Top 5 BEST Games Like Unreal Tournament

This list consists of the Best games like Unreal Tournament. While nothing 100% compares to the great UT.

There are several games out there that play similar, and most of them are even built on the Unreal Engine. The only problem with this list is that the player base is pretty small in all of these games. That doesn’t make them not great, because they really are fun. Maybe with this list, we can get some of these games to rise to the top.

The majority of the games are available on steam and even some are FREE. If you enjoy this post be sure to share it out!

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5.) Toxikk


TOXIKK honestly is a very awesome game. It’s however… not very popular in America. Good luck finding a game if you are from NA with ping less than 150, because it’s not GOING TO HAPPEN. One can wish though…

Toxikk has AMAZING graphics and gameplay! It’s honestly amazing to look at, runs smooth as butter. I’m not really sure why it’s not more popular. Perhaps its because it has a “FULL VERSION” and a “Free 2 Play” option which is just confusing.

4.) Goat of Duty


While the Title of the game is a play on words based on Call of Duty. It plays way more like an Arena FPS game like Unreal Tournament than a COD type shooter. Run around, RAM off the map, pretend you are dead.

The downfall of this game doesn’t really have servers and lags to no end. It’s fun and a very silly game though whenever it does work correctly. This game does have a purchase and it was VERY easy to find people to play against at launch. I haven’t tried it since but the game has had several updates.

3.) Master Arena

Master Arena is a game to really keep your eye out on. It is probably the closest it comes to Unreal Tournament with a spin. The spin being a hyper-jump movement but the gun-play is VERY similar. The game is still in Alpha but has a great team working on it constantly.

Whenever this goes full release it is going to be a great game and hopefully played for years to come. Something to really look forward too in the coming years!

2.) Ratz Instagib

Ratz Instagib is such a great game. It’s probably the perfect Instagib game that never gets played. Rail jumping, huge maps, and you are a RAT!

I wish it was easier to find a match these days as there is no server browser and only has Match Making. The Playerbase has diminished but when and if you find a game. You are in for an absolute treat. It really is the best INSTAGIB game I’ve ever played that includes Unreal Tournament and Quake.

I really would love to see this be more popular and easier to find games.

1.) Glitch Arena

I love Glitch Arena. I’m not even going to try to hide the fact that I’m a huge fanboy.

This indie developed AFPS has a solid crew of 2 PEOPLE. With ZERO budget!

The graphics are AWESOME, along side the retro and pixel feel.
SOUNDS are amazing, the guns feel great. The movement I honestly could go on.

Really, the only issue with Glitch Arena is that it released without server support, and you have to personally find a friend or someone to duel.

Now this game is still being worked on and goes for the very, very, very, very LOW price for $2.99 on steam.

It really is worth every penny and is by far my favorite and most recommended game on the list.


If you are interested in hearing a podcast with the developer of Glitch Arena do yourself a favor and check out The Keeps latest episode with “The_Hack“.

Honorable Mention

If you are looking for just an Arena FPS game to get into is hard to go wrong with Warfork. I know it might be a fork of Warsow but it is showing great promise in the development team and runs on a solid engine… You know the ID TECH 2 engine really a version of it called Qfusion!

While it might fit more in the games like quake category it might be right up your alley if you are looking for something fresh to get into. When I’m not spending my time with Quake Champions or UT always check out who’s playing in the Warfork Servers.

Games Like Unreal Tournament Conclusion

With the development of Unreal Tournament to a screeching halt, it was time we looked for gaming like unreal tournament to play. Any of the games listed here are quality games and should be added to your Steam library as many are FREE anyways. If you are a huge AFPS fan like myself then do yourself a favor and at least pick-up Glitch Arena. It’s a quality game and deserves all the help and support that we can give it.

I believe Master Arena, in the long run, will be a viable option in the future. I’m still curious about what game will release a full version first. Diabotical or Master Arena?

Only time will tell.

I really hope that Unreal Tournament eventually gets the love that it deserves, with the epic launcher getting more popular day by day There is a chance that someone will eventually take notice. Maybe, they will finish development one day and we can enjoy a solid AFPS.

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Open Arena The Completely Free Quake III Clone

I started Playing Open Arena lately, this game really could use a major update. However, this game is striving to become the free open source clone of Quake III Arena and is based on the ioQuake3 engine.

This game is still currently in development. With that being said this article can change from time to time to reflect current changes with the game.

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How to download open arena and Install

You can download version 0.8.8 (currently the latest version) completely for free just check out their website.


This website has many different packages but the ones we will focus on are Windows and Linux. Sorry, not Sorry Macs…

OA Windows Installation

There is no package installer for Windows, unfortunately. Maybe one day on a full release there will be.

