Urban Terror

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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.

Like World of Padman, Urban Terror is a product of the Ioquake3 project, an enhanced, souped up version of the Quake 3 engine with better graphics and sound and added features.

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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.

The game home page. Go to the download page to get the latest version (you need boith insallers, 1 meg and 531 megs respectively).

If you want Autoupdates you will have to install the “Battleye patch” which you will find on the site.