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Quake 3: Arena

by Activision See the Amazon Page for this brand
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B0000296ZF
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 30, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,714 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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As in its dozens of first-person shooter ancestors, id Software and Activision's Quake 3: Arena transports players into a violent, virtual world filled with deadly weapons, impressive power-ups, and intense combat. Players compete on 26 maps in either deathmatch (free-for-all or team play), with goals to rack up as many kills as possible; or capture the flag, a team-oriented game with scoring based on the number of enemy flag captures. Though presenting the best death-match experience around, Quake 3's two game types lack the variation and originality of a similar game, Epic's Unreal Tournament.

Although you'll need the latest video card and computer hardware, it's impossible to dispute the sheer beauty of Quake 3's 3-D engine. The 26 maps are filled with exquisite architecture and impressive special effects; further, Quake 3 provides dozens of highly detailed player models to choose from. If you've played other id Software first-person shooters, the weapons should all look familiar: machine gun, shotgun, plasma gun, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, lightning gun, railgun, and the BFG 10K. Though impressively rendered and balanced, you've likely used them before in id's Doom, Quake, or any number of other first-person action games.

Hopping online and competing against other Quake 3: Arena players worldwide requires only a 56 Kbps or better Internet connection and a few mouse clicks. Quake 3 offers an infinitely replayable multiplayer experience (and a violent one--not for youngsters), but an unsatisfying solo game. Its single-player tournament mode--a series of deathmatches against computer AI bots--serves simply as a massive training exercise for multiplay. --Doug Radcliffe


  • Cutting-edge graphics
  • Near-perfect deathmatch multiplay
  • Detailed player models
  • Beautiful level architecture
  • Uninspired single-player experience
  • Lack of game variations
  • Unoriginal weapons