For now, its a simple Zipped up archive file. Using your favorite archive extractor, extract all the files and folders to your favorite location.

I like to do a games directory so maybe C:/Games/OpenArena for example.

Easy to remember, which makes it easy to find and place mods in later.

Installing Open Arena on Linux

Being free and open-source, naturally, the game runs natively on Linux!

Sadly, I’m not 100% familiar with all the different flavors of Linux. So I was told to always focus on what you know, and what I know is Ubuntu.

It’s also too simple to install Open Arena on Ubuntu just follow these easy commands.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install open arena 

Copy that into your terminal and you are good to go. It’s also available in software distribution package managers if need be.

Open Arena Vs Quake 3 Arena

OA is built on the Quake III engine but the more modernized version called ioquake3.

Quake 3 and OA are very similar but Quake III hasn’t seen development in years. Even though, no updates to Open Arena have been introduced since 2012 it is still more modern than Original Quake III.

If you wish to kind of re-live a more modernized version of Quake III with newer models and sounds you should check out Open Arena.

What is it going to hurt it’s free? If you enjoyed Quake III and want a game to maybe sink some time into with a great community you are going to enjoy this game.

The Best Mods

In my Opinion RatMod for Open Arena is the best mod for the game.

The only problem with Ratmod is you don’t just download a file from the internet like the olden days and install it into your quake directory.

You must connect to a Ratmod running server and allow automatic downloads to play the mod.

If you want to learn more about Ratmod you can check out the official github.

Open Arena Has Tons of Game Modes

Game modes List

  • Free For All – is The Standard Death Match well known in the Arena FPS
  • Team Deathmatch – is The standard Team Mode, queue up with your buddies and get to fragging.
  • Tournament – is for Duelers. 1 on 1 fragging action.
  • Capture The Flag – is Team-based capture the opposing team’s flag so many times and win!
  • One Flag CTF – is a centralized flag which both teams go after to capture it.
  • Harvester – Collect the enemy’s teams skulls and bring them to a point for collection.
  • Overload – Destroy the other teams crystal in their base!
  • Elimination – Reminds of you a Counter-Strike 1 life gameplay (without the bomb of course.)
  • CTF Elimination – Score by Capping the flag and fragging the other team!
  • Last Man Standing – You only have a certain amount of lives in this Free for All can you survive?
  • Domination – hold points on the map. This game type is Battlefield’s bread and butter why not try it in Arena FPS style?

Is OpenArena free?

Open Arena is 100% free and works on all sorts of devices.

The Engine is based off of the Quake III Engine which is ancient by todays standards. That doesn’t mean its a bad engine or that it looks bad at all. If you have anything from year 2000+ you should have little to no issues running the game.

You can download OpenArena on Linux, Mac, and Windows completely free.

However, you do not install Open Arena the same way you would other games from a .exe.

You can watch this video to learn how to install Open Arena Free on Windows 10.

Open Arena works pretty well on some Android devices, although I’ve researched that some mods do not work great.

Open Arena Communities

This section is currently under construction

Open Arena Streams and Podcasts

If you haven’t listened to the In The Keep Podcast interviewing DOTS from /N/ you should give that a listen right now!

Dots is an extremely skilled played in Open Arena and mostly plays Clan Arena at nights.

If you want to catch some Live Stream of Open Arena. Smango streams a lot of his matches on the Quakefans YouTube Channel.

This is not limited to just his matches but we have been known to host some of the Tournaments when asked!

This article can be changed at any time and will be updated to reflect the best information available for Open Arena.

Last Updated 7/16/2021

Optimizing Open Arena

Below you can find some useful tips for Open Arena and more. Since some of the documentation is out of date I’ve copied and pasted and updated what I know to be correct.

Name and Player Model

Give yourself a nice, unique name – and spice it up with colors! Here’s how: place “^” characters followed by a digit 1 through 7 to indicate color. (This is pretty standard for all Quake III engine games.)

Color numbers are as follows:

^^0 - black/orange
^0 - white
^1 - red
^2 - green
^3 - yellow
^4 - blue
^5 - cyan
^6 - pink
^7 - white (default)

Select a player model as well – choice doesn’t really matter here, it’s all personal preference.


(Setup → Game Options → Automatic Downloading)

Make sure your auto-download setting is on if you want to play on multiplayer servers – most of them run custom maps and/or mods and you will not be able to join without downloading their goodness.

This is really important if you want to play Open Arena RatMod as it is the only way to obtain the mod.


(Setup → System → Network)

Choose an appropriate setting – most players have cable or DSL, so if you have a dial-up modem or ISDN line, you may be at a disadvantage.

