Quake 3: Team Arena
Yes (LAN, TCP/IP)
Tim “Hyper” Monahan
Minimum System Requirements:
Microsoft® Windows® 95/98/ME/2000/NT4(SP3+)
Full Version of Quake 3 Arena for Windows
Intel® Pentium® II 300 MHz processor
AMD® 350 MHz K6-3® Processor
64 MB RAM
16 MB video card with full OpenGL® support
400 MB of uncompressed hard drive space
(plus 100 MB additional for Windows swap file)
Quad-speed CD-ROM drive (600 k/sec
sustained transfer rate)
100% DirectX 3.0 or higher compatible sound
100% Microsoft-compatible mouse and driver
I’m sure that you have all heard of the
Quake series. Since 1996, millions of gamers have been battling it out for the
top of the scoreboard. However, with id softwares latest offering, Quake 3:
Team Arena, they have decided to focus more on team play, rather then plain old
DM style play. One gripe however, is that Activision have decided to charge for
a game which many feel should have been a free update, like the UT add ons.
Quake 3: Arena was released well over a
year ago now, and it was a hit. It delivered amazing visuals, sounds and
gameplay. But does it’s add on, Team Arena, live up to it’s name? You’ll have
to read on to find out!
The gameplay in Team Arena is pretty much
the same as Quake 3: Arena’s. id has included four new styles of game modes
this time around. They are:
Your team’s objective is to capture a flag located in the enemy team’s base and
return it to yours.
One Flag CTF: Similar to Classic CTF, but there is only one flag, which is
located in a central room. Instead of returning it to your own base, you return
it to the enemy’s base instead.
Overload, each team’s base has a skull-adorned obelisk. Your team’s objective
is to destroy the other team’s obelisk.
a player is fragged, a skull appears near a skull generator in the middle of
the map. Similar to One Flag CTF, you have to grab as many of the enemy team’s
skulls as possible and take them back to the enemy team’s base. If you get
fragged while carrying the skulls, you lose them all.
In my opinion these new gameplay modes are
very interesting and bring life back into Quake 3: Arena. Along with the new
gameplay modes, there’s many new team play maps. There is eight new team maps,
four new tourney maps, four redesigned maps from Quake 3: Arena, and three
outdoors maps. All are very interesting and range in sizes. Along with the new
gameplay modes, there are three new weapons! There is a proximity mine launcher
and the nail gun and chain gun make a return. These weapons add little to how
the game plays though, and the chain gun runs out of ammo way to fast for it to
have much effect.
Whether everyone in the server you’re
playing with actually works as a team or treats it like FFA is a different
matter however. Team Arena doesn’t actually promote teamwork... although
playing as a team can help you to achieve your object quicker or more
affectively, it really comes down to the players. I personally think Team Arena
would be interesting for clan war situations, as that’s where you work as a
team and not individually.
Team Arena ran fine over the Internet, and
it was extremely easy to find or set up a server in Team Arena. Lag is always
unavoidable, however in Team Arena it was fine most of the time on my cable
modem. Team Arena has the standard CD key verification, which only needs to be
entered once during the install.
Team Arena sports the same graphics engine
as Quake 3, which although is aging, is still pretty on the eyes. Unfortunately
Team Arena seems to run much slower then Quake 3 does, and it’s quite
noticeable. On my P3 600mhz system with a Geforce2 Pro 64mb I noticed a nasty
drop in frames on full detail in resolutions from 1024x748 and up. The new
set-up menu is very well designed however, and is easy to navigate. There is
also a new HUD (heads up display) in Team Arena, which contains a lot more info
then the one in Quake 3: Arena.
One of the first things I noticed when I
was setting up my character was the new models in Team Arena. To be honest they
look boring and sad. There are only two new character models, with a handful of
skins, and they are nothing in comparison to the Quake 3: Arena models. There
are much better user-created models available on the Internet then the ones
that comes with Team Arena.
Another low point for Team Arena is the
audio. The effects sound decent, but the vocals are of low quality and sound
distorted. The in game voice taunts are pretty disappointing as well - it’s
also hard to understand what they’re saying sometimes. On a good point though,
Team Arena includes a new Doppler effect on the larger projectiles like rockets,
which adds some credibility to an overall poor sound work. Support for A3D is
Besides the flaws in several areas of Team
Arena, it’s still a lot of fun to play, which is what counts most importantly.
It’s a good add on for Quake 3: Arena, and the new game modes and maps bring
more out of Quake 3: Arena. If you’re really into team play games, then give
Team Arena a go definitely, however if you’re not really into them, it’s not
really worth the money when then there’s plenty of mods to download for Quake 3
Thanks to Firingsquad for the screenshots.