|“||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.||”|
—id Software overview
Quake III Arena is a multiplayer-focused first-person shooter released on December 2, 1999. It differs from the other games in the Quake series (not counting Quake Live) in that it sacrifices the Single Player mode to focus on multiplayer. Its Single Player segment is almost identical to multiplayer fights, although other players are replaced by bots.
Notable features of Quake III include the minimalist design, lacking rarely used items and features, the extensive customization of player settings such as field of view, texture detail and enemy model, and advanced movement features such as strafe-jumping that give more speed with greater skill in contrast to the digital, all or nothing design of many computer games.
Note: Unlike its predecessors, Q3A does not have a plot-based single-player campaign. Instead, it simulates the multiplayer experience with computer controlled players known as bots (see Bots below).
This game is full of Satanic/occult symbolism.
Untold centuries ago the Vadrigar, the mysterious Arena Masters, constructed the Arena Eternal for their own infernal amusement. Virtually nothing is known of these beings except that they savor the carnage and clamor of battle. As such, they have stocked the arena with the greatest warriors of all time - and you have just joined their ranks.
As a gladiator in the Arena Eternal, you must not only survive, but also win each and every battle against ever more powerful opponents. Don't worry overly much about getting "fragged." The Vadrigar won't be cheated of their favorite sport by a little thing like death. Those who fall are instantly restored to life and immediately thrust back into the battle, perhaps a little wiser for their misfortunes..
When the dust, blood, and gibs settle, all warriors will have earned the right to battle again, providing further entertainment for the Vadrigar. But only the warrior who has fragged the most foes will be lauded as the winner. The victorious gladiator advances to a more challenging array of arenas, until, at last, he or she faces Xaero, Lord of the Final Arena.
Quake 3 contains 26 maps, distributed into seven tiers:
- Tier 0 - Introduction (1 map)
- Tier 1 - Trainee (4 maps)
- Tier 2 - Skilled (4 maps)
- Tier 3 - Combat (4 maps)
- Tier 4 - Warrior (4 maps)
- Tier 5 - Veteran (4 maps)
- Tier 6 - Master (4 maps)
- Tier 7 - Elite (1 map)
Capture the Flag MapsEdit
- Q3CTF1: Dueling Keeps
- Q3CTF2: Troubled Waters
- Q3CTF3: The Stronghold
- Q3CTF4: Space CTF
- Q3TOURNEY6_CTF: Across Space
Cut / Downloadable MapsEdit
Hidden / Test MapsEdit
Quake 3 comes with several gameplay modes:
Quake III Arena's Single Player CampaignEdit
In Quake III Arena, the player progresses through tiers of maps, combating different bot characters that increase in difficulty, from Crash (at Tier 0) to Xaero (at Tier 7/Z). The difficulty of the bots can be customized before the beginning of the battle, and the player can choose from five bot AI skills, from I Can Win (the easiest) to Nightmare (the hardest). While deathmatch maps are designed for up to 16 players, tournament maps are designed for duels between 2 players and in the Single Player game could be considered boss battles.
The weapons are balanced by role, with each weapon having advantages in certain situations such as at long-range or fired around a corner; the BFG10K is an exception to this as a super-weapon. Weapon balance was achieved by examining earlier games in the series, Quake and Quake 2 as well as extensive play testing with well-known players such as Thresh. In the first Quake the Rocket Launcher was so effective that it dominated entire matches while the Rocket Launcher in Quake II so weak and slow that it was sometimes ignored. The Rocket Launcher in Quake III is effective but not overpowering, allowing it to be countered in many situations. Weapons appear as level items, spawning at regular intervals in set locations on the map. If a player dies all their weapons are lost and they receive the spawn weapons for the current map, usually the Gauntlet and Machine Gun. Players also drop the weapon they were using when killed, which other players can then pick up.
Quake III Arena was specifically designed for multiplayer, the game allows players whose computers are connected by a network/LAN or to the Internet, to play against each other in real time. It uses a client-server architecture that requires all players' clients to connect to a server. Q3A's focus on multiplayer gameplay spawned a lively community, similar to Quakeworld, that is active to this day.
- Main article: Medal (Q3)
Medals are small tokens of achievement that you can earn in every battle. In Single Player mode, they will be recorded.
- Main article: Quake 3 Bots
The Arena is populated with an array of deadly fighters whom itch to test their mettle against you. While bots can't successfully mimic the players you would encounter in multiplayer nor learn anything new, they can teach players the basics of combat and the idea of area control by timing or denying pickups. Each gladiator programmed to solve problems, come over obstacles and work for short or long term goals. They can't cheat or learn new things, but can adapt to a situation quickly by compensating instead of trying the same thing just to fail again. Gladiators will even taunt player by putting their characters out.
