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New Alien Arena

Red Planet Arena now offers a new version 7.53 of Alien Arena, the free multiplayer shooter. Both the Windows and Linux clients are mirrored on AtomicGamer, and here's word:

Do you like old school deathmatch with modern features? How about rich, colorful, arcadelike atmospheres? How about...retro Sci Fi? Then you're going to love what Alien Arena has in store for you! This game combines some of the very best aspects of such games as Quake III and Unreal Tournament and wraps them up with a retro alien theme, while adding tons of original ideas to make the game quite unique.

Alien Arena is a furious frag fest with arenas ranging from the small, to the massive. With a large built-in player base, it's never hard to find a good match going on, at any hour of the day. The community is friendly, as well as prolific. Dozens of maps, models, and various accessories have been created by community members to add on to the game experience. The CRX engine that powers Alien Arena has received very signifigant upgrades in recent releases, resulting not only in stunning new visuals, but vastly increased performance as well.

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6. You should be ashamed of yourself. Dec 30, 2011, 19:22 hb3d
Wildone wrote on Dec 30, 2011, 16:07:
Even for free it looks horrible. Try Black Light Retribution for something a bit better
You are comparing apples to oranges, and you should be ashamed of yourself for doing so.

Black Light Retribution is going to be a free-to-play FPS MMO with microtransactions, and it is being developed by a professional developer, Zombie Studios, using Unreal Engine 3.

Alien Arena on the other hand is a labor of love by a handful of developers with the bulk of the work being done by one man, John Diamond. John is a professional programmer, but he doesn't work in the game industry. He is a long-time mod developer for the Quake series of game, and he has had a number of quality finished releases including some single-player Alien Arena games. This latest Alien Arena game has been regularly developed and supported for the past eight years or so, and it shows as it is extremely polished and refined for a hobbyist effort. You owe it to yourself to try it out.

Yes, "Black Light Retribution" and Alien Arena are both technically free games, but only Alien Arena is both truly free as in free beer and free as in free speech as it is licensed under the GPL. So, with Alien Arena not only do you get the complete game for free and the ability to host your own server, but you also get the source code to the game as well.

This comment was edited on Dec 30, 2011, 22:12.
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