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Arena Wars offers an unconventional mixture of RTS with FPS gameplay. Although something similar has been attempted with Savage, this game actually models its FPS part from multiplayer Arena-type titles, such as Quake III and UT2004. As a consequence, it has no real story and the RTS part is free from the usual resource constraints. All players have the same amount of money at their disposal and are refunded for destroyed units. However, the available unit selection is also somewhat limited. There are six types of units, all vehicular: mechs, light and heavy, an agile buggy, a missile launcher on wheels, a heavy tank and an artillery unit. Individual strengths and weaknesses aside, all units possess a special ability such as Teleport for tanks. The unit types form a predator-prey circle with each one being strong against a certain type and vulnerable against another.

The game offers modes or events that are the mainstay of arena FPS competitions: Capture the Flag, Bombing Run and Double Domination. Unreal Tournament's influence on the game is obvious here. Arena Wars builds on the inherent tactical elements of these games and leaves the actual combat to the AI. It contains over 60 single player missions spread in six tournaments and multiplayer games for up to 8 players. In multiplayer the game offers webcam and voice support.


Arena Wars Windows Main menu. On all screens there's a computer match playing in the background.
Arena Wars Windows Choose your fix.
Arena Wars Windows The AI vs. AI-CTF-match has begun.
Arena Wars Windows Blue doesn't let the flag go without the fight but the buggy has still a shield for 8 seconds.

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Arena Wars Wallpaper
Arena Wars Wallpaper
Arena Wars Wallpaper
Arena Wars Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "竞技场战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Арена Войны" -- Russian spelling
  • "WebWars Arena" -- Early title
  • "AW" -- Informal name

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Critic Reviews

Game Captain Aug 02, 2004 85 out of 100 85
GameZone Nov 10, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Factornews Nov 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Thunderbolt Games Oct 07, 2004 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Aug 14, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Joystick (French) Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameDaily Dec 14, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Oct 18, 2004 14 out of 20 70 May 16, 2006 12 out of 20 60


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Silverblade (1492) added Arena Wars (Windows) on Dec 15, 2004