The Gladiators who populate the arena eternal are not happy to be here to begin with. Climbing up their hierarchy will pit the player against the arena lords of certain tiers by order. Arena Lords are particularly dangerous foes who have distinguishing traits, aggression and tastes. Player will finally climb the ranks just to face and vanquish the last arena lord at final tier, to release him free from the eternity he shackled within'.
- Machine Gun
- Grenade Launcher
- Rocket Launcher
- Lightning Gun
- Plasma Gun
In Quake 3, there are five difficulty levels instead of the normal four. All of them can be selected when starting any Singleplayer map. The skill of the bots in each map depends on the selected difficulty level.
At lower difficulties, bots are handicapped at health and damage they dishout, also unresponsive to the sight or audial cues they gathered for first few seconds and don't pay attention to dodging or positioning. Low difficulty bots would run in straight line, shown to be slow-witted in combat and aim behind and rear of the player without leading the shot regardless of weapon they have. Their aggression and self-preservation depend on their traits and stick out more with difficulty. As difficulty scale increases they start to go for important pickups, dodge and navigate better, become unforgiving, position to take cover and aim better while losing their damage-health handicap at each scale.
While high difficulty bots, would have jumping characteristics, change directions at random, can take cover against stray fire and prioritize item pickups by following a specific route. Depending on their weapon skill profile; they aim for either leading the missile projectiles successfully or have pinpoint accuracy at long distances by swiftly aligning their shot. At high difficulties, they become highly aware of audial cues they hear, possess swift turning with quick reaction times, also pay attention to their environment and positioning as well as reload delays of foes.
The difficulty levels are:
- "I Can Win"; bots will get handicapped at 50%, very slow reaction time, low awareness, slow movement, very low accuracy
- "Bring It On"; bots will get handicapped at 70%, slow reaction time, low awareness, slow movement, mediocre accuracy
- "Hurt Me Plenty"; bots will get handicapped at 90%, mediocre reaction time, alert, predictable movement, mediocre accuracy
- "Hardcore"; no handicaps, fast reaction time, highly alert, unpredictable movement, high accuracy.
- "Nightmare!"; no handicaps, league level reaction time, always alert, unpredictable movement, full accuracy.
|“||This is the classic form of Deathmatch. It's every man, woman, and sinister alien being for him/her/itself as the players frag everything that moves to get the most points.||”|
—Quake 3 Manual
Free for All (FFA) – Classic deathmatch, where each player competes against the rest for the highest score.
Team Deathmatch (TDM)Edit
|“||It's Red against Blue in a coordinated contest of carnage. Two teams of players work to control the arena and score the most frags on their foes.||”|
—Quake 3 Manual
Team Deathmatch (TDM) – Team deathmatch, usually two teams of four compete for the highest team frag total.
|“||Players fight each other one-on-one, while future foes watch as spectators. The watchers wait their turns to be the challenger who wrests control of arena from the most recent victor.||”|
—Quake 3 Manual
Tournament (1v1) – A deathmatch between two players, usually ending after a set time.
Capture The Flag (CTF)Edit
|“||Slip into the other team's home base, grab its flag, and run home to score. What could be simpler? Now do it while dodging heavy artillery fire and you've got an idea of how this fast moving team game feels. Score the most and win!||”|
—Quake 3 Manual
Capture the Flag (CTF) – Team-based, played on symmetrical maps where teams have to recover the enemy flag from the opponents' base while retaining their own.
- Main article: Quake III Soundtrack
The maps in Quake 3 are a range of space and demonic places and thus, the music respects this and has different types to suit each type of map. This is in contrast to Quake and Quake 2 which have a single type of music. Quake 3's music is a collaboration of Sonic Mayhem and Front Line Assembly. Sonic Mayhem has released an album containing their portion of the soundtrack, giving previously untitled tracks names, as well as bonus tracks not found in the game.
The game have received overwhelming strong positive review as Metacritic and Gamerankings give the game Dreamcast version. 93/100, the PS2 Version. 84/100. the PC 89/100. , , ,  It is often compared to Unreal Tournament, which was released a month before Quake 3 Arena.
- Main article: Quake III Version History
Several patches have been released, offering bug fixes, stability improvements and more.
Quake III: Team Arena is the official expansion pack. Its primary focus is team games (mostly CTF variants), and it adds various new powerups and gameplay features meant to make CTF play even better and more entertaining.
