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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 Blue doesn't let the flag go without the fight but the buggy has still a shield for 8 seconds.
Arena Wars Windows Main menu. On all screens there's a computer match playing in the background.
Arena Wars Windows The health power-up spawned and my little buggy took it for me.
Arena Wars Windows The enemy is already on its way to domination point A.

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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

GameZone Nov 10, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GamesFire Aug 16, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Thunderbolt Games Oct 07, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Nov 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Sep 30, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Joystick (French) Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Oct 06, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameCell UK 2004 6 out of 10 60 Jul 30, 2004 52 out of 100 52
FOK!games Oct 17, 2004 39 out of 100 39


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Silverblade (1488) added Arena Wars (Windows) on Dec 15, 2004