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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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

Buy QUAKE Collection

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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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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Razonix
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
When I played Quake for the first time I can't really say that I fell in love with it at first sight. I guess it's because I was expecting something more "realistic" like Wolfenstein (yeah, I know, at least for the most part of it). Either way, that was because so far I never had the experience of playing anything online. Back in the day I had this friend who eventually convinced me to give it a try. After I started, it didn't take long for me to get hooked on it. Time passed by and someday Quake II was released. Then again, when I tried for the first time I felt kinda disappointed with the game and can't deny that I still feel somehow like that after all those years (I guess it's because I missed that "medieval environment" touch from the first one). Anyway, when I first heard of Quake III, I didn't quite know what I should expect. I just read about the premise that the game was developed to be focused on the multiplayer experience. The irony was that although this title had exactly that concept in mind, that was the only one that I never had the chance to play with other people. Hmm what is there to say? For me it felt like a polished version of Quake II's multiplayer and later it wasn't hard to compare it with Unreal Tournament (which I won't deny that I liked better). Besides that, back then there were some really interesting mods involving the game's engine, like for example "Bid for Power", which had some DBZ characters and levels to play on. Overall, it's not a bad game, you can even play it casually if you're not in the mood to go through a whole set of matches.
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SAITAMA
51.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Interesting good game, for which you can kill a lot of hours. You can compete with bots, but you can get online, which is much harder and has already developed strong community of gamers. It is often compared to Unreal Tournament, but I believe that each of these games has its advantages. Nice graphics, beautiful arena, and quite passable scene mode, you can choose any difficulty for passing.
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Dark827
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 21
Quite possibly the BEST online fps ever made. EVER. Purchase this basterd and join the online mayhem. Do it man. Or ma'am, or whatever your gender-species is. Do it now.
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Dehydrated Dildo
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 17
Stupid, fast-paced fun. Pretty disappointing for a Quake title though, honeslty; it's unlike the two prequels (which were magnificent).
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commodore256
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 14
It's a lotta fun and it does a good job at taking the edge off from stress.


The only problem is the Steam implementation of the engine sucks. Download IOQuake3 and LAN Party like it's 1999!
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The Jarfulous
4.5 hrs
Posted: September 1
I didn't think this game had enough positive reviews.
Not very helpful, I know.
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memeberry
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Single-player is just bot-match, but at least i tried out some of the worst maps, no wonder they are not very liked in the MP. This experience made me feel some special kind of special.

Gladly i played a lot of MP in my time and it is great, they removed all the dumb guns and returned great ones, though BFG10k in q3 is boring. And the levels are bright and colourful with a lot of jump-pads.
It was great playing DM in 2000, but when i returned to it in 2007 i discovered the joy of TDM and CTF. Then i stumbled upon "excessive" mods and they are just great, they amped all weapons and gave them infinite ammo while giving players armour and health with quick regeneration. It removed the camping from the game and increased skill dependence in every fight. Besides, it's just awesome to play. Like in some versions shotgun shoots railgun slugs in spread or each BFG shot is surrounded by a lot of grenades etc.
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Cristian Mariș : T-34
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
I just bought the first fps I ever played on my 1st PC in 2004 and I have a nostalgy feeling. About this game I want to say that is better than TF2 or Overwatch, and no, I don't say this just because is one of the games in my childhood. Recommend 100%. :)
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Gamin' with Will
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Some games just don't get easier as you get older.

Nightmare mode = virtual miss and lose simulator

Hardcore mode = just enough to make you feel like a boss

I rate this game 2 UFO sightings
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
welcom to quake 3 arena
jump to the portal to begin combat
QUAD DAMAG!!!!!!!
3 FRAGS LEFT!!!
2 FRAGS LEFT!!!
1 FRAGS LEFT!!!
YOU WIN
10 QUAD DAMAG FROM 10
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531 of 556 people (96%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2015
My sister and I used to play this all the time. She isn't here anymore and just having this installed on my Steam library is the most absolute important thing in my mental state. I'm not giving a sad story however, what I'm telling you is this game will leave you with memories. Out of all the things my sister and I did, this is the strongest memory. This game is legendary and I know not many people play it at all anymore. Though this game is worth every cent put into it ever. to anyone who has played this, I know you have tons of memories too.
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566 of 603 people (94%) found this review helpful
160 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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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239 of 266 people (90%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2013
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.
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195 of 212 people (92%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
Let's be honest; we all bought it for the nostalgia.
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138 of 140 people (99%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 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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142 of 151 people (94%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
Love is...
Tier 1 Training: Ranger, Phobos, Mynx, Orbb, Sarge.
Tier 2 Skill: Bitterman, Grunt, Hossman, Daemia, Hunter.
Tier 3 Combat: Gorre, Wrack, Angel, Slash, Klesk.
Tier 4 Warrior: Lucy, Tank Jr, Biker, Patriot, Anarki.
Tier 5 Veteran: Visor, Razor, Stripe, Keel, Uriel.
Tier 6 Master: Bones, Cadavre, Doom, Sorlag, Major.
Final Tier Elite (Also known as Tier Z): Xaero..

1999 - ∞
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129 of 137 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
111.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
♥♥♥♥ing. Hell. 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.

As 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 ultra-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 ;D

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.
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137 of 152 people (90%) found this review helpful
148 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.8 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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99 of 101 people (98%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
For me this game is the best multiplayer shooter of all time. And yes multiplayer still works after 16 years. Take that EA.
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