I had been meaning to try Alien Arena for a long time. Ever since I saw some screens of the game and had heard comparisons that the game was similar to another First Person Shooter that I enjoyed playing back in the day, and still enjoy occasionally these days - Unreal Tournament. Once I started playing the latest version of Alien Arena, I was blown away. It was just like the old days, playing games like Unreal Tournament online against other opponents, and really getting that sense of competition but all in good fun to try and be the top fighter in each battle.
With Alien Arena, one can see the amount of effort and hard work that has gone into making this one of the best freeware First Person Shooters out right now. With some great graphics, plenty of action, weapons, and different maps to explore and some different game modes as well, plus the ease of getting online and finding games makes Alien Arena just a good all around game.
When you first install the game, you will notice two icons on your desktop, one for Alien Arena, and Alien Arena Quickplay. If you want to set up your options, display and controls choose quickplay to do all this, the other icon will load up the multiplayer client that Alien Arena uses to find other games people are playing. You can also practice against bots in the quick play mode before you head online to start competing against other players if you wish. Alternately you could just go right ahead and start playing right away, it's your choice. There are some good players online though, so be warned. Make sure to set up your controls especially, and get used to the different game modes as well. You need to get the feel of the game. If you have played a game like Unreal Tournament then that will help a bit.
Graphically the game looks good. If you have a good graphics card, you will get to see the full extent of how the game looks. From the environments, to the different players and even weapon effects, they all look very nicely done. Each level has their own unique characteristics about them. From a skyscraper, to a space base, and many more. Some of them are very reminiscent of Unreal Tournament maps I thought, but these levels were done more so with it's own unique style that makes them stand out. There is always plenty of action going on in game. From the battles between opponents to other things like in capture the flag, you cannot escape the action for long. All the action though is done with quickness in mind, so you have to act fast and shoot fast before your opponent frags you.
Overall this game excelled in pretty much every area and highly recommended that you check it out if you are a fan of this type of game.
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