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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.

Screenshots

Arena Wars Windows This is where you need to take the bomb. It then takes 20 seconds until the bomb detonates.
Arena Wars Windows The enemy has a key. I lose the domination point.
Arena Wars Windows The artillery has a health power-up applied. It now gets constantly healed for 30 seconds.
Arena Wars Windows The second enemy walker stole the bomb before it exploded and transports it to my base.

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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

IC-Games Aug 12, 2004 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Nov 10, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GamesFire Aug 16, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug 31, 2004 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Aug 14, 2004 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Sep 30, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpy Oct 06, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameDaily Dec 14, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameCell UK 2004 6 out of 10 60
4Players.de Jul 30, 2004 52 out of 100 52

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