Urban Terror is another free standalone first person shooter based on the Quake 3 engine.
It offers a realistic contemporary combat mod with an emphasis on playability. This game apparently started life as a mod in 1999.
You can now download it as a standalone game thanks to the open source release of the Quake 3 engine in 2005.
This is a multiplayer only game that has all the usual FPS elements. It also features some innovate gameplay elements such as ledge grabbing, wall jumping, and power sliding, variations on in-game acrobatics that allow a player better physical maneuverability. Another notable addition is ’stamina’, which of course also brings with it the ’medic’ character that can help heal other characters and/or increase their stamina. I spent a good chunk of time testing this game for this review and my overall impression is that (a) this is a very good game with extremely well-crafted levels, (b) it is either very hard to master, or the team that my team were up against were way above our league.
It seemed that no sooner did I spot an opponent than I was successfully targeted and killed despite my best effors. I also get the impression that all of the games based on the Quake 3 engine have a very similar, somewhat chaotic quality to their gameplay (in the past 2 weeks I played 3 games based on Quake 3, including Podman and Wolfenstien: Enemy Territory).
The last word is: if you like good multiplayer shooters you’ll love this one. Check it out.
Compatibility: Windows; a fairly decent specs and decent graphics card (the website does not offer detailed specs – sorry). Tested on Windows XP.
If you want Autoupdates you will have to install the “Battleye patch” which you will find on the site.