The Quake series has always been special and unique. After all, there aren’t that many fast-paced first-person shooters with a solid arsenal of weapons and old-school qualities. I used to play Quake III Arena a lot and while I think nothing will ever come close to it, there are some similar games. So if you’re looking for arena shooters that are fast-paced and have an online component, check out some of the games below.
10. Shootmania Storm
An entry in the Mania series (which also features TrackMania and QuestMania,) Shootmania Storm is a more traditional FPS. Something that stands out is that the game’s main weapon is a rocket launcher which immediately makes the first seconds of each round exciting, but there are other weapons players can use during matches.
9. Rise of the Triad (2013)
Rise of the Triad’s gameplay is a throwback to shooters from the 90’s and the result is an old-school experience that also feels new and refreshing. In the single-player campaign, you move fast across non-linear levels, shooting everything that moves with weapons that make everything explode. If it sounds fun, that’s because it is! The multiplayer aspect includes deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag.
Painkiller has been inspired by classic shooters such as Doom and Quake and it shows. Unlike those classics, Painkiller focuses on shooting a large number of monsters (like Serious Sam.) Although there are multiplayer options, Painkiller also has a single-player campaign and several expansions.
7. Tribes Ascend
Tribes Ascend is a free-to-play FPS from the Tribes franchise. One particular aspect that makes Ascend stand out above other shooters is that apart from the traditional weapons, raking system, classes, equipment and perks, the game features vehicles, jetpacks and skiing and these two mechanics change the way in which you play. There are also different modes to take part in, such as capture the flag, team deathmatch, arena and combat & hold, among others.
Nexuiz is an FPS heavily inspired by Quake 3 and that’s noticeable in pretty much every single aspect. The visuals, weapons, maps, game modes and gameplay are very reminiscent of Quake III: Arena. If you’re looking for an online FPS like Quake, this is it.
5. Urban Terror
Although not the most popular online shooter out there, Urban Terror is unlike anything I’ve played before. The free-to-play FPS was a conversion of Quake 3 and it eventually became a standalone product so its old-school roots are undeniable. The game combines elements from Quake 3, Unreal Tournament and Counter Strike and in the main objective is the game is defeating other players in a stylish and flashy way, so you use circle jumping, wall jumping, sliding and so on.
4. Serious Sam 3: BFE
One of the reasons why I’ve always liked the Serious Sam series is because it retains the DNA of classic shooters and the third entry is no exception. In the single-player campaign, you primarily fight hordes of enemies in open-world environments and now and then, you solve some simplistic puzzles. The multiplayer part, on the other hand, pits you against other players.
3. Doom 3
People have strong opinions about Doom 3, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. Regardless of what you think about the horror FPS, the game had an entertaining multiplayer aspect. Additionally, all the limitations the developer established were fixed by the active community, since they release new mods with modes, weapons, Hello Kitty flashlights and more.
2. Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
As its name suggests, Half-Life 2 Deathmatch is the successor to the beloved multiplayer aspect of the original Half-Life. Deathmatch incorporates unique levels that were optimized for arena matches and new weapons. One feature in particular that makes the game remarkably similar to Quake is the instant respawn and the main modes (deathmatch and team deathmatch.)
1. Unreal Tournament
Although they are fundamentally different games, Unreal Tournament (also known as UT 99) and Quake III: Arena were seen as direct competitors. There are multiplayer matches, a single-player compaign to practice with bots, modifications and more content. It also helps that a lot of people are still playing online.