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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 This is where you need to take the bomb. It then takes 20 seconds until the bomb detonates.
Arena Wars Windows The artillery has a health power-up applied. It now gets constantly healed for 30 seconds.
Arena Wars Windows My artillery is nearly down but I prepare to use the health power-up on it.
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

IC-Games Aug 12, 2004 87 out of 100 87
Game Captain Aug 02, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Pelit Oct, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Thunderbolt Games Oct 07, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2004 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Aug 14, 2004 78 out of 100 78
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Feb 03, 2005 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot Sep 30, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameDaily Dec 14, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Oct 18, 2004 14 out of 20 70


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Silverblade (1408) added Arena Wars (Windows) on Dec 15, 2004