op :)
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Porto
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Have the game since 1999. Still not boring. (visit lvlworld.com for custom maps btw)
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Captain Planets
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Buy and play this instead of DOOM 4.
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Dr.Derp
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
so gud it so fun cuz its fun cuz its fun cuz its fun cuz its not ♥♥♥♥ of duty.
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CobaltBW
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
I'm really bad at this.
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Mean Mr. Mustard
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
Mean Mr. Mustard's short Quake III Arena review

1) Essential - buy it NOW
2) Recommended - buy it on sale
3) Avoid

Time to complete – N/A (Played this a fair bit back in the day)
Played multiplayer? No
Worth revisiting? Yes, always fun to play a few rounds

Best part – The level of balance throughout the game is impeccable, from the level design to the weapons. Arena shooter in the purest form
Worst part – More 'serious' than it's rival Unreal Tournament, whether that's a pro or a con is up to you
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^2oso^7| Coy
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
i cant play it vido probs in win 10
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Hoppimike
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Still my #1 deathmatch FPS, in my opinion better than Quake Live and any Unreal Tournament. No game in my point of view has ever matched the impact, precision and adrenaline rush of Quake III Arena!

Shame it isn't really optimised for modern hardware though - it runs in standard resolutions only and appears quite dark currently on my monitor, not sure why.

But still a tremendous game and I still think it's the best in the genre even all these years later (it's from 1999!).

You can't improve on perfection :)
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more mёrtvih memov
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
good game for O L D F A G S
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Beef Donair
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 3
awesome.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
88 of 99 people (89%) found this review helpful
100 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Lost my job
Lost my girlfriend
My mom kicked me out
But that's all okay because I have taken the lead
69/10 destroyed my life <3
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Pure deathmatch goodness, i personally prefer Unreal Tournament over Q3A for various reasons but i still respect the speed and purity of this game.

The master server in this version is long gone and i really can't recommend it for any other than collecting or LAN play purposes. (Or obviously the single player, which is, well, what it is.) If you wan't to play the game online i would recommend you to move over to Quake Live which has been stripped of it's F2P status and is now a purchasable game for 10 bucks and a ton of content and updates that have been made to the game over the years.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
This is one of the first FPS games I ever played, alongside DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D, and NAM. I've beaten it at least 40 times and its still entertaining. I've been playing this game since Windows 95. I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves a good time killer, and plenty of gore.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
92 of 93 people (99%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
There are no classes, no leveling up, no iron sight aiming, no vehicles, no killstreaks, no regenerating health, no cover system, no overpowered weapons, no always online DRM, no weapon skins, no pay 2 win, and no microtransactions

There is only you and what skill you have. You either build your skill or suffer death over and over and over again
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
50.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
The undisputed Grandaddy of Deathmatch. In terms of balance and fluidity, no other FPS deathmatch comes even remotely close to matching it.

There will never be anything like it again.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
How to win in Quake III Arena:
1. Take map Q3_DM17
2. Choose Normal/Hard bots
3. FIGHT!
4. "You've lost the lead!"
5. Grab the Railgun
6. "You have tied for the lead!"
7. "Impressive!'
8. "You have taken the lead!"
9. "Impressive"
10. "Excellent!"
11. Repeat 9 and 10 ten times in the row....
12. "You WIN!"

Rating: "Welcome to Quake III Arena!"
May the Counter-Strike hide! 10/10
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Have the game since 1999. Still not boring. (visit lvlworld.com for custom maps btw)
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Still my #1 deathmatch FPS, in my opinion better than Quake Live and any Unreal Tournament. No game in my point of view has ever matched the impact, precision and adrenaline rush of Quake III Arena!

Shame it isn't really optimised for modern hardware though - it runs in standard resolutions only and appears quite dark currently on my monitor, not sure why.

But still a tremendous game and I still think it's the best in the genre even all these years later (it's from 1999!).

You can't improve on perfection :)
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 3
awesome.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Quake III is a cornerstone of arena deathmatch gameplay. Fast, fluid, intense, lean, and mean. They don't make shooters like this anymore.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
I'm really bad at this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Oh they can run
They can hide
But we will hunt

And we will find them
They can crawl
And then they die
Until our work is done
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Instantly fell in love with it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
best fps game ever simulator
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
58 of 62 people (94%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Eat, Sleep, Quake, Repeat. <3
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
You've taken the lead!
You've lost the lead!
You've taken the lead!
You've lost the lead!
Humiliation!
"♥♥♥♥!"

