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Arena Wars (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
75
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3.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Arena Wars Windows The artillery has a health power-up applied. It now gets constantly healed for 30 seconds.
Arena Wars Windows My first buggy spawns.
Arena Wars Windows Blue Leader sends another tank into the fight.
Arena Wars Windows You need to collect this bomb..

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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The Press Says

IC-Games Aug 12, 2004 87 out of 100 87
Pelit Oct, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Game Captain Aug 02, 2004 85 out of 100 85
GameZone Nov 10, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Krawall Gaming Network Aug 27, 2004 83 out of 100 83
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Feb 03, 2005 77 out of 100 77
GameSpy Oct 06, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
FOK!games Oct 17, 2004 39 out of 100 39

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Silverblade (1421) added Arena Wars (Windows) on Dec 15, 2004