- Main article: Cheats and Console Commands
In Quake 3 Arena to activate cheats, player should load a map with developer mode. To achieve that player can simply open up the console (~ or " as default button) and type:
[mapname] can be a deathmatch map like q3dm17 or a tourney map like q3tourney2. Player can enter any map he or she desires. Within that command new map will be loaded with a new message on the loading screen "Cheats are enabled". When a map loaded with devmap command, all players in the same map can cheat. Bots never use cheats.
- /god - God mode, player cannot be killed except extraordinary situations like using Kamikaze or falling into void.
- /give all - Receive all weapons and fill armor
- /give [item name] - gives a single item to player item name can be vary any item, weapon or power-up can be given to player.
- /map [mapname] - loads a map
- /iamamonkey - unlock all tiers with 100 points
- /iamacheater - unlock all tiers with 1 points
Following its release and due to its high popularity, the game has been ported to various other platforms. The most notable being the SEGA Dreamcast port which even allowed for playing against users of the PC version over the Internet which was not heard of before in a home console based video game.
The Dreamcast version was released in 2000 and featured online play, mouse and keyboard support as well as the ability to play against PC users over the Internet. It is often considered one of the best PC to console ports of its time due to its smooth frame rate and online play. There are still communities that play this version online on the remaining dedicated servers running patch version 1.16n and the required map pack.
A year later the game was ported to the then-new PlayStation 2. Due to the lack of a modem or broadband adapter at the time, this version doesn't support any type of online play. Instead, it features a 4 player split screen option, new maps, weapons and items and an improved single player campaign. In addition to these changes the game can also be played in 16:9 widescreen and is compatible with the Blaze HDTV disc to enable HD resolutions of up to 1080i (although this mode is not recommended as it reduces the viewable area considerably).
Xbox Live ArcadeEdit
Quake III Arena was recently ported over to the Xbox Live as an Arcade title (named Quake Arena Arcade), the game features slightly updated visuals and other additions such as new maps and game types. The game currently costs 1200 Mircosoft points on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
- Given how game experience is based on the multiplayer interaction, developer team put pre-made config files among game files for players to use and learn from it. Config files are basic heaps of console commands and tweaks made for players to perform better in the match with comfort anywhere by booting it up. An execution (by /exec command) will execute all lines written in that config file by automation without further ado. Anyone can seek those ".cfg" files archived in ".pak" filetype to read or use their name later on, at specific game install location.
- Continuity with prior games in the Quake series and even Doom is maintained by the inclusion of player models related to those earlier games as well as biographical information included on characters such as Grunts who are NPCs and Bitterman who is the protagonist from Quake II, or Ranger who is the protagonist from Quake.
- In the manual, familiar mixture of Gothic (Doom, Quake) and technological (Quake II) map architecture and specific equipment can be observed, like the Quad Damage power-up, the infamous Rocket Launcher and the BFG super-weapon.
- Despite its age, Quake 3 Arena is still alive even 21 years after, thanks to the community and mods that prolonged its existence. Community of defrag, a competitive race/physics mod for Quake 3, is creating cyclical, semi-annual DFWC (Defrag World Cup) events, where players from all over the world compete on custom made maps. Are you really the best?
- Demo - Try out a few maps before you buy! Link
- Patch - this updates the game to v1.32. Link
- Patch 1.32c - requires v1.32 point release to be installed. Link
- Level Editor - http://www.qeradiant.com/cgi-bin/trac.cgi
- Source Code - Link
- id Software's official Quake III page
- Downloads from GameFront
- PURCHASE from STEAM
- Youtube Walkthrough by Lingyan203
- Youtube Walkthrough by lmsAlucard .
Tier 0 (Crash) · Tier 1 (Ranger · Phobos · Mynx · Orbb · Sarge) · Tier 2 (Bitterman · Grunt · Hossman · Daemia · Hunter) · Tier 3 (Gorre · Wrack · Angel · Slash · Klesk) · Tier 4 (Lucy · Tank Jr. · Biker · Patriot · Anarki) · Tier 5 (Razor · Visor · Stripe · Keel · Uriel) · Tier 6 (Bones · Cadaver · Doom · Sorlag · Major) · Tier 7 (Xaero)
|Weapons||BFG 10K · Gauntlet · Grenade Launcher · Lightning Gun · Machine Gun · Plasma Gun · Railgun · Rocket Launcher · Shotgun|
|Ammo||Bullets · Shells · Grenades · Rockets · Lightning · Slugs · Cells · BFG Ammo|
|Powerups||Armor(Light)(Heavy) · Armor Shard · Battle Suit · Flight · Haste · Health · Invisibility · Megahealth · Personal Medkit · Personal Teleporter · Quad Damage · Regeneration|