From the Manufacturer

Hard-wired action is yours for the taking in single-player and multiplayer battles. Your opponents are now personalized for your brutalizing pleasure. These warriors may not be living and breathing, but they'll make sure you aren't either. Feed on raw action, build your fragging muscles, then rack up live death-match kills on the Internet or local area network.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Looking December 31, 1999
By Ryan
Are you a new mac user(iMac)? Maybe, 2 million are. If you use a processor below a G3, I can say this is not a good game. Q3 requires a good (128bit ATI or Voodoo) video card. Now come on, its obvious that a faster and newer computer would have better graphics in complex games such as Q3. Personialy, I'm running a 400Mhz iMac DV special edition, and seems to run ok compared to a PC I've seen. If you have an older mac with expansion PCI slots, Get a Voodoo card. Apple and 3DFX(the maker of voodoo cards) are expected to make a surprising annoucement concering compatability. A voodoo card would work better. If you still don't know, download the demo, it will take a few hours but its worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frag Limit 20 January 1, 2000
By A Customer
Although there really isn't much new here this is the best death match I have ever played. It is fast, furious and incredibly violent. The curved surface bring a totally new dimension to map building and environemnts. They've definitely trumped the Unreal engine but what's next? Another death match would surely then just be beating a dead horse...As for the CTF...errr could be better and the grapple model looks...unfinished. As for TF2 it's not coming to the Mac and besides there's really going to be one game for team play in 2000. Halo.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best multiplayer shooter? I think not. January 31, 2000
First off, this is stricktly a multiplayer game catering to the multiplayer market. It is best played with a cable modem or some other form of high-speed connection. Those of us with dial-up modems are at a sore disadvantage. Those with dial-up connections move far more slowly and are easier to hit than those lucky souls with cable modems. Also, the short single-player game included is not only boring, but is really just a way to train for multiplayer bouts online. Furthermore, the game, while a solid offering, isn't nearly as fun or a technically impressive as Unreal Tournament. Buy this game only if you don't have the cahoneys to buy the far-superior Unreal Tournament.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quake 3 Arena for Mac Rocks December 30, 1999
By Eli
I love quake 3 arena. its a beautiful and stunningly realistic 3d shooter than is AWESOME for multiplayer netgaming, which is what the game is meant to do. Its so cool! The network stability is great and I love the soundtrack of Nine Inch Nails and thier adrenaline-pumping tracks included with Quake 3 Arena for q3a. Buy this product. Rocks out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars they got it right November 16, 2000
This one was a real surprise to me - I usually play shooters like Quake/Doom/Descent in single player mode because in europe we have bad (and expensive) net connections. But from the start it behaved like a multiplayer - no huge levels to explore, backtracking etc. just straight into the fun.
Basically it felt like playing with real people - the other figures can get pretty aggressive. But they also turn on each other rather than all going for you. And they all run around a lot so it feels much more like a Multiplayer. The fun fact is that it is easier to win a game with loads of enemies than one with just one - because in the latter case then (s)he focuses on you.
It's fast and furious, levels are not too big, lots of secret areas, designed with just fun in mind. The graphics are in a class of its own, comparable to descent3 - very colorful! Makes a great difference to Q2. Gameplay is fantastic if you have a PC fast enough and a good 3d accelerator.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works, it REALLY works ... February 17, 2000
Obviously, the question of whether Q3 or UT is the better game is one of personal taste ... that Q3 looks terrific is beyond question, and as to the old familiar weapons, well, why tamper with success? Sure, it's not too original, but then if you've been around for a couple of years of ID games, at least you know how to use these honeys. And they all have that viscerally satisfying delivery system! But what I've come to love most about ID's games, and Quake III is no exception, is stability. Even on a fast beefy Mac, the original Unreal was a royal pain to get to work crash free, let alone in online games. Quake III doesn't ask for much (a certain tech baseline taken for granted, but then most new games require that these days), and it really delivers speed, looks, and stability, without fussing with your system configuration and extensions one bit. Oh yeah, and it's extremely violent, brutal and graphic ... a true Quaker's delight!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Unreal Tournament, but still good April 13, 2000
Quake 3 is a beautiful, addicting 3D shooter, with its true strength lying of course in multiplayer. The graphics are stunning, and the weapons unique. I would say however, having played both, that it doesn't hold a candle to Unreal Tournament. UT's graphics are slightly better, the bots are more intelligent, and all in all, the overall gameplay is slicker and more creative. Plus the UT single-player games, while not its strength either, have longer replay value. If you buy both games, you can't go wrong, they both are a lot of fun and in their own ways very well-done and addicting. If you're debating which 1 of the 2 to get, without hesitation I recommend going with Unreal Tournament.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quake 3 Review January 3, 2000
By Tyler
As a quick in an out action game Quake 3 is as good as it gets. Easy to jump into, and rack up a few frags to blow off steam. As a serious in-depth game it doesnt appear to have much going for it, but with the community of Quake followers i know it wont be long before people start turning out some excellent mods and skins. A must buy for mac gamers with powerful enough hardware
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1.0 out of 5 stars The game doesn't work! I payed extra for faster ...
The game doesn't work !
I payed extra for faster delivery, which said up to 5 days, took over two weeks. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Mainville
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising
"Quake III Arena" is, quite simply, the finest game ever produced in the Quake series, probably because it ascribes to so little: It's carnage, carnage, and more carnage, but... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by maelje
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
NICE! NICEEE! this is the ultimate death match and I hope they make quake 4 sooner than later.....it ran fine on my 500mhz MAC!
Published on November 3, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars quake3 for mac in brazil
how i can buy this game "quake3 mac3" ?
Published on March 2, 2002 by elson issao
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Fun, I Prefer UT
Quake 3 Arena has fun deathmatch-style gameplay, but the Quake 3 engine is really quite terrible. The graphics quality is far from stunning (older games like the original Unreal... Read more
Published on October 9, 2001 by Blair Sherman
4.0 out of 5 stars kicks butt
Cool game. Love the Mods, havn't done much playing with it on X yet, need to get the update I guess. I gave it 4 starrs instead of 5 because I play more UT mods... Read more
Published on August 15, 2001 by "gizmovision"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for OS X
If you've read my Unreal Tournament review, you know that I REALLY love UT. However, I finally got a reason to buy Quake III Arena, it runs on OS X. BEAUTIFULLY. Read more
Published on August 13, 2001 by Necris Rex
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal tournament or Quake3.Which one to buy
For a long time Ive been wanting to get unreal tournament.I did not want to get quake3 because my bro had it.After playing both,I learned i should have saved the money. Read more
Published on May 6, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Quake 3 Arena Mac, Linux and IBM
There is a mistake with the information. It says that there isa flamethrower and that there are types of classes, light, medium, andheavy. Read more
Published on April 9, 2000 by Jon Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good!
Although it IS incredebly demonic with crucified bodies and those little Lucifer stars everywhere, it has great graphics. Read more
Published on February 27, 2000 by Clayton Sands
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