Field of View

The default setting for the field of view (cg_fov) variable is 90 (degrees). This means that you won’t see what’s going on directly on your left and right – a clear disadvantage. I like to set my cg_fov setting to 130, but anything between 110 and 150 is considered to be a good setting.

seta cg_fov "130"


Bobbing in OpenArena is the movement of the aim circle during movement. Of course, if you’re running and shooting, you would not want your aim to be bobbing, possibly resulting in a miss instead of a hit. Setting the following variables to 0 will disable bobbing:

seta cg_bobup "0.000"
seta cg_bobroll "0.000"
seta cg_bobpitch "0.000"
seta cg_bobyaw "0.000"
seta cg_runroll "0.000"
seta cg_runpitch "0.000"

Blood, Gibs, and Smoke

Just like bobbing, blood, gibs, and smoke will prevent you from seeing the opponent clearly. Therefore, I turn them off when playing competitively (i.e., trying to beat someone rather than just having fun). The same goes for turning off ejecting brass and projectile trails from weapons, as well as muzzle flashes and shadows. Warning: these are special effects that are actually quite fun and make OpenArena what it is. You may want to keep them enabled.

  • seta com_blood “0”
  • seta cg_shadows “0”
  • seta cg_gibs “0”
  • seta cg_smoke_sg “0”
  • seta cg_smokegrowth_gl “0”
  • seta cg_smokegrowth_rl “0”
  • seta cg_smokeradius_gl “0”
  • seta cg_smokeradius_rl “0”
  • seta cg_noprojectiletrail “1”
  • seta cg_brasstime “0”
  • seta cg_muzzleflash “0”


First of all, set the delay between switching weapons to 0 – any other setting simply doesn’t make sense. You should also turn off the rendering of the actual weapon and rely on HUD (there is a small icon indicating which weapon is in use) – this will give you extra screen space to notice enemies. Lastly, turn off automatic weapon switching upon picking up a new weapon – it is usually a disadvantage (imagine shooting someone and – oops – auto-switching to a wrong weapon).

seta cg_weaponCycleDelay "0"
seta cg_drawGun "0"
seta cg_autoswitch "0"

Normally, you switch weapons by rotating the mouse wheel – with a penalty of a delay while you’re rotating the wheel, going through all the weapons you have. You should create keyboard binds that allow you to switch to the needed weapon instantaneously – this will save you a lot of kills. Here are some sample mappings. Note that the mappings are around the “WASD” movement keys, which allows you to quickly reach them as needed. Note: OpenArena already lets you switch weapons using the keyboard – simply press 0-9 keys. However, custom binds may be faster since you won’t have to reach for said keys.

bind q "weapon 1" // gauntlet
bind c "weapon 7" // rails
bind f "weapon 5" // rockets
bind x "weapon 2" // machinegun
bind z "weapon 6" // lightning gun
bind e "weapon 3" // shotgun

So, according to these binds, pressing “q” will instantly switch the weapon to gauntlet while pressing “c” will switch to rail. Of course, you must have these weapons as well as have the ammo to shoot them in order to switch to them!


HUD, or heads up display, gives you access to valuable information that you’ll find useful during the game. Here’s a few settings worth enabling.

  • seta cg_showStatus “1”
  • seta cg_alwaysWeaponBar “1”
  • seta cg_drawSpeed “1”
  • seta cg_drawStatus “1”
  • seta cg_drawTimer “1”
  • seta cg_drawFPS “1”
  • seta cg_lagometer “1”
  • seta cg_drawAmmoWarning “1”
  • seta cg_drawAttacker “1”

Keyboard Binds

You can create keyboard binds to quickly issue a command to the game. We can use binds to do other useful things:

  • // set your name to a generic one, thus hiding from your friends 🙂 bind p “name UnnamedPlayer”  
  • // some gamer etiquette! bind l “say LOL!!!” bind n “say NICE ONE!!!” bind k “say THANKS!!!”  
  • // take a quick screenshot bind y “screenshot”  
  • // change teams in CTF and other matches bind 7 “team blue” bind 8 “team red” bind 9 “team spectator”  
  • // disconnect from a server or quit altogether bind F11 “disconnect” bind F12 “quit”

Forcing Player Models

Forcing player models means displaying the same player model for every player, regardless of what their actual choice is. This is useful because it allows you to “get used” to a certain player model, making it easier for you to hit it. Lastly, choosing Sarge as your own model and forcing other players’ models allows you to take advantage of brightskins, a special extension to OpenArena available on many servers which, as you’ve guessed, makes player models bright and easily visible. If you want to use bright skins on your own, find z-proskins2.pk3 (available on many servers) and place it into your baseoa directory.

seta cg_forcemodel "1"

125 frames per second

A maximum FPS of 125 is a magic number in OpenArena (another, higher magic number is 333).

seta com_maxfps “125” // or 60 for LCD’s, 85 for CRT’s if you are playing this on modern hardware, you can push this even further. I myself use seta com_maxfps “250” because I have a modern gaming PC.

