Essential Software: 5 Awesome Free FPS games

These are some of the best free FPS games out there..
The quality of these rivals commercial products..


Nexuiz (by Alien Trap)

This is a fast-paced, deathmatch-style FPS, based on the Darkplaces engine using OpenGL.  Darkplaces is based on the Quake 1 engine, which is mainly the result of years of development by Forest “LordHavoc” Hale .


Game modes include Team Deathmatch, Capture The Flag and Domination.
There are many mutators and weapon options eg. Rocket Arena and Instagib.
There is also a single player campaign that contains over 20 levels.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.4 or better (PPC or x86)
Linux Kernel 2.2 or better with glibc

Game URL: Nexuiz

Urban Terror (by Frozen Sand)

Succinct Quote: “Urban Terror  is a free multiplayer first person shooter.  Urban Terror can be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; somewhat realism based, but the motto is “fun over realism”. This results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game.


Urban Terror is based on the ioquake3 id Tech 3, under the GNU GPL.

Supports: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Game URL: Urban Terror

Alien Arena (by COR Entertainment LLC)

This game is a blend of Quake III: Arena and UT (Unreal Tournament) game play, with a unique and original retro-alien theme.  The colours are rich and the art work original.
The game uses the CRX engine, which is based on the Id Software GPL source code.


Features include:

Game modes: Capture the Flag, All Out Assault, Deathball, Team Core Assault, and Duel.

Alien Arena has a built-in IRC client and is compatible with the 3rd party messengers:
Qtracker and Xfire.

Supports: Windows, Linux (and eventually Mac OS X).

Game URL: Alien Arena

Cube2 (by Wouter van Oortmerssen)

Fast-paced classic quake-style game with many multiplayer game play modes, most in team-play variants: Deathmatch, Instagib, Efficiency, Tactics, Capture (Domination/Battlefield Style), CTF (Capture The Flag), Coop Edit.


Features include:

  • There are two single player modes: DMSP (fight a monster invasion on any DM map), Classic SP.
  • Seven weapons: double-barreled shogun, rocket launcher, machine gun, rifle, grenade launcher, pistol, fist.
  • Low multiplayer latency.

Supports: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Game URL: Cube2

Tremulous (by Dark Legion Development)

Tremulous is a combination of FPS and RTS (Real-Time Strategy). In this game, there are two races; aliens and humans. On either team, players are able to build working structures in-game, like you would in an RTS (Real-Time-Strategy). These structures provide many functions, the most important being spawning. The designated builders must ensure that there are spawning structures or other players will not be able to respawn into the game after being killed. Other structures include automated defence, healing stations etc.


Features include:

  • There are 16 structures to be built with in-game functions.
  • There are multiple classes of aliens – each with unique abilities.
  • Customize your setup as a human and buy new weapons, armour and items.
  • Aliens have the ability to scale ceilings and walls – like in AvP (Alien versus Predator).
  • The physics of the game are more realistic – there’s no bunny hopping or quick back peddling.
  • Lots of weapons to choose from – Buy and sell.

Supports: Linux, Mac OS X (unofficial), Windows

Game URL: Tremulous

Grand Free FPS List

If you would like access to more of these great, free FPS games, then here is the URL to a larger list courtesy of contributors to Wikipedia: List Of Free First Person Shooters

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15 Responses to “Essential Software: 5 Awesome Free FPS games”

  1. […] hay muchos, pero para los conocedores exigentes del FPS Open Source, Alien Arena 2009 es un buena opción junto a Nexuiz, Tremulous, Cube2 y Urban Terror. […]

  2. […] hay muchos, pero para los conocedores exigentes del FPS Open Source, Alien Arena 2009 es un buena opción junto a Nexuiz, Tremulous,Cube2 y Urban […]

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  9. Love Cube 2 and Nexuiz!! 2 of the best fps you’ll ever find!!

    Oh, and Alien Arena’s graphics are superb!!

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