Rating: 8 out of 10, this game, despite its age, offers a thriving multiplayer community and an EXTREMELY competitive shooter experience. However, due to its age, server stability bounces from great to dogshit in a matter of seconds.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
This was a game I found lying around my computer desk as a kid. After my first experience playing Quake II, which you can check that review for the experience, I had no idea what to expect from Quake III except greatness. It could have been a new single player, an enhanced multiplayer, really anything. But the word Arena was the next word I saw on the disk. I was a pretty smart kid, so I knew it was going to have a badass multiplayer. Little did I know that it was going to be ALL multiplayer.

So I booted up the game after installing it and started watching the intro. It showed some guy shooting down things and running out of ammo. The guy runs away and then decides to rush in. Immediately, I was a little unimpressed. After the Quake II intro, I was expecting awesomeness! Now it was just showing a cliche FPS sequence. Then, after diving towards the enemies, something unexpected happens. Time freezes as the guy is being teleported to some unknown place. This is where id Software did NOT disappoint! After being teleported, it then shows some gameplay of what I was going to be playing with random letters zooming out. I watched the gameplay and knew it had to be awesome. Then, the legendary words filled the CRT monitor.

QUAKE III ARENA

I was hyped. I could not wait. So I went to the options to peek around and noticed there was a better Player Setup screen than Quake II. You could actually see who you were choosing before you picked them. MUCH better than having to scroll through the different models in Quake II to pick your character. And yes. Before you ask, the same customization of Quake II with being able to play as many different characters is avaliable here too. After picking this weird alien thing named Flisk, I immediately went into the game.

The graphics looked really nice. I was gazing upon the room I was in and noticed all the little details in the room. My eyes were like a kid in a candy store. The textures popped out like flowers in a field. The graphical detail was legend, and everything just seemed amazing. Then I noticed the mirror in the room. I gazed at my reflection and loved the little details on my character.

Another thing I noticed was the sudden announcer coming through my speakers. "WELCOME TO QUAKE III ARENA!!" I had never heard such a thing in a video game before. It was really mindblowing at the time. I then decided to test fire the guns I had collected. The machinegun sounded like a more powerful version of the one from Quake II, and the Shotgun sounded like it was the most devastating thing in the game. I decided to go outside the room and see what was going on around the map.

I immediately ran into Crash, the first enemy opponent in the game. She's like Doomguy except she's a girl. I shot her down with my shotgun and noticed that she talked to me in text like she was a friend in real life. Wow! Talk about advanced! I never had a character talk to me in text like that. It was something really special at the time and it's something games just don't do anymore. It's kinda sad, but I can see why.

Alright so the gameplay. Well, it's a shooter that is a heavily polished version of Quake II's multiplayer. Even the single player is just a bunch of fights with bots. Nothing really special, but it's good practice. The weapon balancing is something id wanted to do in this game and it really works well. Each weapon has its own use, just like the single player in Quake and Quake II. The Rocket Launcher is good for if your enemy is mid range, while guns like the Lightning Gun and Machinegun are great for long range attacks. The Shotgun is definitely used best at shorter ranges because of the more realistic spread this time around.

The gunplay isn't the only thing you'll want to learn in Quake III. Movement is definitely a really important skill to learn, especially if you plan on playing online. Since the original Quake engine had some bugs that made advanced moving techniques that are real useful in multiplayer possible, they decided to embrace those bugs and make them part of the physics of the game. Things like Bunnyhopping, circle jumping, and the infamous Rocket Jump are just a few examples of techniques that made Quake III very famous.

Overall, I gotta say that Quake III Arena is to FPS games as Super Smash Bros. Melee is to fighting games. The really complex formulas and techniques that were present in the original Quake are improved and embraced in every way imaginable and the multiplayer community is still really strong. There was even a Dreamcast port of Quake III designed with Keyboard & Mouse controls in mind due to these special techniques that also has cross-platform capabilities with the PC version! Definitely get this game and enter the Arena!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
This is how the first day of this game went-

First i found a railgun, fell of the platform.

overall 11/10
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