Can Diabotical Save Arena First Person Shooters?

Can Diabotical Save Arena First Person Shooters? I’m not here to say that AFPS is dead, but it not as popular as it once was.

Back in the 90s and early 2000s Arena FPS was king. Quake, Unreal, and More were very popular or at least it seemed that way.

I don’t think any AFPS is going to be another “Fortnite” (even though I hate Battle Royales) but it does seem that the popularity has gone down.

It is pretty common to hear that the recent and biggest addition recently to the genre Quake Champions has been a failure.

The Savior of AFPS?

Diabotical looks great. The maps look great, and they are even going to let the community have creator tools.

Tons of game modes on release, including CTF (my favorite game mode) Defrag, and many others.

This is how a standard AFPS should release with multiple gamemodes, gamemodes that were the standard in the late 90s and early 2000s.

So whats going to make it different than Quake Champions? If there is one thing going against Diabotical, is that its not carrying the actual Quake name.

Will Diabotical end up like inferior AFPS such as Reflex Arena? Reflex a quality and fun game, yet it is deader than disco. Quake 1-3 are played 1000x more compared to any other AFPS. What’s going to make Diabotical stick out?

The main reason is 2GD, a former Quake 4 Professional and now developer of his own studio. He knows the genre, he knows the people.

Diabotical looking from the outside looks like an awesome game. I really do think going to be a great AFPS, but will it bring AFPS back to the top?

Only time will tell.

Diabotical still no Release Date…


The biggest problem we have right now with Diabotical that there is still no official release date.

Originally it seemed that the Diabotical game was going to release this year in 2019 during the spring/summer months. At the time of this writing it is June 2019 and it is no where to be seen.

Not even a closed beta, looks like its all just internal for now.

According to 2GD’s Dev Update on Twitch, we can expect the game to be finished by the fall/winter months now.

Still no solid date.

Diabotical Might be Free 2 Play

Although 2GD said the initial launch that the game will not be Free2Play but his plans are to eventually have it Free for more people to enjoy.

You can find his comments in this June Dev Update Video.

There seems to already be plans for a “Battle Pass” (ugh). Hopefully, it is a lot better and worth getting than Quake Champions. QC battle pass literally being one of the worst battle passes I’ve ever seen.

Community Servers

This is a big thing Diabotical is going to have over more modern Arena First Person Shooters.

Being able to spin up a Linux box and having our own community server with hopefully the same people to compete against sounds awesome.

I look forward to having the server up and running.

Server browsers yipeeee!

Diabotical Main Focus

Diabotical will become one of the main focuses around here on Quakefans whenever the game lauches.

I’ll never forget about Quake or even Quake Champions but they are literally giving me little to nothing to write about anymore. This also includes all AFPSes as well they will still be mentioned but perhaps not as much.


Can Diabotical Save Arena First Person Shooters? I honestly think that going to at least give some great competition to our current and most popular AFPS Quake Champions.

Will some of the pros leave QC to jump over to Diabotical? I’m 100% certain that they will be checking it out. I’m sure the money makers will be the ones determining if the game lives or dies.

A fresh start with all the options most of us AFPS fans are looking for is WANTED and Quake Champions isn’t wanting to deliver.

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Ninja Turtles Arena Game… This is Madness!

Back in the ’90s if you told me that there was going to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arena game I would’ve probably spit out my big league chew right into the floor.

Not only was I obsessed with Quake III at the time but turtle games in general I thought were amazing.

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It’s Pizza Time

Now this Turtle Arena game which you can get completely free.

It’s not quite done, but its got a really good start. I wouldn’t mind seeing it eventually getting some nice polish and a full release someday.

The hit detection is awful and all the sounds are made with the developers mouth.

Yet it is still fun and has great potential.

I believe that the greatest strength of this game is the graphics.

If we could somehow get this game polished up and release I think it would be a great little game to play! (Developers start a gofundmepage!)


The Ninja Turtles Arena game is built on the spearmint engine. Which is basically ioquake3 engine!

Many standalone games that love the feel and movement of Quake III are using this engine to build their games.

Spearmint however has ceased development since 2018.

Hopefully, the Turtle Arena hasn’t been turned into vaporware and can finally get an amazing release.


The Turtles Arena has amazing potential and you get to play as your favorite Ninja Turtle with rockets!

Is it something we should take serious. Probably not, but let’s hope and believe that this game might one day see a full release!

Go collect some pizzas and play the weird obelisk game while doing some back-flips.

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Did you know Quake Champions had Comic Books? Check out the review I did on them.